The Paycheck Modeler is now available in MyMadison. Employees may now use this tool to make changes in their earnings, deductions and/or taxes to get an estimate on how those changes will impact their paycheck. The Paycheck Modeler will be unavailable each year from June 21 through July 11 for fiscal year end maintenance. More information on this new tool is found on the Paycheck Modeler webpage.
Scam Emails to JMU Faculty and Staff
We continue to see numerous scam emails sent to JMU faculty and staff accounts. The scammers leverage the university’s management structure, most likely found on the JMU web site, to target direct reports or peers to increase the success of the scam. The email messages generally start with “Are you available” or “Quick Request”. Using these phrases, the scammer tries to create a sense of urgency.
Please do not reply to the scammer via email or text message. However, if you were to respond, the scammer will eventually ask you to buy gift cards – and that is the scam.
The sender’s “From” email address is not reliable and can easily be spoofed. Any time you feel an email is questionable, and it appears to be from someone you know, consider calling the sender directly to verify the message is legitimate.
If you are unsure an email is legitimate, please contact IT Security at email@example.com.
If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk at 568-3555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upgrade Your Windows 7 Computer to Windows 10 before August 1
As communicated in the May HR Newsletter, JMU Information Technology (IT) will end support for Windows 7 on August 1, 2019. All JMU-owned Windows computers need to be on Windows 10 prior to this date.
• Option 1 – Purchase a replacement computer now
• Option 2 - Inform IT that you wish to have the current computer upgraded to Windows 10, and we will schedule the work to be done. Please submit your request ASAP for scheduling (can be done now for a future date) by filling out the computer setup request form: https://remedy.jmu.edu/DTSServiceRequest.asp
• Option 3 – Utilize a self-service upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 via ‘Software Center’. This is an in-place upgrade, however IT strongly recommends you backup any data stored on your computer prior to performing the upgrade.
Remaining Windows 7 computers will automatically be upgraded to Windows 10 beginning August 5th, 2019. This will be the same installation currently available in ‘Software Center’, but without your choice of when it will occur.
If you have questions, please contact the JMU IT Help Desk at 568-3555 or email email@example.com
We Will Come to Your Table
Benefits can be a daunting subject matter; therefore, the Benefits Team would like to extend an offer for a subject-matter expert to speak on a specific area of interest at your departmental meeting, informational session, etc. If you are interested in having a member of the Benefits Team address a specific topic during one of your scheduled meetings, please see the Benefits page to schedule.
Our goal with the Benefits Broadcast is to feature a specific benefit each month. This month’s featured benefit is…
Are you interested in getting more in your paycheck and paying less for health insurance? If you answered yes to this question, then save money every month with a Premium Reward, while helping you on the road to better health! Premium Rewards are available to all employees and their covered spouses who are enrolled in the COVA Care or COVA HealthAware Plan. Premium Rewards offer a $17/month reduction in your health insurance premium for you and/or your enrolled spouse. If both of you participate in Premium Rewards, you then receive a $34/month reduction. Annually the Department of Human Resource Management provides the requirements to receive Premium Rewards. For the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 plan year, the requirement is to complete an online Health Assessment. Once the health assessment is complete, you and/or your enrolled spouse will begin receiving the Premium Reward in 6-8 weeks. To complete your online health assessment, please follow these steps:
For COVA Care participants:
- Log into Anthem to create a log-in account for you and/or your enrolled spouse
For COVA HealthAware participants
- Log into Aetna to create a log-in account for you and/or your enrolled spouse
Your ID number is the Member ID, which can be found on your insurance card, not your JACard number.
If you have any questions on the necessary steps to begin saving money while getting healthy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-568-3593
Need to Talk with an Expert?
Did you know that every month, company representatives for your benefits are here on campus in the Wine-Price Building? Below is a list of upcoming dates where you could talk with an expert:
- July 24 ICMA-RC, Steven McGregor, JMU Online Scheduling
- July 30 FIRM, American Funds, Phil Harris, email@example.com
- August 7 Aflac, Michael Glover, firstname.lastname@example.org
- August 14 TIAA Wealth Management, Antoinette Lucas, Antoinette.email@example.com
- August 15 Valic, Corbin Hess, firstname.lastname@example.org
- August 20 FIRM, American Funds, Phil Harris, email@example.com
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Member2Member Cards
The Benefits Office has just received the 2019 Member2Member (M2M) discount cards. The M2M Discount Program offers more than 100 member discounts at local shops, restaurants, attractions, business services, and more. If you are interested in receiving the 2019 M2M card, please stop by Human Resources.
Social Security Information at your Fingertips
Check out articles in the July 2019 issue of the Social Security Column for important reminders and information from the Social Security Administration.