HR News

Human Resources Offers Important Information on Benefits and Deadlines

The Office of Human Resources wants to remind faculty and staff about important information and benefits application deadlines that are approaching:

Dependent Care Subsidy

As part of Syracuse University’s ongoing efforts to support the changing needs of families, the University is offering increased subsidies to assist with dependent care. The application deadline is Dec. 7. For more information and a copy of the application, visit the Dependent Care Subsidy website (hr.syr.edu/dependentcaresubsidy).

Reduced Medical Contributions

Depending on an employee’s household income and size, reduced medical contributions are available through Schedule B. The application deadline is Dec. 7. For more information and a copy of the application, visit the Schedule B website (hr.syr.edu/scheduleb).

Supplemental Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance

If you chose to participate in supplemental life insurance above the special enrollment options provided for during this year’s annual Open Enrollment period, please remember to complete your MetLife Statement of Health form (hr.syr.edu/lifesoh). If you chose to enroll in long-term disability insurance through The Standard, please remember to complete your Medical History Statement form (hr.syr.edu/ltd).

Questions? Visit the benefits website (hr.syr.edu/benefits) or contact the HR Service Center at hrservice@syr.edu or 315.443.4042.

Open Enrollment Ends Today—Enroll Now Through MySlice

Open Enrollment, the annual period when University employees make their benefit choices for the coming year, ends today. This is the only time of year when you may elect or change your coverage for many benefits, unless you experience a qualifying life event.

Human Resources offers a variety of resources to assist employees during Open Enrollment:

• Recorded webinar
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Employee Newsletters
• Office Hours
• HR Service Center

Other news and information is available on the Open Enrollment website: openenrollment.syr.edu.

Eligible employees must complete their enrollment by Nov. 9 by logging into MySlice (myslice.syr.edu). Computer kiosks are available inside the Office of Human Resources, Skytop Office Building, 640 Skytop Road, during normal business hours to provide additional computer access for online enrollment. For other locations, review the ITS website.

If you have any questions about Open Enrollment or other benefits, please contact the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042.

Open Enrollment Resources and Office Hours Continue Through Nov. 9

Open Enrollment, the annual period when University employees make their benefit choices for the coming year, continues through Friday, Nov. 9. This is the only time of year when you may elect or change your coverage for many benefits, unless you experience a qualifying life event.

Human Resources offers a variety of resources to assist employees during Open Enrollment:

• Recorded webinar
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Employee Newsletters
• Office Hours
• HR Service Center

Other news and information is available on the Open Enrollment website—openenrollment.syr.edu.

Eligible employees must complete their enrollment by Nov. 9 by logging into MySlice. Computer kiosks are available inside the Office of Human Resources, Skytop Office Building, 640 Skytop Road, during normal business hours to provide additional computer access for online enrollment. For other locations, review the ITS website.

If you have any questions about Open Enrollment or other benefits, please contact the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042.

Benefits Fair Highlights Syracuse University’s Total Rewards

The Office of Human Resources welcomed more than 1,000 attendees at its annual Benefits Fair on Oct. 30 in Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center.

The fair—open to faculty, staff and retirees—featured 39 vendors with information on health care, wellness, financial security, lifestyle enrichment, safety resources and diversity and inclusion resources. Flu shots were administered to 301 attendees.

“The Benefits Fair is an excellent opportunity for employees and retirees to engage with our benefits vendors and on-campus partners to learn more about the comprehensive suite of benefits and services available to them,” says Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Andrew R. Gordon. “We are very appreciative of those who participated in this year’s event helping to highlight all of the many facets that make Syracuse University a truly exceptional place to work.”

Open Enrollment is happening now through Nov. 9. Employees interested in learning about Syracuse University benefits may visit the Open Enrollment website at openenrollment.syr.edu. To update benefits information, individuals should log into MySlice.

Open Enrollment Begins Today—Enroll Now Through MySlice

Open Enrollment, the annual period when University employees make their benefit choices for the coming year, begins today and continues through Friday, Nov. 9, through MySlice. This is the only time of year when employees may elect or change their coverage for many benefits, unless they experience a qualifying life event.

