Read important updates about topics covered at the February IFO/MinnState Meet and Confer.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees recently announced a new initiative with the goal to become “The Nation’s Most Innovative Higher Education System: Reimagining Minnesota State.”
As you know, the IFO contract has been passed by Legislature and is in the process of being implemented. Details of back pay and health and dental benefit changes are listed below.
HEALTH AND DENTAL BENEFITS:
The new $0 (down from $10) copayment for online care and convenience clinics will go into effect on May 1, 2018. You will be receiving new member cards from your medical carrier in the coming weeks. On May 1, you may begin using these resources at no out-of-pocket cost.
Dental changes will take effect on January 1, 2019. They include an expanded benefit set and increased premium. Due to the higher premium, employees will be offered a new opportunity to add or drop coverage, which will be during Open Enrollment for 2019, happening this fall.
For more information on benefit implementation please visit MMB’s website.
The IFO contract back pay is being processed during the pay period that began April 4, 2018 and ends April 17 (April 27 paycheck). If you plan to make a change to your MinnState Tax-Sheltered Annuity (403b) Plan and/or the State’s Deferred Compensation (457), you will need to enter the change so that it is effective during this pay period. Please see the instructions attached.
Tuesday, April 17 is the deadline to make Self-Service entries to tax shelter all or a portion of your back pay. The Self-Service is generally available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Entries need to be entered by April 17 to be effective the payroll period ending that day (paycheck 4/27/2018).
Access your pay distribution and back pay information
To determine the amount of gross back pay you are scheduled to receive you can access your individual Employee Pay Details report in the Time & Leave Reporting Application (e-Timesheet), using your Star ID and password to log in. Once logged in, use the following instructions to run a report:
- Select Employee Pay Details from the Time and Leave Reporting toolbar.
- You will see Pay Details Report and State Self Service in the drop-down displayed. To view your pay details, select Pay Details Report.
- The Report Setup screen displays. Select the Fiscal Year for which you would like to view pay details for 2018.
- Select “no” for the send report to email question.
- Click Create Report to run the report.
Back pay information will be available beginning on April 10, but will only be an estimate. It is advised that faculty wait until April 16 to review their details to allow time for HR/Service Centers to verify the amounts.
If you have any questions, please contact IFO Legal/Labor & Equity Director Pat Arseneault.
MN State adopted a Respectful Workplace Procedure that addresses concerns about applicability to higher education.