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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: Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month. When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don't wait years to treat them. So why don't we do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness? About half of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health disorder sometime in their life, with first onset usually in childhood or adolescence. Research shows that by ignoring mental health symptoms, we lose ten years in which we could intervene in order to change people's lives for the better.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take a mental health screening. Use your screening results to start a conversation with your primary care provider, or a trusted friend or family member and begin to plan a course of action for addressing your mental health. Mental Health Screening If you think that you or a family member may need help with mental illness, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator Coordinator List or call 800-822-0244.

© 2016 Mental Health America

Fun at NYS Worksite Center School-Age Summer Camps

Are you looking for a summer camp for your school-age child? Did you know that many of the NYS Worksite Child Care Centers offer summer camp for school-age children? All of the worksite summer camps are conveniently located within, or in close proximity to the child care centers at various state sites. All the summer camps offer weekly themes to ensure your child will be entertained while gaining knowledge on a variety of topics in a caring environment.

A complete list of NYS Worksite Child Care Centers can be found at: https://www.worklife.ny.gov/childcare/Worksite-Child-Care-Center-Flyer-2016-11-01.pdf

Enroll in the DCAAccount

Great news for state employees! If in order for you and your spouse (if you are married) to be able to work, you plan to send your child under the age of 13, to summer day camp, a Change in Care Provider (including summer day camp) is an eligible Change in Status event that allows you to enroll in the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAcount) for the remainder of 2017. Also, the Employer Contribution is available to eligible employees who enroll in the DCAAccount to help pay for summer day camp expenses. Please visit www.flexspend.ny.gov or call (800) 358-7202 for more information, Employer Contribution rates, or to enroll.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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

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.

2017 Flex Spending Account Changes in Status and New Employees

The FSA 2017 open enrollment period ended on November 7, 2016. Employees who experience a valid change in status on or after November 8, 2016 or during the 2017 plan year, may be eligible to enroll by submitting a Change in Status application. Visit www.flexspend.ny.gov to review the 2017 Change in Status information to determine if your situation qualifies you to enroll during the plan year.

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