Gail Stukenberg Receives August Employee Recognition Award
Gail Stukenberg, Office Support Specialist for the Learning Support Services, is the recipient of the August Employee Recognition Award. Gail was nominated by Dr. Kevin Thomas and former Director Dr. Yvonne Mitkos, with support from Dr. Laura Pawlow and Mary Lou Wlodarek.
“Gail is a dedicated employee who continually demonstrates excellence in her professional performance. Beyond her professional excellence, she also greets every student, faculty, staff, and community member the LSS area with a kind welcome and a smile. Recently, I started a 365 days of appreciation effort on my own social media posts within Facebook. On that I wrote, “Little details are the things that make good become great, okay become fantastic, and in some cases insane situations become sane. I can honestly say that over the past seven months that I don't know that I would have handled my job as efficiently and effectively without the support and professionalism of Gail Stukenberg. She has been a star. Rephrase. She is a star. With a variety of change Gail had managed the dominos of situation after situation. She had managed the details and follow through of her job in a way that can only be described as spectacular. Her work ethic has made my life easier and I have to say that I have enjoyed working with her more and more. She is a fantastic staff member and a fantastic person. Thanks for being such a star in the success of Learning Support Services at SIUE!”
-Dr. Kevin Thomas, Director, Office of Retention and Student Success
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the SIUE August 2016 Employee of the month. I would like to thank my former director, Dr. Yvonne Mitkos, and my current director, Dr. Kevin Thomas, for nominating me, as well as Mary Lou Wlodarek, Tutoring Resource Center Coordinator, and all others who endorsed my nomination. Anyone who knows me knows that my mantra is “the common denominator wherever you go is people.”
I am beyond blessed to work with some of the most dedicated, devoted, fun and passionate people here at SIUE, starting with my colleagues in Learning Support Services, Testing Services, Academic Advising and SOAR. Beyond the walls of the Academic Advancement suite, Kevin Wathen and Kay Weis are also an integral part of my support team. AND, let’s not forget HR – Jeannette Parmenter who started all the magic by placing me in Instructional Services as Civil Service Extra Help and the rest is history! Many thanks to everyone who has been on this trial by fire journey with me to learn and to grow as an employee of SIUE. I wish I could name you all, but there isn’t enough time! “ -Gail Stukenberg, Learning Support Services
Questions or comments should be directed to Jen Oates-Blair, firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 2127.
New Employee Benefit-"The Work Number"
Do you need your employment or income verified?
We are pleased to announce a new service that will improve the income and verification process for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. SIUE will use a secure service called The Work Number® to provide automated employment and income verifications for our employees starting Monday, August 1st.
The Work Number® from Equifax is a fast and secure way to provide proof of your employment or income—a necessary step in many of today’s life events including obtaining credit, financing a home or automobile, obtaining a housing lease or securing government benefits or services. The Work Number® simplifies the verification process and accelerates qualifying decisions through an online system available to verifiers
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no cost to the employee to use this service.
Hundreds of thousands of credentialed verifiers rely on The Work Number® for rapid access to information critical to their decision process, and thousands of employers nationwide have entrusted The Work Number®
to provide this important service on behalf of their employees.
Employees who work for organizations that contribute information to The Work Number® can access one (1) free Employment Data Report (EDR) each year through www.theworknumber.com. The EDR provides complete historical employment and income information, as well as a listing of verifier requests for the past two years.
Upon transition to The Work Number®, if you experience any problems or feel the information provided is not accurate please contact the Office of Human Resources at (618) 650-2190. Additionally, If the verifier will not use The Work Number®, please complete a Request for Verification of Employment Form located at http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/forms/pdf/Employment_Verification_Form.doc and turn it into the Office of Human Resources vial mail, fax, or in person.
For additional information, FAQs and instructions on how to use The Work Number® please visit http://www.siue.edu/humanresources and click on Verification of Employment or for access to your Employment Data Report, please visit www.theworknumber.com/employees and use the log-in information below.
For Southern Illinois University Edwardsville employees, the default ID and PIN scheme is:
ID: Social Security Number (9 digits, no dashes)
PIN: Last 4 digits of SSN and 4 digit birth year(YYYY)
Foreign National (NRA)
We have added an NRA Tax Presentation to the Foreign National (NRA) web page.
This power point presentation is intended for foreign-tax status independent contractors , employees, and student employees.
Departments that employee foreign-tax status individuals may also find this presentation helpful.
The presentation will:
To view please click on “Foreign National (NRA) Tax Presentation”. The presentation will open in a new window.
Please send us an email at email@example.com regarding any comments, feedback or suggestions you have.
