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News and Announcements
W-2: Employee W-2s are now available online in Web4U under the Tax Forms link in the Employee tab. If you elected to receive your W-2 electronically, you will not receive a paper copy. If you have not elected to receive it electronically, it was mailed to your W-2 address no later than January 31st. If you have not yet signed up to receive it electronically, you must provide your consent before you can view it on Web4U. Not sure how to read your W-2? You can review Payroll’s W-2 Information Sheet.
Wise & Well U: There are several Wise & Well U workshops coming up on Wednesdays in HU 210 from 12-1pm. Sign up through the WWU Training Site:
- Take the First Step to Investing: February 12th
- Emergency Preparedness: February 19th
- Retirement: Emotional and Psychological Aspects: February 26th
- Roth 401(k) and Roth 403(b): March 4th
New HRIS Team Email: If you have questions about PA’s, EPAF’s or other related issues, a new HRIS team new email account will send your question to the team, replacing the need to contact an individual team member via email and allowing the team to assist you even if a specific team member is unavailable. The new email is firstname.lastname@example.org
New 3-Part Leadership Academy Replaces STAR Training: Starting in Spring Quarter, WWU’s current mandatory STAR training will transition to the Leadership Academy:
- New Supervisor Quickstart (Canvas course during the first week on the job with on-demand access as needed thereafter)
- Leadership Academy Cohort (4 weeks, two 1-2 hr sessions/week during supervisor’s first quarter)
- New Supervisor Risk & Compliance Training (Canvas course)
Questions about what to do if you are in the middle of STAR training and more information about the new Leadership Academy can be found here.
New Payroll Administrator: The Payroll Team is excited to announce the addition of Megan Summers as the new Payroll Administrator. You may remember previously working with Megan when she was the Payroll Coordinator here at Western. You can contact Megan at x3544 or email@example.com.
W-4: The new 2020 W-4 Form is now available for employees via Web4U. Only new hires and those making withholding changes in 2020 need to fill out the new form. Current employees without withholding changes do not need to fill out the new form, but should perform a “paycheck checkup” using the IRS’ Tax Withholding Estimator to determine if you need to adjust their current withholdings.
Professional Development: Check out the Winter Professional Development workshops on skills ranging from planning your many projects, to developing greater personal resiliency, to making the most of the Office 365 Suite of tools. If you are interested in customized workshops or consults for your department, email the Professional Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PFML: Washington State’s new Paid Family Medical Leave Benefit program took effect on January 1st. Under the plan, the Employment Security Department will replace up to 90% of an eligible employee’s typical weekly wage (up to $1000/week) during an eligible leave period. Visit the ESD’s PFML website for more information, including eligibility requirements. You can now apply online for the program.
Long Term Disability: Beginning January 1, 2020, employees can no longer continue enrollment in the 30- or 60-day long-term disability waiting period due to the State’s PFML benefit. Employees who did not change their waiting period in 2019 defaulted into the 90-day waiting period on January 10, 2020.
Minimum Wage: Washington State’s Minimum Wage increases to $13.50 per hour effective January 1, 2020. Any current hourly rates below $13.50 will be increased to $13.50 by Human Resources effective January 1, 2020.
Labor & Industries/Workers’ Comp Rates: The new Labor & Industries/Workers’ Comp Rates have been set for 2020, effective January 1, 2020.
Deferred Compensation: In 2020, the IRS has increased the amount you can contribute into the tax-deferred Deferred Compensation Program to $19,500 annually (under age 50 in 2020) or $26,000 annually (50 or older in 2020). Change your contributions online or call 888-327-5596 for more information.
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