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In This October Support Staff Issue

1. MSU Benefits Open Enrollment Ends October 31

2. Cover Your Spouse on Your Benefits? You Must Complete the Affidavit.

3. 2017 Campus Flu Clinics

4. Community Charitable Campaign Kicks-Off for 2017

5. MSU Security and Fire Safety Report and Drug and Alcohol Policy

6. Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Nominations Due

7. The Mystery behind Work-Life Balance

8. MSU Empowers Students with Information to Help Prevent Sexual Violence

9. Courses for Employees at MSU System Refresh Coming

For Supervisors and HR Unit Representatives

10. I-9 Form Updates

11. What You May Have Missed on the SourceLive Blog

12. Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities


MSU Benefits Open Enrollment Ends October 31

2018 MSU Benefits Open Enrollment

Don't forget, Open Enrollment for your 2018 health, dental, life, Flexible Spending Accounts and optional benefits ends on Tuesday, October 31.

The Open Enrollment Benefits Fair with vendor representatives, MSU units and HR staff will be held October 17-19 at the Breslin Center. View the Open Enrollment Guide and enrollment instructions at http://www.hr.msu.edu/open-enrollment.

Cover Your Spouse on Your Benefits? You Must Complete the Affidavit.

It is especially important to note that the health care affidavit MUST be completed during MSU Benefits Open Enrollment to cover your spouse or Other Eligible Individual (OEI) on your health benefits in 2018. If you do not complete the affidavit by October 31, 2017, your spouse or OEI will lose health care coverage for 2018 and MSU will be unable to offer COBRA as missing the enrollment period is not a qualifying event. If you do not need to make other benefit changes, you can complete 
the affidavit-only option.


2017 Campus Flu Clinics

The HealthTeam Pharmacies will again be offering flu vaccines at the MSU Benefits Fair October 17-19. Employees, retirees and their adult benefits-eligible dependents are eligible to receive a vaccine. There will be no cost to those with MSU health plans as the HealthTeam will bill insurance for the medication. Learn about flu vaccines at the fair.

The Office of the University Physician will also be offering flu clinics at various campus locations in October and November. Flu vaccines administered at the clinics will be subsidized by MSU HR for faculty, staff and retirees. They will be offered this year at no cost. The vaccine cost for non-MSU employees and students will be $30. View the flu clinic schedule.


Community Charitable Campaign Kicks-off for 2017

Community Charitable Campaign

On October 31, the MSU Community Charitable Cam­paign will once again hold its annual Kick-off. This year’s Campaign theme is: BE A HERO!  Campaign volunteers will be greeted with encouraging remarks by President Simon and others in order to “kick start” the campaign with the goal of once again showcasing Team MSU as a significant partner with the Capital Area United Way in strengthening our community. Read more about the campaign here.

MSU Security and Fire Safety Report and Drug and Alcohol Policy

Each year, MSU publishes and distributes the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to all MSU employees and students. This report is a requirement of a federal law called the Clery Act. The report contains information about reporting crimes, campus crime and fire statistics for the previous three years and information about relationship violence and sexual misconduct. It also contains the MSU Alcohol and Drug Policy, information on drug and alcohol educational and counseling resources, defines prohibited behavior, and outlines consequences for violations. View the policy in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.


Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Nominations Due

Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Awards
This $2,500 award is presented annually to six university support staff members. Criteria for selection of recipients include overall excellence in job performance, supportive attitude, contributions to the unit or university that lead to improved efficiency or effectiveness, and valuable service to MSU. Nominations are due by October 25, 2017. Contact MSU HR at 517-353-3720 with questions. View the video profiles of last year's winners.

The Mystery behind Work-Life Balance


When people at MSU talk about the WorkLife Office, it's not surprising when they often add "balance" to the end of the title. One of the major roles of the office is to help faculty and staff find the resources they need to juggle their multiple responsibilities - at work and in their personal lives. But what about this concept of "balance"? Is it just a myth, or does it really exist? Learn more about how to define balance and some tips for maintaining it.

MSU Empowers Students with Information to Help Prevent Sexual Violence

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From an inaugural bystander training program to expanded and revamped education materials, MSU is further strengthening its efforts to prevent sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking on campus. Read more about MSU's efforts here.

Courses for MSU Employees System Refresh Coming

Starting in November, you will see a new look and navigation to the system when you search and register for Organization and Professional Development (OPD) or MSU IT courses. The refreshed system will be more user-friendly and allow easier sign-up for courses. In addition, there will be new features including Outlook calendar integration and  future course notifications. The refresh will go live in mid-November. Watch for further communications on the details of this refresh coming soon.


For Supervisors and HR Unit Representatives

Form I-9 Updates

Change in Practice Effective Immediately:

  • A new Form I-9 must be completed for all rehires, regardless of the length of break in service. View the table of scenarios resource.
  • Federal law requires that employers complete and sign Section 2 of the I-9 no later than three business days after the date of hire. "Business days" include weekends and holidays if the employer conducts business on those days. MSU is operational over weekends and holidays, therefore those days will be counted as business days for the deadline to complete Section 2.

Revision To the List of Acceptable Documents:

  • The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) has been added to List C. Employers and e-Verifiers will be able to select this option when completing the form.

Contact MSU HR with questions at 517-353-4434 or SolutionsCenter@hr.msu.edu.


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