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August 2017 Human Resources Updates

Dear Faculty and Staff,
 
We are pleased to provide information about important payroll and benefit updates, including personal and professional development opportunities. Learn more below about the recent Illinois income tax increase, forthcoming open enrollment season changes, and new EMERGE course offerings.
 
Illinois Tax Withholding Increase
On July 7, state legislators passed an increase to the personal income tax rate (from 3.75 to 4.95 percent) and the corporate income tax (from 5.25 to 7 percent). The tax rate increases are retroactive to July 1. This change resulted in an increase of Illinois taxes withheld from employees’ paychecks on July 28 for bi-weekly paid employees and will take effect on August 15 for monthly paid employees. Additional details are available online.
 
Update on Walking Works—Loyola’s “Get Fit” Program
Congratulations to Campus Safety, the winning team of our Blue Cross Blue Shield 2017 Walking Works Challenge. The team logged 2,752.86 miles for the challenge, which concluded last month. Participants from the Sullivan Center for Student Services and Human Resources were strong contenders, and Campus Safety staff member Sarah Jurewitch was the top individual walker. We appreciate all who participated.
 
Coming Soon: Open Enrollment 2018
Loyola takes pride in offering you and your family high-quality, competitive benefits program offerings, and aims to continue fostering a healthy and inclusive workplace. Every year, we organize our communication efforts so that faculty and staff members are aware of, and can plan for, upcoming changes.
As we prepare for Open Enrollment 2018 (November 1–22), we would like to highlight some changes that will take effect January 1, 2018, and impact those who are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in our medical plan for 2018. These adjustments are the result of our annual benefits review and reflective of competitive market pricing research.
  • Employees and covered spouses or legally domiciled adults will be required to participate in a wellness screening and complete the Health Power Assessment in order to receive a $50 per month reduction on their health insurance premium. Individuals and covered spouses or legally domiciled adults will have the option to have their screenings performed on campus, off site at a conveniently located Quest Diagnostic lab, or submit biometric screening results taken in 2017 by their doctors or a certified facility.
  • The spousal surcharge for medical plan participants will increase from $50 to $100 per month. This means that if your spouse or legally domiciled adult has an option for health insurance coverage elsewhere, and still chooses to enroll in the Loyola Medical Plan, you will incur a monthly surcharge of $100.
  • There will be a tobacco usage surcharge of $50 per month for tobacco users. However, the surcharge does not apply to covered spouses, legally domiciled adults, or dependents this year. Several advocacy programs and resources will continue to be available to support smoking cessation—leading to a healthier lifestyle.  
Human Resources will share additional Open Enrollment 2018 details soon about upcoming Health Days Benefit Fairs, biometric screening procedures, and required forms.
 
EMERGE—Professional and Personal Development
The August–December schedule is now available and includes a number of new courses, including Loyola Supervisor Basics, where participants will learn about strategic management practices for recruitment, on-boarding, and reward and recognition. Additional opportunities include courses on how to collaborate effectively, safely navigate the internet, take steps to achieve your goals, and implement project management tips and tricks. Visit the EMERGE site for course descriptions and registration details.
 
Updated Form I-9 for New Hires
On July 17, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification with updates to the List of Acceptable Documents and slightly modified language. On September 18, employers must use the revised form reflecting a revision date of July 17, 2017. In addition, this form should be used for newly hired staff, including student workers. We have also updated the Form I-9 documents on our website.
 
If you have questions regarding any of these updates, please visit LUC.edu/hr.
 
Sincerely,
 
Winifred L. Williams, PhD
Vice President for Human Resources
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer