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General Information, Retirement

  1. Are all CSU retirees eligible for retirement health benefits?

    No. You must retire within 120 days of your separation from employment; have been eligible for enrollment in a CalPERS medical plan (or flex cash) on your date of separation; and receive a retirement allowance from CalPERS.

  2. How do I select a retirement date?

    The selection of your retirement date is one of the most important decisions to make when planning your retirement.

    • The first factor to consider is the calculation of service credit. Based on full time employment, you earn a full year of service credit when you have worked for 10 months during a fiscal year (calculation is prorated for part time service). If you are appointed less than full time you will continue to accrue service credit up to 12 months. You may only accrue up to 1.0 service credit per fiscal year. Any unused sick leave may be converted to service credit (2,000 hours equals one year).
    • The second factor to consider is your age. The calculation of the age factor for your retirement benefit increases each quarter year from your birthday at age 50 or 52, depending on your retirement tier. The benefit factor will remain constant at age 63 or 67, again depending on your retirement tier. Please see the retirement tier charts at www.calpers.ca.gov
    • The third factor affecting your retirement benefit is average salary, computed on the basis of your highest 12 months of earned salary (36 months if hired after January 2011). The amount of salary will be reduced by a Social Security factor. (Final compensation minus $133.33)
    • Another aspect of choosing a retirement date is the following:
      Do you want to retire mid-semester, the end of the academic year, the end of the calendar year, the end of the fiscal year, the end of the pay cycle, or on your birthday? Whether you are staff or instructional faculty will also have a bearing on your decision.
      For example:
      • Staff employees will typically retire at an age quarter (usually the end of a pay cycle) or the end of the calendar year. 1
      • Faculty will generally retire at the end of the spring semester or academic year (depending on an age quarter).
        This decision is a personal decision you will have to make. Each date will result in varying estimate calculations.

    To create a retirement estimate based on the factors of service, age and salary, see the CalPERS retirement calculator at: http://www.calpers.ca.gov and go to “online calculator”. For a more comprehensive estimate, employees are encouraged to register for a MyCalPERS account which is a secure self-service website where you may access real-time details and balances of your individual CalPERS accounts.

  3. What benefits can continue into retirement for retirees?

    Medical, dental and vision coverage can continue into retirement for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. CSU-paid life insurance (if applicable) does not continue into retirement. Retirees are provided the option to convert the life insurance to an individual policy. CSU-paid LTD insurance (if applicable) ends upon separation from employment.

  4. What mandatory deductions will I pay after retirement?

    You will continue to pay federal and state taxes. Social Security taxes and your contribution to CalPERS stop at retirement. You may be required to pay the Medicare tax of 1.45% of your gross retirement pay. Determining your taxation at retirement is a complex issue. You may contact CalPERS or request the booklet, "Taxation and Your Retirement" from CalPERS at www.calpers.ca.gov , or consult your tax advisor.

  5. Who is eligible to retire?

    Employees in the retirement tiers of State Miscellaneous, 2%@55 or 2%@60, may retire with five years of CalPERS service at age 50 years or older. Employees in the new retirement benefit tier of State Miscellaneous, 2%@62, may retire with five years of CalPERS service at age 52 or older. Please access link for detailed information for retirement tiers:

  6. Are all CSU retirees eligible for retirement health benefits?

    No. You must retire within 120 days of your separation from employment; have been eligible for enrollment in a CalPERS medical plan (or flex cash) on your date of separation; and receive a retirement allowance from CalPERS.

  7. How do I select a retirement date?

    The selection of your retirement date is one of the most important decisions to make when planning your retirement.

