|From Midd to MIIS||From MIIS to Midd|
|Rich Wolfson, Physics & Environmental Studies
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If you have an unused balance in your 2018 flexible spending account(s), please be aware that you have until December 31, 2018 to incur qualifying expenses to use those funds. You have until March 31, 2019 to submit claims and substantiation for 2018 expenses.
Please monitor your progress on your web portal, www.mycafeteriaplan.com. If you have yet to set up your access to the member portal at mycafeteriaplan.com, please do so today! Click here to learn more about the portal.
Remember, unused funds in the Healthcare FSA up to $500 will rollover for use in the new plan year. Unused funds in the Healthcare FSA account over $500 will be forfeited. All unused funds remaining in the Dependent Daycare FSA will be forfeited.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact MyCafeteriaPlan at (800) 865-6543 or Human Resources at (802) 443-3372.
The latest issue of the GMHEC newsletter has been published! View the full newsletter here. Stay tuned to MiddPoints for future issues of The Connection!
Here is a review of procedures regarding time entry during the November and December breaks, as well as for Martin Luther King Day. Hourly (non-exempt) employees must use specific pay codes to record time during the designated breaks. Exempt (salaried) employees do not have use special codes since the appropriate number of days for each of the breaks will default in as Holiday Pay.
The 2018-19 holiday schedule is:
Thanksgiving Break: 5:01 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, November 24 (regular operations resume Sunday, November 25.)
December Break: 5:01 p.m. Friday, December 21 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, January 1 (regular operations resume Wednesday, January 2, 2019)
Martin Luther King Day: 5:01 p.m. Sunday, January 20 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 21 (regular operations resume Tuesday, January 22, 2019)
Hourly Employees: There are two pay codes – Holiday Pay and Holiday Premium Pay – that are used only during the designated holiday periods:
Holiday Pay (HOL): a benefit that is provided by Middlebury College to keep benefit-eligible employees’ pay whole without having to use CTO during designated holiday periods. It is not intended to provide extra pay: HOL, which pays at an employee’s regular hourly rate, is to be entered for normally scheduled hours by non-exempt benefit eligible employees on days during the specified holiday break periods whether or not they work. For the Thanksgiving break, up to two days may be entered, for the December break, up to six days may be used, and for Martin Luther King Day, one day may be used. Employees who work variable or flexible schedules should coordinate entry of HOL with their supervisor to determine the appropriate number of HOL hours.
Holiday Pay Premium (HPP): a benefit that pays eligible non-exempt employees extra for working during the designated holiday periods. HPP, which pays at time-and-a-half the employee’s base hourly rate, is to be used by all eligible employees for hours worked during the specified holiday break periods. A limited number of part-time non-benefit eligible employees (such as those who work at the Snow Bowl, as the Snow Bowl is open for regular business during the December break) are not eligible for HPP. Please speak with your supervisor or Human Resources if you have questions regarding your status or eligibility for HPP.
|Who Worked on a Holiday||Who Did Not Work on a Holiday|
|Hourly benefit-eligible staff||Enter Holiday Pay for any normally scheduled hours AND Enter Holiday Pay Premium for hours actually worked.*||Enter Holiday Pay for any normally scheduled hours.|
|Hourly non-benefit-eligible staff||Enter Holiday Pay Premium for hours actually worked.*||No action needed.|
|Hourly non-benefit-eligible staff in positions designated as ineligible for HPP||Enter Regular for hours actually worked.*||No action needed.|
|Salaried, exempt staff||No action needed.||No action needed. Holiday Pay code will default in during payroll.|
* Remember to enter hours on the correct shift.
Please contact Human Resources if you have additional questions regarding time entry of HOL or HPP.
Q: I understand that holiday pay is for benefit eligible staff. However, I had coordinated with my supervisor and indeed worked during Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving. Can I enter the hours normally in this case?
A: Worked hours during the holiday breaks should be entered as Holiday Pay Premium (HPP) by all non-exempt staff, whether or not they are benefits-eligible. The only exception would be Snow Bowl non-benefits eligible employees during the December break, since, unlike the rest of the campus, the Snow Bowl is open for business.
Q: I am a benefits-eligible employee who normally works Tues-Sat; how would I enter time for the Thanksgiving break if I am off Thursday and Friday, then work Saturday? Would I get three days of holiday pay?
A: Remember, the maximum holiday pay benefit is two days for the Thanksgiving break, so you would have to use CTO for one of the three days if you were off all three days. If you work on Saturday, you would enter holiday pay premium for the hours if you work, but it wouldn’t be necessary to enter CTO since you would receive two days of holiday pay for Thursday and Friday.
Q: I normally work Sunday through Thursday; how would I enter my hours for the Thanksgiving break?
A: You would enter holiday time for Thursday, and nothing for Friday and Saturday since you would not normally be scheduled to work on those days. Sunday would be regular hours, or CTO if you did not work.
The holidays are a great time for getting together with family and friends. Many holiday traditions revolve around eating, which can result in people overindulging during the holiday season. Practicing mindful eating during the holidays will help you to savor all the delicious food without overindulging, or feeling guilty.
Below are a few tips for practicing mindful eating:
- Before eating, check in with your body to determine if you are really hungry. Often times we eat for emotional reasons rather than for biological reasons.
- Take a couple of slow, deep breaths before starting your meal. This will help slow you down and draw your focus to your meal.
- Before you take your first bite, notice your food. What does it look and smell like? Part of truly enjoying food is noticing its appearance and smell in addition to its taste.
