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.

Nominations for the Jack Wood Award for Town Gown Relations

HR & Payroll News Nominations for the Jack Wood Award for Town Gown Relations From our colleagues at Office of Government and Community Relations: “Jack Wood, former Mayor for the then-Town of Fairfax, was the driving force for arranging a campus to be located on land adjacent to the town…

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Mason Leadership Summit: Innovative Leadership for Adult Learners and Student Parents

HR & Payroll News Mason Leadership Summit: Innovative Leadership for Adult Learners and Student Parents From our colleagues at The LEAD Office: “Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2021 Virtual Mason Leadership Summit: Innovative Leadership for Adult Learners (25 years old and up) and Student Parents, hosted by the LEAD…

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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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New Award! Patriot Pathbreakers Award Nominations

HR & Payroll News New Award! Patriot Pathbreakers Award Nominations Do you know a high-performing, collaborative team that embodies the Mason value of thriving together? The Staff Senate and HR & Payroll are accepting nominations until March 5 for the brand new Patriot Pathbreakers Award. Two teams will be chosen…

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3C’s of Well-Being Session

HR & Payroll News 3C’s of Well-Being Session February’s 3Cs of Well-being Circle explores the power of resilience with Katie Clare, Associate Director for Resilience Programs with Mason’s Center for the Advancement for Well-being. In this one-hour interactive session, attendees will gain a more nuanced understanding of resilience, reflect on…

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Mason Meeting Free Week

HR & Payroll News Mason Meeting Free Week From George Mason University: Spring break has traditionally provided faculty and staff a departure from the daily and weekly rigors of the semester. As no such hiatus will occur this semester, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Senior…

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Final Call for Outstanding Achievement Awards Nominations

HR & Payroll News Final Call for Outstanding Achievement Awards Nominations The 2021 Outstanding Achievement Awards nomination deadline is fast approaching.  If you’d like to recognize a faculty or staff member’s dedication and contributions to Mason, be sure to submit the nomination by March 5, 2021. The ceremony will be…

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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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Outstanding Achievement Awards 2021: Call for Nominations

HR & Payroll News Outstanding Achievement Awards 2021: Call for Nominations The Outstanding Achievement Awards honor Mason’s faculty and staff across many award categories and celebrate their hard work, dedication, and contributions to the university. You are invited to nominate a colleague for an award by the deadline of March…

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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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Mindful Mondays – Offered by Kaiser Permanente

HR & Payroll News Mindful Mondays Offered by Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is offering Mindful Mondays, which are classes designed to help you combat stress and build resilience! Offered to members and non-members alike, upcoming sessions include topics like Stress and Emotional Eating and Getting Healthy Sleep. Please see the…

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Well-Being Wednesdays offered by Kaiser Permanente

HR & Payroll News Well-Being Wednesdays by Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is offering Well-Being Wednesdays, which are a series of health education classes designed to help you build your overall physical and emotional well-being. This program is offered to Kaiser Permanente members and non-members alike. Upcoming sessions include topics like…

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This or That Well-Being Game

HR & Payroll News “This? Or That?” Well-Being Game Would you choose this? Or that? Join the fun with your colleagues on HR & Payroll’s Instagram stories by playing the limited-time well-being game, “This? Or That?“ Each Thursday for eight weeks, we will post well-being themed polls that put your…

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New Discounts

HR & Payroll News New Discounts Make sure you frequently check the Mason Discounts page to see the discounts you receive as a Mason employee! We recently added new discounts including: AVIS Car Rental BUDGET Car Rental HERTZ Car Rental Hotels.com Corporate Shopping Employee Discounts 

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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 Martin Luther King 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…

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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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Faculty/ Staff enjoy exclusive Mason Recreation Membership Offers in 2021!

HR & Payroll News Faculty and Staff Exclusive Mason Recreation Membership Offers From our colleagues at Mason Recreation: “Mason Recreation is here for the Mason Community to help you reach your goals, understand/implement healthy habits into your daily life, and make your health and well-being a priority. To help you…

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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 through March 2021. During the sessions, Ron Seegers, the Fidelity Retirement Planner, can address your retirement plan questions and concerns, review your investment strategy and portfolio allocation, and discuss retirement planning or…

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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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