    • The first factor to consider is the calculation of service credit. Based on full time employment, you earn a full year of service credit when you have worked for 10 months during a fiscal year (calculation is prorated for part time service). If you are appointed less than full time you will continue to accrue service credit up to 12 months. You may only accrue up to 1.0 service credit per fiscal year. Any unused sick leave may be converted to service credit (2,000 hours equals one year).
    • The second factor to consider is your age. The calculation of the age factor for your retirement benefit increases each quarter year from your birthday at age 50 or 52, depending on your retirement tier. The benefit factor will remain constant at age 63 or 67, again depending on your retirement tier. Please see the retirement tier charts at www.calpers.ca.gov
    • The third factor affecting your retirement benefit is average salary, computed on the basis of your highest 12 months of earned salary (36 months if hired after January 2011). The amount of salary will be reduced by a Social Security factor. (Final compensation minus $133.33)
    • Another aspect of choosing a retirement date is the following:
      Do you want to retire mid-semester, the end of the academic year, the end of the calendar year, the end of the fiscal year, the end of the pay cycle, or on your birthday? Whether you are staff or instructional faculty will also have a bearing on your decision.
      For example:
      • Staff employees will typically retire at an age quarter (usually the end of a pay cycle) or the end of the calendar year. 1
      • Faculty will generally retire at the end of the spring semester or academic year (depending on an age quarter).
        This decision is a personal decision you will have to make. Each date will result in varying estimate calculations.

    To create a retirement estimate based on the factors of service, age and salary, see the CalPERS retirement calculator at: http://www.calpers.ca.gov and go to “online calculator”. For a more comprehensive estimate, employees are encouraged to register for a MyCalPERS account which is a secure self-service website where you may access real-time details and balances of your individual CalPERS accounts.

  8. What benefits can continue into retirement for retirees?

    Medical, dental and vision coverage can continue into retirement for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. CSU-paid life insurance (if applicable) does not continue into retirement. Retirees are provided the option to convert the life insurance to an individual policy. CSU-paid LTD insurance (if applicable) ends upon separation from employment.

  9. What mandatory deductions will I pay after retirement?

    You will continue to pay federal and state taxes. Social Security taxes and your contribution to CalPERS stop at retirement. You may be required to pay the Medicare tax of 1.45% of your gross retirement pay. Determining your taxation at retirement is a complex issue. You may contact CalPERS or request the booklet, "Taxation and Your Retirement" from CalPERS at www.calpers.ca.gov , or consult your tax advisor.

  10. Who is eligible to retire?

    Employees in the retirement tiers of State Miscellaneous, 2%@55 or 2%@60, may retire with five years of CalPERS service at age 50 years or older. Employees in the new retirement benefit tier of State Miscellaneous, 2%@62, may retire with five years of CalPERS service at age 52 or older. Please access link for detailed information for retirement tiers:

General Information

  1. When will I enroll in benefits?

    Employees will receive all the forms to fill out on their first day of hire.  Benefits begin the first day of the month following an employee's appointment.  For example, if somen is hired on May 5th, benefits will begin on June 1st if all the necessary paperwork has been returned to Human Resources.

  2. Where can I find a full listing of forms for different benefits?

    To find a full listing of forms ranging from health benefit enrollment forms to Whistle blower Complaint Forms, please visit the Benefits Forms page on the Human Resources section.

Medical Coverage

  1. Are there counseling services available to employees when they are experiencing family, marital, psychological, chemical, and work related problems?

    Yes, HSU does offer couseling services for employees through the EAP program.  These services are confidential and at no cost to the employee.  To receive assistance please contact Paula Nedelcoff at 707-443-7358.

Medical Coverage, Retirement

  1. As a retiree can I change medical plans and add/delete dependents? How? When?

    Yes. You may change your medical plan and add/delete dependents by contacting CalPERS at (888) 225-7377 during the annual CalPERS Open Enrollment period or within 60 days of a qualifying status change.

  2. I'm currently enrolled as an active employee in a CalPERS medical plan. What do I do to obtain retiree medical coverage?

    If you retire less than 30 days after your separation date from employment, your medical coverage will continue automatically. If you retire between 30 and 120 days after your separation date from employment, contact Human Resources for more information.

  3. I'm currently enrolled in FlexCash. How do I enroll in a CalPERS retiree medical plan?

    You may request coverage within 30 days before or after your retirement date. To enroll before your retirement date, contact HR Benefits. To enroll after your retirement date, contact CalPERS at (888) 225-7377. If you do not enroll within 30 days before or after your retirement date, you must wait until the next annual CalPERS Open Enrollment period to enroll unless you experience a qualifying status change.

  4. What do I do when my dependents or I become eligible for Medicare?

    As a CalPERS retiree, you and/or your dependents must enroll in Medicare Part B when your reach age 65.

