TO: RCUH Employees working/residing in Washington State
Please be advised that WA 2022 Washington State Long Term Care Tax (WA Care Fund) has been put on hold per the State of Washington Governor. RCUH will not deduct from your wages as stated in this announcement until further notice.
TO: Principal Investigators & Regular Status Employees (100% FTE and 12 months continuous service)
On behalf of Nelson Sakamoto, RCUH Director of Human Resources, please see the attached Memorandum (No Further applications for the RCUH Tuition Expense Reimbursement Policy being accepted for remainder of Fiscal Year 2022 due to a Lack of Funds) – 1 page.
TO: All Applicable Principal Investigators & Employees
Reminder: Due to recent bad weather, employees are encouraged to sign up for UH Alert to be informed via text message about emergency situations affecting the 10 UH campuses http://hawaii.edu/alert. Notifications affecting UH campuses will be posted at https://www.hawaii.edu/emergency/.
On behalf of Nelson Sakamoto, RCUH Director of Human Resources, please see the attached Memorandum (RCUH COVID-19 Policy (Effective January 4, 2022– Supersedes all RCUH COVID-19 Advisories)) – 13 pages.
ATTENTION: Regular-Status employees at 50-100% FTE
RCUH is now coordinating one-hour Individual/Employee Retirement (GRA/SRA) Plan Advisory Sessions with TIAA via virtual meetings December 13-15. Regardless of how long you have been employed, it is never too early or too late to consider retirement planning. During these individual personalized sessions, you will be able to discuss your personal financial/retirement goals with a TIAA Financial Consultant on a free and confidential basis.
Because these sessions are being held during normal business hours, all employees must notify their PIs and supervisors if they would like to attend. Principal Investigators are encouraged to allow their employees to attend the TIAA Advisory Sessions during work hours.
The SRA (Supplemental Retirement Annuity) plan, unlike the GRA (Group Retirement Annuity) plan, does not have a 12-month + 1000 work hour waiting period and you may enroll or make changes to your election at any time during the year. The SRA plan with TIAA is considered a 403(b) tax-deferred annuity plan which allows an employee to make contributions via payroll deduction from his/her pre-tax earnings over and above the amount being accumulated under the RCUH basic retirement plan (GRA).
For 2022, the IRS has announced maximum allowable contributions have increased to $20,500. Employees who are age 50 or over at the end of the calendar year can also make catch-up contributions of $6,500. Please visit the IRS website for more details regarding 403(b) Contribution Limits.
To: Principal Investigators and Supervisory Authority Users
We would like to announce that the My COVID-19 Data App report is now available on the HR Portal. This may be found under the Reports Tab, “Employee COVID Information.” Please see attached for reference. You may run this report at any time and it will provide you with up-to-date changes on the status of your active employees. As a reminder, employees are responsible for and required to update and maintain their My COVID-19 Data App information and records. As Principal Investigators, please note that you are ultimately responsible for double checking this list on a regular basis to ensure that your employees’ statuses are accurate, non-compliant employees are followed up with, and you are communicating with your employees and following any additional requirements that may be required by your project. It is also crucial to verify which employees are truly subject or not subject to the mandate. This is a self-reported determination to indicate if the employee is subject to the vaccination/testing mandate. Any employee physically reporting to a work site located in Hawai`i is subject to the vaccination and testing mandate.
RCUH will be responsible for reviewing and approving vaccination records and weekly test results. Please refer to our RCUH COVID-19 Advisory #12 for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Kristyn Fujii at [email protected] and Amber Kaneakua at [email protected] or (808) 956-8900.
To: Regular-Status (50-100% FTE) Employees Enrolled in Flexible Spending Plan Accounts
The Internal Revenue Service has announced changes to reimbursable items under FSA plans.
COVID-19 related expenses that can be reimbursed under health FSAs include:
Home testing for COVID-19
Personal protective equipment such as masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19
National Benefit Services (NBS) has updated their Expenses Flier to include COVID-19 related expenses under the RCUH FSA Healthcare plan. The updated flier may be found on NBS Summary of Benefits (page 7).
TO: Principal Investigators, Supervisors, and Project Administrators
This is a reminder that the 2021 Performance Evaluations are due on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Submit the completed performance evaluations via email to RCUH Human Resources Department: [email protected].