HR & Payroll News

HR & Payroll News shares the latest well-being and compliance announcements directly with our network of HR Liaisons, who are encouraged to share relevant items with their departments.

TIAA Financial Seminars

TIAA Financial Seminars TIAA has a number of upcoming financial seminars. Read on or click the flyer below to learn more! October Oct. 11 (12 PM): Turn Your Retirement Savings Into a Paycheck for Life? Oct. 12 (12 PM): Quarterly Economic and Market Update with TIAA’s Chief Investment Strategist Oct.…

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Annual Veterans Day Luncheon on November 11

Annual Veterans Day Luncheon on November 11   Friday, November 11   11:45 a.m. ET   Center for the Arts lobby (Fairfax) Please join the Office of the President, the ROTC, and the Office of Military Services in celebration at the annual Veterans Day Luncheon on Friday, November 11. At…

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Bicycle Commuting 101 Webinar

Bicycle Commuting 101 Webinar 🗓️  Tuesday, October 18 ⏱️  12:00 p.m. ET 📍  Virtual Biking to campus can be fun and great for your well-being. Join Delia Johnson from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor for Bicycle Commuting 101. During this…

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Save the Date: Mason Transportation Fairs

Save the Date: Mason Transportation Fairs Join us on Thursday, October 13 at the Fairfax campus from 12 – 2 p.m. (Merten Hall lawn) and at the Mason Square campus from 4 – 6 p.m. (Van Metre Plaza) for a transportation fair. Local and regional transportation providers will be available…

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New Separation Codes in Banner

New Separation Codes in Banner In order to better capture the reasons behind employees leaving Mason, two new separation reason codes have been added to Banner. These are: RU- Resign-Compensation, and RW- Resign-Work/Life Balance. Please make sure to use these codes when indicated by the employee on the GMU Resignation…

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WW October Highlights

WW October Highlights Read the October newsletter from WW to learn how WeightWatchers stacks up against the competition, read about a new member Mystery Box promotion, and get the recipe of the month: Monster Mash Avocado Snacks.

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Virginia529 Webinar: Saving for Education

Virginia529 Webinar: Saving for Education Thinking about saving for education? Join the HR & Payroll team and Virginia529 for a special webinar on October 25 at 1 p.m. ET. Saving for future education expenses for a child, a grandchild, or even yourself can seem overwhelming. In this webinar, you’ll learn…

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Anthem Webinar: Emotional Eating

Anthem Webinar: Emotional Eating   Thursday, October 13   12:00 p.m. ET   Virtual Are you an emotional eater? In this workshop, participants will explore their own eating habits and learn to identify emotional eating. We’ll discuss the relationship between moods and cravings, learn to recognize factors that are likely…

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Registration Now Open: Self-Evaluation Learning Labs

HR & Payroll News Registration Now Open: Self-Evaluation Learning Labs Did you know performance evaluations are just around the corner? HR & Payroll is excited to offer a series of self-evaluation learning labs that will equip you with the tools and knowledge to strategize your career growth, advocate for your…

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Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinics

HR & Payroll News Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinics Flu clinic sign-ups are now open! Register today to reserve your flu shot appointment at a Winter Wellness Flu Shot Clinic:   Clinic Tips Beforehand: Register in advance for your flu shot appointment using the appropriate link above. Check out the…

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New Onboarding Toolkit for Supervisors

New Onboarding Toolkit for Supervisors Onboarding a new employee but unsure of how to set them up for success? Look no further than the new Onboarding Toolkit for Supervisors. This toolkit was designed to provide supervisors with supplemental information and recommendations for how to approach onboarding a new employee –…

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Update on Federal and State Employment Posters

Update on Federal and State Employment Posters HR & Payroll is responsible for routinely reviewing federal and state employment poster requirements and ensuring that the required posters are displayed appropriately in designated workspaces across campus. These posters are meant to educate employees on their rights related to a variety of…

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Crucial Conversations Fall Skillshop Series

Crucial Conversations Fall Skillshop Series  Thursdays (October 20 – November 17)   10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET 📍  Virtual Whenever you’re not getting the results you want, it’s likely that an important conversation either hasn’t happened or hasn’t been handled well. In fact, both personal and organizational success are…

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Mason Talent Temps

Mason Talent Temps Did you know Mason offers an in-house temporary employment service? The Talent Acquisition team maintains an applicant pool to assist hiring managers in filling temporary short- and long-term vacancies and to aid job applicants seeking temporary employment. Mason Talent Temps provides temporary staffing coverage for various needs…