    Do not enroll in Medicare Part D as you already have a CalPERS prescription drug plan. If you enroll in Medicare Part D, your CalPERS health plan will be canceled until you are dis-enrolled.

    You and your dependents must certify your Medicare status with CalPERS when you each become eligible for Medicare and change from the Basic medical plan to a supplemental to Medicare or Managed Medicare plan at that time. Contact CalPERS at (888) 225-7377 to change your plan.

  5. What will be the monthly out-of-pocket enrollment cost?

    The cost to the retiree for medical coverage will depend on which plan and the level of coverage the retiree chooses.

  6. Which family members can be covered under the retiree health benefits?

    Eligible dependents include spouse, domestic partner, children under age 26, and disabled children over age 26. Certain restrictions apply.

  7. Will I have the same level of medical coverage as a retiree that I had as an active employee?

    You and your dependents remain in the Basic medical plan until you and/or your dependents become eligible for Medicare.

  8. As a retiree can I change medical plans and add/delete dependents? How? When?

    Yes. You may change your medical plan and add/delete dependents by contacting CalPERS at (888) 225-7377 during the annual CalPERS Open Enrollment period or within 60 days of a qualifying status change.

  9. I'm currently enrolled as an active employee in a CalPERS medical plan. What do I do to obtain retiree medical coverage?

    If you retire less than 30 days after your separation date from employment, your medical coverage will continue automatically. If you retire between 30 and 120 days after your separation date from employment, contact Human Resources for more information.

  10. I'm currently enrolled in FlexCash. How do I enroll in a CalPERS retiree medical plan?

    You may request coverage within 30 days before or after your retirement date. To enroll before your retirement date, contact HR Benefits. To enroll after your retirement date, contact CalPERS at (888) 225-7377. If you do not enroll within 30 days before or after your retirement date, you must wait until the next annual CalPERS Open Enrollment period to enroll unless you experience a qualifying status change.

  11. What do I do when my dependents or I become eligible for Medicare?

    As a CalPERS retiree, you and/or your dependents must enroll in Medicare Part B when your reach age 65.

    Do not enroll in Medicare Part D as you already have a CalPERS prescription drug plan. If you enroll in Medicare Part D, your CalPERS health plan will be canceled until you are dis-enrolled.

    You and your dependents must certify your Medicare status with CalPERS when you each become eligible for Medicare and change from the Basic medical plan to a supplemental to Medicare or Managed Medicare plan at that time. Contact CalPERS at (888) 225-7377 to change your plan.

  12. What will be the monthly out-of-pocket enrollment cost?

    The cost to the retiree for medical coverage will depend on which plan and the level of coverage the retiree chooses.

  13. Which family members can be covered under the retiree health benefits?

    Eligible dependents include spouse, domestic partner, children under age 26, and disabled children over age 26. Certain restrictions apply.

  14. Will I have the same level of medical coverage as a retiree that I had as an active employee?

    You and your dependents remain in the Basic medical plan until you and/or your dependents become eligible for Medicare.

Dental Coverage

  1. Can I change my dental plan and add/delete dependents? How? When?

    You can change your dental plan and add/delete dependents during the annual open enrollment period or within 60 days of a qualifying status change.

Dental Coverage, Retirement

  1. I'm currently enrolled in a dental plan? What do I do to obtain retiree dental coverage?

    If your retirement date is within one pay period of your separation date from employment, coverage will be continuous. If your retirement date is more than one pay period and less than 120 days from your separation date from employment, contact HR Services for more information.

  2. I'm currently enrolled in FlexCash? How do I enroll in a retiree dental plan?

    FlexCash participants may request dental coverage within 30 days before, or 60 days after the retirement date by contacting Human Resources at 707-826-5172. You also may enroll during the annual open enrollment period.

  3. What happens with my dental coverage when I retire?

    If you are currently enrolled in the DeltaCare Enhanced (HMO) plan your dental coverage as a retiree will be reduced to the DeltaCare Basic plan. If you are enrolled in the Delta Dental Enhanced Level II (PPO) plan your dental coverage as a retiree will be reduced to the Delta Dental Basic plan.