- Slow down your speed of eating. Often times we eat so fast, our brains do not have time to signal to us that we are full. Try putting down your fork or spoon between each bite.
- Chew your food well. Many people eat so fast that they barely chew their food enough to break it down. This puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on the rest of the digestive system which can result in digestive problems and bloating.
This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, “Family and Personal Budgeting.” Learn more about setting financial goals and setting priorities for you and your family. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend you can log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation.
Wednesday, November 28th
Family and Personal Budgeting
This workshop will help you examine your views on money and money management, review financial goals for yourself and your family and learn to set spending priorities accordingly. You will also assess your “money personality” in order to help control unnecessary spending, put away more for savings and establish positive budgeting habits that will last a lifetime.
– Select the time
– Or – click on “Upcoming Webinars” from the homepage of the website and follow the easy instructions
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Family Finances: From Toddler to Teen
December 4, 2018 | 9:00 AM (PST) & 12:00 PM (PST) | Register Here.
Some of the biggest expenses for families are the costs associated with raising children. Whether it’s needing a bigger home, day care, extracurricular activities, or food and health care, the expenses add up and can put tremendous pressure on any budget. Our presentation will help you review the costs and develop a plan that makes you feel mentally and financially prepared.
Note: If you register and cannot attend, a recording of the webinar, along with a copy of the session presentation and handouts, will automatically be sent within 24 hours.
You work hard for your money, but is your money working hard for you?
When it comes to our finances, we always wonder if we are making the right moves, and searching for answers can feel overwhelming.
Middlebury College provides employees* access to financial well-being thru My Secure Advantage (MSA).
MSA helps you make the most of your hard earned dollars! When it comes to living a financially stress-free life, every decision you make adds up. Through MSA, employees and their covered dependents can work with a personal Money Coach and utilize website services to make financial stress a thing of the past.
- 90 days of personalized money coaching with a personal, confidential, unbiased, and guilt free Money Coach. Coaches don’t sell products or services: their only job is to provide expert guidance and improve your financial life.
- Guidance on financial topics, goals, challenges, or questions. Whether you’re getting by, digging out, or saving big, connecting with a Money Coach to discuss options, identify things to consider, and build out a plan can only help
Work with MSA to tackle questions like “Should I be saving more or paying down debt?” “When will I be able to retire, and how much do I need?” “What type of portfolio is best for me?” “How do I balance enjoying life now with saving for the future?” and more.
- Online tools include videos, calculators, articles, and budgeting software to help you stress less and save more.
Questions? Learn more about MSA here. To get started, sign up, and schedule your first appointment with a Money Coach call 888-724-2326.
*Benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible for MSA benefits.
Nukhet Kardam, Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, recently passed her 25-year mark of employment. Nukhet took a few minutes to share her thoughts of “Life at the Institute” over the past two and a half decades.
1. What did you do prior to coming to work at the Middlebury Institute and where were you located?
I was working as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pomona College in the Department of Politics in Claremont, California.
2. What job titles have you held while working at the Middlebury Institute?
I think I came as Associate Professor, and then became Full Professor. I was the Program Chair for the MPA Program for several years.
3. Take us back to your first year as an employee at MIIS. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?
It was 1993, my son was 6 years old and started elementary school in Pacific Grove. We moved as a family to Pacific Grove and rented a house and hoped that my husband would find a job in this area, but it never happened. The first year I was at MIIS, he was on sabbatical from Scripps College in Claremont and he continued working there as a faculty member until he retired in 2008.
4. What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?
I am putting on “Aging Creatively” workshops for people in my generation. I absolutely love it and would like to expand these workshops, perhaps offering them to faculty across Middlebury who are close to retirement or already retired.
5. Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at MIIS or due to your association with others who work here?
I have realized that I don’t just want to be an intellectual and focusing on my mind, but become a ‘whole person’. So, I have become a Qi Gong and Zumba instructor. I am convinced that to live a fulfilled life, one has to combine all faculties and functions (imagination, thought, feelings, sensations) and trust one’s heart. I am on a Sufi spiritual path and I would like to combine my creativity, philosophy, and spirituality to offer to others and learn from others.
6. What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at MIIS?
I don’t have a fondest memory. What I enjoy most is hearing form my former students and having a continuing relationship with them.
7. Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?
Yes, the ability of the school to allow me to change and grow. As I changed, the school accommodated me and allowed my creativity and different ideas to take shape and blossom. As the school changed, I stuck with it. What school would have given me the chance to write a book about my grandfather, go to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and ultimately publish a book on Identity (from Ottoman to Turk and Beyond: Watercolor Identities)? This research was very close to my heart and also led to a successful seminar I still teach called Powerle Identity and Multiculturalism.
8. What are your plans for the next 25 years?
Offer “Aging Creatively” workshops around the U.S and in Turkey; teach Zumba Gold and Qi Gong classes, continue playing the piano and learn jazz piano and composition.
9. Do you have a favorite place on campus?
My office is perfect – large, great view, and all.
10. Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the Institute?
Yes, I could mention Ed Laurance who mentored me when I first came. We taught a couple of courses together which helped me a lot. Amy Sands, as Dean and then later Provost, always supported me and provided space for me to change. Amy McGill has been and is a great supporter.
11. If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at MIIS, what would it be?
Give yourself time to grow into the job, make sure to get to know people from different programs, including staff, faculty, and students. Become part of the community and ENJOY it.
12. Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at MIIS?
I have loved it!!