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WFU to offer tax equity benefit for same-sex domestic partners

Beginning July 1, Wake Forest  will offer a tax equality benefit for same-sex domestic partners of Reynolda Campus faculty and staff.

Wake Forest has offered same-sex domestic partner benefits to faculty and staff for more than 13 years; however, due to IRS regulations, individuals taking advantage of these benefits pay more than their heterosexual, married colleagues. With the introduction of this benefit, the University is striving to create parity for all faculty and staff by providing participants who have same-sex domestic partners with compensation to offset the additional amount they pay.

“The addition of the tax-equity benefit is a further demonstration of Wake Forest’s commitment to all members of our campus community,” said President Nathan Hatch. “It seems appropriate that this comes at a time when we have recognized so many examples of diversity and inclusion during our ‘Faces of Courage’ year-long celebration.”

The Wake Forest LGBTQ Center, which opened in August 2011, worked in partnership with Human Resources on this initiative.

“We’re thrilled to see Wake at the forefront, championing LGBTQ equity in higher education with the addition of this benefit,” said LGBTQ Center director Angela Mazaris. “This is a great example of Wake Forest’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in action.”

Wake Forest joins the ranks of prestigious universities such as Princeton, Yale, Syracuse, University of Pennsylvania, Barnard, and Bowdoin College in providing this benefit.

Perry Patterson, recently retired professor of economics and longtime LGBTQ advocate at Wake Forest, applauded the University’s decision, stating: “Many WFU faculty and staff will be most grateful for this policy move. It demonstrates clearly the University’s commitment that Pro Humanitate must fully apply to all members of the community.”

Benefits enrollment ends Friday

The annual benefits enrollment process for Reynolda Campus benefits-eligible faculty and staff will end April 12. Employees will need to actively enroll for benefits if you plan to make changes to your elections, covered dependents, or participate in a Flexible Spending Account.

Human Resources has announced several improvements:

  • online enrollment forms and packets;  limited hard-copy forms and packets will be available in key campus locations
  • benefits information sessions being held in various campus locations
  • computer/enrollment lab, during which you may have your benefits questions answered, or receive technical support
  • extended enrollment support for third-shift employees

Please see the Annual Benefits Enrollment web page for details about the enrollment process and schedule of events. During the enrollment period, you may contact the benefits team at benefits@nullwfu.edu, or 336.758.6404.  Please continue to contact AskHR@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.4700 for all other HR questions.

Benefits enrollment begins; fair is Tuesday

The annual benefits enrollment process for Reynolda Campus benefits-eligible faculty and staff will take place April 1-12. Employees will need to actively enroll for benefits if you plan to make changes to your elections, covered dependents, or participate in a Flexible Spending Account.

HR will host the popular Benefits Fair on Tuesday, April 2, in Benson 401, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Human Resources has announced several improvements:

  • online enrollment forms and packets;  limited hard-copy forms and packets will be available in key campus locations
  • benefits information sessions being held in various campus locations
  • computer/enrollment lab, during which you may have your benefits questions answered, or receive technical support
  • extended enrollment support for third-shift employees

Please see the Annual Benefits Enrollment web page for details about the enrollment process and schedule of events.  During the enrollment period, you may contact the benefits team at benefits@nullwfu.edu, or 336.758.6404.  Please continue to contact AskHR@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.4700 for all other HR questions.

SAC to hear presentation on WFU benefits

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will hear a presentation on the University’s benefit programs at a March 26 meeting.

Angela Culler and Shannon Calleja, members of the Human Resources staff, will make a presentation on benefit programs in advance of the annual benefits enrollment for staff and faculty.

The SAC will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at Benson University Center, Room 401 C/D. SAC meetings are open to all staff.

Human Resources update

Please find below updates on several Human Resources initiatives, along with key dates:

Leadership Development Program

The Professional Development Center is accepting applications through March 15 for the 2013-2014 Leadership Development Program. The program continues to be open to 10 faculty and 10 staff members, a structure that creates a diverse learning environment and helps participants gain a new appreciation of the different roles and departments across campus. Please visit the Leadership Development Program web page for further information.