    You can refuse enrollment in the basic dental coverage upon retirement and instead opt to continue your enhanced coverage under COBRA for up to eighteen (18) months. You pay the full cost for coverage under COBRA. Once COBRA ends, you can immediately enroll in a basic dental plan to avoid a lapse in coverage, or during any subsequent open enrollment period that follows the expiration date of COBRA coverage by contacting the CSU Chancellor’s Office for enrollment at (562) 951-4411.

  4. What will be the monthly out-of-pocket enrollment cost for retiree dental coverage?

    Currently, CSU pays the full cost of the Basic level dental coverage for eligible retirees and their eligible dependents.

  5. I'm currently enrolled in a dental plan? What do I do to obtain retiree dental coverage?

    If your retirement date is within one pay period of your separation date from employment, coverage will be continuous. If your retirement date is more than one pay period and less than 120 days from your separation date from employment, contact HR Services for more information.

  6. I'm currently enrolled in FlexCash? How do I enroll in a retiree dental plan?

    FlexCash participants may request dental coverage within 30 days before, or 60 days after the retirement date by contacting Human Resources at 707-826-5172. You also may enroll during the annual open enrollment period.

  7. What happens with my dental coverage when I retire?

    If you are currently enrolled in the DeltaCare Enhanced (HMO) plan your dental coverage as a retiree will be reduced to the DeltaCare Basic plan. If you are enrolled in the Delta Dental Enhanced Level II (PPO) plan your dental coverage as a retiree will be reduced to the Delta Dental Basic plan.

    You can refuse enrollment in the basic dental coverage upon retirement and instead opt to continue your enhanced coverage under COBRA for up to eighteen (18) months. You pay the full cost for coverage under COBRA. Once COBRA ends, you can immediately enroll in a basic dental plan to avoid a lapse in coverage, or during any subsequent open enrollment period that follows the expiration date of COBRA coverage by contacting the CSU Chancellor’s Office for enrollment at (562) 951-4411.

  8. What will be the monthly out-of-pocket enrollment cost for retiree dental coverage?

    Currently, CSU pays the full cost of the Basic level dental coverage for eligible retirees and their eligible dependents.

Vision Coverage, Retirement

  1. How long may I continue coverage of visual plan after I retire?

    If you enroll in the CSU Retiree Voluntary Vision Plan, you are required to maintain enrollment for a minimum period of 12 months. You will be required to maintain enrollment for the balance of the plan year in which you enroll and for 12 months in the following plan year, unless a permitting event occurs to change your enrollment. If you enroll in COBRA, you may continue coverage for up to 18 months.

  2. May I continue my vision coverage?

    Yes, benefits eligible retirees may continue coverage by enrolling in the CSU Retiree Voluntary Vision Plan or COBRA. Enrollment information is mailed to the retiree's home address.

  3. What is the difference between the CSU Retiree Voluntary Vision Plan and COBRA?

    The retiree plan has a three-tier monthly rate whereas COBRA has one composite premium rate for all enrollments. The retiree plan does not include the Vision Display Terminal (VDT) benefit. Otherwise the retiree plan benefits are comparable to the COBRA benefits.

  4. Who pays the monthly premium for the CSU Retiree Voluntary Vision Plan or COBRA?

    The monthly premium will be fully paid by the enrolled retiree and deducted from their warrant issued by CalPERS.

  5. How long may I continue coverage of visual plan after I retire?

    If you enroll in the CSU Retiree Voluntary Vision Plan, you are required to maintain enrollment for a minimum period of 12 months. You will be required to maintain enrollment for the balance of the plan year in which you enroll and for 12 months in the following plan year, unless a permitting event occurs to change your enrollment. If you enroll in COBRA, you may continue coverage for up to 18 months.

  6. May I continue my vision coverage?

    Yes, benefits eligible retirees may continue coverage by enrolling in the CSU Retiree Voluntary Vision Plan or COBRA. Enrollment information is mailed to the retiree's home address.

  7. What is the difference between the CSU Retiree Voluntary Vision Plan and COBRA?

    The retiree plan has a three-tier monthly rate whereas COBRA has one composite premium rate for all enrollments. The retiree plan does not include the Vision Display Terminal (VDT) benefit. Otherwise the retiree plan benefits are comparable to the COBRA benefits.

