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Arrivals/Departures/Retirees (July 2014)

http://www.smith.edu/hr/employee_arrivedepart.php

Arrivals/Departures/Retirees (June 2014)

http://www.smith.edu/hr/employee_arrivedepart.php

Employee Tuition Reimbursement Benefit Enhancement

Human Resources is pleased to announce that the maximum reimbursement amount under the Tuition Reimbursement benefit has been increased to $2,100 effective July 1, 2014. The increase will impact classes taken after the effective date. This benefit will reimburse eligible employees for courses taken at other colleges or universities. Detailed information about the Tuition Reimbursement benefit, including eligibility requirements, waiting period and eligible courses can be found in the Staff Handbook. The form for the Reimbursement benefit can also be found on the Human Resources website.

Harvard Pilgrim's New Universal Dental Plan

Universal Dental Plan is not dental insurance. This plan does not meet minimum creditable coverage requirements under Massachusetts Law. The plan provides discounts at specific dental providers for dental services. The plan does not make payments directly to the providers of dental services. Plan members are obligated to pay for all dental care services but will receive a discount from those dental care providers who have contracted with the discount dental plan organization. The range of discounts will vary depending on the services provided.

This plan would not take the place of our dental insurance as our dental plan is much, much richer than this program. This program has a monthly membership fees, it is not free. Many of our employees may find limited value in the program as there are no dentists in our immediate area that are part of the program. The closest dentists are in the Springfield area. That said, employees can sign up through HP's website. We will make sure that our rep has information at the fair.

Employee Tuition Reimbursement Increased

Human Resources is pleased to announce that the maximum reimbursement amount under the Tuition Reimbursement benefit has been increased to $2,100 effective July 1, 2014. The increase will impact classes taken after the effective date. This benefit will reimburse eligible employees for courses taken at other colleges or universities. Detailed information about the Tuition Reimbursement benefit, including eligibility requirements, waiting period and eligible courses can be found in the Staff Handbook at smith.edu/hr/handbook_403.php.

Update on Employee Assistance Program

Our Employee Assistance Program provider, The Wellness Corporation, has been acquired by E4 Health, a leading provider of holistic life services and wellness solutions for organizations nationwide. The merger of these two experienced, professional teams will afford expanded service offerings for faculty and staff, while providing all the high quality services and capabilities that you and your family/household members are accustomed to. The EAP has been rebranded, LifeScope.The toll-free helpline (800-828-6025) will remain the same for the foreseeable future. For more information about Smith's EAP, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/benefits_eap.php or call Lynn Cocco at x2273.