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Benefits Open Enrollment & Employee Services Fair

Your CSU benefits are designed to help you live and work healthier. The approaching annual open enrollment period (September 16, 2013 through October 11, 2013) is an opportune time to think about your benefits and what makes the most sense for you and your family.

During open enrollment you can enroll in, change, or cancel the following benefits:

CalPERS Health



Voluntary Benefits Plans

Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA)*

Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA)*


*Flexible Spending (Reimbursement) Account enrollees must re-enroll in order to continue contributions for the 2014 calendar year. If you do not re-enroll your deduction will stop in your November 2013 paycheck.

The CSU is committed to offering benefits plans that provide you with options to choose the right level of coverage to help manage your needs and your family’s health needs. This year, CalPERS is adding four new HMO Providers: Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net, Sharp, and United Health Care. 

Even if you wish to keep your current medical plan, we strongly encourage you to visit the CalPERS web site at to obtain detailed information on plan design changes (e.g. what benefits are not covered in 2014, expanded service areas, co-payment, and prescription changes).

Tips to prepare for Open Enrollment:


  1. Verify your mailing address: Prior to the start of Open Enrollment, CalPERS will be mailing you an Open Enrollment package directly to the mailing address indicated in our payroll systems. We encourage employees to update their mailing address through the quick and easy online process available via MySJSU (
  2. Know your benefits: Review your current benefit elections as well as dependents enrolled in each benefit plan through MySJSU (


Employee Services Fair Coming September 24!

To learn more about the new plans and to explore your options, please stop by the Employee Services Fair on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Barrett Ballroom inside the Student Union. Health Care vendors will be available from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m..A

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact your benefits representative in Human Resources at 408.924.2250. We're here to help!

CalPERS Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) Project

The CalPERS Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) Project is in progress and the Verification Phase will take place from July 26, 2013, through September 12, 2013. During this phase employees enrolled in a CalPERS health plan will be required to provide documentation to HMS Employer Solutions (HMS), in order to verify that the dependents enrolled in their health plans are CalPERS eligible dependents.

Employees will receive a letter directly from HMS with details and instructions on how and where to submit this documentation. 

Learn more about the CalPERS DEV Project and the list of required documents on the CalPERS website.

Save the Date for the Spartan Service Celebration!

Please mark your calendars on October 30, 2013 for the 46th Annual Spartan Service Celebration. The university will honor staff with 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service. It will be in the Barrett Ballroom from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

The event committee is working hard to give a fresh feel to this classic event, infusing both Vision 2017 strategic initiatives of Spartan Pride and Helping and Caring.  Join us as we celebrate our honorees' service to SJSU. Additional details will be communicated in the coming weeks.

See the list of honorees.

New MPP Performance Evaluation Form and Guidelines

 The new MPP Performance Evaluation form is now posted on our website, along with an instructional document and a new MPP Improvement Plan form.

These are also posted on our website in our Forms by Category area under Performance Evaluation - MPP.

Our goal was to create a cleaner, more simplified form that made completing the evaluation a little less daunting. We looked at numerous management evaluations from around the CSU, other universities, and even some private companies. We also got some great feedback from our HR Advisory Council members and feel like we've developed an effective tool to use going forward. 

As a reminder, the annual evaluation period for MPPs is July 1 - June 30 and evaluations are due in our office no later than August 14, 2013.

We have also created a new email address ( that should be used to email a scanned copy of the signed evaluation to our office. This makes the process more confidential and ensures that paperwork is not misplaced or lost, and helps with HR's goal of going green.

New Rates: Tax Deferred Savings Plans - 2013 Limits

Effective for tax year 2013, eligible employees can contribute up to $17,500 into the 403 (b), 401 (k) and 457 Plan or:

  • Combination of 401k/403b ($17,500) and 457 ($17,500) = $35,000
  • Catch-up provision for all three plans for employees over the age of 50 = $5,500
  • Catch-up provision for the 403b plan for employees who have worked at least 15 years may be eligible to contribute an additional $3,000 per year for up to 5 years for a total of $15,000.

Please note, participants may contribute to both a 403 (b) and 401 (k) plan in the same tax year, however, combined contributions across both plans cannot exceed $17,500.00.

Employees who wish to contribute using the catch-up provision must demonstrate eligibility by completing the CSU Maximum Contribution Worksheet and returning it to the Benefits Unit in Human Resources.

You can obtain the CSU Maximum Contribution Worksheet by visiting CSU Systemwide Benefits Portal.

The Public Employee Pension Reform Act (PEPRA)

The Public Employee Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2012 will become law on January 1, 2013.  The Chancellor’s Office (CO) is working closely with CalPERS on the interpretation and impact as it pertains to CSU employees. Additionally, in response to questions received, the CO created a Pension Reform FAQ. Please note: answers are based on a preliminary review and represent a current understanding of PEPRA. Therefore, the information may be subject to change. SJSU Human Resources will continue to communicate new as well as updated information regarding pension reform as it becomes available. Any additional questions not addressed in the FAQ, please send an e-mail to Benefits.

For more details about pension reform and the impact to CSU employees, visit the Pension Reform Update.

CSU Military Leave Policy Update

 The Chancellor is extending through June 30, 2013, the provisions of the Difference in Pay CSU Salary Supplement Program for eligible employees called to active military duty to serve during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. This policy memorandum supersedes HR 2011-06. For additional information on this salary supplement program, please refer to HR 2004-21. This HR memorandum is also available on the Human Resources Management.

Join the HR Google User Group

HR is now using a Google group to communicate HR information to interested employees. Employees will receive email announcements regarding upcoming meetings, training, etc. The group is public. To join, please sign in below. Note: Only SJSU email addresses can join the group.