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Webinar available to learn more about Medicare and retirement options

A healthy 65-year-old couple retiring this year could need about $16,000 a year to cover healthcare expenses during the course of a 24-year retirement.* That’s why figuring out healthcare coverage for retirement, including Medicare options, is such an important part of retirement planning. Transamerica can help explain the “A, B, C, Ds” of Medicare and how to create healthcare strategy.

To watch the webinar, click here:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/5470743663463236355

To make an appointment to discuss Medicare and retirement options, click here:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/5470743663463236355

2021 leave forms must be submitted by Jan. 20

Employees are reminded to turn in their leave forms from 2021. This is to update any vacation balances before Human Resources starts its “use-it-or-lose-it” analysis. All leave forms from 2021 must be turned in by Jan. 20.

Employees are reminded that there is a one-year, carry-over limit on accrued vacation time. The “use-it-or-lose-it” date is Dec. 31. Employees cannot carry over beyond this date more than the number of annual vacation days for which they are currently eligible.

Dr. Hajek named Chair for Humanities and Social Sciences

Jessica Hajek, Assistant Professor and Program Head for Music, has been named interim Chair for the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HuSS). The department includes History, Comparative Mexican American Studies, Music, Political Science, Theology, Philosophy, Spanish and BCP, Sociology and Visual Arts.

Dr. Hajek, who began teaching at OLLU in 2020, will remain interim chair through the end of the summer. She fills the position held by Maribel Lárraga, PhD, Professor of Spanish, who stepped down at the end of 2021.

Transamerica planning consultants available by appointment

With the Transamerica retirement plan, OLLU employees have access to a financial professional who can discuss their retirement strategy. A Transamerica retirement planning consultant (RPC) can help employees:

  • Enroll in the plan
  • Review and understand Your Retirement Outlook
  • Determine contribution rate and investment mix
  • Learn how life events, such as marriage, children and buying a home could impact retirement strategy
  • Improve overall financial wellness

Even if retirement is years – or decades – away, having a smart strategy starts today.

Schedule an appointment with a Transamerica RPC from Feb. 14-22 by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3Fa8Kes

Payroll schedule for Christmas holidays

As the holidays approach, hourly employees are reminded that if they are taking any vacation days prior to the holiday break, they must input their vacation hours into the appropriate time-keeping system before departing.

Beginning Dec. 17, hourly employees will be able to access and enter vacation time for the pay period that runs from Dec. 18 — Dec. 31 via Self Service.

Any missed days will not be paid on Jan 7, 2022.

Payroll schedule for Christmas holidays

As the holidays approach, hourly employees are reminded that if they are taking any vacation days prior to the holiday break, they must input their vacation hours into the appropriate time-keeping system before departing.

Beginning Dec. 17, hourly employees will be able to access and enter vacation time for the pay period that runs from Dec. 18 — Dec. 31 via Self Service.

Any missed days will not be paid on Jan 7, 2022.

Preparation for emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 vaccination and testing

OLLU is monitoring legal action around the OSHA emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 vaccination and testing. Although the standard has been halted by the courts, the university is taking actions to be prepared to comply with the standard if the courts allow it to go into effect by the original Jan. 4, 2022 deadline.

If the current stay is lifted by the courts, OLLU employees will need to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination (if they have not already done so). Individuals who do not provide proof of vaccination or receive an appropriate exemption will be required to submit results from a COVID-19 test each week at their own expense.

Until further notice, OLLU will continue to conduct at university expense regular testing of employees who have not provided proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

As always, OLLU will monitor the communities served by the university and make changes to COVID-19 protocols as necessary.

All employees must complete training courses by Jan. 10, 2022

As part of the university’s continued efforts to provide a robust compliance training program, all part-time and full-time employees must complete a series of training courses by Jan. 10, 2022. All employees should have received an email from the Human Resources Office about the training.

The following courses are required: 

  • Data Security: Phishing (10 minutes) 
  • Data Security: Malware (10 minutes) 
  • Data Security: Passwords (10 minutes) 
  • Data Security: Physical Security and Unintended Disclosures (10 minutes) 
  • Data Security: Mobile Security and Third-Party Websites (10 minutes) 
  • FERPA: Protecting Student Privacy (10 minutes) 
  • Understanding the Clery Act (15 minutes) 
  • Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Faculty and Staff (25 minutes) 
  • Title IX Mosaic: Prevent Sexual Violence Together (45 minutes) 

Need Help?  

If you have any issues with sign-in or accessing the courses, or if you did not receive your welcome email, call Support at 844-348-3650, or visit the Support Site Learning Portal at portalhelp.ue.org for options to live chat or create a help ticket.  

All other questions should be directed to the OLLU Compliance Officer at compliance@ollusa.edu.  

Psychology professor publishes article in ‘Contemporary Family Therapy’ journal

Dr. Codina Fayed, Assistant Professor of Psychology has published, as a first author in the highly ranked peer-reviewed journal “Contemporary Family Therapy,” an article titled “Interpersonal Trauma, Therapeutic Alliance and Relationship Satisfaction: A Dyadic Examination.” 

The aim of this study was to use the dyad as the unit of analysis in exploring the associations between interpersonal trauma and its impact on the development of the therapeutic alliance and relationship satisfaction in early sessions of couple therapy. 

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