  8. Who pays the monthly premium for the CSU Retiree Voluntary Vision Plan or COBRA?

    The monthly premium will be fully paid by the enrolled retiree and deducted from their warrant issued by CalPERS.

Vision Coverage

  1. What happens if I elect COBRA and my coverage ends after 18 months?

    You may enroll in the CSU Retiree Voluntary Vision Plan during any subsequent open enrollment period following your COBRA eligibility end date or COBRA cancellation due to non-payment.

  2. When may I enroll in visual plan coverage?

    Retirees may enroll in the CSU Retiree Voluntary Vision Plan at the time of retirement, within 60 days of their retirement, within 60 days of loss of coverage on another vision plan, or during any subsequent open enrollment period.

    Retirees may enroll in COBRA within 60 days of their separation date from employment.

Vacation Balance, Retirement

  1. What happens to my vacation balance when I retire?

    Your vacation balance can be paid to you in a lump sum upon retirement. Employees may request to use all or part of their vacation accruals prior to their retirement date. However, please note the use of vacation time must be authorized by the manager, even if directly preceding a service retirement.

    Employees who separate from employment who are otherwise eligible to cash out their vacation balance may choose to transfer a designated amount from their lump-sum separation pay into an existing Tax Deferred Retirement Savings Account (401(k)/ 403(b) and 457 plan account).

    If you choose to transfer an amount into a Tax Deferred account, you will need to complete a Request to Transfer Lump-Sum Separation Pay Application and submit to the Payroll Office prior to your retirement date. Copies of the application can be obtained in the Benefits Office.

  2. What happens to my vacation balance when I retire?

    Your vacation balance can be paid to you in a lump sum upon retirement. Employees may request to use all or part of their vacation accruals prior to their retirement date. However, please note the use of vacation time must be authorized by the manager, even if directly preceding a service retirement.

    Employees who separate from employment who are otherwise eligible to cash out their vacation balance may choose to transfer a designated amount from their lump-sum separation pay into an existing Tax Deferred Retirement Savings Account (401(k)/ 403(b) and 457 plan account).

    If you choose to transfer an amount into a Tax Deferred account, you will need to complete a Request to Transfer Lump-Sum Separation Pay Application and submit to the Payroll Office prior to your retirement date. Copies of the application can be obtained in the Benefits Office.

Fee Waiver Program

  1. Are extended education courses available through the Fee Waiver Program?

    No, extended education courses are not covered through the Fee Waiver Program. However, many extended education courses are cross‐listed as regular University courses.

  2. Can I transfer the Fee Waiver Program benefit to someone else?

    The Dependent Fee Waiver Program allows eligible employees to transfer their benefit to a spouse, domestic partner or dependent child, in lieu of participation by the employee, subject to the following conditions:

    • Spouse, domestic partner or dependent child must be a regularly‐admitted student pursuing (matriculated toward) a degree or credential;
    • The course(s) enrolled in on a fee‐waiver basis must be for credit toward the degree or credential requirements;
    • The administration determines that there is space available in such course offerings for the spouse, domestic partner or dependent child;
    • Employees in class E99 are not eligible to transfer this benefit
  3. Can two of my dependents share the Fee Waiver Program benefit?

    Only one person is eligible per semester. You may, however, alternate the benefit between your dependents each semester.

  4. Fee Waiver Program: Can I take time off of work to attend classes?

    Yes, an employee may be granted reasonable release time for one course per semester that is taken through the Fee Waiver Program, provided that the supervisor determines that the operational needs of the department will be met. It may be necessary to arrange an alternative work schedule to satisfy the operational needs of the department.

  5. Fee Waiver Program: How many classes or units may I enroll in?

    The Fee Waiver program allows participants to enroll in a maximum of two classes or six units per semester, whichever is greater. If the individual is taking more than the maximum number of courses or units allowed through the fee waiver program, he/she will be required to pay the difference between the part‐time State University Fee and the full‐time State University Fee along with any other associated fees.