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 to October 15 is celebrated nationwide as National Hispanic Heritage Month! It’s a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose families and ancestors come from Spain, Central America, South America, and the Spanish speaking nations of the Caribbean. In 1968, President…

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BrightHorizons Information Session

BrightHorizons Information Session 🗓️  Friday, October 14 ⏱️  12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET 📍  Virtual Join BrightHorizons representatives to learn more about the partnership between BrightHorizons and Mason. All Mason employees receive free member benefits for BrightHorizons services including support in locating childcare resources, nanny services, pet care, eldercare, and more!…

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2022-2023 Kindness Ambassador Nominations

2022-2023 Kindness Ambassador Nominations Mason Chooses Kindness (MCK) is excited to accept nominations for the 2022-2023 Kindness Ambassadorship until October 12! MCK’s mission is to create and sustain a kindness revolution at Mason. The second cohort of Kindness Ambassadors will be selected from our university community based on the ways…

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Opt-Out Deadline for Hybrid Voluntary Contribution Increase

HR & Payroll News Opt-Out Deadline for Hybrid Voluntary Contribution Increase In January 2023, eligible employees’ voluntary contributions to their Hybrid 457 Plan accounts will automatically increase by 0.5% unless they opt out. The opt-out period is September 16 through December 15, 2022, at 4 p.m.   Auto-escalation helps Hybrid…

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Civility and Violence Prevention Training

HR & Payroll News Civility and Violence Prevention Training   George Mason University is committed to improving community safety through a collaborative and thoughtful approach to preventing and managing situations that pose a threat to the safety and well-being of the campus community. As part of that commitment, a cross-Mason…

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Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day Micro-Sessions

HR & Payroll News Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day Micro-Sessions Missed this summer’s Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day? Didn’t get a chance to attend all the sessions that caught your eye? Not to worry-the Organizational Development and Learning team is bringing back a select few sessions as standalone workshops this fall. Check out the…

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3rd Annual Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K

HR & Payroll News 3rd Annual Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K Registration is now open for the third annual Mason Nation Thriving Together 5K! Plan to join us on Mason’s Fairfax campus on Saturday, October 29 as we celebrate well-being and support our students. This year’s 5K supports Mason’s Counseling…

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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? Nominate them for Mason’s Employee of the Month award! A new, digital…

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Religious Holidays and Inclusive Scheduling

HR & Payroll News Religious Holidays and Inclusive Scheduling As part of Mason’s commitment to inclusive excellence, please be sure to consult University Life’s Religious Holiday Calendar when scheduling important activities. Please use this resource to avoid scheduling events, meetings, or major deadlines on religious holidays that many individuals across…

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New Talent Acquisition Resources

New Talent Acquisition Resources The Talent Acquisition team has launched two online resources to further assist with departments’ recruitment efforts. Search Coordinator Resources The Search Coordinator Resources page is a quick reference guide for a search coordinator and/or anyone tasked to perform similar duties during a search. A search coordinator…

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Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

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 the list of mandated…

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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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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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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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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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WW Commonwealth of Virginia Employee Offer

HR & Payroll News WW Commonwealth of Virginia Employee Offer Have you wanted to join WW? All employees, spouses, and adult dependents get an exclusive discount of 50% off the retail price of WW and can join now for as low as $8.48 per month.

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DHRM Financial Wellness Events and Resources

HR & Payroll News DHRM Financial Wellness Events and Resources Browse the upcoming DHRM financial wellness resources below: VRS Financial Wellness Resources. Keep track of your income and expenses with the Budget tool from myVRS Financial Wellness. See how much you really spend and where you can add more to…

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Amendment to the New Overtime Wage Act

HR & Payroll News Amendment to the New Overtime Wage Act On June 30, 2021, we notified the community that the NEW Virginia Overtime Wage Act was effective beginning July 1, 2021.  Since then, an amendment (budget bill, HB 7001) was passed and signed by the governor on August 10,…

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Updated Guidance on Forms for Remote Work/ Full-Time Telework

HR & Payroll News Updated Guidance on Forms for Remote Work/Full-Time Telework We would like to share updated directions regarding which form to complete for Remote Work/Full-time Telework. This only applies to employees who plan to work exclusively from their home or another agreed-upon alternate campus/worksite located away from the…

