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October 2014 Vol.2, Number 1
Ready, set, enroll!


Ready, set, enroll!

You know the drill: Think through your benefit options for next year, use your favorite resources and then make your choices official. Yep, it’s benefits open enrollment time, and this year’s opportunity runs through 6 p.m. (ET), Nov. 14.

You’ll have the same medical plan options in 2015, so this year’s enrollment may be easier than last year’s, when all the plans were new and different. Even if you want to stay with the same coverage in 2015, it’s still important that you spend a little time to record your benefit selections in EBenefits and certify your tobacco-user status.


New offices help partners move Purdue forward

Dual career couples have valuable new resources in Purdue’s recently created Office for Faculty Recruitment and Retention, which is part of Human Resources, and the Concierge Program in the College of Engineering.

The offices have a mission to increase faculty partners’ opportunities for success during their transition and search for local employment. They’ve built, and are continuing to build, a network with community employers for the pipeline of talent these partners bring to the area.


Truven: Your friend with great math skills

Thousands of Purdue employees found a new friend during last year’s benefits open enrollment. That friend, Truven Informed Enrollment, is back again to help you estimate your total cost under each of next year’s medical plan options.

Beyond the flu shot: Top 6 tips for preventing the flu Ready to quit?

Beyond the flu shot: Top 6 tips for preventing the flu

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, and one final West Lafayette campus opportunity to get a free flu shot has just been added.


Roll back those clocks!

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 2), so all those campus clocks have to "fall back" this weekend.

The time change also affects you if you’re in one of these groups and you’ll be working the third shift on Nov. 2:

  • Clerical staff
  • Service staff
  • Operations technical staff
  • Police and firefighters
Changes coming for Bravo Award program COMPENSATION

After a successful pilot in 2013-14, the Bravo Award program for employees is continuing – with a few changes. In its first year, the program, which is designed to reward employees for significant, results-oriented achievements, gave out 769 awards at a value of $389,275.

Eyes and teeth benefit from HSA, too BENEFITS

Your health savings account (HSA) is a great way to pay for eligible expenses that your medical plan leaves unpaid. For example, many people use their HSA to pay for care that was their responsibility because of their medical plan’s deductible or coinsurance.


A new pilot program from Human Resources is available, and supervisors looking to fill short-term, non-benefits-eligible assignments are encouraged to participate.

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