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myHR: April 10, 2013

Bring Your Child to Penn for a Day of Exploration

Inspire your child with a day of fun and learning at Penn! Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day will take place on Thursday, April 25. Registration is required and begins on April 18.

Children ages 9–15 can take part in dozens of exciting and educational activities across campus, like meeting a renowned children’s book author, learning about artifacts from ancient Egypt, Rome and China, or participating in various hands-on science experiments.

Your child can even test his or her survival skills by participating in a simulated plane crash, find out how reading can give you superpowers, or learn about the environment by watching what happens to food when you throw it away.

Keep in mind you must have supervisory approval to participate in this event, and you’re responsible for accompanying your child to all activities.

For a complete list of activities and to register (registration starts April 18), click here.

Open Enrollment is Almost Here!

Benefits Open Enrollment is right around the corner—and it only happens once a year.  Now’s your chance to review your health care elections and decide what options will work best for you and your family in the new plan year beginning July 1.

Take a look at what’s changing for the 2013–2014 plan year. We’re making changes and enhancements to some of our medical and dental benefits as well as the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account.

If you need help choosing a medical plan that’s right for you, take advantage of our medical plan cost estimator tool. It’ll make it easier for you to select healthcare coverage that works best for you and your family.

Once you decide on your options, it’s easy to enroll. Just visit the online enrollment system and use your PennKey and password to log on. If you don’t have online access, you can contact the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENN-BEN (1-888-736-6236), Monday through Friday, between 8am and 6pm EDT and complete your enrollment over the phone. Or visit one of our convenient campus locations to manage your health care benefits online.

For complete details on this year’s Open Enrollment period, attend one of our Open Enrollment Fairs, or visit the Benefits Open Enrollment website.

How to Resolve Workplace Conflict

Conflict is a common part of any workplace. Maybe you and your supervisor disagree about a project timeline. Or you keep butting heads with a co-worker about how best to get a task done. Whatever the situation, you need to know how to problem-solve and keep your work team moving forward—and we’ll show you how.

Join us on May 7 to learn the ins and outs of Resolving Conflict Proactively. You’ll discover how to embrace conflict and overcome obstacles. We’ll show you techniques to help your colleagues collaborate and work toward common goals. By the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to overcome roadblocks and maintain a productive workplace.   

Your department will be charged a nominal fee for this workshop ($75). Click here for complete details and to register.

Tuition Assistance When You Retire

Working at Penn has plenty of rewards, and tuition assistance is high among them. Each year, thousands of Penn faculty and staff take advantage of our tuition benefit to pursue their academic goals. But did you know you can get tuition assistance as a Penn retiree?

When you retire from the University, you’re still eligible to take advantage of our generous tuition benefit to take classes or pursue a degree. It covers 100 percent of the tuition, general and technology fees at Penn for up to six course units per academic year.

Your eligible dependents can also utilize Penn’s tuition benefit to subsidize the cost of an undergraduate education even if you’re retired from the University.

Dependent children can receive tuition assistance for undergraduate education at Penn or other accredited institutions, and it’s usually tax-free. The tuition benefit covers 75% of your child’s technology and tuition fees at Penn. You can also take advantage of the Direct Grant program which helps subsidize the cost of your child’s undergraduate education at accredited schools other than Penn. Penn covers the school's tuition charge per term, or the equivalent of 40% of the tuition cost for one full-time semester at Penn (whichever is less).

For your spouse or domestic partner, Penn generally covers 50% of the tuition and technology fees for eight semesters toward an undergraduate degree at Penn.

To learn more about tuition assistance and other retiree perks at Penn, click here.