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March HR Update

Benefits Open Enrollment Dates

2012 Benefits Open Enrollment dates are April 16 through May 14. Enrollment information will soon be communicated to employees.

Health Reform Will Impact Medical Flexible Reimbursement Accounts

As the state’s Health Benefits Program continues to implement Health Care Reform, the maximum annual contribution for Medical Flexible Reimbursement Accounts (FRAs) will be reduced from $5,000 to $2,500 per plan year beginning July 1. There will be no effect on the contribution limit for Dependent Care Flexible Reimbursement Accounts, which will remain the same at $5,000. More information will be available during spring Open Enrollment.

AFLAC on Campus 

JMU's AFLAC representative, David Cook, is in Human Resources between 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month for employee consultations. Stop by or schedule an appointment with David,
1-888-283-3323, David_Cook@us.aflac.com.

Payroll Announcement

On February 22, President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 into law extending the 4.2% employee social security tax rate for wages paid through December 31, 2012.

March Policy Highlight

Section 7.1, Employee Responsibilities, of JMU Policy 1110 Alcohol and Other Drugs was revised March, 2012 with the addition of the following statement:

    Employees who are arrested for violating a criminal drug law, an alcoholic beverage control
    law or law that governs driving while intoxicated, based on conduct occurring on or off the
    workplace, must notify their supervisors or a designee within 72 hours after such arrest.

The requirement to report a conviction remains unchanged. Your HR Representative is available to answer questions you may have regarding this and other policies.

Summer Job Opportunities

Facilities Management is hiring temporary summer workers for landscape and various trades positions. The minimum age required is 16 for most positions. Landscape positions will start as early as April 30 and other positions start as early as May 7. All positions end by August 24. Applicants must apply through JobLink.

Creating Positivity: Go with the Flow

Are you willing to accept change? Resisting change won’t stop it from happening; it will just prolong the inevitable, while adding additional complications. Accept change and you can better handle it. View change as an opportunity for growth, new or renewed relationships, and a chance to demonstrate your abilities while being challenged.

A Snapshot of Upcoming Training Sessions Offered by JMU Training and Development

Clear as Mud
Email Etiquette
Hiring @ JMU
Homie Sapiens – Dr. Steve L. Robbins
Injured at Work – What Next? Understanding Workers Compensation
Life Insurance Overview
Mastering the Art of Public Speaking
Optional Retirement Participants – What to Expect When you Retire
Powerful Presentations
Preparing for Generation Z
Pre-Retirement Planning II
Recognizing and Managing 5 Modes of Conflict
Understanding and Using the Grievance Procedure

For additional information or to arrange customized sessions for your department, contact Suzanne Vance, Training Coordinator, at 8-4101 or vancesn.