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Posted August 7, 2019

Child Development Center Website Moved

Looking for the Child Development Center (CDC) website? It's moved! Visit https://www.cdc.gmu.edu  today!

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Posted July 10, 2019

Reporting Accidents

We want to make sure the Mason community stays safe! Please remember to report all accidents, injuries, or conditions that may cause harm to an individual or the university. When dangerous or potentially dangerous conditions are reported, the university can take appropriate action to protect the community.

 

Please report the following situations to the university:

 

Resources Regarding:

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Posted July 10, 2019

Approved Paid Parental Leave Update

As of July 15, 2019, all 12-month faculty and classified staff will begin to see “Approved Parental Leave” listed as a leave category on their timesheet in Patriot Web. Below are details about how this change may affect your role:

 

Employees

Employees who are eligible for the Paid Parental Leave benefit must contact their Benefits Administrator at least 30 days prior to using the “Approved Parental Leave” category. Employees will not be permitted to use Parental Leave without prior approval from their benefits administrators. After receiving approval, employees will submit their electronic timesheet for each pay period using the approved leave category.

NOTE: Parental Leave is to be used for a continuous period with only one break permitted. It may not be used in place of flexible work arrangements or to reduce the work schedule.

 

Supervisors

Supervisors will approve employee timesheets in Patriot Web as normal. Benefits Administrators will send supervisors updated leave information and approved Paid Parental Leave usage confirmation. 

 

Benefits Administrators

Benefits Administrators will work with employees to approve Parental Leave and will monitor leave usage for each pay period. 

 

Questions?

Please visit  the Human Resources and Payroll Benefits page for Parental Leave policy information. Questions regarding the policy should be directed to benefits@gmu.edu or 703-993-2600. 

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Posted June 26, 2019

Upcoming Holiday and Your Timesheet

We want to make sure you know how the upcoming July 4-5, 2019, holiday will affect your timesheet. 

Hours:

• This holiday represents sixteen (16) hours of holiday pay for full-time employees (prorated for part-time employees) during the week of June 30-July 6, 2019 

• Full-time employees will need to account for twenty-four (24) hours of work during the week of June 30-July 6, 2019 (prorated hours for part-time employees)

Alternate Work Schedules:

• With supervisor approval, employees utilizing alternate work schedules are encouraged to adjust their work schedule for the week

• Please see guidance below for how the holiday may impact employees utilizing a compressed schedule

Please contact Payroll at payroll@gmu.edu or 703-993-2600 with questions. 

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Posted June 12, 2019

Important Biweekly Timesheet Information

We want to make sure you receive your paycheck on time! Due to the fiscal year-end roll process, biweekly payroll for the pay period June 9 to June 22, (pay date June 28), will be processed one (1) week earlier. 

Action Items:

 

Important notes:

If you have questions, please contact HR & Payroll at 703-993-2600 or payroll@gmu.edu.

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Posted June 5, 2019

Flexible Spending Accounts Deadlines and Changes

If you have a Dependent Care and/or a Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA), below is important information regarding the upcoming plan year:

Deadlines:

Please contact Anthem at 877-451-7244 if you have questions regarding your FSA for the 2018-19 plan year.

Upcoming Changes:

When the new plan year begins on July 1, 2019, your FSA will be managed by PayFlex.

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Posted May 17, 2019

Compressed Schedules and the Holiday

If you use the compressed schedule work option, please be aware of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday on May 27, 2019. For the holiday, employees with compressed schedules receive 8 hours of holiday pay and/or compensatory leave, depending on the situation, regardless of their compressed schedule hours. 

There are three possible scenarios. These examples are based on a full-time schedule. Leave and pay are pro-rated for part-time employees. For non-exempt employees with a compressed schedule, they will record 8 hours of holiday leave on their timesheet on the day of the holiday:

1. With supervisor approval, the employee can choose to temporarily work a traditional work schedule for the week

 

2. If the employee chooses to continue their compressed schedule and the holiday falls on a day when the employee would normally work: 

 

3. If the employee chooses to continue their compressed schedule and the holiday falls on a day when the employee would not normally work: 

 

If you have any questions, please contact HR & Payroll at 3-2600 or hr@gmu.edu.

