University Closings Due to Inclement Weather
With winter weather on the horizon, we are preparing for the possibility of inclement weather delays and closures. Decisions to close all non-essential university operations will be posted on the JMU website and broadcast via text and email alerts. Most university employees are considered "non-designated" employees and are not required to work when the university is closed. However, to continue to provide services to students, some positions are considered "designated" and these employees must report to work when the university is officially closed due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions. Designated employees earn compensatory leave for hours worked up to the maximum number of hours of their normal work shifts. Hours worked over the normally-scheduled shift will be compensated in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for the excess time worked (i.e., overtime leave earned), provided employees are in a non-exempt classification. When inclement weather or other emergency conditions create transportation difficulties that result in an employee’s late arrival, supervisors may authorize up to two hours of such lost time as an authorized absence not charged as leave. Supervisors should decide each case on its own merits. Any hours worked by non-designated employees during an authorized closing will be paid and not credited with compensatory leave. Please review JMU Policy 1309-University Closings, Class Cancellations and Exam Postponements Due to Inclement Weather or Emergencies to learn more regarding closing decisions, the cancellation of classes, the difference between designated and non-designated staff, and compensation for hours worked during an inclement weather closure.
New Panel of Physician Provider Option Coming Soon
All injuries that occur at work should be reported to Human Resources within the first 24 hours. Injuries are reported by submitting the Workers’ Compensation Accident/Incident Report. For Workers’ Compensation claims, an employee who has been injured and needs to be seen by a doctor must choose from a list of approved providers known as the Panel of Physicians. Our current Panel of Physicians includes EmergiCare, Sentara RMH Occupational Health Specialists, and Valley Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine; companies who have been great partners with the university for many years.
As an enhancement to the university’s Workers’ Compensation Program, on Friday, December 1, MedExpress will join the existing Panel of Physicians to provide care for any and all Workers’ Compensation injuries. MedExpress will focus on keeping our employees healthy and finding a return-to-work plan. We are looking forward to this new relationship as we continue our existing partnerships with EmergiCare, Sentara RMH Occupational Health Specialists, and Valley Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine.
Contact the Benefits Team at 540-568-3593 for answers to your Workers’ Compensation questions.
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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, 2017 – June 30, 2018 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:
- Go to www.myactivehealth.com/cova. If you do not have a current account, simply create a new account.
- Answer all questions in each category
- Once completed, click “Submit Now”
- Keep a copy of your completed screen for your records
- If you do not have internet access, simply contact ActiveHealth at 1-866-938-0349 to complete your health assessment over the phone.
It’s that simple! 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
JMU Talent Development
- Improving Productivity by Putting Procrastination in Its Place (TD2177)
- The Art of Asking Questions (TD2080)
- Retirement 101: Understanding Your VRS Retirement (TD1212)
- The Value of Play in Your Personal and Professional Life (TD1934)
- Getting Naked (TD1704)
- Do You Hear What I Hear? (TD2170)
- Put Your Best Foot Forward (CommonHealth) (TD2232)
- Nine Minutes on Monday (TD1825)
Visit Talent Development’s webpage for a listing of all they have to offer!