Over the past year, a number of individuals have been involved with an interagency work group headed up by our state’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to address the troubling reality of suicide. The work group’s first outcome is the recent release of the new state employee suicide prevention website. There are six main sections: Get Help Now; Help a Loved One; Help a Coworker; Manager and HR Resources; If You Have Lost Someone to Suicide; and Understanding Suicide. Click on the link below for more information.
Our Employee Assistance Program continues to be a wonderful source of helpful information! This month’s EAP newsletter, Frontline, offers tips about a number of issues including:
- To-do lists
- Positive thinking/attitudes
- Fitness ideas for the desk worker
Click the link below to take advantage of more ways to improve your work relationships and beyond!
There are just a few days left to enroll in Long-term Disability, which ends on March 31, 2019. This was special, one-time open enrollment opportunity for optional long-term disability insurance. Click the highlighted link above to find out how you can enroll.
From March 1 through March 31, 2019, you will have a special, one-time open enrollment opportunity for optional long-term disability insurance. You can enroll or reduce your waiting period without providing evidence of insurability (proof of good health). Normally, you must submit proof of good health to take these actions after your initial 31-day eligibility period for PEBB benefits.
This opportunity is available to employees whose employer offers LTD insurance. Changes made during March 2019 will be effective May 1, 2019. Learn more about optional LTD, or calculate your LTD insurance needs, on The Standard’s website.
If you haven’t enrolled in optional LTD in the past, or didn’t want to provide proof of good health, now is a great time to reconsider this benefit.
Note: The current preexisting condition exclusion and 12-month exclusion period will still apply during the one-time open enrollment. Please read your certificate of coverage carefully to understand this benefit.
How do I take advantage of this opportunity?
To enroll or reduce your waiting period, complete the Long-Term Disability One-time Open Enrollment/Change Form and submit it to your personnel, payroll, or benefits office by March 31, 2019.
On behalf of Sheryl Gordon, Benefits Manager:
The Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) will be conducting a flu immunization clinic at Green River College again this year! The clinic is scheduled for:
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Student Union – Emerald City Room
Please see the links below for the Patient Consent Form, Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) and the Seattle Visiting Nurses’ Association Privacy Statement. You don’t need to sign up for your flu shot, just show up with your completed Patient Consent Form on the day of the clinic. SVNA also recommends you bring your insurance card to the clinic. Everyone will need to complete the Patient Consent Form; the information is required in order to process the billing.
SVNA provides the standard Quadrivalent (four strains). The nurses carry a small amount of Thimerosal-Free (preservative free) which they offer to pregnant women as required by WA State regulations. The nurse may accommodate a request by non-pregnant participants for the T-Free vaccine if there are enough doses available at the time of the clinic. SVNA generally gives the standard Quadrivalent vaccine to all non-pregnant participants unless requested otherwise. SVNA does not offer the high dose vaccine for those over 65 years old, the egg-free vaccine, flu mist (nasal spray) or pneumonia vaccine.
What are the payment options?
- SVNA can bill directly for nearly all major insurance plans (they will bill your PEBB Uniform or Kaiser plans). The insurance information will be provided by you on the attached Patient Consent Form. SVNA recommends you bring your insurance card to the clinic.
- Pay cash/check – If a participant is uninsured or if it’s a plan SVNA does not bill, the participant may pay in cash or by check at the time the vaccination is given. SVNA does not take debit or credit cards. The standard Quadrivalent flu shot is $40.
The office of Human Resources and Legal Affairs wants to remind our valued faculty and staff to take time to review and update your emergency contact information! It is extremely important that we have emergency contact information available.
For Full Time Faculty, Exempt Classified and Adjunct employees
You can update your emergency contact information at any time on the Human Resources page on the GatorNet (see link below for the form and instructions).
For Part-Time Hourly employees
Please complete an Emergency Contact Information form (see link below) and either scan and send to firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop off in our office located in the Human Resources building south on Mathews Way next to the Student Union building.
Supervisors, please encourage your employees to review their current information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
As we’ve noted before, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers us a wealth of information and opportunities to improve our lives at work and away. One of the great resources they offer is the monthly Frontline newsletter. Check the link below for this month’s informative articles!