In the Loop Coffee Talk: Attend Cariloop’s Upcoming Webinar: How to Balance Mental Health in a Modern Workforce

Cariloop is committed to supporting you along every step of your caregiving journey. That’s why we host Coffee Talks–informative webinars designed for you to learn how Cariloop can guide you along your care journey.

Join us for our most requested webinar:

How To Balance Mental Health in a Modern Workforce, on Thursday, May 23 at 12 p.m. CST.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  1. Insightful discussion on caregiver burnout and the diversity of mental health needs.
  2. A walk-through of multiple caregiving journeys within Cariloop that illustrate our commitment to tailored care.
  3. An overview of Cariloop’s robust systems for Mental Health support
  4. An interactive Q&A

Log-in to Register!

Sign in or create a Cariloop account to register for webinars. An eligible membership is required to attend. Once registered, you will receive an email with the Zoom link and an event invitation to add to your calendar.

 

Posted in Benefits, Health & Wellness, Resources, Uncategorized, Working at SMU | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on In the Loop Coffee Talk: Attend Cariloop’s Upcoming Webinar: How to Balance Mental Health in a Modern Workforce

Reminder Regarding SMU’s Floating Holiday Benefit

SMU provides benefit-eligible staff a floating holiday each fiscal year.

Staff members on the payroll before the start of the current fiscal year (June 1, 2023) will see the floating holiday in their leave balances on my.SMU.  Staff members hired in the current fiscal year will receive the time off at the start of the next fiscal year (June 1, 2024).

The floating holiday is chosen by the employee, with their supervisor’s approval, and must be used and recorded during the fiscal year as the time off is not carried over from one year to the next.

The floating holiday is based on an employee’s standard hours. For example, employees who work 37.5 hours per week will accrue 7.5 hours of holiday time.

When recording the floating holiday on timesheets, bi-weekly employees should report the time as FLB (Floating Holiday Bi-Weekly) and monthly employees should report it as FLT (Floating Holiday-Monthly).

Posted in Benefits, HR General, Uncategorized, Working at SMU | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Reminder Regarding SMU’s Floating Holiday Benefit

Earn Wellpower Points at the Exercise is Medicine event on April 12th

Exercise is Medicine will host a Guest Lecture by Dr. Carena Winters, Jacksonville University Director of EIM, from 12:00-1:00 in Harold Clark Simmons Hall. Activities for Physical and Mental Well-being will be held on the Dallas Hall Lawn South from 1:00 to 3:00. Attend one or all of the events, and then submit the ones you attended as wellness event activities in the Wellpower portal to earn points.

More information on the events can be found here: https://www.smu.edu/simmons/academics/applied-physiology-and-sport-management/smu-exercise-is-medicine/events

Access the Wellpower portal here: https://www.smu.edu/businessfinance/hr/benefitsandwellness/wellness/wellpowerprogram

 

Posted in Benefits, Health & Wellness | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Earn Wellpower Points at the Exercise is Medicine event on April 12th

Cariloop Webinar – New Education Service

Join us to learn about Education Support – a new service line offered through Cariloop your dedicated Caregiver Support Service.

You have access to unlimited support from experienced Care Coaches who can guide you through all parts of your unique caregiving journey now including the Education System! These coaches can guide you through K-12 and Higher Education all at no cost to you.

Wednesday, February 21st at 11:30 AM

Registration Link: https://cariloop.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CtAtnBWxT_ijXE_WwyiApQ#/registration

 

Posted in Benefits, Health & Wellness | Tagged , | Comments Off on Cariloop Webinar – New Education Service

United Way Giving Campaign Recap

Wow—this is just incredible!

You truly made all the difference. Today, we are celebrating SMU’s successful end to our Annual Giving Campaign for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. We are proud of everyone’s dedication and commitment to create lasting change in North Texas.

SMU surpasses its goal of $35,000 for 2023! It was our University’s largest United Way campaign since pre-COVID some five years ago. Your generosity truly inspires us and it will, in turn, help so many North Texans. Thank YOU!

You should be proud as well. Your generosity helps improve access to education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity—for all North Texans. Very simply, thank you!

With warm regards,
Sincerely,

David Sedman (dsedman@smu.edu)
Co-Chair, United Way Campaign
President-Elect, Faculty Senate
Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts
Meadows School of the Arts

Christopher Ham (cmham@smu.edu)
Co-Chair, United Way Campaign
SMU Staff Association President
Director of Dance Production
Meadows School of the Arts

P.S. The work doesn’t end today. we encourage you to sign up to receive the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ newsletter. Stay connected throughout the year to be part of the change in our community.

