Please be advised that the UPMC MyHealth@Work for the University of Pittsburgh Health and Wellness Center will be open 7:00 a.m. through 9:00 a.m. only on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The Center will close the remainder of the day to allow the healthcare providers to attend required meetings and trainings. Your understanding is appreciated.
For more information, please contact the Benefits Department at 412-624-8160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Benefits Open Enrollment period runs from Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 16th for all full-time faculty, research associates, post-doctoral associates, and full-time/part-time staff.
All Open Enrollment information is available online this year at openenroll.hr.pitt.edu. Current benefit elections can also be accessed from this website, or by going directly to the University portal at my.pitt.edu to log into employee self-service.
Open Enrollment, as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, is the only time that you can make changes to your current benefit elections, unless you experience a qualified status change (ex. marriage, divorce, birth of a child, etc.).
We encourage you to take advantage of this annual opportunity to review your current benefit elections and to determine if you need to make any changes to those elections and/or if a dependent needs to be added or removed from coverage.
***If you do not wish to make any changes to your current benefit elections, no action is necessary. All of your current benefit elections will remain in effect for the new plan year beginning July 1, 2017.***
Note that the Open Enrollment period for part-time faculty, research associates, post-doctoral associates and post-doctoral scholars will occur from Tuesday, May 30 through Tuesday, June 20. Information for those groups will be available online on the Open Enrollment website as well during that time.
“I’m thrilled to have the University of Pittsburgh join us in our effort to make our county healthier,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “It’s not surprising that the University is a good fit as a Live Well Allegheny Workplace with its focus on health, athletics, nutrition and so many other things that are the foundation to healthy living. I congratulate Chancellor Gallagher and all of the administration, faculty, staff and students on this designation and thank them for their involvement in the program.”
The University of Pittsburgh has committed to several action steps as part of its faculty and staff wellness program to be designated as a Live Well Allegheny Workplace.
“We are so excited to have the University of Pittsburgh join our Live Well Allegheny efforts” said Dr. Karen Hacker, Director Allegheny County Health Department. “Our Live Well Allegheny Campaign continues to grow and we know that employers play a significant role in promoting the health of their employees. It is organizations like the University of Pittsburgh that can make a real difference in the health of our county’s population by providing opportunities, incentives, and support for employee health improving activities.”
In the spirit of the University of Pittsburgh’s initiatives, the MyHealth@Work for the University of Pittsburgh Health and Wellness Center was created to provide free medical services, treating both acute and chronic conditions, for University faculty and staff regardless of insurance coverage. In addition to opening the MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center, the leadership has committed to faculty and staff wellness by hiring two staff positions, including a Wellness Specialist and part-time onsite Health Coach. The Wellness Specialist assists with the development of a wellness committee and creates recommendations for wellness initiatives appropriate to University faculty and staff. Currently, the University offers free health coaching in five lifestyle programs (weight management, nutrition, tobacco cessation, physical activity, and stress management). Learn more about the programs offered by visiting www.hr.pitt.edu/wellness.
“The University has top-down support for its wellness efforts. We have a responsibility to take advantage of the world-class expertise on campus, UPMC Health Plan’s experience, and the University community’s enthusiasm for the programs,” said John Kozar, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Cheryl Johnson added, “At the University, we are cultivating a wellness culture, which will provide additional incentives for all of us to become more involved in making healthy lifestyle choices.”
The University of Pittsburgh has been long committed to free preventative services and offers incentives to faculty and staff for participation in health improvement activities, including biometric screenings and preventative physical exams as well as completing an online health risk assessment. The University also developed the Healthy Lifestyle Institute under the direction of Dr. John Jakicic, Distinguished Professor of Health and Physical Activity, which aims to improve community health by examining how biological factors like genetics can influence lifestyle behaviors, and how those factors impact chronic diseases and negative health outcomes, and translating evidence-based initiatives to programs focused on healthy lifestyle practices that target the University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, and students are a key component of this initiative.
Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participating workplaces can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.
Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Fitzgerald as a comprehensive, innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Board of Health and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker.
For more information on the Live Well Allegheny campaign, including detail on how your business can become a Live Well Allegheny Workplace, visit www.LiveWellAllegheny.com.
The University of Pittsburgh seeks nominations for the 2017 Chancellor’s Awards for Staff. The awards will recognize staff members for performance that has consistently exceeded the standards and expectations of their position, and who also have made a significant impact on the University through their commitment to our institution, our students, our programs, our home communities, and their University colleagues.
The Chancellor’s Awards for Staff are the highest honors the University of Pittsburgh grants to classified and union staff members in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the University. Up to 10 Awards will be granted each academic year. A permanent plaque located in the William Pitt Union will bear the names of the Award recipients. The Awards will recognize the diversity of all ranks of classified and union staff members and represent a cross-section of campus responsibility centers and the regional campuses.
