Classification and Compensation
As part of HR’s ongoing process review we have updated two classification and compensation forms. They can be found on the HR website under Forms & Policies/Forms by Category/Classification and Compensation. Please make sure to use these versions as opposed to old ones you may have saved on your computer.
46th Annual Spartan Service Celebration
The planning committee is excited to present a new, refreshed event recognizing the honorees’ years of service to SJSU. The Spartan Service Celebration will be on Wednesday, October 30 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Barrett Ballroom. This year we will have a program celebrating the honorees followed by a reception. In the spirit of helping and caring, there will be no fee for guests to attend. We are asking all attendees to RSVP on the Spartan Service Celebration RSVP website.
We are planning the event around the Vision 2017 goals of Spartan Pride and Helping and Caring, focusing on our honorees and their service to San José State University. For more information, contact Julie Inouye Wong.
New HR 101 Course Catalog
Check out the HR 101 Course Catalog for September through December. We are offering a variety of classes for professional and personal development. Upcoming classes include: Estate Planning, Planning Your Retirement, Finding the Right Balance in Nutrition, Introduction to the Staff Fee Waiver program, and the Campus History Tour. Visit the HR website for a full list of courses and for instructions on how to register. For more information contact Julie Inouye Wong.
2013 California State Employee Charitable Campaign (CSECC)
SJSU is proud to partner with California State Employee Charitable Campaign (CSECC) to provide solutions to our community’s most important issues. Through the CSECC, we become an integral part of solving the most critical human care needs in our community. When we unite, we become a powerful force working to make our community stronger, safer and healthier for our families and neighbors.
Please join in making our community a better place to live by making a contribution through our CSECC Campaign. Participate until October 31, 2013. If you have any questions about CSECC or completing the forms, please contact Michaux Burchard at (408) 924-2155.
New Location for Defensive Driving
The Defensive Driving program is now located in the Finance/Budget and Risk Management department. As a reminder, before driving a university vehicle, including electric carts, or a privately owned vehicle on university business more than once per month, employees are required to complete an Application for University Vehicle Operation Authorization and take a defensive driving course once every four (4) years.
Benefits Open Enrollment
The annual Benefits Open Enrollment period for SJSU employees is September 20, 2013 through October 11, 2013. All changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2014.
Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity to make changes to your benefit plans. During this period, you may enroll in or change a health or dental plan, add or delete dependents, enroll or cancel FlexCash and enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (HCRA/DCRA).
Please note that if you currently participate in either HCRA or DCRA and wish to continue for tax year 2014, you must re-enroll during Open Enrollment.
If you have any questions about your benefits, please don't hesitate to contact your benefits services representative at (408) 924-2250.
Update - Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Taxation
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Revenue Ruling 2013-17 on some of the federal tax issues regarding same-sex spouses under the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Windsor. The IRS ruling states, a same-sex marriage is treated as valid for federal tax purposes if the individuals are lawfully married under state law or foreign law, even if the state in which they are domiciled does not recognize the validity of same-sex marriages. As a result of these recent IRS rulings, CSU employees with a same-sex spouse enrolled in their health and/or dental plan, will no longer incur an imputed tax. The IRS ruling is effective September 16, 2013.
Also, beginning September 16, 2013, individuals may file amended tax returns and claims for refunds of overpayment of taxes provided the statute of limitations has not already expired. The statute of limitations for filing claims is generally three years from the date when the original return was filed, or two years from the date the tax was paid, whichever is later. Amended tax returns and claims for refunds may only be filed for tax years in which the individuals have a valid same-sex marriage, based on the state law or foreign law where they were lawfully married. We recommend employees consult with their tax advisors regarding filing amended tax returns.
This IRS ruling does not apply to registered domestic partners or civil unions.
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is a significant overhaul of the US healthcare system. Its primary objective is to decrease the number of uninsured individuals and reduce overall healthcare costs.
In California, the insurance exchange, Covered California, is available for individuals who are not eligible for health insurance through their employer and those who don’t otherwise have access to health insurance. Covered California offers a menu of affordable health insurance options for individuals.
Looking ahead, ACA requires all individuals to have health insurance effective January 1, 2014. In addition, all health plans must comply with ACA guidelines that prohibit individuals to be denied coverage due to having a pre-existing health condition. Waiting periods for insurance may not exceed 90 days and employers will be required to offer affordable coverage to all employees working an average of 30 hours per week and implement specific IRS reporting requirements effective January 2015.
For more information, visit Covered California.