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Benefit enrollment period begins today

blossoms.300x174The annual benefits enrollment period will take place from April 14 to 25. For an overview of WFU’s benefit program for the upcoming year, effective July 1, Human Resources is offering information sessions around campus. Register at the PDC to attend one of the sessions.

Benefit informations sessions will be held at:

The annual Benefits Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Benson 401. Benefit providers will be available to assist with any questions.

The online enrollment form must be completed by April 25, 2014. 

Annual benefits sessions and Benefits Fair

The annual benefits enrollment period will take place from April 14 to April 25. For an overview of WFU’s benefit program for the upcoming year, effective July 1, HR is offering information sessions around campus. Register at the PDC to attend one of the sessions.

Benefit informations sessions will be held at:

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HR’s Bethany Fay to speak on fringe benefits March 25

Beth FayAt the next Staff Advisory Council meeting, Bethany Fay of Human Resources will present a review of the University’s fringe benefit programs for 2014-15. Fay, associate director of compensation and benefits, will also discuss the annual enrollment process, which starts April 14 and runs through April 25.

Open to all staff, the SAC meeting will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on March 25 in Benson University Center, Room 401 C/D.

The University’s Annual Benefits Fair will be held on April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401.

For more information about the SAC, visit

2014 retirement plan limits

The Internal Revenue Service has announced its 403(b) retirement plan limits for 2014. The University is providing this information online, in place of distributing packets, to aid sustainability efforts.  You may click to review the limits and obtain information on viewing and changing your personal contribution.

Individual contribution limits may apply based on age, salary and past contributions. If you have questions about your contribution limit, please contact Human Resources at 336-758-4700 or


November 2013 coming and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in November 2013:

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New state tax form required for all employees

Resulting from the North Carolina Tax Reform Law passed earlier this year, the state’s Department of Revenue recently notified employers that all employees must complete a new “Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.” You may choose to complete the Form NC-4 EZ or the Form NC-4.

Please complete and sign the appropriate form and submit to Payroll or Human Resources by 5:00 p.m. on December 20, 2013, either by scanned copy through email to or by mail. If your form is not received by December 20th, Payroll is required to withhold North Carolina taxes at the single status with zero allowances.

Frequently Asked Questions document is available from the Department of Revenue, and additional information is included below. They also have an NC-4 Form call-number to answer your questions on how to complete the form; that number is (877) 252-4487.

As provided by the North Carolina Department of Revenue:

The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted House Bill 998, which becomes effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. Under this new law, all taxpayers will pay a lower rate and be granted a higher standard deduction. Taxpayers may no longer claim a personal exemption for themselves, their spouse, children, or any other qualifying dependents. Additionally, many deductions and tax credits that impact North Carolina withholding tax are no longer available for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1.

North Carolina allowances are no longer available for spouses, dependents over age 17, or for all income levels; therefore, your determination of allowances for tax year 2014 will differ from previous years. Most taxpayers will not be entitled to as many allowances and, as a result, more taxpayers will claim zero allowances. Although the state income tax is decreasing to a uniform rate of 5.8% and the allowance method is changing, employees may see an increase or decrease in tax withholding next year.

If you have questions, please contact Payroll at 336-758-2960 or email at

October 2013 staff milestones

See a list of employment milestones reached by staff in October 2013: Continue reading »

Time to nominate for Staff Employee of the Year

Each year, Wake Forest presents two Staff Employee of the Year awards to employees who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the Wake Forest University community. As a faculty or staff member, we ask you to nominate deserving staff colleagues for this award. All regular staff employees (working at least 1,000 hours annually) with five or more years of continuous service with the University are eligible for nomination and consideration.

Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the Staff Advisory Council, who will select two award recipients. Please click to submit your nominations by Thursday, Oct. 10.

Award recipients will be recognized at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 12, with a plaque and cash award of $1,000. In addition to the luncheon, these recipients also will be honored at a campus-wide dessert reception. You are invited to attend this reception on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

Please call Human Resources at 336.758.4700 or e-mail, if you have questions.

Take charge of your well-being

New this year, Reynolda Campus faculty and staff medical plan participants are eligible to earn a well-being incentive through BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina’s (BCBSNC) Healthy Outcomes program.

Human Resources is holding the last of four information sessions this Thursday, Oct. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in Reynolda Hall 301.

Personalized health and disease management resources are available to help participants maintain healthy lifestyles and manage chronic conditions. Participants have until March 31, 2014, to earn at least 120 credits from Healthy Outcomes program activities to receive a $200 medical premium reimbursement in the second quarter of 2014.

Take these steps to participate:

  1. Log in at and click on the “Wellness” tab.
  2. Take the required Health Assessment.
  3. Explore the recommended program, tools and resources on your personalized homepage.
  4. Keep track of completed activities and celebrate what you’ve achieved.
  5. Complete the activities before March 31, 2014.

Learn more about the United Way’s impact

Carmen Canales

Wake Forest’s United Way campaign in underway, and each employee should have received an email with a personalized link to the online pledge process. If you have questions or need information, please visit the campaign website.

Carmen Canales, chief human resources officer, is a longtime supporter of the United Way. She also has been personally impacted by the United Way’s support of community agencies.

“My family has had an opportunity to benefit from the services of the United Way,” Canales said. “My younger daughter attended a school for special-needs children for many years, and this gave her the opportunity to learn and grow, to go on field trips, and to make friends just like any other typical child.”

See Canales speak about how to “Live United” in this video »