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July, 2010

System Downtime to Implement People First Upgrade

As mentioned in the June 2010 issue of HR Updates, in July 2010 People First will have a new look and feel to make it easier and quicker to complete your state-sponsored benefit enrollments and changes.  The People First upgrade is currently scheduled for July 20, 2010. In order to implement this upgrade the People First system will be unavailable beginning July 9, 2010, at 5 p.m. The target date for the system to be back on-line is July 20, 2010, at 8 a.m.

What does this mean to you?

Enrollments and Qualified Status Changes (QSCs) processing which need to be completed during the People first system downtime should be handled as described below.  Please note that all QSCs, including new employee enrollments, must occur within the QSC window and no extensions to the QSC windows will be granted due to system downtime.

QSCs that expire during the system downtime:

(Preferred Process) When possible, employees should make their elections prior to the system coming off-line on July 9.

If elections are not made before July 9, the employee must complete the manual enrollment forms and fax them to the People First service center prior to their QSC expiration date.

QSCs that start prior to the system downtime and expire after the system comes back on-line:

(Preferred Process) Employees can make their elections through the system either prior to the downtime or once the system comes back on line.

Employees can complete the manual enrollment forms and fax them to the People First service center prior to their QSC expiration date.

New QSCs that occur during system downtime:

(Preferred Process) Employee should initiate the new QSC when the new system comes back on-line.

Employees can complete the manual enrollment forms and fax them to the People First service center prior to their QSC expiration date.

Supported Web Browsers with the Upgraded People First System:

The new and improved People First system is designed to function with Internet Explorer (IE) 7, IE 8, and Mozilla Firefox (Firefox) 3.5. 

 


Optional Life Insurance Change

Effective January 1, 2011, Minnesota Life will offer additional benefits in the Optional Life insurance plan. These expanded benefits are available during the upcoming open enrollment period which is scheduled for September 27, 2010 through October 22, 2010.  Premiums are based on your age bracket and coverage amount selected.

Coverage Tiers

Current Benefits

New Benefits

1 times salary

1 times salary

2 times salary

2 times salary

3 times salary

3 times salary

4 times salary

4 times salary

5 times salary

5 times salary

 

6 times salary

 

7 times salary

 

Maximum Benefit

Lesser of up to 5 times salary or $500,000

Lesser of up to 7 times salary or $1,000,000

Maximum Guaranteed Issue

Lesser of up to 5 times salary or $500,000

No change

You may increase existing Optional Life coverage by one increment (for example, from 3 times salary to 4 times salary) as long as the amount does not exceed $500,000 or 5 times salary

No change

Proof of Good Health

To increase by more than one increment or to enroll for the first time, you must provide proof of good health.

During this open enrollment period only, you can enroll for the first time for coverage 1 times your annual salary without providing proof of good health.

New employees can enroll in the lesser of up to 5 times salary or $500,000 within their 60 day QSC event window without providing proof of good health.

No change

 

Proof of good health required for any coverage greater than $500,000 or for times 6 or 7 times salary

 


New Member - HR Benefits Team
We are happy to announce the addition of Judy Hodai to the HR Benefits team. Judy joined the Department of Human Resources as an intern in January, 2009 while pursuing her Management degree from FGCU. She was a valuable member of the Classification/Compensation team, assisting greatly with the Position Description module implementation.

Judy will be responsible for


Employee Discount Program
Have you checked our website for new discounts offered through our Employee Discount Program? Take advantage of savings opportunities offered to you  by local and national businesses. Check it often, as it is updated on a regular basis. If you haven't already done so, we invite you to review the Employee Discount page which is located within the Benefits tab of the HR website.

 

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