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Category: Human Resources

Free Webinars and Monthly Live Talks Provided by ERC

Did you know our Employee Assistance Program, ERC, provides free webinars and live talks on various topics? Here is what’s coming up this month:

  • Resiliency Today: Gratitude  – December 2nd from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk will explore the science behind gratitude and how it can help to increase meaningful relationships in all areas of your life. The newest research empowers individuals to incorporate gratitude both at work and home and participants will learn tips to help them do that.
  • Financial Wellness: Overcoming Debt  – December 8th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk will address the different types of debt and how participants can work towards living a debt free life.
  • Parenting Your Teen: Sibling Rivalry/Relationships – December 9th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Many parents suffer from sibling rivalry in their households. In this talk, participants will discuss how to reduce tension between siblings and even between parents. They will also examine which habits may encourage rivalry.
  • Your Healthy Lifestyle: Stress Busters –December 13th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • In this month’s talk, participants will explore the newest research, learn what experts are saying about the impact of stress on the body and the newest techniques to manage stress.
  • Parenting a Child with Special Needs/Disabilities: Positioning for the Future– December 14th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk is specifically designed to assist parents in advancing their capacities to further equip children with valuable life skills as they continue securing the strong foundation for their lives. Planning, preparing and pursuing life dreams alongside your children is a journey well worth investing in with long lasting benefits for all.
  • Caregivers Network: Holiday Gift Guide – December 15th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk is the annual Caregiving Tech Guide. Participants will explore the latest gadgets, apps, and age-tech using AI, Voice First, VR and more to support your older loved ones and you on the caregiving journey.
  • Succeed at Work: Understanding Personality Types– December 16th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk discusses different personality types and how they can impact behavior. Participants will learn to use type preference to enhance interpersonal communication.
  • Strong Parents, Strong Families: Keeping Children Safe in an Uncertain World – December 22nd from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk offers parents and guardians information on keeping children safe from violence. The discussion will cover the prevalence of violence, talking to children about violence (e.g., media, war, terrorism, school violence, bullying, gangs, peer pressure, etc.), safety strategies and preventive skills, and recognizing reactions to violence. 

Click here to register for any of the upcoming monthly talks. To login to their website and view more resources, use the following credentials:

  • Username: ERC
  • Password: ERC

Timesheet Deadlines for Thanksgiving Holiday

As a reminder, campus will be closed November 25th and November 26th. Payroll will continue to process paychecks for the November 26th payday. In order for payroll to process timely, please try to adhere to the below deadlines for timesheet submission and approval schedule. 

Timesheet Deadlines

Monday Nov. 22nd   – submit timesheet for approval to supervisor by 8 a.m.

Monday Nov. 22nd    – supervisors approve timesheets by 10 a.m.

We understand to meet the needs of campus during campus closure, a small number of employees may be working (e.g., grounds, safety). Those who work during that time will be notified by their manager to establish their work schedules.

Have a great holiday!

Human Resources & Payroll Office

Open Enrollment Benefit Fair Prize Winners

Thank you to all for attending the Open Enrollment Fair yesterday.  The prize winners were drawn and are listed below. 

NamePrize
Jen Mielke, ITGift Basket
Jenny Ziegler, DevelopmentOral-B Rechargeable Toothbrush Twin Pack
Jody Fraleigh, Student LifeOral-B Rechargeable Toothbrush
Gustavo Fares, Spanish DepartmentPeterson Field Guide to Birds of North America & Binoculars

If you were unable to attend the Open Enrollment Benefits Fair, forms can be found on the Open Enrollment webpage.  Please contact Human Resources if you need any assistance.

Upcoming Retirement Plan Webinars

The WAICU Retirement Readiness Plan in partnership with Transamerica is pleased to offer a series of live webinars designed to help you take full advantage of everything the Retirement Readiness Plan has to offer. To register, please click on the title of the webinar and follow the on-screen prompts to register for the live webinar of your choice.

Get Ready to Retire
Date: November 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM CST

A review of five key areas to consider as retirement approaches: Lifestyle, Investments, Income, Healthcare, and Legacy.