  6. Fee Waiver Program: what fees are waived or reduced?

    The fees that are waived or reduced are specific to your bargaining unit or employee class. The part‐time State University Fee is waived for all fee waiver program participants. In addition, the application fee is waived if the fee waiver participant is applying for admission to the University as a regular (matriculated) student during that term.

    For the list of fees assessed by Humboldt State University, please visit the fee section here:

    Fee Waiver Program

  7. For the Fee Waiver Program, what defines a dependent child?

    For the fee waiver program, a Dependent Child must be one of the following:

    • Child or stepchild who has never been married and is under age 25 (age 23 for Units 1, 8, and 10) through at least mid-point of the semester

    • Child living with employee in a parent-child relationship who is economically dependent upon employee, who has never been married, and is under age 25 (age 23 for Units 1, 8, and 10) through at least mid-point of the semester
    • Child or stepchild age 25 (age 23 for Units 1, 8, and 10) or above who is incapable of self-support due to a disability which existed prior to age 25 (age 23 for Units 1, 8, and 10).
  8. How often do I have to submit an application for the fee waiver program?

    You must submit a fee waiver application for yourself or your dependent each semester.

  9. If both parents are employees and wish to collectively transfer their Fee Waiver Program benefits to their dependent child, how will this affect the benefit?

    If both parents are employees and are eligible to transfer their fee waiver benefit, it is possible for one child to receive both benefits and be eligible to enroll in up to 4 courses or 12 units, whichever is greater.

  10. If I have not established residency in CA, will my dependent or I still qualify for the Fee Waiver Program?

    Yes, you or your dependent will still qualify for the Fee Waiver Program. Non-resident tuition fees may apply, unless you or your dependent is eligible through the Title 5, Section 41910 provision, to be determined at the time of admission to the fee waiver program.

  11. Is the Fee Waiver Benefit taxable?

    The Fee Waiver Benefit is taxable for 

    • domestic partners
    • spouses and dependent children taking post‐baccalaureate classes
    • employees taking graduate/doctoral level courses (see details below) 

    Beginning with the 2019 tax year (January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019), all graduate/doctoral level courses taken by employees (job-related or Career Development Plan) that exceed the threshold of $5,250 will be considered taxable income. The taxes will be withheld in a lump sum from the employee’s pay warrant following census each semester.  Census is generally mid-September for Fall term, and mid-February for Spring term on our campus.  The withholding amount would likely be deducted on the following pay warrant, but it can take up to 2 months to process.

    Full Time Example:*

    Total value of Fee Waiver (total tuition waived in a calendar year) = $9,098
    $9,098 - $5,250 (threshold) = $3,848 in tuition waived beyond the threshold
    Flat Tax Rate = 36.25%
    Total taxes withheld from employee’s pay warrant = $1,394.90 

    Part Time Example:

    Total value of Fee Waiver (total tuition waived in a calendar year) = $5,644
    $5,644 - $5,250 (threshold) = $394 in tuition waived beyond the threshold
    Flat Tax Rate = 36.25%
    Total taxes withheld from employee’s pay warrant = $142.83

    The tax withheld for fee waiver is in addition to any other taxes the employee is subject to have withheld form their pay warrant.  The Flat Tax Rate of 36.25% represents 22% federal withholding, 6.6% state withholding, and 7.65% Social Security and Medicare.

     Please Note:

    • Employees, in consultation with a personal income tax advisor, can evaluate whether their fee waiver qualifies for the “job related” fringe benefit exception to taxation in Internal Revenue Code § 132(d), and if applicable, claim the deduction on an individual income tax return.
    • Undergraduate fees for employees will remain nontaxable pursuant to IRC § 117(d).
    • Graduate/ Doctorate fees for employees will also remain nontaxable if expenses do not exceed $5,250 (in a calendar year) pursuant to IRC § 127. 

    *Tax Rate Information is current as of posting, June 5, 2020.

  12. Is the Fee Waiver Program also accepted at UC campuses?

    No, the Fee Waiver program is available for courses at CSU campuses only.

  13. Is there a deadline for submission of the fee waiver or dependent fee waiver application?

    Fee Waiver Forms should be submitted to Human Resources at least three weeks prior to the first day of instruction each term. HSU and other CSU deadlines may affect you or your dependent's ability to register for classes. For this reason, we encourage you to view the calendar of activities and deadlines at the campus of attendance.