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Posted May 17, 2019

Compensatory Leave Reminder

Have you earned compensatory leave? Make sure you are aware of the compensatory leave limits and expirations. Compensatory leave is earned by classified staff on an hour-for-hour basis when an employee works: 

 

Limits and Expiration:

 

You can review your leave balance by visiting the Patriot Web “Employee Services” tab and selecting “Leave Balances and History.” If you have questions, please email payroll@gmu.edu.

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Posted May 16, 2019

Well-Being Seminar: Re-learn to Relax

When is the last time you felt so relaxed that you could totally unwind? Life moves fast and those moments of quiet relaxation seem few and far between. The Re-learn to Relax: CommonHealth’s Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness for Busy Beginners  program will:

 

Session details and registration links:

If you have questions, please email hr@gmu.edu.

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Posted May 15, 2019

Flexible Summer @ Mason

If you are interested in a more flexible schedule during summer, consider participating in Flexible Summer @ Mason from May 26, 2019, to August 18, 2019! During this time, supervisors are strongly encouraged to allow their faculty and staff to integrate flexible work opportunities into their schedules, if and when possible. While flexible work options are encouraged throughout the year, summer is a perfect time to make it happen. 

To participate:

• Visit flexwork.gmu.edu for information about different types of flexible work opportunities

• Fill out a Flexible Work Agreement and submit it to your supervisor for approval

• Choose a start and end date that works for your team and is approved by your supervisor

• Check the box next to “Telework/Telework Week/Summer Telework” and/or any other flexible work option you will be utilizing during the summer

• Indicate in the comments box that you are submitting an agreement for Flexible Summer at Mason 2019

Please note: those who participate in Flexible Summer @ Mason are doing so under the Flexible Work Policy, #2202. Additionally, the Commonwealth DHRM 

requires full-time state employees to work a full 40 hour work week.

If you have any questions, please contact worklife@gmu.edu.

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Posted April 30, 2019

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for health benefits and flexible spending accounts (FSA) is May 1 – May 15, 2019. For details, view our Open Enrollment Announcement.

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Posted April 17, 2019

New ID Cards for COVA Care and COVA HDHP

If you are currently enrolled in COVA Care or COVA HDHP, you will be receiving new ID cards in the mail throughout the next few months. 

Why?

Starting July 1, 2019, pharmacy benefits for COVA Care or COVA HDHP will be managed by Anthem Pharmacy and delivered by IngenioRx. This change will be reflected in the new cards.

What to Expect:

If you are currently using mail service or the specialty pharmacy, you will be contacted directly with information on transitioning claims to IngenioRx.

Please contact Anthem Member Services at 1-800-552-2682 if you have questions or concerns.

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Posted April 3, 2019

Benefits Fair

Details: JC Bistro, April 17, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Make the most of your benefits and plan for important aspects of your life! For Spring Into Well-Being, HR & Payroll invites you to the Benefits Fair to chat with some of Mason’s financial and health vendors. 

No need to register! View the Benefits Fair flyer for more information. If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits team at benefits@gmu.edu or 3-2600.

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Posted April 3, 2019

Open Enrollment

Save the date! Open Enrollment for health benefits and flexible spending accounts (FSA) is May 1 – May 15, 2019. More details will be sent out and posted on the benefits website as they become available. To prepare for Open Enrollment, please be sure your address is updated on Patriot Web.

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Posted March 21, 2019

Who's Walking Wednesday with Lewis Forrest

Details: March 27, 12:15 p.m., in front of Merten Hall

Start off Spring Into Well-Being on the right foot by putting some “spring” into your step! Join Lewis Forrest, Associate Dean for University Life, for a special Who’s Walking Wednesday.

Can’t join this Who’s Walking Wednesday? Check out other Spring Into Well-Being events on the Spring Into Well-Being event page and join the well-being fun!

For questions, please contact worklife@gmu.edu.

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Posted March 8, 2019

2019 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is April 5, 2019, on Mason's campuses! Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their school-aged children (grades K-12) for fun activities and learning sessions about manners, communication, healthy friendships, and more!

To participate:

 

Visit the event page for more information. If you have any questions, please contact worklife@gmu.edu. 

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Posted March 7, 2019

Spring Telework Week at Mason: Mar. 11-15

During the university’s spring break from March 11–15, Mason is celebrating Telework Week.

If you want to participate, fill out a Flexible Work Agreement (Mason login required) and submit it to your supervisor for approval. 

To complete the form:

 

Note: Telework Week falls under the Flexible Work Policy 2202.

Contact worklife@gmu.edu or 703-993-2600 with questions.

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Posted February 19, 2019

Electronic Flexible Work Agreement

New year, new Flexible Work Agreement! Your Flexible Work Agreement is now online and combines all flexible work options together. Using Dynamic Forms, employees complete this new form online and have it automatically sent to supervisors and department heads for signatures.

If you have an existing and unexpired paper flexible work/telework agreement, there is no need to resubmit! When your existing agreement needs to be renewed, please use the online form.

To aid this transition, we created a walk through video. A version of the video with subtitles is also available. 

Please visit flexwork.gmu.edu for more information about your options as an employee. If you have any questions, please email worklife@gmu.edu.

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Posted February 13, 2019

Patriots in the City

Fairfax City invites you to connect with other faculty and staff for “Patriots in the City,” a week-long event where local Fairfax City businesses offer discounts! You can get up to 20% off when you show your Mason ID or alumni pass at participating businesses during homecoming week, February 18-23, 2019.

Download the map of local participating businesses on the Fairfax City website.

Go Patriots!

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Posted February 6, 2019

Peterson Hall Lactation Room

There is a new, dedicated lactation room on the Fairfax campus in Peterson Hall. The details for the room, including exact location and hours, are below:

· Location: Peterson Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 2414A

· Hours: 7:00am to 11:00pm, Sunday through Saturday

· How to access: This room will be available to nursing mothers on a first come, first served basis. Please lock the door when you are using it.

If you have any questions or encounter any issues with the space, please contact worklife@gmu.edu.

If you are in need of a pregnancy accommodation, please reach out to either the Benefits team or Ruth Townsend, ADA Coordinator, at 3-8730 or via email at rtownse2@gmu.edu. If you encounter a student in need of a lactation room, please contact Alissa Karton at akarton@gmu.edu. 

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Posted January 29, 2019

Inclement Weather Resources

 

Winter weather is fast approaching! Utilize the resources below to prepare.

Staying Updated

Stay updated on university closings, late openings, or other weather-related changes in the university's schedule through Mason's switchboard at 703-993-1000, Mason Alert, the university's homepage, as well as local media outlets.

Telework and Inclement Weather

Having telework agreements and technology in place in advance can come in handy if Mason experiences an extended weather event or other emergency. Teleworkers (if it is their scheduled telework day) and remote workers continue to work even if:

• Classes are canceled and administrative offices are closed

• The university is on a modified schedule

Employees working from home during a university closing are expected to continue working unless it is not possible due to power outages or other conditions that prevent them from working. For more details, visit flexwork.gmu.edu.

Inclement Weather/Emergency Guidance

With winter fast approaching, now is a great time to review the Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy

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Posted January 17, 2019

Your 2018 W-2 is Online

Your 2018 W-2 is available online! Retrieving your electronic copy is easy and immediate. If you have never accessed your electronic W-2, please access it before January 27, 2019.

How to Access Your Electronic W-2:

  • Log in to https://patriotweb.gmu.edu
  • Click “Employee Services”
  • Choose “Tax Forms”
  • Choose “W-2 Year End Earnings Statement”
  • If you want to consent to receive electronically, read the W-2 electronic statement then click "Submit”
  • Select the tax year “2018” from the drop-down menu
  • Click "Display"
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen and choose "Printable W-2"
  • Re-enter your password to allow the display of your unmasked Social Security Number on the printable W-2
  • Your electronic W-2 will be automatically converted into the IRS approved format
  • Use the regular print function on your Internet browser to print as many copies as you need
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    If You Do Not Access Your Electronic W-2:

     

    More Information:

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    Posted December 18, 2018

    End-of-Year Newsletter

    To wrap up this year and to plan for 2019, we hope you will take a moment to explore all the helpful resources in our end-of-year newsletter.

    Look closely, because in this end-of-year newsletter you may find two hidden mittens that could lead you to win one of three Mason prize packs including a Mason fleece blanket, Mason t-shirts, and Mason swag!

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    Posted December 18, 2018

    FLEX Holiday Reminder

    If it applies to you, don’t forget to use your flex holidays!

    Senior leadership provided 16 hours of flex holiday leave in 2018 for benefited faculty and staff hired before February 1, 2018. With supervisor approval, qualifying benefited faculty and staff can use these flex holiday hours anytime during the 2018 calendar year. Part-time faculty and staff were given leave proportionately.

    Be sure to use your flex holiday hours! They expire at the end of the 2018 calendar year and are not eligible for payout. Enter the number of flex holiday hours used on your timesheet under "Special Flex Holiday."

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    Posted December 3, 2018

    Extra Support for Your Extra-Busy Season

    As the end of the year gets closer, you might be facing a seemingly endless to-do list. And when you’ve got work, family, and everything in between competing for your time during the busy holiday season, life can feel a bit overwhelming. 

    Call on Bright Horizons®.

    Take advantage of your helpful benefits, including:

     

    Get Started! Visit http://clients.brighthorizons.com/georgemasonu.


    Questions? Call: 877-242-2737

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    Posted November 26, 2018

    Winter Break Timesheet Guidance

    The winter break is closer than you think!  Please review the Winter Break Timesheet Guidance for information on: 

    • Holiday hours

    • Requirements to receive holiday pay

    • Rate of holiday pay

    • How the holiday may affect alternative work schedules

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    Posted November 14, 2018

    Inclement Weather Resources

    Winter weather is fast approaching! Utilize the resources below to prepare.

    Staying Updated

    Stay updated on university closings, late openings, or other weather-related changes in the university's schedule through Mason's switchboard at 703-993-1000, Mason Alert, the university's homepage, as well as local media outlets.

     

    Telework and Inclement Weather

    Having telework agreements and technology in place in advance can come in handy if Mason experiences an extended weather event or other emergency. Teleworkers (if it is their scheduled telework day) and remote workers continue to work even if:

    • Classes are canceled and administrative offices are closed

    • The university is on a modified schedule

    Employees working from home during a university closing are expected to continue working unless it is not possible due to power outages or other conditions that prevent them from working. For more details, visit flexwork.gmu.edu.

     

    Inclement Weather/Emergency Guidance

    With winter fast approaching, now is a great time to review the Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy

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    Posted November 8, 2018

    IRS Limits

    The IRS announced adjustments affecting retirement plan contribution limits for the 2019 tax year. Participants under age 50 can contribute up to $19,000 (a $500 increase from 2018) to their Supplemental 403(b) Retirement Plan and to their Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Participants age 50 and over can contribute $25,000 (a $500 increase from 2018) to their Supplemental 403(b) Retirement Plan and to their Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. 

    How to Increase Contributions

     403(b) contribution:

    457 contribution:

    Please contact benefits@gmu.edu with any questions.

    Posted October 1, 2018

    Flu Shot Clinic

    The Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinics will be held at Mason on the following dates:

    Students:

    Faculty/Staff:

     OR

    For questions, email worklife@gmu.edu

     

    Posted September 19, 2018

    Annual Member Benefit Profiles

    Annual Member Benefit Profiles (MBPs) are now available for faculty and staff who are enrolled in Plan 1 and Plan 2 of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). You can view your profiles by logging in to your account at https://myvrs.varetire.org/login/.

     

    MBPs provide information about your retirement and other benefits you have as a member of VRS.

