As we begin the new year, Human
Resources would like to offer you resources to prepare for the Annual
Performance Summary (APS) process. Performance evaluations for staff
members take place between January 1 and March 31 of each year. The APS
form for 2020 remains the same as in previous years. (You may recall
that planning was begun last year to update the process incorporating campus
feedback received through the institution-wide employee engagement survey and
opportunities to utilize the new Oracle HCM module. Those plans continue
as we make advances in our implementation efforts. While the module will
not be ready for this year’s evaluation cycle, we will continue to provide
updates for the coming year.)
Below, please find links to the form, helpful tools and
guides to support the APS process, and an on-line audio training presentation
that will help you prepare whether you are a supervisor or individual
contributor. New employees and supervisors are encouraged to view the
recorded presentation. For those who have attended the training sessions
offered in past years, you may find this to be a convenient refresher.
2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, is very
different from previous versions. This is due to the federal tax law changes
that took place in 2018. One of the goals for the update is to replace
complicated worksheets with more straightforward questions to employees and to
enhance employee privacy.
newly hired employees after January 1st, 2020 will be required to
complete the new W-4 form. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not requiring
current employees to complete the revised form unless you make changes to your
withholdings after January 1st. Please note: if you do not
submit a new form, withholding will continue based on your previously submitted
though the IRS does not require all employees to complete the revised form, you
may wish to perform a “paycheck checkup” to see if you need to make adjustments
to your current withholding. To conduct the checkup, you can use the IRS’s Tax
Withholding Estimator (www.irs.gov/W4App).
To effectively use the estimator, it is helpful to have a copy of your most
recent pay stub and tax return. It is likely that the estimator will be updated
to account for the 2020 tax tables in early January.
On Monday, November 11, Christy represented veterans (and her own military experience in various branches of the military) as a member of her American Legion Post 24 in Woodstock, VT. The Post provided a Veteran’s Day Ceremony that included presenting a color guard (with rifle escort) and Christy was selected to read the poem In Flanders Fields to those gathered for the event in Woodstock, VT.