Work-Life Services Home Page
Work-Life Services (WLS) are five negotiated benefits programs for Executive Branch employees resulting from a collaboration between NYS and the public employee unions. These programs are designed to increase employee productivity and morale by improving the quality of work and life for employees and include: Employee Assistance Program, Worksite Child Care Centers, Flex Spending Account, NYS-Ride, and Pre-Retirement Planning.
Connecting with Family and Friends in Puerto Rico
You may have been unable to communicate with friends or family affected by the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico. The following information may assist you in connecting with loved ones:
- Washington D.C. office at 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710
- Phone Numbers to Puerto Rico State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management Offices
- Puerto Rico's local radio station WIPR at 787-777-0940
- Puerto Rico T-Mobile customers only
- Puerto Rico AT&T customers only
- American Red Cross
- You can contact the Puerto Rico disaster relief team at firstname.lastname@example.org (include your contact information and as many details of the people as possible).
You can also channel your energy by volunteering, as well as donating food and money to those in need. The Empire State Relief and Recover Effort for Puerto Rico
If you want to evaluate various charities and donate, go to Charity Navigator.
For additional information or referral services for the effects of natural disasters, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator Coordinator List.
EAP: Domestic Violence Awareness
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Most people think of physical abuse when they think of domestic violence, but it can be sexual, psychological, or economic abuse as well.
For resources in your community, you can contact The New York State Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906 in English and espaņol or other languages or using 711 if you have a hearing impairment. Local domestic violence programs in your area.
You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD for the hearing impaired) to find the program nearest you.
For additional information or referral services for domestic violence, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator Coordinator List.
Enroll in the Flex Spending Account 2018 Plan Year by November 6, 2017
The 2018 open enrollment period for the Flex Spending Account is October 2 through midnight on November 6, 2017. You can save money by enrolling in the Health Care Spending Account, the Dependent Care Advantage Account, or both. For additional program information and to enroll, visit www.flexspend.ny.gov or call Fringe Benefits Customer Service at 800-358-7202 (option 1). Representatives are available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Make sure you have your most recent pay stub available since you will need your NYS Employee ID Number (NYS EMPL ID), Department ID, and Negotiating Unit code to apply.
Work-Life Services Brochure and Flyer
Help us spread the word about the five Work-Life Services (WLS) programs: Employee Assistance Program, Worksite Child Care Centers, Flex Spending Account, NYS-Ride, and Pre-Retirement Planning. You can print your own copy of the Work-Life Services brochure and flyer at the top of the WLS home page. If you would like multiple copies of the brochure, please email us at: email@example.com and indicate the number of brochures needed and a mailing address.
Retirement Planning Resources Workshops
The Retirement Planning Resources Workshop is a free, one-hour training, available to state agencies for their employees, regardless of years of state service. The training will not cover specific retirement information, and is not a substitute for the full-day DIRECTIONS seminars. Instead, the goal of this training program is to educate executive branch employees about the resources available so they can begin planning their retirement.
If you would like to schedule this training for a minimum of 20 employees, you may contact the DIRECTIONS Seminar Program Manager at Beth.Brumaghim@goer.ny.gov or 518.473.4018.
Do you take public transportation to and from work? NYS-Ride is a pre-tax benefit that will save you time and money on your commute. Enroll today and save up to 40% on your eligible expenses. Visit www.nysride.com to learn more.
Retirement Planning Videos
A series of short videos — the Planning Your Successful Retirement Video Guide — highlighting key information from the popular DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars is available. Designed for executive branch employees, the 23 videos were created in partnership with the Office of the State Comptroller, the Department of Civil Service, the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, and the Social Security Administration. Employees can view the videos along with other pre-retirement planning information on this Work-Life Services website and also on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/GOERWebServices.
United Way Supports 2-1-1
United Way supports 2-1-1 (3-1-1 in NYC) Every day thousands of people across North America turn to 2-1-1 for information and support - whether financial, domestic, health, or disaster-related. 2-1-1 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people from all communities and of all ages to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
WellNYS Everyday is a Work-Life Services/Employee Assistance Program wellness initiative dedicated to educating, engaging, and empowering New York State employees and their families by encouraging participation in healthy behaviors. Every morning, a new WellNYS Tip of the Day, which can be emailed to employees and family members, is posted to the website. The tip provides creative suggestions, interesting facts, or inspiring quotes on the current Monthly Challenge. Click on the following website to learn more about the program. www.worklife.ny.gov/wellNYSeveryday
Welcome to the Family Packet
Work-Life Services introduces the "Welcome to the Family Packet". Parenting is an exciting and challenging experience. Today's parents often face unique circumstances balancing their work and family responsibilities. As a New York State Executive Branch employee parent, you are entitled to several negotiated benefits designed to assist you with balancing work and life. The "Welcome to the Family Packet" will outline these benefits programs as well as provide educational child care and parenting brochures. We invite you to request a "Welcome to the Family Packet" if you are expecting or recently added to your family through the birth or adoption of a child. Email your request along with your name and home address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – author unknown
The Employer Contribution is Available for the 2017 Plan Year
The Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount) Employer Contribution is available for the 2017 plan year. Executive Branch state agency employees who are M/C or represented by CSEA, PEF, UUP, Council 82, DC-37, GSEU, NYSCOPBA, or are employed by the Legislature are eligible for the DCAAccount Employer Contribution. Employees of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, ERDA, and EFC are also eligible for the Employer Contribution. Visit www.flexspend.ny.gov for complete details and Employer Contribution Rates.