A recorded webinarinformation sessions and on campus office hours, benefit newsletters and other news and information is available on the Open Enrollment website—openenrollment.syr.edu.

Also, employees are reminded to join the Office of Human Resources and other experts at the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 30, for an educational, fun and health-oriented event. Those attending can take advantage of free flu shots, stress reduction techniques and healthy living information, and learn more about the University’s comprehensive suite of benefits and get answers to questions right in time for Open Enrollment.

Questions about Open Enrollment, benefits, the enrollment process or the Benefits Fair may be directed to the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042.

Benefits Fair on Oct. 30 Will Highlight University Benefits and Wellness Information

As part of the total rewards for working at Syracuse University, the Office of Human Resources will offer a Benefits Fair featuring a variety of resources for being healthier at work and at home. The event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center. It will include free flu shots with an SUID and is open to Syracuse University faculty, staff and retirees.

“This an excellent opportunity for employees and retirees to engage with our benefit vendors and learn more about our comprehensive suite of benefits offered at Syracuse University,” says Kristen Otter, senior human resources benefits specialist. “We encourage everyone to attend this health-oriented event to obtain a wealth of benefits information, flu shots, stress reduction techniques and healthy living information.”

Benefits Fair participants include the following:

  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Optum Rx
  • Carebridge
  • SU Health Services
  • TIAA
  • MetLife
  • Delta Dental
  • VSP (eye health)
  • SEBF (dental, vision and disability information for SEIU employees)
  • The Standard
  • WageWorks
  • Embody Wellness Initiative
  • Mindful Eating and Wellness Consultants
  • Healthy Monday Initiative
  • Gebbie Clinic
  • SU Athletics
  • SU Bookstore
  • SU Food Services
  • SUID Card Services
  • SU Real Estate Office
  • Human Resources (event host and will assist with any questions about employee/retiree benefits)
  • Risk Management (international SOS travel information, worker’s compensation and disability information)
  • Recreation Services
  • SU Stage/SU Drama
  • University College
  • SU Libraries
  • On My Own Time
  • Information Technology Services
  • Public Safety
  • Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services
  • Crouse Hospital (blood pressure screenings and healthy living information)
  • SUNY Upstate Cancer Center (cancer screening information)

Complimentary parking is available in Booth Garage and University Avenue Garage, with shuttle service. For directions, visit parking.syr.edu/category/lot-directions.

In addition, the Centro Bus Shuttle Schedule (#344) to College Place for employees on South Campus is available from the parking website: parking.syr.edu/transportation/shuttle-information/fall-shuttle-information/.

Mark Your Calendar—Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 29

Open Enrollment, the annual period when University employees make their benefit choices for the coming year, begins Monday, Oct. 29, and continues through Friday, Nov. 9. This is the only time of year when individuals may elect or change their coverage for many benefits, unless they experience a qualifying life event.

The first of several information sessions will be held on Friday, Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. in Heroy Auditorium in the Heroy Geology Laboratory. For additional information sessions, office hours, benefit newsletters and other details, visit the dedicated Open Enrollment website.

Open Enrollment will be conducted online through MySlice beginning Oct. 29. Computer kiosks are available during normal business hours inside the Office of Human Resources in the Skytop Office Building to provide additional computer access for online enrollment. For other locations, review the ITS website.

Additionally, Human Resources will host the annual Benefits Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Schine Student Center’s Goldstein Auditorium. Attendees can take advantage of free flu shots, stress reduction techniques and healthy living information. They can also learn more about the many services and resources available to employees and retirees. Complimentary parking is available in Booth Garage and University Avenue Garage, with shuttle service. For directions, visit parking.syr.edu/category/lot-directions.

Questions about Open Enrollment, benefits, the enrollment process or the Benefits Fair may be directed to the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042.

Open Enrollment and 2019 Benefits Plan Design Information Now Available

Open Enrollment, the annual period when University employees make their benefit choices for the coming year, begins Monday, Oct. 29, and continues through Friday, Nov. 9. This is the only time of year when participants may elect or change coverage for many benefits, unless they experience a qualifying life event.