Like the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching, Research, and Public Service Awards for Faculty, the Chancellor’s Awards for Staff will provide recognition within the campus community for the accomplishments of our staff members. The award recipients will be announced in the Pitt Chronicle and each will receive a $2,500 cash prize.
The Office of Human Resources, at the request of the Staff Association Council, is proud to announce the adoption of a new Paid Parental Leave benefit for full-time and part-time regular staff. We are excited to extend this benefit to our devoted staff as an investment in the well-being of their families.
The Paid Parental Leave allows for four consecutive weeks (20 work days) of paid maternity/paternity leave that can be used during the 12 months immediately following the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child. The staff member must be at least 50% effort and employed in a benefits-eligible position for at least 6 months to be eligible for this leave. Part-time regular staff, who are 50% effort or greater are eligible for a prorated amount of the 20 paid parental leave days based on their percent effort.
Leaves for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child that occur on or after July 1, 2017 will be eligible for Paid Parental Leave. The leave will run concurrently with the University’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Short-Term Disability (STD) programs. The staff member is still required to file for FMLA/STD with MetLife when taking the Paid Paternal Leave.
Registration is Open! Spring 2017 Faculty & Staff Development Program Workshops
With over 60 courses, including four certificate programs, the Faculty and Staff Development Program offers numerous workshops to grow the career skills and personal development of University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff.
PITTSBURGH—The innovative new employee wellness center developed by the Benefits Department in Pitt’s Office of Human Resources has won the attention of colleagues in higher education—and the department will be honored in April for its successful project.
The department will be awarded the Fred C. Ford Award by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) at its Eastern Region conference.
CUPA-HR awards an individual or team that has made the most significant creative or innovative contribution to the profession in the previous year. Pitt’s Benefits Department was selected based on the launch of the UPMC MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. Facilitated by UPMC health care providers, the Center addresses acute conditions at no cost to the employee, regardless of insurance coverage. The Center is within walking distance of most campus locations and is open weekdays with no appointment necessary, allowing faculty or staff members to visit a clinician quickly and avoid disrupting their workday.
Since its April 2016 opening, the Center has had more than 1,300 visitors, and initial qualitative data shows positive results, with 97 percent of faculty and staff patients rating the care provided as “excellent.”
“I’m extremely proud of the efforts of our benefits team both in implementing and marketing the Center. UPMC also did a great job in the Center’s design and construction,” Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources John Kozar said. “In a world of continuing escalation of health care costs, the ability to provide a lower cost alternative that is both convenient and free to faculty and staff is a win-win situation for the University community.”
Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Cheryl Johnson added, “the Center is another of the innovative programs we strive to implement for the University community. The Benefits Department is cultivating a wellness culture, which will provide an additional incentive for all of us to become more involved in making healthy choices.”
To learn more about the UPMC MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center at the University of Pittsburgh, visit: hr.pitt.edu/wellness.
Select Retirement Savings Plan Access link (top right)
Select Manage Elections link
That’s it! You also have the option to adjust your contribution method, choosing to contribute on a pre-tax, ROTH, and after-tax basis. Once your elections are set, click ‘Continue’, ‘Confirm Elections’ and ‘I agree’ until you reach a confirmation screen. Note: you should see that there is an employee and employer contribution. If you do not see this, contact the Benefits Department.
Enroll in Auto-Save!
If you are contributing less than 8% to the retirement plan, you may elect the automatic savings option. This will increase your contribution by 1% annually on the date you choose. Since the University typically processes annual increases in the month of September, employees may choose to increase their retirement in September to minimize the impact on their take-home pay. For detailed instructions on changing your contribution, visit: http://hr.pitt.edu/how-change. You will be asked during the enrollment process about electing the auto-save option. Auto-save will stop once your contribution reaches 8%.
Check Your Beneficiary Elections!
During the transition of retirement accounts that occurred in February 2015, beneficiaries for one or more of your accounts may have converted back to the Plan’s default (spouse, if married or estate, if single). Take a moment to review this information carefully and update your beneficiaries, if necessary. For detailed instructions, visit: http://www.hr.pitt.edu/you-can-ma.
*Detailed instructions on how to make a change can be found at: http://hr.pitt.edu/how-change. All changes made for ‘First Available Paycheck’ will be effective the following month. For example, if you make a change March 1st, you will see the change reflected in your April 28th paycheck. You may contribute more than 8% of your salary on an unmatched basis. The IRS allows you to put up to $18,000 into your retirement account ($24,000 if you are over the age of 50) on Pre-tax/Roth basis annually.
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