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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: Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease, you can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. If you want to lower your risk, you can lose weight, quit smoking, control your cholesterol and blood pressure, and drink less alcohol. In addition, it is important to be physically active and eat healthy. For information on improving heart health, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator Coordinator List or call 800-822-0244.

2016 Flex Spending Account Claims Deadline Approaching

Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account (FSA) for the 2016 plan year have until March 31, 2017 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible 2016 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, visit www.flexspend.ny.gov or call 1-800-358-7202.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Where Will You Live as a Retiree?

Most people don’t pick up their roots and move to other places after retirement. Only about 5 to 10 percent of today’s retirees move from their home states. For many, the ideal retirement location is their hometown. A decision on retirement housing can be challenging. Deciding whether to relocate or whether to move to a smaller, easier-to-keep home can take a lot of thinking on your part. In making the decision, give yourself enough time, get plenty of information, and think about your needs and those of people close to you. In Chapter 4 of The Self Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning, you can explore different housing options. If you want to move out of New York State, you will also find a chart from the Retired Public Employees Association which outlines all states and taxes applicable to them. To read the complete chapter, go to the Pre-Retirement Planning Information tab on the right side of the Work-Life Services home page or click on the following link: https://www.worklife.ny.gov/preretirement/selfhelpguide/Chapter-4.pdf

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