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Posted October 20, 2014

Last Chance for On-Site Flu Shots for COVA Participants

For COVA Care, COVA HDHP, and COVA HealthAware participants, there is an on-site flu shot clinic in conjunction with Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day on Tuesday, December 2 from 9:00-2:00 in the Johnson Center Gold Room. To make an appointment, please call 877.728.6655, Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For details, please visit Flu Shot Information 2014. If you have any questions, please call the HR & Payroll Customer Service Center at 3.2600 and ask for the Life/Work Connections team.

Posted October 20, 2014

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) Underway

The 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is underway. Contact Helga Yunker at for pledge cards or additional information. Online giving is available for both payroll deduction as well as one-time credit card donations at eDirect. A list of charities can be viewed at

Posted October 16, 2014

Do You Have Your Financial Fitness Wrapped Up?

Join HR & Payroll, our financial partners, and others with expertise to share as we explore many different aspects of financial well-being including saving, investing, budgeting, retirement, individual planning, and more. Visit Financial Well-Being resources to register for on-site and videoconferenced classes. There are also on-line webinars and classes to watch at your convenience as well as tools and calculators to help you plan ahead.  The financial well-being seminar series will run throughout 2014-15.

Build your financial knowledge on-campus or at a time convenient to you. Take that first step today!

Posted September 30, 2014

Performance Evaluation Season Underway

While informal feedback can and should be given throughout the performance year, autumn heralds the formal performance evaluation process for administrative/professional faculty and classified employees. Performance evaluations are a key form of communication between a supervisor and his or her employees. Open and honest evaluations of performance are an opportunity for supervisors and employees to discuss job interests, issues encountered, areas for improvement and departmental and employee goals.

Performance appraisals for Administrative/Professional faculty and Classified staff are due in HR & Payroll by the close of business on Friday, October 24th. For details please see the memorandum from Linda Harber.

Posted September 23, 2014

Virginia is for Givers: Annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Begins October 1

The annual CVC campaign begins on October 1 and runs through December 15, 2014.  Details coming soon.

Posted August 20, 2014

Do You Know Someone Who Stands Out from the Crowd?

Mason’s best and brightest deserve recognition.  If you know a superstar, nominate them for Mason’s Employee of the Month.

Additional information can be found at Contact HR Reward and Recognition at with questions.

Posted August 11, 2014

Nominations Open for Outstanding Achievement Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards. The submission deadline for nominations is Friday, October 3, and the ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 4 at 2:30 p.m in the Mason Global Center, Ballroom (formerly the Mason Inn).

For a detailed list of the awards and nomination forms, visit

If you have any questions, please contact Reward and Recognition at 703-993-2739 or

Posted June 9, 2014

Mason Star Newsletter

We want to highlight your award winners in our annual newsletter, The Mason Star! If you had an employee awards ceremony in Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014), please submit the name of the award(s) and the employee recipient(s) by Thursday, July 3 to for inclusion in The Mason Star. Last year???s issue is available for review at The Mason Star.

Posted January 16, 2014

Additional Leave Hours

Just before winter break, the Governor granted an additional 4 hours of holiday leave for Tuesday, December 31, 2013.  Because Mason was already closed for winter break, the 4 hours have been added to eligible employee’s leave balances as a special flex holiday.  The hours can be used through December 24, 2014.

Posted January 14, 2014

Employee of the Month

Mason's best and brightest deserve recognition. If you know a superstar, nominate them for Mason’s employee of the Month. Additional information can be found at Employee of the Month. Contact HR Reward & Recognition at with questions.

Posted December 12, 2013

2014 Tax Implications for Employee Graduate Tuition Waiver

Per the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), beginning with calendar year 2014, employees who currently utilize a tuition waiver for graduate study will have amounts in excess of $5,250 reported as taxable earnings. This means that your tax withholding will increase in the pay period in which the excess amount is reported. We expect to report amounts in excess of $5,250 as taxable income in October 2014. Anything less than or equal to $5,250 is not reportable.

Tuition waivers for employees in undergraduate programs are not impacted by this change.

Additional information is available in IRS Publication 970, Chapter 11.

If you have any questions, please contact Mira Halilovic at 703.993.2625 or

Posted November 4, 2013

Retirement Tax Savings Limits for 2014

The IRS did not change the limits for 2014. Participants under age 50 can contribute up to $17,500 in the Supplemental Retirement Plan (403(b)) program and the Virginia Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) (457(b)). Participants age 50 and over can contribute $23,000 in each plan. If you wish to change your contribution, please complete a 403(b) salary reduction agreement and/or a 457 salary authorization agreement (2014 procedure coming soon) and return to benefits at MS 3C3.




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