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Human Resources News and Events

Learn more about upcoming HR-related training dates, important deadlines and critical policy updates. For additional training and professional development opportunities, please review our calendar.

Upcoming events and news to note:

Get ready to Rally for better health!

Be on the lookout for Rally - the State Health Plan's digital platform that can help you get healthier, one small step at a time.

See a doctor in only a few clicks!

State Health Plan members now have the ability to talk with doctors from their computer or smartphone. Sign-up today for Blue CareonDemand and skip the waiting room with a video visit.

EAP orientation sessions

UofSC's new Employee Assistance Program provider, MYGroup, will be on the Columbia campus Monday, March 20. Employees are invited to come learn more about how their free services can help with personal, work-related and family concerns.

Free retirement counseling

Several vendors will be on campus this month - offering free one-on-one counselling sessions to their members. Schedule an appointment today to ensure you are ready for your future retirement.

Ignite a spark

By tapping into your creative energy, you can spark innovation and problem solving in every part of your life. Let your Employee Assistance Program help you expand your life through creativity.

New EAP vendor

McLaughlin Young Group has been selected to manage the university's Employee Assistance Program. Learn how this free, confidential service can help with personal, work-related and family concerns.

IRS form 1095-C to be distributed

The Division of Human Resources is preparing to send out form 1095-C indicating health care coverage status for eligible employees in 2016. You should expect to receive this form by March 2, 2017.

Open enrollment for State ORP

The State Optional Retirement Program (State ORP) open enrollment period is in progress and will run through Wednesday, March 1, 2017. During this time, State ORP participants may change vendors or, if eligible, may choose to switch to the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS).

Planning for retirement

South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program members may schedule an appointment with USC's retirement specialist on January 17th. Those who are approaching retirement will receive one-on-one counselling to help determine if you are ready for retirement.

Making and breaking tradition

This holiday season, let go of the stress to create a perfect holiday and try forming traditions of your own. Our Employee Assistance Program has information and resources to help you minimize stress and do the holidays your way.

Get Set for Retirement

SCRS members who are within 5 years of retirement are invited to attend a seminar on Monday, December 5 to learn about the benefits you can receive from your retirement plan and things to consider before you approach retirement.

IRS raises 2017 contribution limits for Medical Spending Accounts (MSAs)

MSA contribution limits are rising to $2,600. MoneyPlus participants will have until November 15, 2016 to set or increase their contributions amounts for 2017.

Final Reminder: Open Enrollment

Subscribers have until November 15, 2016 to submit open enrollment changes. Learn about your insurance options for 2017, benefits enhancements for the upcoming year and changes you can make during this time.

Prescription coverage changes for 2017

Beginning January 1, 2017, approximately 80 pharmacy products will no longer be covered by the State Health Plan. Effected members should expect to receive a letter in the mail to let them know of these changes.

Listen up!

It takes both talking and listening to your children to communicate successfully with them. Learning to communicate effectively with your children as they grow and develop will help to create a lifelong bond.

Benefits Fair kicks off the 2016 open enrollment season

Human Resources is hosting a benefits fair on Tuesday, September 20 in the Russell House. Learn about the many benefits programs that are available to you, meet with benefit providers and take advantage of free or low-cost health screenings and flu shots.

Collaborative caregiving for aging adults

The task of caring for an older family member can be overwhelming, but you don't need to do it alone. Let your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) help your family work together to care for an aging adult.

Dr. Lynn McGee selected as first Fulbright recipient at USC Beaufort

USC Beaufort Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations, Dr. Lynn McGee, has been selected for a 2016-17 US Scholar grant to participate in a Fulbright International Education Administrators seminar.

New custodian for health savings accounts

Wells Fargo is transitioning its Health Savings Account (HSA) business to Optum, one of the largest providers of health savings accounts in the United States. HSA subscribers will not be impacted by this change until September, but should expect to receive more details in the coming months.

Summer camps for children

Looking for a summer camp for your child? UofSC's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help research and provide you with information on everything from homesickness to bug bites.

Leadership development programs

Each year a group of individuals are selected to participate in one of two leadership development programs. Help us congratulate this year's graduating class, or nominate someone for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Retirement ready

Many people approaching retirement plan and save to ensure their financial stability during retirement, but too many fail to develop strategies for exactly what they'll do with their lives during those years.

New visiting Fulbright scholar

Dr. Mohamed H. Rashwan, Business Program Director in the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Political Science at The British University in Egypt has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Award to conduct research at the Darla Moore School of Business from May - August 2016.

Get your shingles vaccine -- at no cost to you!

The shingles vaccine can reduce your risk for developing shingles and its complications. And there's no cost to State Health plan primary members beginning at age 60 at a network provider or pharmacy.

Dealing with depression

When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. UofSC faculty and staff can get help with information and resources about depression through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


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