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Volume 11 Number 12, December 2008

Human Resources

WorkLife Workshops for December

Yale WorkLife is sponsoring the following workshops during December.  Registration is free.  Further details are on our website.

  • Preventing Burnout, December 9, Peabody Museum, Auditorium, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Readiness, December 11, Yale School of Medicine Library, large conference room, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

 Backup Child Care Available

July 1 marked the start of a new fiscal year at Yale and another year of the Yale Back-up Child Care program. Yale is providing eligible faculty, staff, post-docs and students up to 40 hours of subsidized back-up child care per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). These services are intended to assist parents and guardians in arranging care for their children when their usual caregivers are not available. The back-up child care service is provided through Caregivers on Call, which has a network of caregivers in all 50 states and services both major metropolitan areas and smaller communities. Due to its extensive network, parents or guardians may also use this service when traveling to meetings and conferences for work. To learn more and to register for the service, visit www.yale.edu/backupcare or call 432-8069.

Reminder:  Resources for New and Expecting Parents or Parents of Young Children

The Department of Human Resources has several resources to help new and expecting parents or parents of young children balance work and family life.

  • The New Parent Packet contains a gift for a new child and information on University resources and services for parents/guardians. E-mail worklife@yale.edu.
  • Subsidized back-up child care is available through Caregivers On Call. Visit our website for more information or call 432-8069.
  • The Yale Babysitting Service establishes a link between Yale faculty, staff and students to access babysitting services provided by Yale students.
  • Child Care Resource and Referral - The WorkLife Program has an Online Child Care Directory. Request a printed copy at worklife@yale.edu. Be sure to include your name and on-campus address.
  • Child Care Coordinator - Schedule a telephone or in-person session with the Yale Child Care Coordinator by e-mailing worklife@yale.edu or by calling 432-8069.

Reminder: Flexible Spending Accounts

All benefit eligible employees should remember to make elections for their flexible spending accounts by December 31, 2008. Now is the time for them to carefully calculate their anticipated out-of-pocket expenses for 2009. Make sure to visit this health care and/or dependent care sites for worksheets from ADP to help estimate expenses. Please log onto the “Employee Self Service” via the benefits website to make your elections and receive a confirmation e-mail. For more information, please visit http://www.yale.edu/hronline/benefits/.

2009 Limits to Defined Contribution 402(g)

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that no changes will be made to the 402 (g) limits in 2009.  As a result, limits will remain the same: annual maximum of $15,500; for those aged 50 or older that limit is $5,000. If you have questions, please contact the Benefits Office at 2-5550.

Scholarship Award Payments for the Winter and Spring Terms

In order to process scholarship award payments, please submit itemized tuition bills to the Benefits Office for each term.  Submissions should be made by either the parent or the student.  Make sure the copy of the itemized tuition bill is legible and that it includes the employee’s name. Bills may be mailed to the Benefits Office via U.S. or campus mail or faxed to 432-7575.

Award payments will not be processed from December 24 through January 1 due to the holiday recess period.