An employee newsletter from Human Resources


February 2016

From the Editor

Hello and Happy 2016! At the start of the new year, many of us in Human Resources picked up right where we left off: retiring the Online Job Application (OLA) and replacing it with a new applicant and tracking system. PeopleAdmin is now the gateway for IU campuses, departments, and applicants. It was a seamless, successful launch on January 25! The awesome starting place is Jobs at IU.

You won’t find the word “resolutions” in this issue. The fact that it’s 2016 is really just a convenient marker. Research indicates that the New Year’s resolution approach is contradictory to how change happens and how we form new habits. Our sponsored programs such as Weight Talk and Quit for Life are based on research that teaches you how to make change--not to just stop doing something. Take Jennifer James, for example, featured in this issue. She finished Weight Talk at the end of the year and continues to lose weight now that she knows what to do.

We strive to keep HR Today fresh and upbeat, and we hope our readers find it useful. A few frequently asked questions are, "How do you create this newsletter?" "What software do you use?" So by popular demand we give you the answer in "HR Today: A Peek Under the Hood." Have a look!

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10 Markers for Retirement Planning

The best time to plan for retirement is today, tomorrow, and throughout one’s working years!

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The 'A' List of Benefits for Working Parents

We’ve said it before and we hope to say it again: We love it when readers write. Recently, an employee contacted us to say that as a single parent, he appreciates the plans and programs IU offers working parents. This made our day, so naturally we jumped on it as a newsletter topic and compiled this list.

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It’s the Time of Year for Backup Care

Note: This benefit applies to full-time employees, Medical Residents, and eligible Graduate Appointees and Fellowship Recipients.

Has weather or school closings disrupted your arrangements for childcare or eldercare? Is your child not well enough to go to school yet you can’t stay home from work? An enhanced benefit called Backup Care is now available to help you find last-minute care providers at a reduced cost. Many employees are already using their IU-sponsored membership in Care.com to find child and adult care providers.

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Our List of "Losers" Just Got Longer

In the August 2015 issue of HR Today, we told you about Weight Talk, a free weight-loss program for employees enrolled in an IU medical plan. The article “Be a Successful Loser,” and the testimonials by Doug Reynolds and Alan Dennis, convinced Jennifer James to give the program a try. Jennifer contacted us recently to share her good news. Congratulations, Jennifer! We wish you continued success!

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The IRS, ACA, and You

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most Americans to have minimum essential health coverage. On January 15, IU sent an email notice to individuals who will be receiving IRS information form 1095-C.

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HR Policies Have a New Home!

Over the past few years, Indiana University has been in the process of placing all university-wide policies on a single, searchable website. On February 1, University Human Resources finished transitioning its policies to the site.

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HR Today: A Peek Under the Hood

Ever since the first issue of this newsletter, we’ve received questions from readers asking how we create it. By popular demand, here are the nuts-and-bolts of how we make HR Today.

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