November 11, 2012 - November 17, 2012 Archives

Open Enrollment for 2013 Plan Year

Open Enrollment is your opportunity each year to review your benefit plans and decide whether to make changes. Open Enrollment begins November 1 and continues through November 30.

  • Your current medical and dental plans will continue into 2013 unless you decide to choose a different plan.
  • You must make a new election during Open Enrollment to participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts for 2013.
  • If you are a civil service or labor represented employee, you can add or increase your amount of long-term disability.
  • If you currently have short-term disability, you can add up to $200 not to exceed the maximum.

Learn more about your options, review the rates, and view the online Open Enrollment presentation on the Open Enrollment website.

Human Resources Staff Updates

The following message is from Lisa Bachman, HR Director:

I am pleased to share that Natalia Rieland and Susan Schultz will be joining the CLA human resources team shortly.

Natalia starts this Monday, November 19th. She currently serves as the HR Manager at Courage Center and has many years of prior HR experience with Medtronic and the Dayton Hudson Corporation. Natalia obtained her master's degree in human resources from our own Carlson School of Management. She is well versed in a broad range of HR practice areas including the field of organizational effectiveness with an emphasis on employee engagement. In addition to 'fluency' in HR, she is fluent in Ukrainian and conversational in Spanish and French.

Susan joins us on Monday, December 10th. Susan is relocating to the Twin Cities from the Morris area, where she serves as the Human Resources Director for Big Stone County. Susan's master's degree is from the U of M, Duluth, in education with an emphasis in HR areas of training and development as well as diversity. She worked for the U of M on our Morris campus in the student employment area for a number of years, so brings an understanding of the unique academic environment to her role.

We are thrilled to have Susan and Natalia joining us as our new Sr. HR Consultants. I wish to extend my appreciation to the search committee for their thoughtful work: Carl Brandt, Program Director, CLA Student Services (Chair); Scott Elton, Assistant to the Associate Dean for Planning; Laura Gurak, Chair, Writing Studies; Jamey Hansen, CLA Chief Information Officer; Deb Karner, HR Director, CFANS; Barbara London, Administrative Director, Global Studies; Katie Louis, Assistant to the Chair, Political Science; and Kara Tacheny, CLA Administration (committee staff).

Also on a recruitment note, our search will begin soon for an HR Specialist. Please watch for that posting to go live shortly - we appreciate your referrals of any qualified candidates.

My sincere thanks goes out to you for your patience during this time of high transition. As our team continues to grow, I look forward to visiting all of the units and meeting everyone.

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