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myHR: April 13, 2011

Open Enrollment Ends April 22

Don’t wait until the last minute to choose your benefits for the 2011-2012 plan year. Open Enrollment ends on Friday, April 22. That means you have just over a week to make changes to your health care elections.

Keep in mind that several benefit options are changing for the new plan year beginning July 1. Two of our medical plans will no longer be offered, and two new ones are being introduced. There are also some health care reform changes taking effect, such as adult children being covered to age 26.

If you’d like help deciding what medical plan is right for you, take advantage of the new medical plan cost estimator tool. It’ll help you gauge what your out-of-pocket costs will look like for each plan and make it easier for you to select the best coverage option for you and your family. Click here to use the new tool.

For more details, attend our final Open Enrollment information session on Friday, April 15. Or visit the Open Enrollment website for more information.

Teach Your Kids the Fun in Work

Show your child what the working world is all about, and have fun doing it! Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day will be held on Thursday, April 28. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to encourage and inspire your child at a young age.

You can bring your children ages 9-15 to Penn’s campus for an exciting array of activities. Sign them up for interactive lessons on how the brain works and why things float, or bring them to the Penn Museum for a scavenger hunt to find ancient artifacts. You can even take them to Penn Video Network’s interactive studio where they’ll have a chance to be filmed live on camera.

Registration for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day begins on April 14 at 9am. For more details, including a complete list of activities and to register, click here.

Succeed at Smoking Cessation

It’s no secret that smoking can take a serious toll on your health. But quitting may be one of the hardest things you’ve ever had to do—and we want to make it easier for you. Penn’s Quit Smoking program can give you the tools you need to steer clear of tobacco and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Starting this May, the School of Medicine’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA) Center will run monthly information sessions about their new smoking cessation research study: MAPS for Quitting Smoking. If you’re selected, you’ll be reimbursed for your time and efforts and receive nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation counseling at no cost. Click here to register for an information session.

We also have plenty of additional resources to help get you through the quit smoking process. The Penn Smoking Treatment Program gives you one-on-one support with a plan tailored to your individual needs. You can also take advantage of online resources to help you quit, such as Smoke Free Philly or Determined to Quit.

And don’t worry about the financial cost of quitting—we’ll help you cut down on expenses as you strive to be smoke free. Penn’s healthcare benefits offer plenty of ways for you to save money on quit smoking expenses such as medications and nicotine replacement products.

So why not get started today? Click here for complete details on our Quit Smoking program.

Cut Out Conflict at Work

The workplace is a natural source of stress for many of us. Conflicting personalities and opposing points of view can destroy productivity in the office. But with the right tools, you can easily overcome these obstacles and make your work environment a collaborative and inviting place to be.

Want to learn how? Become an expert on conflict resolution at our upcoming workshop, How to Handle Conflict in the Workplace. You’ll learn how to reduce the likelihood of conflict amongst your colleagues and keep arguments to a minimum. Discover a variety of approaches to conflict resolution, and find one that works best for you.

This free workshop will take place on May 5 from 12pm–1pm. You’re welcome to bring a lunch to the session. Click here for more details and to register.

New Option for Paydays

Are you currently receiving a paper check on payday? If so, you’ll have to choose a new payment option. In support of Penn’s sustainability initiative, you now have a choice to receive your pay through either Direct Deposit or the new ADP TotalPay® Card system.

If you’re already enrolled in Direct Deposit, you don’t need to do anything—your pay will continue to be deposited into your account. But if you currently receive paper paychecks, you’ll need to choose a new payment option by April 14.

Direct Deposit is the quick and easy option if you prefer to have your pay deposited into your personal U.S. bank account every payday. You’ll have immediate access to your funds. To enroll in Direct Deposit, click here.

Alternatively, you can use the flexible, comprehensive TotalPay® Card system. This includes a Visa®-branded debit card, self-service checks and a personalized online account. Payment is automatically loaded into your TotalPay® Card account every payday, providing immediate access to your funds. Neither a bank account nor credit approval is required. Use the TotalPay® Card for in-store and online transactions, to pay bills online, to withdraw money from ATMs, and to get cash back after purchases. You can also cash a check for the full amount of your pay, or write checks (provided by ADP) against your account balance.

For more information on payday options, click here.