  14. What is the CSU Fee Waiver Program?

    The California State University offers eligible employees the opportunity to enroll in the CSU Employee Fee Waiver and Reduction Program. This program provides for the waiver or reduction of certain fees for employees who enroll in work‐ related courses offered by the CSU for the purpose of improving skills for existing jobs, or advancement in accordance with a career development plan. This program also provides eligible employees with the option of transferring their fee waiver benefit to an eligible dependent.

  15. Who do I contact if I have questions about the Fee Waiver Program, or if I think there is a problem with how my benefit has been applied?

    If you have any further questions regarding the fee waiver program, please contact:

    Stephanie Vick

    Fee Waiver Coordinator
    
Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services
    feewaiver@humboldt.edu
    707.826.3626

  16. Who is eligible for the Fee Waiver Program?

    Eligibility for the Fee Waiver Program differs by employee bargaining unit/class (see below). Please note that employees who are on an approved full or partial leave of absence with or without pay remain eligible.

    • Unit 1 (Physicians):
      • All members
    • Units 2, 5, 7, 9 (CSUEU), Unit 4 (Academic Professionals), Unit 6 (Skilled Trades), Unit 10 (IUOE):
      • All full-time employees (i.e. permanent, temporary, and probationary)
      • Part-time permanent employees
    • Unit 3 (Faculty):
      • Tenured and probationary faculty (Please note: Faculty participating in the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) are eligible for the fee waiver benefit only during the semesters when they are actively employed.)
      • Temporary faculty with three-year appointments (pursuant to Article 12 of the CBA)
      • Coaches with at least six years of service in the department
    • Unit 8 (Public Safety), C99 (Confidential), E99 (Excluded), M98 (Executive):
      • Full-time or part-time permanent employees
      • Full-time probationary employees
      • Temporary employees are not eligible
      • Please note: class E99 is not eligible to transfer the benefit to a dependent spouse, child or domestic partner
    • M80 (MPP)
      • Full-timeemployees(includes temporary)

Professional Development

  1. Are there professional development courses available to employees?

    Yes, the CSU offers online professional development courses to all employees for free through our online portal, Skillport.  To learn more and find , please visit HSU's training site at https://training.humboldt.edu

  2. Are there training sessions available to employees for software programs used in the offices at HSU?

    Yes, there are live and online classes that cover a wide range of topics including PeopleSoft, Human Resources, Data Warehouse/Hyperion, Environmental Health and Safety, Student Disability, Web Development and more.  These live classes are scheduled in advance and can be viewed at the Training and Professional Development site.

    We also have access to thousands of courses, certifications, and other resources on our learning portal, Skillport.  Please visit the Training and Professional Development site where you will find a direct link to Skillport.

Wellness Program

  1. How do you sign up for the Employee Wellness Program?

    To sign up for the Employee Wellness's Healthy-U Program, fill out the HSU release form and turn it into the Kinesiology Department in Forbes Complex 124.

  2. Is there a fee for the Employee Wellness Program?

    An employee will have to pay for fitness classes and health services offered through the Employee Wellness Program.  Please visit the Kinesiology website for the prices and details on sercies and classes ofered through the program.

  3. What is the Employee Wellness Program?

    The Employee Wellness Program is an on-campus program that incorporates exercise into the workplace.  It works by allowing employees time to visit with the Kinesiology and Recreation departments to exercise and learn about keeping fit.  Employees are also eligible to register in an array of exercise classes offered throughout the semester.  The Employee Wellness Program also offers staff different health services such as the body composition analysis and aerobic fitness assessment.

e-Benefits

  1. *What is e-Benefits?

    To facilitate your open enrollment changes, Employee Self Service e-Benefits is available 24/7. e-Benefits automates and simplifies the process of managingyour benefit elections while reducing paper usage.

  2. How can I see what plan(s) I am currently enrolled in?

    At any time of year you can find your My Profile pagelet on the MyHumboldt portal and click on the Benefits tab, then select ‘Benefit Summary.’  You will also see your current enrollments when you log in to make Open Enrollment changes.