Thank you for being a supporter of United Way.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas 1800 N. Lamar, Dallas TX 75202

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on United Way Giving Campaign Recap

Bank of America Banking Benefits for SMU Employees

Bank of America Homepage

Banking Benefits for SMU Employees

SMU employees now have special access to enroll in the Bank of America Preferred Rewards® program.  Learn more

Questions about the program? Visit bankofamerica.com/contactme to ask a dedicated specialist to call you to discuss the program or your financial goals and priorities.

Additional information may be found on the SMU HR website.
Questions may also be directed to BenefitsU@smu.edu.

Posted in Benefits, Health & Wellness | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Bank of America Banking Benefits for SMU Employees

Spend Your Healthcare Flexible Spending Account Funds by Year-End!

Healthcare Flexible Spending Account  

Qualified  healthcare expenses incurred  between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 must be submitted to SMU’s vendor, Wex, no later than March 31, 2024 to be considered for reimbursement.

This year, up to $610.00 of unused funds will automatically roll over to your 2024 FSA account if you are enrolled in a 2023 FSA account.

Please be aware you can go to www.fsastore.com to spend unused F.S.A dollars on F.S.A eligible products to be delivered to your door.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account 

Qualified dependent care expenses incurred  between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 must be submitted to SMU’s vendor, Wex, no later than March 31, 2024 to be considered for reimbursement.

More information on FSA accounts may be found on the HR website.

 

Questions regarding your FSA account(s)  may be directed to BenefitsU@smu.edu or directly to Wex at www.wexinc.com or 1-833-225-5939.

Posted in Benefits, Health & Wellness, Resources | Comments Off on Spend Your Healthcare Flexible Spending Account Funds by Year-End!

Submit a Tuition Benefit Request for Academic Year 2024

A Tuition Benefit Request will need to be submitted before the start of the Fall 2024 term if you, your spouse, and/or dependent(s) are a continuing student or new student for the 2024 Academic Year (Fall 2023 – Summer 2024) .


How to submit your tuition benefit request online:

Log into my.SMU > Employee Self Service > Tuition Benefits

  1. Read the attestations, click the button stating they have been read, and click Save.
  2. Choose AY24 in the table and click Save a second time.

HR will follow your account for the entire academic year, and award the tuition benefit.

Visit the Tuition Benefit website for eligibility requirements, program details, and grad tax information.

If you have any questions please email TuitionBenefits@smu.edu.

 

Posted in Benefits, HR General | Tagged , | Comments Off on Submit a Tuition Benefit Request for Academic Year 2024

Request a Catapult Health Screening Home Kit by May 12, 2023

SMU has partnered with Catapult Health to provide you with a health checkup at no cost to you, as part of your health care benefits.

There is still time to order a virtual kit.

To begin the process, request a Home Kit at www.VirtualCheckup.com/SMU

  • Collect your sample at home in just 10 minutes
  • Return your sample in the pre-paid UPS overnight envelope, then watch for an invitation to schedule your consultation
  • Live video consult with a nurse practitioner, on your device, at a time chosen by you
  • Review your results, then create a personal action plan with your nurse practitioner while learning about fully-covered wellness programs that may benefit you

Virtual kits can be requested now through May 12, 2023.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Request a Catapult Health Screening Home Kit by May 12, 2023

2023 SMU HR Staff Compensation Study

January 30, 2023

SMU Staff Compensation Study

SMU will soon launch a compensation study that will include a review of most all benefit-eligible staff job descriptions and other related information to ensure the positions are titled and compensated appropriately. The University conducts these periodic reviews to ensure staff positions are classified correctly and that compensation is comparable and competitive to other similar positions in the job market.

How will the study be conducted?

The analysis will compare staff job responsibilities and salary to our national higher education peer and aspirant institutions as well as other top employers in the DFW region.

Who is conducting the study and when will it be completed?

SMU’s Human Resources Department (SMU HR) will lead the study and will be assisted by Segal, a national employee benefits and compensation consultancy. The staff compensation study will begin on March 1 and wrap up by October 1.

What do managers and supervisors need to do to prepare for the compensation study?

Managers and supervisors will soon receive the current job descriptions of positions within their departments that are currently on file in SMU HR.

For the compensation study to be effective, departments must ensure that all position descriptions are accurate and reflect the current responsibilities and requirements for each position. Managers will have until February 28 to update any job descriptions and submit them to SMU HR.

It is also important to note that any adjustments to staff compensation beyond the current merit FY 2024 budget process should not occur during the compensation study review period (January 30 through October 1). This is to ensure that the compensation analysis captures the most accurate information for benchmarking purposes.

Where can I learn more about the study?

For more information about the staff compensation study, including FAQs and how Managers and Supervisors can update their job descriptions, please visit this dedicated website.

Thank you for all you do to help make SMU a special place to live, learn and work.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Compensation Study

 

Posted in HR General | Tagged , , | Comments Off on 2023 SMU HR Staff Compensation Study