2021 Open Enrollment Deadline & Increase to Health Care FSA Maximum and Rollover

The deadline to submit any open enrollment changes, additions, or drops to Human Resources is Monday, November 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm. 

If you do not want to make changes to your current benefit elections, you do not need to submit open enrollment forms, with the exception of flexible spending. The flexible spending enrollment form must be completed if you want to participate in health care and/or dependent care flexible spending in the 2022 plan year/calendar year. 

New Flexible Spending Limit

On November 10, 2021 the IRS released the 2022 health care flexible spending limit. The limit for 2022 has increased by $100 to $2,850 annually. Additionally, the maximum rollover amount increased $20 to $570 for funds at the end of the plan year 2022. No changes were made to dependent care flexible spending. Lawrence recognizes this updated amount and will accept amendments to previously submitted Open Enrollment flexible spending forms. If you would like to amend your previously submitted election, please contact your Human Resources Representative or the general Human Resources mailbox at HumanResources@lawrence.edu.

All Open Enrollment materials can be found on the Human Resources website: Open Enrollment.  If you have any questions please contact your human resources representative

Town Hall Meeting – University Finances

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 2:00 pm Vice President of Finance and Administration Mary Alma Noonan will be holding a Town Hall to provide an overview of the 2020-2021 budget and financial position of the University.  All are welcome to attend and participate in the Q&A session at the conclusion of the presentation.

Please click this link to join the Town Hall:

Meeting ID: 949 0862 8626

Passcode: 854103

Free Webinars and Monthly Live Talks Provided by ERC

Did you know our Employee Assistance Program, ERC, provides free webinars and live talks on various topics? Here is what’s coming up this month:

  • Resiliency Today: Bounce Back Stronger  – November 4th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Learn tips and techniques to use daily to become more resilient no matter what life throws at you. Participants will leave feeling empowered with the knowledge of what steps to take to become more resilient.
  • Parenting a Child with Special Needs/Disabilities: Effectively Communicating – October 9th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk will offer insights, tips, and tools for building and maintaining successful conversations to improve the results of communication in any relationship or setting you may find yourself.
  • Financial Wellness: Mind Over Money – October 10th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • This month’s talk will help participants understand why they spend, why they save and what money means to each person. The “neuroscience of money” is explored and participants will learn how to leverage money value systems to reach financial goals.
  • Parenting Your Teen: Parent/Teen Relationships– October 11th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Adolescence is a time when peer relationships intensify, teacher and work relationships grow in significance and parental relationships are routinely challenged. This month’s talk will define teen relationships, review best strategies and discuss conflict resolution techniques to share with your teen
  • Your Healthy Lifestyle: Stick with It –October 15th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • What dreams/goals do you harbor that seem out of reach? In this month’s talk, participants will learn tips and insight about making those dreams a reality. You will do this through the use of plans, anticipation, saying “yes”, identifying obstacles and their accompanying myths, determining techniques for starting and exploring motivators, flexibility, and how to keep going.
  • Caregivers Network: Caregiver Relief Plan – October 17th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Studies show that depression and anxiety have increased, especially among younger generations. This month’s talk provides insights into how to build resiliency and positivity even when challenged by caregiving.
  • Succeed at Work: Be Positive – October 18th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Today scientists understand how attitude can impact behavior, experiences and relationships. In this month’s talk, participants will discuss their ability to benefit from the power of positive thinking by making changes in their thought processes and perspectives.
  • Strong Parents, Strong Families: Teaching Kids about Money– October 24th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Surveys repeatedly show that most teenagers do not understand basic financial concepts. This month’s talk will cover how to teach children about money by looking at money values and how people communicate about money. Participants will discuss parental attitudes about allowances and working, how to set goals, and create spending and saving strategies with children.

Click here to register for any of the upcoming monthly talks. To login to their website and view more resources, use the following credentials:

  • Username: ERC
  • Password: ERC

September & October New Employees/Promotions

If you see them on campus, please welcome them to Lawrence!

