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Division of Human Resources
Kansas State University
103 Edwards Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4801
785-532-6095 (fax)
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Human Resources Newsletter

October 2, 2009

Topics included in this issue:

Benefits Expo October 8, 2009

The annual Benefits EXPO will be on October 8, 2009 in the K-State Student Union Ballroom with special events in Forum Hall. Representatives from Kansas Board of Regents voluntary and mandatory retirement providers, KPERS, health insurance providers, life insurance companies associated with K-State, and many other agencies will be available in the Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 8.

OPEN ENROLLMENT HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS will be held at 8:30 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. in Forum Hall. The sessions are identical. This is an opportunity for employees to review changes in the Health Insurance for 2010. This is an invaluable session to help employees complete the October online open enrollment process.

At 10:00 a.m., there are two RETIREMENT SEMINARS in Forum Hall. We are honored to have Kansas Security Commissioner Chris Biggs and Dr. Esther Maddux, Certified Financial Planner, present back to back sessions: "Don't Get Scammed —Investigate Before You Invest," and "Enough Money in Retirement: If it's to be — It's up to me!"

At 12:30 p.m., Mr. Alan Schuler, KPERS Field Representative for the State of Kansas, will present a pre-retirement session for all KPERS members. This is a valuable session to those in the KPERS retirement plan desiring information on KPERS calculations, time in service, and retirement dates. Employees within 5 years of their anticipated retirement will benefit most.

At 2:30 p.m., Mr. Brad Winnekins, Legacy Services, is back to present "Long-Term Care Insurance: Is it right for you?"

Lafene Student Health Center will provide seasonal flu shots for $20.00 — cash, check or credit card.

Questions should be addressed to Stephanie Harvey at 532-6277 or email at

Important HINI Survey Information

The flu is here. There have been a number of H1N1 or Influenza like Illness (ILI) reported in students as well as faculty and staff. Because of this, the Division of Public Safety is initiating data collection of flu incidents. The Office of Student Life is already compiling this data for students.

In this regard, all employees are reminded that if they have the flu, they should not come to work. They should stay at home, consult with their physician if they feel the need, and not return to work until their fever is below 100 F for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. It does not matter if it is H1N1 or some other influenza variant. If you have the flu, properly report to your supervisor that you are home sick with the flu. Supervisors are asked to report your incidence of flu to the department personnel specialist.

Department personnel specialists are required to complete the on-line flu survey when they report the hours worked and/or leave used in HRIS. The survey must be completed whether your department has employees out with the flu or not. All data compiled will be general and not connected personally to the employee. A link to the survey will be sent out at the end of each pay period for completion by department personnel specialists or those staff members who enter time and leave in your department.

The URL for this week's survey is:

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 785-532-5856.


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