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Keep up with the latest benefits-related news.

March 20, 2015
Basic, supplemental retirement contributions combined as 'voluntary' on paystubs in NetBenefits
Beginning in April, basic and supplemental retirement contributions will be combined and collectively called "voluntary" contributions in Vanderbilt and Fidelity's systems.

March 15, 2015
Retirement Plan Transition: Reminder of upcoming key dates
As Vanderbilt’s retirement plan transition to the new streamlined structure nears its final stages, we want to remind you of several upcoming key dates and actions you should take to ensure your account is set up the way you want it to be.

March 15, 2015
TIAA-CREF funds handled differently during retirement plan transition
If you have existing retirement savings with TIAA-CREF, you should be aware that your investments may be handled differently depending on the funds you hold.

March 6, 2015
Retirement plan fund selection and monitoring is top priority
Vanderbilt’s new retirement plan structure separates the funds offered in the plan’s core investment lineup from the administrative services provider, so each can be selected based on its own merits.

March 2, 2015
Report contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1
Employees who contribute to a non-Vanderbilt retirement plan through outside businesses in which they are at least a 50 percent owner need to report their contributions to Human Resources by April 1.

March 2, 2015
New retirement plan structure offers best-in-class funds independent of administrative services provider
When Vanderbilt’s new retirement plan structure takes effect in April, participants will gain the ability to invest in best-in-class mutual funds from a number of investment companies, while enjoying the simplicity of having one place to manage their accounts and receiving one statement.

February 13, 2015
Target date funds continue to offer easy retirement investment option
Many Vanderbilt retirement plan participants have taken advantage of target date funds—including Vanguard Target Retirement, Fidelity Freedom funds and TIAA-CREF Lifecycle funds—for easy, one-step investing.

February 6, 2015
Retirement plan transition: What happens to annuity investments?
If you currently have annuity investments with TIAA-CREF and/or VALIC as part of your Vanderbilt retirement plan, these investments will remain with TIAA-CREF and/or VALIC unless you initiate an individual transfer of assets.

January 30, 2015
Retirement plan fund selection window is open
Active employees can now choose the funds their contributions will be directed to beginning in April when Vanderbilt transitions to its new retirement plan structure.

January 27, 2015
Retirement transition workshops begin next week; webinars also available
Fidelity will hold onsite and online workshops covering the details of Vanderbilt’s new retirement plan structure and the transition process for current employees beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

January 15, 2015
Self-directed brokerage account info now on retirement transition website
Vanderbilt’s new 403(b) retirement plan structure that will take effect in April includes three investment tiers that you can choose from depending on how involved you want to be in managing your investments.

January 2, 2015
Will preparation services available for free to employees
Did you know that Vanderbilt employees can take advantage of free will preparation services?

December 19, 2014
Retirement transition: What you can do now
Vanderbilt recently announced steps it is taking to make the retirement plan work even better for employees in 2015.

December 17, 2014
Benefit payroll deductions, HRA credit change for Jan. 2 paychecks
Payroll deductions for the following benefits plans will not be withheld from paychecks issued on Jan. 2, 2015 for bi-weekly paid Medical Center and home health employees, and all weekly paid employees: health, vision and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts (FSAs), short- and long-term disability insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D), life insurance.

November 21, 2014
Vanderbilt employees will receive an email from Rick Ohmer, senior director of Benefits and Compensation, with a federal government notice about a retirement annual fee disclosure. This email is informational only and no action is required. Learn more on the Participant Fee Disclosure website.

My VU Benefits will experience brief outage Nov. 15
Due to planned upgrades, Vanderbilt's benefits enrollment website, My VU Benefits, will be unavailable starting at 11 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 15. The downtime should take just a few minutes.

Oct. 17, 2014
Open Enrollment Health and Benefits Fairs Oct. 20 and 21
If you need help enrolling, join us this week at a Health and Benefits Fair, attend an upcoming enrollment lab, or sign up for a webinar.

Oct. 15, 2014
Open Enrollment is underway
Open Enrollment is here! Sign up for 2015 benefits now at

Oct. 9, 2014
How to handle a different Open Enrollment period than your spouse or partner
If you have a spouse or same-sex domestic partner who works for another employer that also offers benefits, you should carefully consider the option that works best for you both.

Oct. 7, 2014
Enroll in Dependent Day Care FSAs during Open Enrollment 
Today’s tip is a reminder that Vanderbilt employees are eligible to fund two different types of flexible spending accounts, also known as FSAs.

Oct. 3, 2014
Learn about Open Enrollment, ask questions during live Webinars
New for Open Enrollment this year, HR experts will host live webinars providing an overview of your Open Enrollment options as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

Oct. 3, 2014
Learn about Health Care FSAs
Today’s tip is a reminder that Vanderbilt employees are eligible to fund two different types of flexible spending accounts, also known as FSAs.

Sept. 30, 2014
Need help with Open Enrollment?
If you need help enrolling or don’t have access to a computer, visit the HR Express office on the second floor of the 2525 West End Building or one of our enrollment labs during the Open Enrollment period.

Sept. 25, 2014
How does Open Enrollment affect couples working at Vanderbilt?
Today’s tip is a reminder that if both you and your spouse or same-sex domestic partner work at Vanderbilt, you have options when choosing your benefits during Open Enrollment.

Sept. 24, 2014
Can I change my Open Enrollment selections?
Today’s tip is a reminder that you can make changes to your benefits selections at any time during the Open Enrollment period as long you complete your selections by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31.

Sept. 19, 2014
All benefits-eligible employees should complete Open Enrollment
Today's tip is a reminder that all benefits-eligible employees need to complete Open Enrollment, whether you enroll in or waive coverage.

Sept. 17, 2014
Get your VUnetID and password ready for Open Enrollment
Today's tip is to remember that to complete Open Enrollment, you need your VUnetID and password.

Sept. 12, 2014
When will Open Enrollment selections take effect?
Today's tip is to remember that selections made during Open Enrollment will be effective Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2015, unless you have a qualifying life event such as marriage, divorce or the birth of a child.

Sept. 10, 2014
Get ready for Open Enrollmentt
Open Enrollment is right around the corner. Are you ready? To help you prepare, Vanderbilt's HR team will be sharing the top 10 things you need to know to prepare for Open Enrollment over the next five weeks.

Sept. 5, 2014
Save the Date: Benefits Open Enrollment is Oct. 15–31
Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to reflect on you and your families’ needs and to fine tune your benefits package to match.

July 31, 2014
Medicare, Social Security focus of educational sessions
Human Resources will host two free presentations on Aug. 19 and 20 to help employees plan for their transition to retirement.

June 27, 2014
Reminder: University Central transitions to flexPTO July 1
On July 1, University Central's flexPTO program will be in place. As a reminder, you can use this time for planned time off, including vacations and holidays, and for unanticipated absences such as personal or family illnesses.

June 16, 2014
My VU Benefits website will experience outage June 21-22
Due to planned upgrades, Vanderbilt's benefits enrollment website, My VU Benefits, will be unavailable June 21-22. The outage will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, and the site will be available again at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 23.

June 13, 2014
Free retirement investment workshop geared toward women June 24
Join Vanderbilt's Human Resources and TIAA-CREF on June 24 for an interactive workshop on basic retirement saving skills. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Light Hall, Room 208.

May 21, 2014
Vanderbilt benefits news: beneficiaries, unpaid leave, more
There are a variety of things you should know about your Vanderbilt benefits, including how to change beneficiaries and how your spending accounts and retirement savings are affected by a leave of absence.

April 30, 2014
FlexPTO coming in July for University Central
Non-union University Central employees will transition to flexPTO in July, joining the 14,500 Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees who moved to flexPTO in January.

April 14, 2014
Vanderbilt Health Plan members may be selected for audit
Each year, Vanderbilt randomly audits a small number of employees participating in the health plan who have selected coverage for covered dependents, such as a spouse, partner or child.

April 10, 2014
Free retirement income planning seminar April 29
Saving for retirement is different than living in retirement. That's why Human Resources and Fidelity Investments are offering a special seminar for Vanderbilt employees, "The Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning."

March 27, 2014
HR offers two retirement investment workshops April 15
Vanderbilt Human Resources is partnering with Vanguard to offer two free retirement investing workshops for employees. Both sessions will be presented by Vanguard, a Vanderbilt Retirement Plan vendor.

March 5, 2014
Report contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1
Employees who contribute to a non-Vanderbilt retirement plan through outside businesses in which they are at least a 50 percent owner need to report their contributions to Human Resources by April 1.

February 28, 2014
Social Security, Medicare focus of retirement sessions
Human Resources will sponsor two free education sessions on March 11 and 12 to help employees plan for their transition to retirement.

January 22, 2014
Free retirement counseling available to employees
Vanderbilt employees who participate in the retirement plan are eligible for free retirement counseling.

January 9, 2014
Human Resources announces benefits news for 2014
Check time off balances online; new look for benefits deductions on paychecks; My VU Benefits website; review and update your beneficiaries; C2HR website.