     

    MBPs are currently not available for Hybrid Retirement Plan members. However, these employees can look up their current defined benefit and defined contribution account balances and other information through the Hybrid Retirement Plan site

    Posted September 6, 2018

    9-Month Faculty Open Enrollment Changes

    Nine-month faculty who made changes during the Open Enrollment period in May 2018 may see adjustments to their first fall paycheck on September 14, 2018.

    Why?

    Posted September 6, 2018

    Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Reimbursement Claims

    If you were enrolled in flexible spending accounts (FSA) during the 2017-2018 plan year, you have until September 30, 2018, to send reimbursement claims and any necessary documentation to Anthem. These claims are for eligible expenses that were incurred between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

     

    You may file reimbursement claims by:

     

    Reimbursement Forms:

     

    Health FSA Participants:

     

    Posted August 29, 2018

    Changes to Maryland Taxpayer Paycheck

    Details: September 11, Fairfax, Merten Hall 1202, 12 – 1 p.m.

     

    As part of the Anthem Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Human Resources

    & Payroll is offering a well-being series focusing on mental health topics.

     

    September’s topic is Creating a Positive Work Environment. This seminar

    will address:

    ·         Ways to build trust

    ·         Positive communication

    ·         How to set expectations and needs

    ·         Creative ideas for recognition and rewards

    ·         How to build teamwork

    ·         Finding meaning in your work

    ·         Finding humor in the workplace

     

    All employees are welcome to attend. To register, visit

    http://hr.gmu.edu/learning/register.php?id=2778&type=833.

    Posted August 22, 2018

    Financial Well-being Seminar - Building a Better Budget

    Details: Merten Hall Room 2001, September 19, 12-1 p.m.

     

    Learn how to build a better budget by attending the financial well-being seminar, “Building a Better Budget,” led by Dawn Davis from Apple Federal Credit Union.

     

    After identifying short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals, participants will learn:

    To register, visit http://hr.gmu.edu/learning/hr.php.

     

    The seminar will be video conferenced to Arlington and SciTech. If you have questions, please contact benefits@gmu.edu.

    Posted August 10, 2018

    Tax withholding Reminder- Avoid a Surprise in 2019

    In 2018, there were major changes to the federal tax code, which will impact your 2018 tax return. To assist taxpayers, the IRS released an updated Withholding Calculator https:/www.irs.gov/newsroom/use-the-irs-withholding-calculator-to-determine-the-right-amount-of-withholding-for-you which can be used to determine if you are having the correct amount of tax withholding. If withholding changes are needed, you can update your federal withholding through Patriot Web.

     

    What Does This Mean?

    Due to changes in the federal tax rates and tax code, you may wish to use the updated tax withholding calculator to review your personal tax situation and ensure you are having sufficient amounts withheld from future paychecks. For more information on the changes under the new tax law and how to use the withholding calculator, visit the IRS website https:/www.irs.gov/newsroom/updated-withholding-calculator-form-w-4-released-calculator-helps-taxpayers-review-withholding-following-new-tax-law.

     

    Do I have to complete a new Form W-4?

    No. If you do not want to make any changes to your withholding for future paychecks, no action is necessary.

     

    How do I make changes to my withholding?

    To update your individual federal withholding, log in to the Patriot Web Self-Service page at: https://patriotweb.gmu.edu/

     

    As always, consult with your tax advisor as necessary.

    Posted July 23, 2018

    New Paid Parental Leave for Benefited Classified Employees

    On June 26, 2018, Executive Order #12 was signed to provide paid parental leave for eligible state employees.  This policy is intended to give parents time to bond with a child after birth or placement in adoption, foster, and custodial care.

    Who is eligible?

    Classified employees working full-time and part-time may take parental leave provided they are eligible for FMLA coverage (must have been employed at George Mason University for a year and worked for 1,250 hours during that year).

    The university currently offers parental leave for 9-month instructional faculty and is looking into creating a policy for 12-month faculty. Wage employees and adjuncts are not eligible for paid leave but may be able to take time off at the discretion of the department.

    I am a 12-month Administrative/Professional, Instructional, or Research Faculty. Am I eligible?