FISCAL YEAR-END PAYROLL REQUESTS
In preparation for the FY16 roll process, scheduled during the week of June 22, 2015, we are asking departments to submit all necessary Changes of Assignments/Job Change Request Forms, Redistributions and Change of Status Forms that affect FY15 as soon as possible. Any of these Changes received in Payroll by June 16th will be processed on the last FY15 (FA/SM12) payrolls that pay June 30, 2015 and will be reflected on the June month-end AIS reports. Please complete and submit your contracts, or changes timely to allow 2-3 business days for securing signatures from the respective offices such as Research and Projects and the Provost Office. Again, the paperwork must be received in the Payroll Office by June 16th to ensure processing on the last FY15 payrolls.
After the above-mentioned payrolls, any Change Forms or contracts that pertain to the previous fiscal year and do not affect a state account will be processed in FY16. The 2nd payrolls in July and August (FA/SM14&16) will be available to submit changes for state accounts that affect FY15, as allowed by the state lapse period, this includes retroactive adjustments as well.
July and August (FA/SM14&16) cut-off dates:
The changes must be received in Payroll by July 16th (FA/SM14) and August 14th (FA/SM16) respectively. Again, please allow 2-3 business days for securing needed signatures.
Biweekly and Student cut-off dates:
In addition, the Biweekly and Student Payrolls that cross the fiscal year are tentatively scheduled to be processed on July 16, 2015 (BW15) and July 9, 2015 (ST14). The department time entry cutoffs for these payrolls are 10:00 a.m. on July 14, 2015 (BW15) and July 7, 2015 (ST14). We are asking departments to submit all necessary Adjustments, Change of Status Forms that affect FY15 prior to these payroll cutoff dates. The hours will need to be entered day-by-day in the proper fiscal years. Instructions, including an example for this department time entry process are available on the Human Resources website at http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/payroll/index.shtml (Banner Payroll Documents)
If you need assistance with the Biweekly or Student payrolls please contact Kayla Orban at x2103 or Donte` Howard at x2126.
Salary Deferral Program FY16-17
To: Employees who work 9, 10, or 11 months
As a reminder, to begin salary deferral for the FY2016-17 academic year, a Salary Deferral Authorization Form has to be on file in Payroll. The Salary Deferral Authorization Form is only effective if submitted to Payroll before your new academic contract begins and confirmed through e-mail by Payroll. If you participated in salary deferral last year you do NOT need to submit another form to continue.
NOTE: To be in compliance with the IRS guidelines, the salary deferral program is irrevocable during the 12-month period and changes cannot be made until the next contract year.
Term Academic Employees: If a term contract is not renewed before the end of the academic year, any defer pay balance will be paid out in a lump sum along with your final paycheck at the end of the term contract.
The guidelines and forms are available on the Human Resources website at http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/forms/index.shtml under Salary Deferral. We also encourage you to take advantage of the new Salary Deferral FAQs and Salary Deferral Calculator. The Salary Deferral Calculator is used to provide an estimate of gross pay.
Again, the Salary Deferral Authorization Form must be received by Payroll prior to your first day of employment for FY2016-17, preferably no later than July 1st. All employees choosing to begin to defer for FY 2016-17 may begin submitting forms ASAP.
Also, if you participated in the salary deferral program in FY 2015-16 and choose not to continue, a Revocation Form must be received by Payroll no later than July 1st. The Authorization Form and Revocation Forms are fillable and may be saved and then e-mailed as an attachment from your e-mail address to Payroll Officers Rasheda King at firstname.lastname@example.org or Robyn Courtway at email@example.com. After July 1st 2016 confirmations will be sent to the e-mail address you provide on the form.
If you have any questions, please contact Rasheda King or Robyn Courtway in Payroll at ext 2190.
Preparation for the Annual Performance Reviews-Employee Excellence Program Guidance
As a reminder, by now you should have conducted your Phase I performance goal setting meetings and subsequent Phase II performance counseling sessions with your Civil Service and Professional Staff employees. The performance evaluation process offers a valuable opportunity to provide feedback on work activities and goals, to identify and correct existing problems, and to encourage and improve future performance. The Employee Excellence Program Supervisors Guide and the necessary forms may be reviewed and downloaded from the forms page of the Office of Human Resources at http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/forms/index.shtml.
Also, for your information there may be situations where an employee transfers to a different department, or their immediate supervisor transfers/departs their current department during the performance evaluation cycle. Therefore, the employee should receive an evaluation for that period of performance/timeframe. In order to ensure the employee is evaluated for that specific timeframe, an additional category/type of performance evaluation was added to the EEP Performance Evaluation Form, identified as a “Change in Position/Evaluator”. In preparation of the evaluation, the former department would select the “Change in Position/Evaluator” as the evaluation type, and complete the “Period Covered” section on the Employee Excellence Program (EEP) Form. The new department, if the employee is not on probationary performance, would be responsible for completing an evaluation for the incumbent in the new position. This “Annual Performance Evaluation” may be shorter than twelve months for the number of months the incumbent is in the new position/department, for a partial year annual performance evaluation”.Please contact Bill Misiak at extension 2190 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the EEP process, the correct form to use, the proper use of the form, or problems downloading or accessing the forms.
Online CMS Conversion Update
As previously announced, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) will transition to an online, web-based health insurance system on September 30, 2016. The new system will be called MyBenefits Marketplace. This week, CMS, in partnership with the online vendor, Morneau Shepell, will be sending post cards to all members to announce the launch of the new website. The following week, a letter will be mailed to all members.
This new website is www.MyBenefits.illinois.gov and is available 24/7. It is designed specifically for you to streamline your benefit options into a one-stop shop for your insurance needs, which include:
You also have the option to call a Morneau Shepell customer service representative for further assistance or enrollment over the phone, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST toll free at 1-844-251-1777 or TTY toll free: 1-844-251-1778.
Please note: You will be required to register on the website using information pertinent to you for self-authentication. Once registered, you will be provided your CMS-issued Employee I.D. Number (EIN), which you will need whenever you login to this site. For your convenience, your CMS-issued Employee I.D. Number (EIN) will be listed at the top of the letter that you receive from CMS/Morneau Shepell the week of September 26th. You will want to retain this document for your records as your EIN will be your login I.D. However, if you lose your EIN, you will be able to retrieve it through the self-authentication process. Your EIN will also be located at the top of each of your Benefit Confirmation Statements.
With this transition, the Office of Human Resources will no longer have access to view your personal enrollment plans or status. Any questions regarding coverage will need to be directed to the customer service number above at Morneau Shepell. In addition, our office will no longer be involved with premium deductions that are collected for your health insurance including corrections for changes to your plans. We encourage employees to check their earnings statements via CougarNet regarding their premiums and to contact Morneau Shepell for any questions or concerns.
If you have any questions regarding the online conversion, please contact Morneau Shepell at the numbers above. Thank you.Retirement Counseling
The Office of Human Resources sends the SIUE Supplemental Retirement (403b) Plan vendor meetings on a monthly basis. This will allow employees to plan ahead to meet with any of the three vendors. Participation in the SIUE Supplemental Retirement (403b) Plan can help you supplement your retirement income and
The 2016 limits for the 403b Plan are $18,000 for employees under age 50 and $24,000 for employees age 50 and older.
For more information regarding the 403b plan, please visit http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/benefits/retirement/403b.shtml.
Below is the upcoming schedule which includes when and where the vendors will be on campus. To set up an appointment, please email or call the vendor at the contact information below. If you have any other questions, please contact us.
618-651-9800 ext. 23
Date Time LocationWednesday, September 28, 2016 11:00 am - 1:30 pm MUC Wabash Room
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 11:00 am - 1:30 pm MUC Wabash Room
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:00 am - 1:30 pm MUC Wabash Room
Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm MUC International Room
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm MUC Board Room
Thursday, December 8, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm MUC International Room
800-732-8353 (Field Support Team)
Date Time LocationThursday, October 13, 2016 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. MUC Wabash Room
View and Print Your 2015 1095-C
We are pleased to announce that 2015 1095-C’s are ready and available on-line through CougarNet (Banner Self Service)!
Remember, the 1095-C is the new Insurance Coverage form employers are required to prepare for eligible employees.
If you have already signed up to receive your 1095-C on-line you may log in to CougarNet, view and print your 1095-C for 2015. Per ITS, the system responds differently depending on the internet browser you use.
If you are using Internet Explorer
Select the Employment menu.
If you have not previously provided your consent, you’ll need to do that first. Please follow these instructions:
Select W-2 and Electronic W-2 Consent.
Once/If consent has been given.
Select 1095 Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Statement.
If you are using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
Select the Employment menu.
Eligible employees who have not elected for on-line 1095-C delivery by Friday, March 25, 2016 will have a paper copy mailed to their home address by the end of the month.
Please remember the electronic 1095-C is offered as part of the university’s effort to go green and cut costs.
Additional information is available through FAQ’s at http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/faq.shtml.
If you have any questions or concerns please email us at email@example.com
Form 1095-C is a new health insurance form that employers are required to provide to employees who are eligible for health insurance under the rules of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Form 1095-C displays the months when an employee and their dependents were eligible for, offered, and enrolled in health insurance provided by their employer. This form is not needed to file a tax return and you do not need to send it to the IRS.
In the next few weeks employees who met the ACA insurance eligibility rules as a full time employee in 2015 will receive their Form 1095-C in the mail, sent to their home address, separate from the W-2.
The Office of Human Resources has created FAQ’s about Form 1095-C which can be found from The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Page at : http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/PPACA.shtml or from our regular FAQ’s page at: http://www.siue.edu/humanresources/faq.shtml under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. You may also click on a link from that page to view an image of the new form.
