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Keep up with the latest benefits-related news.


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.

December 5, 2013
IRS announces 2014 retirement plan contribution limits
Each year, the Internal Revenue Service adjusts the limits for retirement plan contributions to reflect price and wage inflation. For the 2014 calendar year, the limits are as follows.

November 14, 2013
Health Plus is relocating; look for survey to designate Wellness Credit
Health Plus is moving to the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. Health Plus will continue to offer programs and services that support faculty and staff in leading healthier and more productive lives.

October 31, 2013
Today is the last day to enroll for 2014 benefitsOpen Enrollment, the annual opportunity for benefits-eligible employees to choose their benefits and elect the coverage that fits their needs for the coming year, ends at 11:59 pm today.

October 28, 2013
Reminder to enroll for 2014 benefits
Open Enrollment for 2014 benefits ends at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31 and all benefits-eligible employees should enroll. If you don't enroll, you may lose valuable credits or pay for coverage you do not want.

October 23, 2013
Participate in Open Enrollment to avoid receiving default benefits
There's just one week left! Open Enrollment for 2014 benefits ends Oct. 31, and all benefits-eligible employees should enroll.

October 18, 2013
Open Enrollment ends October 31
Open Enrollment is happening now and all benefits-eligible employees should enroll. It's the one time each year to review your insurance and spending account coverage and make choices for the upcoming year.

October 16, 2013
Open Enrollment is happening now; benefits enrollment labs available
It's time to enroll for your 2014 benefits. Open Enrollment started Oct. 16 and continues through Oct. 31. The benefits you choose begin on Jan. 1, 2014.

October 14, 2013
New tools available to help make Open Enrollment decisions
Need help choosing your benefits? This year, take advantage of several new tools designed to help you make the best decisions.

October 10, 2013
Learn about 2014 benefit options on the Open Enrollment website
Open Enrollment for 2014 benefits is Oct. 16-31, and all benefits-eligible employees should enroll. Before you enroll, explore your benefit options by visiting these resources on the Open Enrollment website.

October 4, 2013
Benefit highlights for 2014
Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to make your benefits choices for the upcoming year. This year’s Open Enrollment is Oct. 16-31, and all benefits-eligible employees should enroll.

September 25, 2013
Open Enrollment is coming: Do you know your VUnetID and ePassword?
Open Enrollment for 2014 benefits is Oct. 16-31. When you enroll, you will need your VUnetID and ePassword.

September 26, 2013
Vanderbilt employees will receive an email from Rick Ohmer, senior director of Benefits and Compensation, with two federally required benefits notices: Department of Labor Notice about Health Exchange and Medicare Creditable Coverage Notice.

September 25, 2013
Vanderbilt employees will receive an email from Rick Ohmer, senior director of Benefits and Compensation, with information about the IRS announcing that all same-sex marriages will be recognized for federal tax and employee benefit purposes.

September 20, 2013
'It's Your Time to Choose': Benefits Open Enrollment is Oct. 16-31
Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to sign up for or waive the following benefits: health, dental and vision; short-term disability; accidental death & dismemberment; and flexible spending accounts.

August 29, 2013
VU lands healthy employer award
Vanderbilt has again been named the winner of The Nashville Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers Award for the 500+ Employees Group. The winners are judged by a national panel of experts who are independent of The Business Journal and of business interests.

August 14, 2013
Social Security, Medicare retirement sessions
As part of an ongoing series designed to help all employees prepare for retirement, Human Resources will sponsor two free education sessions Aug. 27-28. During the sessions, experts on Social Security and Medicare will discuss eligibility, enrollment and benefits.

August 9, 2013
Don't miss the Health and Benefits Fair Oct. 15-16
Vanderbilt's Benefits and Health Fair will take place Oct. 15-16. Come learn more about the benefits package at these locations: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Vanderbilt Student Life Center, and Wednesday, Oct.16, 2–7 p.m., One Hundred Oaks North Box.

July 31, 2013
All steps of Go for the Gold now available
All three steps of the nationally award-winning Go for the Gold program are now ready.

July 23, 2013
Vanderbilt to launch new flexible paid time off system for employees
In order to more effectively meet the broadly diverse work/life needs across employees' life phases, Vanderbilt is moving to a modernized benefits plan called flexPTO (Paid Time Off) that offers greater flexibility for time away from work by combining all accrued leave hours into a single, centralized bank.

Mid-July 2013
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.

March 6, 2013
Vanderbilt Health Plan members may be selected for audit
Each year, Vanderbilt conducts benefits audits regarding covered dependents (spouse, partner or child). These audits ensure that the Health Plan is covering only eligible family members. By involving only a small portion of employees in the audit, the majority of the population is relieved of the paperwork burden of providing documentation.

March 1, 2013
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 must report their contributions to Human Resources by April 1.

January 15, 2013
Free retirement counseling available to employees
Vanderbilt employees who participate in the retirement plan are eligible for free retirement counseling.

January 3, 2013
Important information about changes to paychecks
Even with the American Taxpayer Relief Act, you will see more taxes deducted from your paycheck starting in January 2013.


Also see benefits news from 2012.

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