    The Executive Order was a very high-level introduction to the policy; the state has subsequently provided a policy with more detail and definitions. Given that the Executive Order #12 does not include paid parental leave for faculty, we understand that this expansion of benefits for classified staff raises questions as to what might be done to similarly address the parental leave needs of 12 month instructional, research, and administrative professional faculty.

    We are currently having those conversations and working to identify ways in which we might better meet this need. Please keep in mind, any new faculty policy does require the approval from the Board of Visitors and will become effective as of that date.  Retroactivity will then be addressed as part of the policy implementation.  We will update impacted employees as more information becomes available as well as our website. 

    When can I take the leave?

    Parental leave can be used starting from the date of birth/placement of the child. Employees have six (6) months from that date to take the leave. Any unused hours after six (6) months will be forfeited. Holidays and weekends cannot be used to extend the parental leave period. For example, an employee whose baby was born on July 10, 2018 has until January 10, 2019 to use up their parental leave allotment.

    Employees may use parental leave as long as they are FMLA-eligible and have not previously used parental leave in the past 12 months. Parental leave can only be used once per child. If both parents are employed at the university, each employee can use their allotment of parental leave for the same child.

    Parental leave is to be used in a continuous period of time with only one break permitted. It may not be used in place of flexible work arrangements or to reduce the work schedule.

     

    How much leave is available?

    Up to 320 hours of paid parental leave are available for full-time employees. Those working part-time will be allocated a prorated amount as appropriate.

    The birthing parent may use parental leave to supplement Virginia Sickness & Disability Program benefits attributable to a delivery and recovery following the birth of a newborn.

    Paid parental leave runs concurrently with the FMLA period. It may be used in conjunction with other paid and unpaid leave for the full FMLA period.

     

    Who can I contact to take parental leave?

    Employees should contact a Benefits Administrator at least 30 days in advance of the leave period to begin the parental leave process. Proof of birth or legal custody documentation will be required.

    Employees who recently experienced the birth or placement of a child between December 26, 2017 and June 26, 2018 may be able to utilize parental leave retroactively. We are contacting all those we have worked with that are impacted by this benefit. If you did not work with our office but believe this policy applies to you, please reach out to us as soon as possible.

     

    For more information, please see DHRM policy 4.21 regarding the use of parental leave.

    Posted July 10, 2018

    Well-Being Seminar: Alcohol and Substance Abuse

    Details: August 16, Fairfax, Merten Hall 1202, 12 – 1 p.m.

    As part of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Human Resources & Payroll is offering a Well-being Series focusing on mental health topics.

    August’s topic is Alcohol and Substance Abuse. This seminar will address:

    To Register, visit: http://hr.gmu.edu/learning/register.php?id=2756&type=823

     

    Posted June 25, 2018

    Well-Being Seminar: Stress Reduction Tool Bag

     

    Details: Fairfax Campus, Merten Hall 1202 on July 12 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

    As part of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Human Resources & Payroll is offering a Well-being Lunch and Learn Series focusing on mental health topics.

    July’s topic is Stress Reduction Tool Bag. This seminar will discuss good and bad stress. Participants will explore how to recognize the symptoms of stress and gain tools to manage stress, including mindful communication.

     

    To Register, visit: http://hr.gmu.edu/learning/register.php?id=2755&type=822

    Posted June 4, 2018

    Important Biweekly Time Sheet Information

    We want to make sure you receive your paycheck on time! Due to the fiscal year-end roll process, biweekly payroll for the pay period June 10 to June 23, (pay date June 29), will be processed one (1) week earlier.

    Action Items:

    Important notes:

    Posted May 15, 2018

    New Benefits Summary Page

    View a complete summary of your benefits on Patriot Web! This benefits summary displays a snapshot of all your current benefit elections. It enables our benefits team to assist you even better by allowing them to see your benefits summary when you call.

    On this page, you can view:

    To access your summary:

  • Visit patrtiotweb.gmu.edu
  • Click “Employee Services”
  • Click “Benefits and Deductions”
  • Click “Benefits Summary”
  • Click “Select”
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    Posted May 3, 2018

    Open Enrollment Drop-In Sessions

    The Benefits team will hold Open Enrollment drop-in sessions for faculty and staff to stop by and ask questions or turn in forms. The sessions are:

     

    Posted April 26, 2018

    Open Enrollment Details

    Open Enrollment for health benefits and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) is from May 1 - May 15, 2018!