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State Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Reporting

HR & Payroll News State Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Reporting The State Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline provides the opportunity for citizens and state employees to anonymously report suspected incidents of fraud, waste, abuse, or corruption that may have occurred in state agencies and institutions. Every state employee has an obligation to…

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Updates for Impact Awards and Departmental Monetary Awards

HR & Payroll News Updates for Impact Awards and Departmental Monetary Awards HR & Payroll Reward and Recognition is updating our processes to follow Commonwealth of Virginia policy.  Individual impact awards and departmental monetary awards will no longer be grossed up to cover the payroll taxes normally deducted from an…

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VRS Member Benefit Profile (MBP)

HR & Payroll News VRS Member Benefit Profile (MBP) If you are enrolled in a retirement plan with VRS (Plan 1, Plan 2, or Hybrid), your annual Member Benefit Profile (MBP) is available on your myVRS account. To view it, select the My History menu then select Annual Statements. The MBP…

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COVID-19 Safety Training Available Online

HR & Payroll News COVID-19 Safety Training Available Online Mason faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the Fall 2021 COVID-19 Safety Training. Faculty and staff can access COVID-19 Safety Training through MasonLEAPS. This training shares valuable information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the campus community by raising…

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Mindful Mason Moments: Virtual and in-person sessions

HR & Payroll News Mindful Mason Moments: Virtual and In-Person Sessions Mindful Mason Moments sessions, presented by the Center for the Advancement of Well-being, give you an opportunity to take midday breaks in ways that can deepen your mindful awareness and overall well-being. Starting in September, the sessions will continue…

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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 affects…

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W-4 Form Update Reminder

HR & Payroll News W-4 Form Update Reminder As the new year approaches, we want to remind you to review your Federal tax withholding and submit a new W-4 form if you have experienced any changes in your filing situation this year (e.g. got married, have a secondary source of…

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EPAF Deadlines

HR & Payroll News EPAF Deadlines With the holiday break coming soon, please be mindful of EPAF submission and payroll deadlines. Our HR assistants constantly monitor the EPAF queue to review and approve EPAFs for all colleges and departments. If the HR queue receives an EPAF on or before the…

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Onboarding Guidance

HR & Payroll News Onboarding Guidance 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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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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Reporting Accidents Reminder

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 report…

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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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Compensatory Leave Reminder

Compensatory Leave Reminder Have you earned compensatory leave? Make sure you’re 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 hours are accrued, regardless of…

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Taxability of Reimbursements

HR & Payroll News Taxability of Reimbursements All employee reimbursement requests and supporting documentation must be submitted through the Mason Finance Gateway within 60 days after the return of business-related travel or the date the expense was incurred for Mason. Travel and non-travel reimbursements submitted more than 60 days are…

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Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Increase

HR & Payroll News Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Increase The IRS announced adjustments affecting retirement plan contribution limits for the 2022 tax year. Participants under the age of 50 can contribute up to $20,500 to their Supplemental 403(b) Retirement Plan and to their Virginia Deferred Compensation Plan DCP-457. Participants age…

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Flexible Work Agreement Guidance for Spring 2022

HR & Payroll News Flexible Work Agreement Guidance for Spring 2022 As Mason plans for the spring semester, the health and safety of the entire community remains a priority. We want to provide guidance around flexible work agreements for the spring 2022 semester.   Three Month Check-Ins Required for Employees Utilizing Flexible…

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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: $11.00 on Jan. 1, 2022 $12.00 on Jan. 1, 2023 The gradual increases to $13.50 on…

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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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Diversity and Inclusion Recruitment Efforts

HR & Payroll News Diversity and Inclusion Recruitment Efforts In an effort to continue with Mason’s commitment to diversity and inclusion recruitment efforts, all jobs posted to our Mason job board will now also be hosted by the industry-leading DiversityJobs.com and its network of affiliated sites. This does not require…

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Register for Supervisor Boot Camp

Register for Supervisor Boot Camp Supervisor Boot Camp is designed to provide essential information in a supportive cohort learning environment, with opportunities for participants to reflect, learn from one another, and network. This program is presented virtually in five 3-hour sessions over 10 weeks. Registration is now open for summer 2022.…

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Virtual Nutrition Coaching with CHARGE Nutrition

Virtual Nutrition Coaching with CHARGE Nutrition Meet CHARGE, an exciting new program from GlobalFit that provides Zoom appointments with licensed Registered Dietitians. The best part? Your first nutrition visit is complimentary. Sign up today to get started. Spouses and dependents are welcome, too! What to expect in your initial consultation:  Meet virtually with an…

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Health Plan Reimbursement of COVID-19 At-Home Tests

Health Plan Reimbursement of COVID-19 At-Home Tests The federal government has announced health plan reimbursement for eligible over-the-counter diagnostic COVID-19 tests purchased January 15, 2022 or later. This mandate is in effect until the end of the federal Coronavirus Public Health Emergency. Diagnostic tests are performed if you are experiencing…

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Mailing of IRS 1095 Forms to Health Plan Participants

Mailing of IRS 1095 Forms to Health Plan Participants The Virginia Department of Human Resources mailed the 2021 IRS Form 1095 to health plan participants in late January. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), certain employers are required to offer health insurance coverage to full-time employees and their dependents. Those…

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9-Month Faculty Paid Over 9 Months Summer Benefits Deductions

9-Month Faculty Paid Over 9 Months Summer Benefits Deductions The following information explains how benefits deductions are managed during the summer months for 9-month faculty members paid over 18 pay periods. If you are a 9-month faculty member, but you elected to be paid over 12 months, the double deduction…

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Access Optional Group Life Insurance Benefits Through myVRS

Access Optional Group Life Insurance Benefits Through myVRS Eligible members can now use myVRS to access and manage optional group life insurance coverage with Securian Financial, the insurer for the VRS Group Life Insurance Program. Eligibility If your employer participates in the VRS Group Life Insurance Program, you are covered under…

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IRS Increases 2022 Contribution Limits

IRS Increases 2022 Contribution Limits The Internal Revenue Service has increased the maximum dollar amount you may contribute in 2022 to tax-deferred savings plans, such as the Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and the Hybrid 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. The annual deferral limit for 457 plans for participants younger…

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Compressed Schedules and the Holidays

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 compressed schedule hours. There…

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9-Month Faculty Pay Information

9-Month Faculty Pay Information We’d like to update 9-month faculty on upcoming pay information.    Deferred Pay  Current full-time 9-month faculty paid over nine (9) months have the option to be paid over twelve (12) months.  The pay schedule will remain the same for current faculty and will only change…

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Important Information for Kaiser Permanente HMO Members

HR & Payroll News Important Information for Kaiser Permanente HMO Members For urgent and emergency care while traveling out of state, Kaiser Permanente HMO members now have access to Cigna’s PPO Network of providers and facilities. To get care, they’ll simply need to present their digital ID card, available in…

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Updated Flexible Work Guidance

HR & Payroll News Updated Flexible Work Guidance The Faculty and Staff Engagement Team would like to share updates with individuals who have an active Flexible Work Agreement in MasonLEAPS. In May 2022, all hybrid and remote telework Classified employees were required to complete the Commonwealth’s Standard Telework Agreement (via…

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VRS Members: Be Alert for Unsolicited Retirement Counseling Services

VRS Members: Be Alert for Unsolicited Retirement Counseling Services From time to time, VRS 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 unsolicited calls to…

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2021-22 Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) Grace Period

2021-22 Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) Grace Period In an effort to meet the needs of our employees during these extraordinary times, the Commonwealth is adding a grace period to the 2021-2022 DCFSA Plan year (7/1/21 to 6/30/22), which will extend the period to incur claims under the DCFSA…

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New Commonwealth Telework Policy and Next Steps for Employees

New Commonwealth Telework Policy and Next Steps You recently received an email from the Commonwealth of Virginia detailing their updated Policy 1.61: Teleworking. We want to follow up with additional information.  The Mason community has shared their perspective about this change in telework policy. We have been, and will continue…

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Experiencing Issues with Cardinal

Experiencing Issues with Cardinal New this year, Open Enrollment is held online on Cardinal, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s new online portal. As we are transitioning to this new platform, you may be experiencing issues, which are detailed below. We recognize that this has been frustrating. Please know that we are…

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ADA Accommodation Guidance for Telework

HR & Payroll News ADA Accommodation Guidance for Telework The University is working diligently to assist those employees who are required to submit a telework agreement. This may include those who currently have an Accommodation, Adjustment and Modification (AAM) agreement for Spring 2022 under any of the three categories (I…

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PHEL Update

PHEL Update The Commonwealth of Virginia announced that Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) will no longer be available starting May 31, 2022. Employees should utilize their leave options if they are unable to work due to Covid-19. For information on current Covid-19 procedures, please refer to Mason’s Safe Return to…

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Fiscal Administration Certificate Program Launches July 2022

Fiscal Administration Certificate Program Launches July 2022 Available in July! Fiscal Services is offering a new Mason Fiscal Administration Certificate (MFAC) program. The program will consist of four consecutive weekly sessions available in a hybrid format (in-person and virtual options). The schedule for this course through November 2022 is below.…

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Performance Management and Succession Planning – Assessment Project

Performance Management and Succession Planning – Assessment Project George Mason University Human Resources and Payroll is committed to developing an engaged employee workforce through purposeful mission-driven work, transparency, communication, and growth and development. To enhance the employee development and engagement experience, we have partnered with Accenture to embark on an…

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Next Hybrid Plan Voluntary Contribution Change Deadline

HR & Payroll News Next Hybrid Plan Voluntary Contribution Change Deadline Hybrid Retirement Plan members can adjust their voluntary contribution elections on a quarterly basis – contributing up to 4% of their creditable compensation each month – to help meet their savings goals. Members can maximize 4% voluntary contribution and…

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Faculty/Staff Reward and Recognition Program

Faculty/Staff Reward and Recognition Program George Mason University values a culture of recognition! HR & Payroll’s Reward and Recognition program offers recognition opportunities that are fun, meaningful, and linked to the values and mission of Mason. The Reward and Recognition program aims to recognize individuals and teams for contributions to…

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Recipient Spotlight: Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship

HR & Payroll News Recipient Spotlight: Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship HR & Payroll’s Faculty and Staff Engagement Team is excited to announce the 2022-2023 Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship recipients. The scholarship aims to encourage continuing education for Mason employees while recognizing that the pursuit of an education is a life-long process. The…

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Update on FY 2022-2023 Health Insurance Premiums

HR & Payroll News Update on FY 2022-2023 Health Insurance Premiums Per Virginia’s recent budget approval, health insurance premiums for state employees will not increase for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023). To review 2022-2023 premiums, please refer to DHRM’s Employee Monthly Premiums Guide. COVA Care,…

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Salary Increase Guidance

Salary Increase Guidance In recognition of the extraordinary contributions made by all faculty and staff during these challenging times with retention and current economic conditions, we have decided on a one-time 5% across-the-board base salary increase for faculty and classified staff for this cycle. We want to emphasize that this…

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Important FSA Deadlines for 2021-2022 Plan Year Accounts

HR & Payroll News Important FSA Deadlines for 2021-2022 Plan Year Accounts Please see the chart below for important dates for the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program. This includes both the Health Flexible Spending Account (HFSA) and the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA).   Employees may log in to PayFlex…

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Ride Matching is Back at Mason!

HR & Payroll News Ride Matching is Back at Mason! What is Mason Commutes? It’s the go-to site for planning your commute to Mason. Going home for the weekend? See if others want to join you. Looking for someone with whom to share a ride?  See who might live in…

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13th Annual Happy Heart Walk

13th Annual Happy Heart Walk It’s time for our annual Happy Heart Walk on Wednesday, September 28! This year marks the 13th anniversary of the Happy Heart Walk. Join your fellow faculty, staff, and students in promoting heart health.  No need to register! Simply join the walk in person at…

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Optional Group Life Insurance Special Enrollment

HR & Payroll News Optional Group Life Insurance Special Enrollment VRS, working with Securian Financial (the insurer for the Group Life Insurance Program) is offering a one-time opportunity for members to enhance their optional group life insurance protection without medical underwriting during a special enrollment window of October 1 –…

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Performance Management Training Opportunities

Performance Management Training Opportunities The performance management process is a collaborative partnership between an employee and their supervisor. It is a year-round process of defining expectations, maintaining open communication, providing continuous coaching and feedback, linking goals to organizational needs, and evaluating performance. At a minimum of once per year, this…

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New Performance Management Resources

HR & Payroll News New Performance Management Resources To help HR Liaisons, supervisors, faculty, and staff find performance management information more easily, we launched the interactive Announcements and Guidance by Employee Type page. On this page, you’ll find recent performance announcements and guidance organized by employee type. If you have…

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Bright Horizons Family Webinars

HR & Payroll News Bright Horizons Family Webinars Mason partners with Bright Horizons to help you better manage your many work, family, and personal responsibilities. In addition to childcare and tutoring discounts, priority enrollment, and exclusive eldercare resources, Bright Horizons offers webinars on a range of parenting topics. Check out…

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University-Wide Phishing Email Notice

University-Wide Phishing Email Notice From our colleagues at ITS: Cybercriminals are actively attempting to access your Mason payroll account through phishing emails. Recently, they succeeded in gaining access to several Mason employees’ direct deposit information and stole pay from the employees, working around the protections in place. Mason will NEVER…

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Bright Horizons Resources for Talking to Kids About Tragic Events

Bright Horizons Resources for Talking to Kids About Tragic Events As parents, guardians and educators, we wonder how we can protect our children and support them during this incredibly difficult time – and grieve for the lives senselessly lost in this tragedy. As you and your family process what happened…

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Thank You for Taking the Faculty and Staff Experience Survey

Thank You for Taking the Faculty and Staff Experience Survey Dear Patriots, I was pleased to see such a positive response to the Faculty and Staff Experience Survey. To everyone who participated, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your survey participation. The responses from this survey…

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Spring Cleaning on Patriot Web

Spring Cleaning on Patriot Web The spring semester is ending soon! To prepare for summer, let’s do some spring cleaning on Patriot Web. Please review your information, such as addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contacts, to ensure that everything is up to date.

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Bright Horizons Resources for Answering Your Young Child’s Questions About War

Bright Horizons Resources for Answering Your Young Child’s Questions About War Calm and simple reassurances can go a long way toward making the world feel safe and manageable. Bright Horizons’ early education experts created this resource sheet for any adult supporting young children through times of stress and trauma.

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Aging Parents Employee Support Group

Aging Parents Employee Support Group Join other Mason employees navigating the challenges related to having aging parents. This new group is for employees with aging parents who are looking to connect with others, share advice, and be part of a supportive community. The group will meet monthly over Zoom on…

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Hard Copy Contracts

Hard Copy Contracts In an effort to streamline processes, create virtual files, and reduce physical paper, HR & Payroll no longer needs departments to send original hard copies of contracts to the HR & Payroll office. eWork, RTS, and Direct Hire processes should all contain electronic copies of signed contracts…

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Resilience Toolkit

HR & Payroll News New Resilience Toolkit Sometimes, we all feel overwhelmed and become unsure of how to deal with the stress in life. Building resilience can help us learn to handle the stress so we can bounce back and rediscover the energy needed to create positive solutions. Press pause…

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HR Liaisons Continuing to Help Share Information

HR & Payroll News HR Liaisons Continuing to Help Share Information We wanted to sincerely thank our stellar HR Liaisons for continuing to share the information that they receive from us with their departments/units and other relevant parties. We recognize that during this time of uncertainty, change, and transition, a…

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HR & Payroll is Now Accepting I-9s In-Person for All New Hires

HR & Payroll News HR & Payroll is Now Accepting I-9s In Person for All New Hires HR & Payroll is now accepting I-9s in person for all new hires. Please see the information below for additional guidance: As a reminder, I-9s will need to be completed within three (3)…

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Mason’s Compliance Office Gets Interim Title IX Coordinator and New Name

HR & Payroll News Mason’s Compliance Office Gets Interim Title IX Coordinator and New Name As seen in The George: “As George Mason University strives to be a national leader in anti-racism and inclusive excellence, a few changes in line with that goal have been implemented for the fall semester.…

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Quarterly Termination Process Will Be Reinstated as of Aug 7, 2021

HR & Payroll News Quarterly Termination Process Will Be Reinstated as of Aug 7, 2021 As we prepare for the return to campus, the termination process which was turned off due to COVID-19 will be reinstated August 7, 2021. This Banner process is normally scheduled to run quarterly. The process…

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Resources for Safe Return to Campus

HR & Payroll News Resources for Safe Return to Campus   Dear Patriots, We hope this message finds you enjoying your summer and taking time for some fun and relaxation before we shift our attention to preparing for the return to campus and start of the academic year. As Dr.…

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Updated Administrative/Professional Faculty Handbook

HR & Payroll News Updated Administrative/Professional Faculty Handbook The Administrative/Professional (A/P) Faculty Handbook has been updated. These revisions streamline the language and create more clarity. Below are some of the substantive revisions: Added new text that clarifies that the A/P Faculty Handbook applies only to the performance of A/P faculty duties, as…

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