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Open Enrollment Ends Today

Each year, Open Enrollment provides eligible faculty and staff with the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on how they can make the most of benefits offered by the University;
  • Connect with benefit professionals and resources to get their personal questions answered; and
  • Enroll and make decisions that best meet their needs.

The Office of Human Resources encourages eligible individuals to review their benefits on MySlice to ensure their choices are in place for Jan. 1, 2021. This is the one time of year to elect or change coverage for many benefits, unless one experiences a qualifying life event.

Various news items, FAQs and additional information are available on this website to help answer any questions. If faculty and staff have any additional questions about Open Enrollment or benefits, please contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042.

Open Enrollment Is Underway: Don’t Forget About Your FSA!

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs): A Great Way to Save Money

You can save on taxes over the course of a year through effective use of an FSA, and HealthEquity/WageWorks makes reimbursement easy. If you wish to contribute to an FSA during 2021 to help pay for health care and dependent care expenses, you must take action during Open Enrollment to elect the benefit and set your contribution levels.

Learn more by exploring this website. If you choose to enroll in an FSA, you can update your benefits online by logging into MySlice through Nov. 13.

Questions?
Contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042.

Enroll Now
Visit MySlice and enroll today.

Dedicated to Your Success

Open Enrollment is a time to reflect on the various benefits available to you and make choices that best meet the needs of you and your family. Regardless of what goals you’re striving for or what challenges you may be facing, there are benefits and resources available to assist you.  If you have any benefit questions related to this year’s Open Enrollment, be sure to attend the virtual information session tomorrow at 10 a.m. via Zoom.

Caregiving Resources

In support of the changing needs of families, the University provides several resources, including a free premium membership for Care.com, where you can get help finding child care providers, tutors, elder caregivers, pet sitters, house cleaners and more through the world’s largest network of caregivers.  In addition, the Dependent Care Subsidy Program provides assistance to households with an annual income of less than $150,000. Other resources can be found on Human Resources’ WorkLife Benefits and Resources webpage, including information on Carebridge, the University’s faculty and staff assistance program, which connects faculty and staff with information, resources and referrals for caregiving.

Tuition Benefits

A cornerstone of our benefits program, tuition assistance helps eligible employees and dependents afford the cost of college tuition. If attending college is on the horizon for you or a family member, be sure to review the eligibility policies and submit any necessary paperwork to HR Shared Services.

Wellness

The Syracuse University Wellness Initiative provides learning opportunities, activities, programs and other resources to empower and encourage you to make choices and changes that lead to a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Learn about upcoming programs and subscribe to the Wellness email list.

Adoption Assistance

Adopting a child is a joyous occasion, but one that often brings unique financial challenges. In an effort to assist employees who are building families, Syracuse University offers adoption assistance benefits to eligible employees.

Will Preparation Services

Experts recommend that you review your will with your attorney every five to 10 years. If you experience a major life event—such as a birth or death—it is extremely important to review your will to ensure your wishes are carried out. If you are already enrolled in or are considering supplemental life insurance through MetLife, remember that with enrollment, you can take advantage of will preparation at no cost. Don’t forget to submit the completed Statement of Health form directly to MetLife if you are newly enrolling or increasing your insurance amount.

Questions?

Explore this website or contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042. Make sure to check out the Top Ten: What You Need to Know for 2021 to educate yourself about the benefit program for 2021.

Enroll Now

Visit MySlice and enroll today.

Resources and Educational Opportunities Continue Through Nov. 13

Open Enrollment, the annual period when University employees make their benefit choices for the coming year, continues through Friday, Nov. 13. This is the one time of year when eligible faculty and staff may elect or change their coverage for many benefits, unless they experience a qualifying life event.

There are a variety of resources to support faculty and staff during Open Enrollment:

Faculty and staff must complete their enrollment by Nov. 13 by logging into MySlice. If access to a computer for Open Enrollment purposes is needed, the University has a number of workstations available across campus, or they may contact HR Shared Services by phone or email during normal business hours.

With questions about Open Enrollment or benefits, please contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042. Virtual appointments are available upon request.

