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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.
EAP: National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month. You can dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle by making a few changes to your eating habits. One way is to try to make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate. Trying to get to know food labels by reading the nutrition facts panel can help you shop and eat or drink smarter. Explore new foods and flavors by expanding your range of food choices. When shopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you or your family. Try different versions of familiar foods like purple asparagus, honey crisp apples, broccoli, cauliflower or quinoa. You can consult a registered dietitian nutritionist to learn better eating habits in order to lose weight, manage a chronic disease, or lower your risk of health issues. Registered dietitian nutritionists can help you by providing sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice. For information on improving your nutrition, or finding a dietician or any other issue, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator Coordinator List or call 800-822-0244.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Do you have a will? Do you need some help getting started? Here are three articles written by experts in the field of estate planning that will assist you in beginning the process of writing a will.
Ten Things You Should Know About Writing a Will: https://www.aarp.org/money/estate-planning/info-09-2010/ten_things_you_should_know_about_writing_a_will.html
Parent’s Guide to Creating a Will: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/01/parents-guide-to-creating-a-will/index.htm
Ten Steps to Writing a Will: https://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/09/19/10-steps-to-writing-a-will
2017 Flex Spending Account Claims Deadline Approaching
Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account (FSA) for the 2017 plan year have until March 31, 2018 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible 2017 expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account. FSA reimbursement requests may be mailed, faxed, or submitted online through www.myFBMC.com. For more information, visits www.flexspend.ny.gov or call (800) 358-7202
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
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.
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: email@example.com.
"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – author unknown
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.
Did You Know?
Numerous forms and publications are available on the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website page at: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pubs_and_bulls/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The New York State Employee Assistance Program is a confidential assessment and referral service for NYS employees and their family members who need assistance with personal concerns that may be affecting their work performance or overall well-being.
The Flex Spending Account is a valuable employee benefit that puts money in your pocket by helping you save on health care costs as well as the dependent care expenses you incur in order to work.
The State helps make life easier for working parents by sponsoring child care centers at numerous worksites. The Work-Life Services Web Site hosts a listing of these Child Care Centers, which give enrollment priority to State employees' children.
If you plan on retiring within the next five years, a Directions: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar will provide you with the tools necessary to plan for this big change.
NYS-Ride is a pre-tax program for NYS employees to help save on public transportation costs and promote a greener New York.