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Division of Human Resources
Kansas State University
103 Edwards Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4801
785-532-6277
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Human Resources Newsletter

September 30, 2011

Topics included in this issue:

Health Insurance Open Enrollment - STARTS TOMORROW!

Benefits-eligible employees received the 2012 Open Enrollment book and instruction email this week. As personnel specialists, you will get many questions on the process, one of which undoubtedly will be, "What's my Employee ID number?" In the instruction letter, we have tried to anticipate questions, addressed sign-in procedures and provided the State's Help Desk phone number if problems arise with the website. We hope that employees will read the email and breeze through the process. An important reminder is that problems with logging in or passwords must be directed to the 24-hour State Help Desk at 1-866-999-3001. We regret we cannot assist in this area —technical support is provided by State of Kansas IT personnel.

Information meetings are scheduled at 9:15 am and again at 3:00 pm in Forum Hall on October 6th. The sessions are identical. This is an opportunity for employees to review changes in the Health Insurance for 2012. This is an invaluable session to help employees complete the October online open enrollment process. For employees outside of Manhattan, there are numerous meetings across the state. Email Benadmin@ksu.edu for dates and locations for those outside of this area.

Benefits EXPO October 6, 2011

The Benefits EXPO is Thursday, October 6, 2011 in the K-State Student Union Ballroom with special events in Forum Hall. Vendor booths open at 9 am and continue until 3 pm.

Special Sessions on Retirement:
  • 12:00 pm. Staying the Course-Reacting to the Current Financial Climate—sponsored by ING Financial Partners. Trey Springer (KSU alum) and Dan Wetta, ING Financial Representatives
  • 1:30 p.m., Andrea Davenport, KPERS Field Representative for the State of Kansas, will present a pre-retirement session. This is a valuable session to those in the KPERS retirement plan desiring information on KPERS calculations, time in service, and retirement dates. Employees considering the Voluntary Retirement Incentive (Deadline Oct. 14) and those within 5 years of their anticipated retirement will benefit most, but all are welcome.
Flu Shots

Lafene Student Health Center will provide seasonal flu shots. Bring your health insurance card for payment or $20.00—cash, check or credit card. The shots will be available in the Ballroom.

Annual Performance Reviews Due October 1, 2011 - December 23, 2011

The Kansas Performance Management Process requires that all classified employees receive an annual review between October 1st and December 23rd of each year. It is now time for supervisors to begin to prepare the annual review form, gather supporting documentation, assign an overall rating and schedule a meeting with the employee(s) being reviewed. All classified employees, except for those currently on probation, must have an annual review submitted to Human Resources no later than December 23, 2011.

HRIS Schedule available via K-State Zimbra Calendar

With upcoming holidays, HRIS deadlines/timelines will change and will need to be closely monitored. The HRIS Calendar/Schedule is now available via K-State Zimbra Calendar. If you would like this feature on your Zimbra calendar, please notify Frieda Beat at frieda@ksu.edu.

Organizational Dues Changed for KAPE

The Board of Directors for the Kansas Association of Public Employees (KAPE) has advised that changes to the regular biweekly dues for members of KAPE will be effective with the payroll period beginning September 4, 2011 and ending September 17, 2011, paid September 30, 2011 as follows:

Deduction Code Hourly Rate of Pay Bi-Weekly Salary Dues Deduction
ORG001 $ 13.99 or Less $ 1119.20 or Less $ 9.82
ORG002 $ 14.00 - 14.99 $ 1119.21 - 1199.20 $10.81
ORG003 $ 15.00 - 15.99 $ 1199.21 - 1279.20 $11.75
ORG004 $ 16.00 - 16.99 $ 1279.21 - 1359.20 $12.72
ORG005 $ 17.00 - 17.99 $ 1359.21 - 1439.20 $13.69
ORG006 $ 18.00 or Greater $ 1439.21 or Greater $14.66
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" The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. " Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President (1882-1945)