Please review the FAQ’s and if you have other questions, please contact Benefits staff in the Office of Human Resources at 618-650-2190.
As you are most likely aware, no budget has been enacted for Fiscal Year 2016 which began on July 1, 2015. The lack of a State budget has put the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) in unchartered territory with respect to funding critical State services, including healthcare services for all plan participants enrolled in the State Employees Group Insurance Program.
As a covered plan participant, your medical, prescription, dental and vision plan services will continue. CMS has been working with and will continue to work with the plan administrators contracted with the State for these vital services.
All healthcare services will continue to be paid as long as possible. However, in the near future, CMS will no longer have the legal authority to continue to pay healthcare vendors for their services. Since the healthcare providers don’t know when they will be reimbursed for the care they provide, a few of the providers in plans (i.e., Cigna, HealthLink OAP, Coventry OAP and Delta Dental) have asked members to pay cash at the time of service. If this occurs with a dental claim, the provider will file the claim on behalf of the member and the member will be reimbursed directly by the plan. In the case of a medical claim, the provider will reimburse the member once the provider receives payment for the services.
Once a budget is approved and appropriate funding is in place, the State of Illinois will resume release of payments for healthcare services.
Please visit the “Latest News” section on the CMS Benefits website for information pertaining to your healthcare. This website will be updated as new information becomes available.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Benefits at x2190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excess Vacation Usage - REMINDER
As a reminder, all employees must use their excess vacation before the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2016 unless written permission for carry over is granted by the respective Vice Chancellor. In no case will excess vacation be carried past September 30, 2016. Excess vacation is anything above the limit an employee may carry over from one fiscal year to another. Departments will need to track use of excess carryover on employee timesheets since Banner does not carry excess vacation from one fiscal year into the next fiscal year.
Employees who elect to retire with unused excess vacation will only be paid out the value of their vacation at their vacation limit.
An employee may view his/her vacation carryover limit by viewing their leave balance information in CougarNet. Below are the directions to view leave balances:
CougarNet (Self-Service) - https://ssb.siue.edu/pls/BANPROD/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage
Link to Leave Accrual Rates and Additional Information: Administrative Staff Leave Category 80
Please contact your Leave Administrator or Kirk Greer at 650-2190 if you have any questions.
Effective July 1, 2016 the Office of Human Resources will conduct Background Checks for all Administrative and Professional staff positions through HireTouch. This update is one of the few features that will be added to the Administrative/Professional workflow effective July 1, 2016.
For Administrative/Professional Staff positions, applicants will complete the Release of Information (background check) form at the time of application. They will also complete the Applicant Data Collection, State of Applicant’s SURS Annuity Status, Voluntary Self-Identification of Protected Veteran Status, Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability, Drug Consent (if applicable) forms; and upload their resume/CV, transcripts or certifications. The hiring unit will notify Human Resources (Stephanie Stookey at 618-650-2318) of their chosen candidate and Human Resources will conduct the background check.
Until further notice all other procedures/processes currently in place will remain as it relates to hiring for Administrative and Professional Staff positions.
Reminder: As the Office of Human Resources continues to update and improve the HireTouch system in relation to the Administrative/Professional workflow; it is possible to experience system issues during this period of system configuration. If you are working in HireTouch and experience a significant issue, please contact Doug James at 618-650-3068.
Note: For Civil Service positions, applicants currently complete the release of information form after the selection process and the approval from the Equal Opportunity Access and Title IX Coordination office; Human Resources is notified through HireTouch to begin the background check process.
The Office of Human Resources (HR) is now using HireTouch; SIUE's new online position management and applicant tracking system, for all Civil Service position approval and applicant placement processes.
To request to hire or fill a Civil Service vacancy, department staff that will be responsible for position management, position approval and applicant tracking processes will need to have access to the HireTouch system. All new or replacement Civil Service vacancies must go through this system.
For training and to gain access to the system please complete the System Access Request Form and send to Information Technology Services (ITS), Box 1068 or fax ext. 3055. https://www.siue.edu/its/forms/pdf/sarf.pdf
HR will be notified by ITS once the System Access Request Form is received and HR will contact the requester regarding training, functional roles within HireTouch and assign the appropriate access.
For questions contact Tamika Johnson or Doug James in the Office of Human Resources at 618-650-2190
HireTouch System User Training sessions are currently available. Please contact Doug James, IT Support Analyst, at 618-650-3068 to schedule your training. Please note: If your department does not have a current Civil Service opening, you do not need to schedule training at this time.
After you have completed the System User Training and when your department is ready to begin the position approval process (Request to Hire, Position Control, and Position Description Questionnaire-PDQ) for a Civil Service opening, click HERE for next steps to gain system access.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or veteran's status.