HR & Payroll News

HR & Payroll News shares the latest well-being and compliance announcements to support Mason employee well-being. The latest news is also sent weekly to a network of HR Liaisons.

Vanpool Formation: Fredericksburg, VA Area

HR & Payroll News Vanpool Formation: Fredericksburg, VA Area Are you a full-time faculty/staff member who lives in the Fredericksburg, VA area?  Would you like to have your commute costs reimbursed up to $270/month, tax-free, not have to do all the driving, park free at Mason, and reduce carbon emissions? …

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

HR & Payroll News Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! This month recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Thank you for all that you…

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Apply for the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series

HR & Payroll News Apply for the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series Apply for the third cohort of the Emerging Leaders Supervisor Series! The series begins in September 2021 and runs until December 2022. In addition to the in-class curriculum, participants will: Work with assigned workplace coaches to set goals related to…

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W-2 Hotline Closing

HR & Payroll News W-2 Hotline Closing

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Annual End-of-Fiscal Year Technical Message

HR & Payroll News Annual End-of-Fiscal Year Technical Message To prepare you for the end-of-fiscal year, we want to share some important information that may impact your work for the next several weeks. HR & Payroll, Budget, and Fiscal Services need to “roll the fiscal year” in Banner. The end-of-fiscal-year…

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University Life Student Success Virtual Symposium:  Connect. Innovate. Engage.

HR & Payroll News University Life Student Success Virtual Symposium:  Connect. Innovate. Engage. From our colleagues at University Life: If you need or want to know more, view our video. Don’t forget to download your Symposium Zoom background on the symposium website under Resources tab. This year’s University Life Student…

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Leave Balance Transfers

HR & Payroll News Leave Balance Transfers Is your department or unit hiring an employee who is transferring within Mason or the state? Leave transfers are a complex matter when changing jobs within the state or within Mason. When hiring for a new position, please do not assume or agree…

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Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship

HR & Payroll News Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship Are you enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Mason? Then apply for the competitive $250 book scholarship for faculty and staff enrolled in a degree or graduate certificate program at Mason!

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Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony Recording

HR & Payroll News Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony Recording If you missed the Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony, you can watch a recording of the ceremony! Congratulations again to all the award winners!

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TIAA Financial Seminars

HR & Payroll News TIAA Financial Seminars Looking to learn more about your finances? TIAA is hosting several financial well-being seminars. Check out the flyer to learn more!

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2021 Salary Increase Announcement

HR & Payroll News 2021 Salary Increase   This marks the first step in Mason’s transition to a performance culture. Subsequently, Mason will be administering a 2% pool for increases based upon merit, market and other necessary adjustments required to retain talent at a later date. Faculty hired into benefitted…

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Updated Hiring Guidance

HR & Payroll News Updated Hiring Guidance As Mason continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to provide updated hiring guidance. The process for posting positions will return to the standard, pre-hiring freeze, procedure, effective May 1, 2021. For more information, please review the steps below:   Submit a position maintenance form (PMF)…

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Virginia’s New Hourly Minimum Wage Schedule Update

HR & Payroll News Virginia’s New Hourly Minimum Wage Schedule Update Per new Virginia legislation approved by the General Assembly, the hourly minimum wage in Virginia will gradually increase according to the following schedule: $9.50 beginning May 1, 2021 $11.00 on Jan. 1, 2022 $12.00 on Jan. 1, 2023 The…

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Preliminary Information for Proposed Performance Increase

HR & Payroll News Preliminary Information for Proposed Performance Increase In preparation for the Commonwealth’s proposed performance increase, we would like to share some preliminary information. Please share this information with the supervisors in your unit:   Classified staff and administrative/professional (A/P) faculty hired on or before March 10, 2021,…

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Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer Search Page

HR & Payroll News Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer Search Page George Mason University believes that diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy to an academic community. George Mason is currently in the search process for the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and…

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Mason Family Connection

HR & Payroll News Mason Family Connection New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) is excited to introduce the Mason Family Connection – the official platform for university communication and family engagement.   Everything families need to make the most of their Mason family experience will be located in one centralized…

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CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes

HR & Payroll News CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes Looking for a way to get quick wellness tips without doing any extra work? Each week, we update the CommonHealth page on the HR & Payroll website with Weekly Wellnotes that provide quick wellness tips! These tips range from how to manage stress,…

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Summer Camp Resources

HR & Payroll News Summer Camp Resources Start planning for summer now! To help families with kiddos, we compiled a list of summer camps and activities at Mason and in the surrounding community. The list is organized by area and links directly to the activity page.   Mason Academic Camps…

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Preventing Workplace Violence

HR & Payroll News Preventing Workplace Violence George Mason University strives to provide faculty, staff, students, and visitors a safe place in which to work, study, and live. Mason takes a zero-tolerance approach to workplace violence. It can take many forms; some are obvious while others are subtler.   Reporting Procedures All faculty…

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Acceptable Use of State Electronic Resources

HR & Payroll News Acceptable Use of State Electronic Resources A friendly reminder that state electronic equipment (desktops, laptops, tablets, etc.) is for conducting professional business, despite the fact that they “travel everywhere” with us. All users have a responsibility to ensure they use these resources appropriately. Mason’s Policy 1301, Responsible Use of Computing…

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Wellness Resources

HR & Payroll News Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Wellness Resources Mason’s faculty and staff have access to Kaiser Permanente’s EAP Wellness Resources, whether you’re a member of Kaiser or not. Visit their website to explore a range of self-care tools, tips, and activities to help you thrive in mind, body,…

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Members Should Watch for Unsolicited Retirement Counseling Services

HR & Payroll News Watch for Unsolicited Retirement Counseling Services From our friends at VRS: “VRS occasionally receives reports from members and employers that various companies or groups have contacted them via email or phone to offer retirement counseling services or insurance products. Please be aware: VRS does not use…

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Patriot Learning Pod Applications Available

HR & Payroll News Patriot Learning Pod Applications Available From George Mason University: “Registration is open for the Patriot Learning Pod, a proctored, self-study learning environment for the children of George Mason University faculty and staff at the Pilot House.”

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Invest529’s New Tuition Track Portfolio

HR & Payroll News Invest529’s New Tuition Track Portfolio From the Commonwealth of Virginia: “College costs have increased consistently over the last three decades, leading many families to wonder whether it is possible to save for their children’s futures when the tuition price tag feels like a moving target. Now…

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Onboarding Updates

HR & Payroll News Onboarding Updates Thank you for continuing to diligently follow the onboarding process when hiring new employees. A smooth onboarding process creates an environment where your new employees feel supported. Following each step in a timely manner gives your new employees a seamless transition and a successful…

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Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

HR & Payroll News Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting While everyone should be concerned about child abuse and neglect, the law requires certain individuals to report suspected instances. In 2012, the Virginia General Assembly (SB 239) added, “any person employed by a public or private institution of higher education” to…

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Compensatory Leave Reminder

HR & Payroll News Compensatory Leave Reminder Have you earned compensatory leave? Make sure you are aware of the compensatory leave limits and expirations: Employees are limited to 96 hours of accrued compensatory leave Per State Policy 3.10, accrued compensatory leave expires one year from the pay period in which the…

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Optional Life Insurance Premium Increase

HR & Payroll News Optional Life Insurance Premium Increase Please contact Securian Life at 1-800-441-2258 to inquire about your coverage or make any changes.  

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Reporting Accidents Reminder

HR & Payroll News Reporting Accidents Reminder We want to make sure the Mason community stays safe! Please 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…

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Compressed Schedules and the Holidays

HR & Payroll News Compressed Schedules and the Holidays If you use the compressed schedule work option, please be aware of the upcoming holiday. For the holiday, full-time employees with compressed schedules receive eight (8) hours of holiday pay and/or compensatory leave per day, depending on the situation, regardless of their…

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Employee of the Month Nominations

HR & Payroll News Employee of the Month Nominations Do you work with an incredible Mason administrative/professional faculty member, classified staff member, or wage employee who goes the extra mile, collaborates with their colleagues, and supports the university? If you have questions, contact awards@gmu.edu.

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Fidelity 1-on-1 Consultation Sessions

HR & Payroll News Fidelity 1-on-1 Consultation Sessions Fidelity will continue to host virtual or telephone 1-on-1 consultation sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 11 and 26. During the sessions, Ron Seegers, the Fidelity Retirement Planner, can address your retirement plan questions and concerns, review your investment…

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Drug and Alcohol Policy

HR & Payroll News Drug and Alcohol Policy The abuse of drugs and alcohol by employees is incompatible with the goals of George Mason University. The illicit use of drugs and alcohol could create a serious threat to the safety and welfare of the university community and undermine the productivity…

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No Deadline for Testing Site Operations Assistants

HR & Payroll News No Deadline for Testing Site Operations Assistants The Testing Site Operations Assistants now has no application deadline! Read the previous announcement below to learn more:   As previously announced, Mason is scaling up COVID-19 testing operations and is looking for Patriots to serve as Testing Site…

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PHEL Update

HR & Payroll News PHEL Update The Commonwealth of Virginia notified Mason that the available hours of Public Health Emergency Leave Policy (PHEL) will return to a maximum of 80 hours per leave year as of January 10, 2021. The PHEL exception approved in March that expanded paid time off…

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