  3. How do I access e-Benefits?

    Youcanlogintoe-BenefitsfromanycomputerwithInternetaccess beginning September 10ththrough October 5th.  Once logged into MyHumboldt, navigate to the Benefits tab under ‘My Profile’ and click the Open Enrollment – eBenefits link.

    On the Benefits Enrollment page, click on the Select Button and follow the instructions on each screen. For detailed directions on how to enroll in specific plans, please see our Step-by-Step e-Benefits Reference Guide.  Be sure to submit any required supporting documentation to Human Resources to finalize your enrollment.

  4. What do I need to do to use e-Benefits?

    Employees will need to have access to PeopleSoft’s HR Center and fill out/sign the e-Benefits electronic signature form.  

  5. What if I change my mind and want to change my elections?

    At any time between September 10thand October 5th, simply follow the above directions to log in to your Self Service and update your selections. After October 5th the changes will be finalized and you will not be able to change your elections without a permitting life event.

Early Exit Program

  1. Do I need to sign the Final Release?

    No, the final release is not mandatory but employees will receive the remaining 20% of their maximum calculated severance package for signing this form.

  2. Do I need to sign the Separation Agreement and Release?

    This form must be signed to participate in the EEP. Employees will receive 80% of their calculated maximum severance benefit for signing this form.

  3. Does my supervisor have to approve my participation in this program?

    Supervisor approval is required in order to ensure that there is a business continuity plan, in place, before your departure.

  4. How and when is the incentive going to be paid?

    The incentive will be paid in a lump sum, net of taxes, within thirty (30) calendar days of the separation date. 

  5. How is the EEP lump sum taxed?

    The lump sum will be taxed based on a bonus tax rate of 22% for federal withholdings, and at least 6.6% for state withholdings.  Medicare and social security tax will also be withheld.

  6. If I am eligible for the program, do I have to take it?

    No, this is a strictly voluntary program.

  7. If I participate in the EEP and do not retire, can I be re-hired by HSU at a later date?

    Yes, there is nothing prohibiting an employee from re-applying to another position at HSU. 

     

  8. If I participate in the EEP, may I still work for the campus as a retired annuitant?

    Only if the employee retires. Rules governing retired annuitants may be found by following the CalPERS Retired Annuitant link.

  9. Is retirement a condition of the EEP?

    No, an employee does not have to retire after separating from HSU through the EEP. Eligibility to participate only requires that an employee be CalPERS retirement eligible but there is no requirement to retire. 

  10. Is there a specific time I need to separate?

    Any time before or on September 30, 2020 unless the position is considered critical or hard to replace by the appropriate administrator and the Division Vice President. In that case, the separation date may be deferred until December 22, 2020. In all cases the separation date is a collaborative decision and picked to ensure business continuity.

  11. Is this plan or the deadline negotiable?

    This timeline is designed to provide an appropriate planning opportunity to both employees and managers and must be applied consistently to ensure that everyone is treated fairly.

  12. May I receive additional service credit as with a Golden Handshake Incentive?

    No. Golden Handshake retirement incentive is administered and directed by the Governor’s Office. HSU does not have the authority to make service credit decisions. The EEP only provides a financial incentive. 

  13. What are the Terms and Conditions of the EEP?

    The terms and conditions of the program may be found here.

  14. What is the Early Exit Program (EEP)?

    The EEP is a program designed to create an incentive for CalPERS retirement eligible employees 

     

  15. What is the Severance Package Amount?

    Please see the severance package section of the terms and conditions.

  16. What will my CalPERS retirement package look like?

    Please sign into your CalPERS account and use the retirement calculator tool to determine an estimate of your retirement benefit package. You can log onto your CalPERS account by following this link to the myCalPERS Login Page.

  17. Why are only six months of incentive being offered to eligible employees, some of whom have been at the University for many decades?

    In designing the EEP, the University looked at multiple factors including budgetary constraints and operational needs of the University as well as other similar programs that have been offered at other universities and determined that the EEP is a generous program.

  18. Will I be able to retain my email after retirement?

    Only alumni of HSU will be able to keep their HSU email address after separation.

  19. Will this program be offered in the future?

    This is a one-time program but may be extended at the discretion of the University.