Set Yourself Up for Financial Success

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or planning for retirement, the University provides assistance with meeting the financial demands of many of life’s most significant events. Open Enrollment is a good time to learn more about the resources available to you throughout the year—including receiving personalized advice on saving for retirement from a TIAA financial consultant.

Tomorrow, you’ll receive an email from TIAA announcing your personal 2021 maximum retirement plan contribution limit. This email will be sent to your University email account. Although you can adjust your contributions any time of year, Open Enrollment is a perfect time to evaluate what you’re setting aside for retirement and ensure you’re on track to meet your future goals. Review your retirement account balance online with TIAA and increase your contributions through MySlice.

To schedule a meeting with one of the University’s dedicated TIAA financial consultants, or for assistance with your account, contact TIAA at 855.842.2873 (TTY: 800.842.2755) or sign up online. As part of your benefits program, this service is available at no cost to you.

Questions?
Explore this website or contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042.

Enroll Now
Visit MySlice and enroll today.

Faculty and Staff Open Enrollment: Nov. 2-13

Open Enrollment is the one time of year when eligible employees can reflect on their benefit options, connect with the variety of available resources to help make the best decisions to meet their needs and enroll for the coming year.

recorded webinarinformation sessions and other important information for faculty and staff about 2021 benefits are available on this website.

Questions about Open Enrollment, benefits or the enrollment process? Contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042.

Open Enrollment Begins Today

Reflect on your benefits. Choose what best meets your needs.

Syracuse University strives to offer a comprehensive benefits program that provides flexibility and choice to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Unless you experience a qualifying event, Open Enrollment is your one opportunity during the year to review your current benefits, consider all of your options and decide which benefits you wish to select for the coming year.

Questions about benefits?  Connect with us!

There are several ways to connect with resources that will enable you to make the best decisions for you and your loved ones.

Explore the information on this website to learn more. You can update your benefit selections for 2021 through Friday, Nov. 13, by logging into MySlice.

Mark Your Calendar—Open Enrollment for Faculty and Staff Begins Nov. 2

Open Enrollment, the annual period when eligible employees reflect on their benefit options for the coming year, begins Monday, Nov. 2, and continues through Friday, Nov. 13. This is the one time of year when University faculty and staff may elect or change their coverage for many benefits, unless they experience a mid-year life event change.

All of the relevant Open Enrollment information, including benefit plan details, various resources to learn more and answers to frequently asked questions are available on this website.

Questions About Benefits? Connect With Human Resources!

There are several ways for faculty and staff to connect with resources that will enable them to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

  • View the 24/7 on-demand information session to learn everything employees need to know about 2021 benefit offerings.
  • Attend a virtual information session on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. or Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to learn about 2021 benefits.
  • Contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042 or hrservice@syr.edu to get personal benefit questions answered. Virtual appointments are available upon request.
  • Connect with the University’s benefit vendors.

Faculty and staff can enroll online through MySlice from Nov. 2-13. If access to a computer for Open Enrollment purposes is needed, the University has a number of workstations available across campus, or they may contact HR Shared Services by phone or email during normal business hours.

Important Information About 2021 Benefits for Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues:

To continue to assist faculty and staff through these challenging times, I am pleased to share that the University will continue to offer a comprehensive set of benefits for 2021—a direct result of the great work of many members of our University community—including the faculty and staff of the Benefits Advisory Council.

This Benefits Open Enrollment period, Nov. 2-13, provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your benefit options, explore resources that provide additional support for you, virtually connect with the HR team to help make the decisions that best meet your needs and enroll for the coming year.

All of this year’s Open Enrollment information, including benefit details, opportunities to connect virtually with HR Shared Services, frequently asked questions and more are available on the Open Enrollment website.

Visit the What’s New for 2021 webpage to learn about the top things you need to know about your 2021 benefits. Then, from Monday, Nov. 2, through Friday, Nov. 13, you can log in to MySlice and enroll.

If you have any immediate questions, please contact HR Shared Services by phone at 315.443.4042 or by email at hrservice@syr.edu. Thank you in advance for your participation and engagement in this process.

Sincerely,

Andrew R. Gordon
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer