HR Update

November 2014 HR Update

2015 Retirement Savings Limits

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits for retirement plans for the 2015 calendar year. Beginning January 1, participants under age 50 may contribute up to $18,000 in the 403(b) and a 457 deferred compensation account. Participants age 50+ may contribute an additional $6,000 beginning January 1. If you wish to make any changes to your 403(b) contribution, please use the Salary Reduction Agreement. To make changes to your 457 account, visit

Employer Match Money

Hybrid plan members may elect to contribute an additional voluntary .5 - 4% of creditable compensation to the Hybrid 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. This is in addition to the 1% mandatory employee contribution to the defined contribution plan. Of the first 1% voluntary contributions you contribute, JMU matches 1%; any additional percentage up to 4% is matched by JMU at .50%. Every quarter, you are allowed to increase/decrease your voluntary deductions to the 457 deferred compensation plan. If you are interested in receiving employer match monies, visit the Hybrid Retirement Plan website and set up your deductions by December 15 to be effective the next quarter, which begins January 1.

Timely Leave Reminders

As we approach the holiday season, please keep in mind that in accordance with Department of Human Resource Management Policy 4.25-Holidays, classified employees must either work on, or be on paid leave, the workday before and the workday after the holiday in order to be paid for JMU holidays. Taking unpaid leave the day before or the day after a holiday will result in unpaid holiday time. Contact Kristi Moon, 540-568-3728,, with questions regarding this policy.

The 2014 Personal Day must be used on or by January 9, 2015 and taken in its full eight-hour increment.

Classified employees should review their current vacation balance with their supervisor and plan to use hours that will exceed their maximum carry-over limit. Excess vacation hours must be used before January 10, 2015.

As inclement weather approaches, detailed information about unscheduled campus closings is found in JMU Policy 1309-University Closings, Class Cancellations and Exam Postponements.

Successful Events in October

HR’s Benefits Team sponsored Money Matters on October 9, an all-day financial seminar offering a variety of workshops ranging from creating a usable budget to planning for long-term care. The feedback received from the over 140 participants confirmed the day was a success. Another event is being planned for October, 2015!

Human Resources hosted JMU Job Shadow Day for the 7th year on October 17. Approximately 200 eighth graders from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County public and private schools were greeted by the Duke Dog and heard words of wisdom from Coach Kenny Brooks. They then broke into groups to visit a variety of departments to learn more about areas they may like to study in the future. The students and their chaperones met for lunch at E-Hall to complete the morning’s activities. Human Resources extends a very big THANK YOU to the departments and employees whose time and effort made this year’s JMU Job Shadow Day another enlightening and fun event for area youth.

JMU Surplus Property and Approved Delivery Methods

Shoppers who select items at the JMU surplus warehouse will no longer be able to transport those items back to campus in personal vehicles. Effective immediately, the only approved delivery methods are delivery by the surplus property coordinator, FM-Moving and Delivery, or JMU departmental vehicles. Please note: FM movers require an online work order.

November Safety Tips
From the Office of Risk Management

Promoting Positivity – Common Ground

Picture a substance abuse prevention toolbox available to JMU students. One of the tools in that toolbox is Common Ground.

Common Ground is a group program for JMU students who want to explore, evaluate, or have questions about the role of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in their life. It is a free, confidential, non-judgmental opportunity to connect with and engage in conversations with other students who have similar understanding and experiences with substances. Common Ground meets Mondays, 8-9pm, in Warren Hall, room 403. Students can join at any point in the semester, and there is no minimum commitment for attendance. 

Why is this important to you? Increasing awareness among faculty and staff about the substance abuse prevention tools and resources available for students can help in two ways:

  • Increase awareness in the community about JMU’s substance abuse prevention efforts for its students
  • Empower faculty and staff to be involved and serve as points of access for students in need of referral

Please bookmark to see more substance abuse prevention tools and resources available to students. Download and print a toolbox reference sheet to keep handy. And contact the University Health Center at or 540-568-3317 for more information.

A Snapshot of Upcoming HR-Related Workshops Offered by JMU Training and Development

Ending Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct
Leadership for Supervisors Series (session 6 of 6)

For additional information or to arrange customized sessions for your department, please contact Suzanne Vance, Training Coordinator at or 540-568-4101.

The University Policy Committee website is a resource to research policies that have a broad impact on the university's people and processes.

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