    How Do I Make Changes?

    The state’s EmployeeDirect (eDirect) system is not available this year; therefore, all enrollments/changes must be made on a paper enrollment form.

    Please complete the State Active Employee Enrollment Form and return it to benefits:

    Please make sure to put your Mason email address on the form so we may send you a confirmation email. 

    Where Can I Find More Information?

    If you have questions leading up to open enrollment, feel free to email benefits@gmu.edu.

     

    Posted April 5, 2018

    Test Your Financial IQ

    Test your financial know-how! HR & Payroll teamed up with TIAA to bring you the What's Your Financial IQ? challenge. From now to May 02, 2018, take this educational challenge to have fun and learn information about financial planning. Each day five new questions are added to the challenge.

     

    Test your financial savvy and learn something new each time you play at http://wyfiq.org/q/georgemason/Quiz4.

    Posted March 26, 2018

    HR & Payroll Benefits Fair

    For Spring into Well-Being, HR & Payroll invites you to the Benefits Fair to chat with some of Mason’s financial and health vendors in Merten 1201 on Thursday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m.

    Many of the vendors will offer 30 minute “mini” financial well-being presentations on the half hour from 10 a.m.  – 1 p.m. in Merten 1202. 

    No need to register! Stop by anytime for helpful information and the chance to win prizes. Click here to view a flyer for more information!

    Posted March 9, 2018

    Stay Cyber Secure! Please Update Your Phone Number

    We want to make sure you always have access to your W-2’s, course final grades,

    your and your staffs’ timesheets, and paystubs!

     

    ITS and HR & Payroll are collaborating to ensure your Patriot Web account is secure.

     

    Please click here for information about the addition of the second layer of security to Patriot Web.

     

    Be proactive about your security! Please double check you have a correct cell phone or work phone number in Patriot Web before the end of March.

     

    Visit here to learn how to update your phone number in Patriot Web.

    Posted February 15, 2018

    America Saves Week

    Are you ready to become a savings superhero? America Saves Week is the perfect time to make sure you are on track to reach your long-term savings goals. Make the most of America Saves Week and think about increasing your contributions to your retirement account. Keep an eye out for informative materials that show why saving a little more now can have such a big impact on your future. For some helpful financial well-being information visit http://hr.gmu.edu/benefits/retire/online_resources.php

    Posted January 24, 2018

    Exemption from Federal Tax Withholding

    Not everyone can claim exemption from federal income tax withholding. Employees must meet specific qualifications to be exempt. Employees can claim exemption if both of the following situations apply:

    1. In the previous year, the employee had the right to a refund of ALL federal income tax withheld from their wages because they had no tax liability.

    2. In the current year, the employee expects a refund of ALL federal income tax withheld because they plan to have no tax liability.

    There are also some other factors that help decide if an employee can be exempt from federal income taxes. For help determining if you are exempt from taxes, refer to IRS Publication 505.

    Those employees who claim exempt must submit a new Form W-4 by February 15 each year if they wish to claim exempt for the current tax year. If the employee does not submit a new form by that date, Payroll will withhold at the single filing status with no allowances.

     

    NOTE: Please remember you can update your Form W-4 online in Patriot Web Self Service.

     

    Posted January 16, 2018

    W-2s are Online!

     Your 2017 W-2 is available online! Retrieving your electronic copy is easy and immediate. 

     We highly recommend you retrieve your W-2 online.

     If you have never accessed your electronic W-2, please access it before January 27, 2018.

     How to Access Your Electronic W-2: 

     If You Do Not Access Your Electronic W-2:

    More Information:

    Posted December 19, 2017

    Prize Pack in the End-Of-Year Newsletter

    It’s a busy time of the year… but we hope you’ll take some time to read our end-of-year newsletter and enter for a chance to WIN a MASON PRIZE PACK!