In an Oct. 17 email to benefits eligible faculty and staff, Andrew R. Gordon, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, shared information and updates about the University benefits package for 2019. Some important highlights include the following:

  • For the second year in a row, employee per-paycheck contributions for the medical plan will remain the same.
  • There will be no increases to existing deductibles, copays or coinsurance for SUBlue, SUOrange or SUPro.
  • There will be reduced copays for outpatient treatment related to mental health and substance use in SUBlue and SUOrange.
  • Biofeedback services will be offered as a new benefit under the medical plan when deemed medically necessary by a prescribing physician.
  • There will be an expansion of the Dependent Care Subsidy, including a greater subsidy amount, an expansion of the age range of eligible dependents and an increase in the annual household income threshold used to determine faculty and staff eligibility. The application deadline for 2019 participation in the program is Dec. 7.
  • A new two-year commitment cycle for the University’s dental and vision plans will start Jan. 1, 2019.
  • Dental rates, set by Delta Dental, will increase for the first time in five years. However, the University will increase its annual dental subsidy of dental coverage from $100 to $110.
  • Vision rates will decrease by 4 percent, and the contact lens allowance will increase by $20 when using a VSP network provider.
  • Employee contributions for supplemental life insurance will decrease by 15 percent, and during this open enrollment only, employees may increase their supplemental life insurance coverage by one level (or elect the lowest increment if not currently participating), capped at $250,000, without requiring a statement of health.
  • Employee contributions for dependent life, supplemental AD&D, and voluntary long-term disability insurance will have no rate increases or plan design changes.

Beginning on Monday, Oct. 22, all of the relevant information—including plan and rate details, dates for information sessions and office hours, and answers to frequently asked questions—will be posted online at openenrollment.syr.edu.

Employees who have any immediate questions about Syracuse University benefits can contact the HR Service Center by phone at 315.443.4042 or by email at hrservice@syr.edu.

On-Campus Flu Vaccine Clinics

Syracuse University Health Services and the Office of Human Resources, in collaboration with the Onondaga County Health Department, will continue their partnership to offer free flu vaccines to the Syracuse University community. This year, Health Services will be immunizing with the quadrivalent flu vaccine to protect against four strains of influenza viruses versus the trivalent flu vaccine given in past years.

There are several upcoming opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get the flu vaccine on campus; mark your calendars for this important step in preventing the flu this season.

For faculty and staff:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Flanagan Gymnasium
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 621 Skytop Rd., conference room 1051
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Employee Benefits Fair, Goldstein Auditorium, inside Schine Student Center
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Newhouse 1, Miron Special Events Room 303

For students:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Flanagan Gymnasium
  • Students will receive email notification about additional clinics that will be set up at Health Services as well as various residence halls around campus.
  • Flu vaccinations are also available to students at the pharmacy at Health Services on a walk-in basis.

Individuals must present a valid SUID at the clinic to receive the vaccine. Temporary employees may show an alternate picture ID. No appointments are necessary.

In addition to on-campus flu clinics, Syracuse University medical plan participants have alternative options for receiving the flu vaccine, as well as other vaccines.

For general questions about the flu vaccine or if you are a student with questions, please call SU Health Services at 315.443.9005. Faculty and staff with eligibility questions, please contact the University Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or wellness@syr.edu.

These clinics are not open to SUNY ESF students, faculty and staff.

Dependent Tuition Benefit Presentation is Oct. 9

Benefits-eligible employees with children approaching college age can learn more about Syracuse University’s Dependent Tuition Benefit on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at noon in the Schine Student Center Room 304.

The presentation will provide an overview of the University’s three Dependent Tuition Programs: SU Tuition Waiver, Cash Grant and Tuition Exchange, as well as an opportunity for questions and answers.

There is no need to register, but those attending are encouraged to review the Dependent Tuition Benefits and the Dependent Tuition Policy, which are available online at hr.syr.edu.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available. If you have requests for accessibility and accommodations, please contact the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS) office at 315.443.4018.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042 or hrservice@syr.edu.