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In This December Support Staff Issue

1. Caring for Loved Ones Over the Holidays

2. Helpful Tips to Manage Your Flexible Spending Account

3. MSU Mobility App Win a Prize!

4. Ruth Jameyson Award Deadline

5. 2018 International Awards Ceremony Nominations

For Supervisors and HR Unit Representatives

6. We're Making Equifax I-9 Management Easier

7. Spring Student Employment Information

8. Holiday Rules for Reporting Time and Attendance

9. Holiday Schedule for Support Staff Job Postings

10. Hiring Students? View Updates to the Student Handbook

11. What You May Have Missed on the SourceLive Blog

12. Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

13. Holiday University Closed Calendar


Caring for Loved Ones Over the Holidays

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Are you the primary caregiver for a parent, grandparent, ill spouse/partner or child with special needs? We understand this can sometimes make life feel stressful and overwhelming. To help, the WorkLife Office has put together some tips to reduce holiday stress while being a caregiver.

Helpful Tips to Manage Your Flexible Spending Account

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Did you enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for 2018? Do you have FSA funds leftover from 2017? We're here to help you plan your FSA expenses as MSU's plan administrator transitions to WageWorks. Visit the MSU HR website for answers about managing your FSA.

MSU Mobility App Win a Prize!

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Want to win a $500 gift certificate to the MSU Computer Store? MSU Mobility Planning is trying to improve how traffic flows across campus. The app "MSU Mobility Research" collects and uploads data from users as they move through campus. Every day you use the app equals another entry to win one of several prizes. The app is available for iPhone users – search "MSU Mobility" in the app store. Learn more about the goals of this project or contest/prize details.


Ruth Jameyson Award Deadline

The nomination deadline for the eighth annual Ruth Jameyson "Above and Beyond" Award is January 26, 2018. The award is designed for an MSU staff member who is pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree. It will recognize an individual who most closely exemplifies the contributions, personal characteristics and commitment to MSU demonstrated by Ruth Jameyson, a former MSU staff member. A stipend of $2,500 will accompany the award. The recipient will be honored at the Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award reception. Learn more about the award.


2018 International Awards Ceremony Nominations

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The International Awards Ceremony, sponsored by International Studies and Programs, is your opportunity to recognize the international successes of the colleagues, community leaders, students, and alumni who are advancing international research, engaging with communities and/or inspiring the next generation of global citizens. 

You can nominate someone in your department or college here. Please submit your nomination by December 31, 2017.

For Supervisors and HR Unit Representatives

We're Making Equifax I-9 Management Easier

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Get ready for a more user-friendly experience on both your desktop and mobile phone. Beginning in January 2018, users will be presented with a new look and feel while maintaining all existing feature functionality. Be advised, if you are using Internet Explorer 7 or below, some functionality may be impacted with this change and you will need to update your browser to a newer version. Get a sneak peek at some of the enhancements.

Spring Student Employment Information

The first day of spring classes is January 8, 2018. All student employees who have graduated, or those not enrolled for the spring se­mester, must be terminated no later than Sunday, February 4, 2018. All students may begin working up to 40 hours per week starting the week of finals on Sunday, December 10, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018.


Holiday Rules for Reporting Time and Attendance

You probably have staff taking time off over the holiday period. Before they leave, make sure you have the correct information for reporting time and attendance for benefit eligible support staff, including hourly, CT and salary employees. Find these rules, along with the absence and attendance codes, on the HR website.


Holiday Schedule for Support Staff Job Postings

Staffing requests for the Support Staff Position Vacancy Notice are due to Human Resources by noon every Friday via the HR/Payroll Inbox in the EBS Portal. The Friday posting deadline is sometimes amended as a result of the MSU Holiday Schedule. Please view the holiday posting schedule that impacts job postings for December and January.    


Hiring Students? View Updates to the Student Handbook

If you employ student employees, there are a few new clarifications concerning student time records to the "Placing a Student on Payroll" section of the Student Handbook.

  • In the event that a time record is used in an electronic manner, the use of the msu.edu email address will be required as the signature authority for the transaction.
  • The records are to be maintained at least three years at the departmental level.

View the full Student Handbook on the HR website. Questions? Contact the Solutions Center at 517-353-4434 or email SolutionsCenter@hr.msu.edu.


What You May Have Missed on the SourceLive Blog

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Organization and Professional Development

January 17 Everything DiSC: Behavior Styles at Work

January 18 Creating an Inclusive Environment

January 23 Roadmap to Retirement, morning session OR afternoon session

January 25-26 Sustainable High Performance

Holiday  University Closed Calendar

Monday, December 25, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Monday, January 1, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

View the full Academic Calendar.