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Work-Life Services Brochure

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.

To view or print the Work-Life Services Brochure click here.

EAP: Holiday Stress

Holiday stress affects everyone differently. You don’t have to face the stress alone. Consider talking to your EAP coordinator who can help you find the resilience and strength you need to face the challenges during the holiday season. For help during this holiday season or anytime, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator Coordinator List or call 800-822-0244.

The Employer Contribution is Now Available for the 2017 Plan Year

The Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount) Employer Contribution will be 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. To take advantage of the Employer Contribution, for the 2017 plan year, employees must enroll in the DCAAccount by the close of open enrollment. Open enrollment ends at midnight Monday November 7, 2016. Visit www.flexspend.ny.gov for complete details and Employer Contribution Rates.

Family Emergency Communication Plan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security, understands the importance of children and adults being prepared in case of an emergency. The Family Emergency Communication Plan templates are designed for kids and parents to organize emergency contact phone numbers and identify an emergency meeting place. To download the templates, click on the following link.
https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/34330

NYS-Ride

NYS-Ride allows eligible state employees to pay up to $255 per month for certain work-related transportation expenses on a pre-tax basis. More than 8,000 participants who use public transportation to get to work currently enjoy the saving this program provides, while contributing to a greener environment by reducing carbon emissions, greenhouse gasses, and dependence on foreign oil.

The NYS-Ride website provides employees with quick and easy access to all the information they would need to learn about the program, calculate their savings and impact on the environment, enroll in NYS-Ride, make changes to their elections, or view their accounts. Please visit the website at www.nysride.com

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: worklife@goer.ny.gov.

"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – author unknown

Retirement Planning Videos

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A series of short videos — the Planning Your Successful Retirement Video Guide — highlighting key information from the popular DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars is now 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.

WellNYS Everyday

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

Employee Contribution for PEF-Represented Employees

As a result of the ratification of the one year contract, PEF-represented employees who are currently enrolled in the Dependent Care Advantage Account will have the Employer Contribution automatically applied to their account for the 2016 plan year.

PEF-represented employees who enroll in the Dependent Care Advantage Account with an eligible Change In Status (CIS) event will now be eligible for the Employer Contribution for the remainder of the 2016 plan year.

Click here to read the letter to PEF enrollees

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 one-hour training, you may contact Beth Brumaghim, Seminar Program Manager, at Beth.Brumaghim@goer.ny.gov or 518.473.4018.

2016 Flex Spending Account Changes in Status and New Employees

The FSA 2016 open enrollment period ended on November 24, 2015. Employees who experience a valid change in status on or after November 25, 2015 or during the 2016 plan year, may be eligible to enroll by submitting a Change in Status application. Visit www.flexspend.ny.gov to review the 2016 Change in Status information to determine if your situation qualifies you to enroll during the plan year.

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