Youth Employment Program

Applications now are being accepted from departments who are interested in hiring a student dependent for this summer’s Youth Employment Program. The program has been enhanced to model the Wake Fellows Program. More information can be found at the Youth Employment Program web page.

Student dependents of faculty or staff who are interested in applying for the program may do so March 15-31 through the Wake Forest career portal. Position descriptions will be posted once the application period begins, and selected students will be notified by April 30. The PDC will offer afternoon and evening resume building classes to help prospective students create their application materials.

Annual Benefits Enrollment

The annual benefits enrollment period will take place April 1-12, offering benefit-eligible faculty and staff the opportunity to review and update their elections. The annual benefits fair will take place on April 2 in Benson 401.

Centralized Temporary Staffing Services

Wake Forest will launch a centralized temporary staffing service later this summer, which will allow the Human Resources team to support your temporary staffing needs in a convenient and cost-effective manner. We will work with campus departments to determine if the temporary staffing needs can be met through in-house “Wake” temporary employees, or through a preferred agency partner. More information is forthcoming.

Please contact the Human Resources team at x4700, or AskHR@nullwfu.edu, for questions.

Group Long Term Care Insurance enrollment is closing

As a reminder, the enrollment period for Genworth Group Long Term Care Insurance is closing Friday, Oct. 19, at midnight.

If you are a full- or part-time benefit-eligible faculty or staff member, and you are interested in enrolling, visit the HR website. The Group Long Term Care Insurance page contains details and enables you to elect the coverage online at competitive group rates.

The program will be effective Dec. 1.  It is designed to cover expenses for long term care services received at home, in the community, or in a nursing facility.

Group Long Term Care Insurance enrollment extended

Last month, HR announced new Group Long Term Care Insurance, underwritten by Genworth Life Insurance Company.  The enrollment period to apply for this benefit has been extended to Oct. 19. Full- and part-time benefit-eligible faculty and staff may elect this coverage at competitive group rates. Visit the Group Long Term Care Insurance page on the HR website for more information. This page contains information on accessing the Genworth website to apply for the benefit.

The program will be effective Dec. 1. It will cover expenses for long term care services received at home, in the community, or in a nursing facility.

Tuition concession rates announced

Tuition concession rates for attending other institutions of higher education for the 2012-2013 academic year are as follows:

  • Eligible faculty and staff: Academic year maximum is $4,778.78.
  • Dependent children of eligible faculty and staff: Academic year maximum is $7,787.56.

Previously submitted tuition concession requests for Fall 2012 will be reviewed to see if they are eligible for the increased academic year maximum. These adjustments will be reprocessed by Aug. 31.

HR announces two new benefit programs

Wake Forest is pleased to announce a Back-up Care Advantage Program (beginning in early September) and new Group Long Term Care Insurance (effective December 1).

WFU has partnered with a nationally-recognized organization, Bright Horizons, for the Back-up Care Advantage Program. Full-time faculty and staff may use the program when regular child- or adult-care arrangements are unavailable. Registration and reservations are required before using the service. Details are available on the Back-up Care Advantage Program page on the HR website.

The Group Long Term Care Insurance is available to full- and part-time benefit-eligible faculty and staff at competitive group rates, through a partnership with Genworth Life Insurance Company. This benefit covers expenses for long term care services received at home, in the community, or in a nursing facility. Eligible colleagues may visit the Group Long Term Care Insurance page on the Human Resources website, look for information in the mail, and enroll Sept. 10 – Oct. 5, 2012.

Friday is final day for benefit changes

Wake Forest employees can review their July 1, 2012, benefit elections in WF@Work via WIN (https://win.wfu.edu/).

To view the elections, select the Current Benefits Statement link in WF@Work. You’ll have the option of viewing your current benefit elections or your future dated benefit elections. If you need to change your July 1, 2012, benefit elections, please submit your request by email to AskHR@nullwfu.edu. All changes must be submitted by Friday, May 25.

If you have a 2011-2012 Flexible Spending Account, please make sure to spend your money by June 30, 2012. You have until Sept. 30, 2012, to submit claims for reimbursement.