While it’s always a good idea to look over your paycheck statement from time to time, it’s especially important at the beginning of the calendar year. By doing so, you can verify your benefits deductions and leave accruals are accurate and up-to-date.
If you made any changes during Open Enrollment, the payroll deductions for some took effect in December, while others should be reflected beginning with your Jan. 15 paycheck. Premium deductions and coverage for new life and long-term disability plan elections requiring a medical application begin once approved by the insurer. If you have applied and do not receive a response, it is a good idea to follow up periodically with the insurer on the status of your medical application.
Vacation leave conversion
Vacation leave hours over the allowed maximum converted to sick leave in January. For TEAMS staff and faculty who are not part of a bargaining unit, vacation balances in excess of 352 hours converted to sick leave. For faculty within a bargaining unit, vacation hours in excess of 480 were converted, and for USPS staff, hours in excess of 240 also converted to sick leave. Be sure to check your Jan. 29 paycheck statement, which will reflect the revised leave balances.