New Employees:

Alex Liddell – Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach

Ryan Naprallo – Assistant Football Coach

Grant Meerdink – Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach

JJ Seghers – Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach

Emilia Jackson – Assistant Softball Coach

Wasonu Allen – Assistant Football Coach

Jennifer Jacobsen – Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach

Luke McDiarmid – Assistant Hockey Coach

Peter Chang – Admissions Diversity and Inclusion Fellow

Alicia Fiers – Director of Special Projects (Facilities Services)

Catherine Stern – Assistant Director of Campus Services, Conferences and Events

Jason Garvin – Custodian (Campus Services)

Sean Facio – Teacher of Guitar (LCMS)

Amanda Beuscher – Admissions Event Coordinator

Zachary Dalessandro – Technology Specialist (IT)

Katherine Voecks – Custodian (Campus Services)

Stephan Palubicki – Groundskeeper (Facilities Services)

Promotion:

Mackenzie Huber – Associate Director of Digital Communications

Coming Soon – 2022 Annual Open Enrollment Period

The 2022 Open Enrollment period will begin on November 1st and run through November 15, 2021. Our annual Open Enrollment period provides all benefit-eligible employees an opportunity to make changes to their current coverage or enroll in coverage that was previously waived.

Open Enrollment Benefit Fair

Additionally, we are excited to share that we will be able to gather again for an Open Enrollment Benefits Fair in the Warch Campus Center – Somerset Room on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.

This event will provide opportunities to meet with University’s benefit providers, obtain benefit enrollment forms and the 2022 benefit guide, and connecting with members of the Human Resources team about enrollment for the upcoming year.

The fair will also feature a series of informational presentations. Please let us know if you will be joining us for any of these presentation here. The programming schedule is as follows:

TimePresentationPresenter
11:00 amDiscounts Available Through Your Vision ProviderDelta Vision
11:30 amValue Added Services Through Your Life InsuranceSymetra
12:00 pmNavigating the UMR Portal & Wellness ResourcesUMR

Open Enrollment Benefits Fair – Save the Date!

Save the date for the upcoming insurance Open Enrollment Benefits Fair in the Warch Campus Center – Somerset Room on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.

This event will provide opportunities to meet with University’s benefit providers, obtaining benefit enrollment forms and the updated benefit guide. You will also have the opportunity to connect with members of the Human Resources team about enrollment for the upcoming year.

Benefit providers who will be available to meet with you include:

Benefit ProviderBenefit Plan
UMRHealth Plan
Delta DentalDental Plan
Care Plus DentalDental Plan
Delta VisionVision Plan
SymetraLife Insurance, Short Term, & Long Term Disability
ERC, Employee Resource CenterEAP Provider
Massage ChairLocal Provider
Edvest 529 College Savings ProgramRegional Edvest Representative
Flu ShotsSubject to availability – Flu shots are provided at no cost to employees and spouses/domestic partners covered under the LU medical plan.
WELLUWellness Services Office
Lawrence University Tuition Benefit ProgramsFinancial Aid Office
LU Employee Resource GroupsPCDA
Brighter Together PracticesLinda Morgan- Clement, Religious & Spiritual Life
Plan Information, Forms, & DeadlinesHuman Resources Office

The Open Enrollment Benefits Fair will also feature a series of informational presentations during the fair. Please let us know if you will be joining us for any of these presentation here. The programming schedule is as follows:

TimePresentationPresenter
11:00 amDiscounts Available Through Your Vision ProviderDelta Vision
11:30 amValue Added Services Through Your Life InsuranceSymetra
12:00 pmNavigating the UMR Portal & Wellness ResourcesUMR

The deadline to submit any open enrollment changes to Human Resources is Monday, November 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm. 

If you do not wish to make changes to your current benefit elections, you do not need to submit open enrollment forms, with the exception of flexible spending. The flexible spending enrollment form must be completed if you want to participate in health and/or dependent care flexible spending in the 2022 plan year/calendar year.     

Unable to attend, but still have questions or need the benefit guide and forms?  Contact Human Resources with your request.

We look forward to seeing you at the Open Enrollment Benefits Fair!