The 2016 Open Enrollment period will be from May 1 through May 31, for changes to be effective July 1, 2016.
As a CASA represented employee, Open Enrollment is your opportunity to change medical plans or to add or remove an eligible dependent (spouse, life partner or child up to age 26) without a qualifying event for medical, prescription or dental coverage. You can also decline School District benefits provided you have qualified group alternate coverage. It is also the time to enroll or cancel your participation in the Wage Continuation program. You can no longer make changes to your Wage Continuation election during the year.
NO ACTION IS REQUIRED IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO MAKE ANY CHANGES.
All current CASA represented employees are eligible to change medical plans. To make changes, you must complete enrollment materials and submit required documentation no later than May 31. Enrollment materials and directions are available on the Benefits website or you may visit the Benefits office during walk-in hours, Monday–Thursday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Changes made during open enrollment will take effect on July 1.
You can review your current plan enrollment and enrolled dependents by logging into the Independence Blue Cross website at http://www.ibx.com/login.
To learn more about the available health care options and view summary of benefits and coverages (SBC), you are encouraged to visit http://www.ibx.com/sdp/health_care_reform.html and review the Personal Choice plan options.
Benefit changes as a result of a qualifying life event will be accepted during the year; however, these must be received by the Benefits Office within 30 days of the qualifying event date. Examples of qualifying life events are birth of a child, marriage, divorce, adoption, loss/gain of other health insurance, etc. Proof of the event will be required.
What’s New for 2016?
You still have an 8% of employee co-share; however this is calculated on the value of the District’s rates which increased 3%.
At our June 1 ratification meeting, more time and information was requested. Every tentative agreement and each salary schedule was posted on our website. One significant change from the July 1 meeting was that the eleven-month administrators would be paid over 12 months and there would be no interruption to pay. There were then three sessions held at the CASA Office where details of the proposed contract had been made. There were no threats to impose terms during these negotiations. However, it does contain some compensation that requires we consider the proposal and respond to it in its current form. At this juncture we are calling for a vote. A letter was mailed on June 10 giving all full members notice of this event.
We are going to conduct live voting from 4-8PM at Abraham Lincoln High School on June 15. It will be a paper ballot vote that will take place on only that day and between those hours. Full members can make their selection and put it in the ballot box. Members are welcome to come at any period during that time to cast their vote. There will be no mail in ballots or proxy votes. The count will take place at 8:00PM.
IBT 502’s Election Plan (“LUEP”) has been approved by the Election Supervisor. To access your approved LUEP, please click the link below.
Your LUEP, and the plans of any Local Union, General Committee of Adjustment or System Federation of the IBT, may be downloaded from the Election Supervisor’s website, www.ibtvote.org, by clicking "delegate elections", and then "view election plans".
If you have any questions regarding the delegate elections process, please contact your regional director.
Office of the Election Supervisor
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The Office of Employee Benefits is pleased to announce the annual Open Enrollment for the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Commuter Reimbursement Account (CRA) programs. Enrollment will take place from November 2 through close of business Wednesday, November 25, 2015.
If you are currently enrolled in any of the FSA plans and wish to continue enrollment in the 2016 calendar year, you will have to re-enroll.
What are the benefits of these programs? The FSA and CRA programs allow you to set aside money from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis to pay for eligible health care, dependent care and commuter expenses. If you are interested in any of the plans and would like more information before enrolling, please visit our website for further details: www.philasd.org/offices/benefits/programs/fsa
How much can I contribute? You may contribute up to the IRS maximum, as outlined below. Contributions will be spread over 20 pay checks, excluding the summer months. Please plan accordingly. The first deduction for 2016 will January 15, 2016.
Flexible Spending Accounts*
Commuter Reimbursement Accounts
Medical FSA - $2,550 per year
Parking Expenses - $255 per month
Dependent Care FSA - $5,000 per year
Transit - $130 per month
*IMPORTANT: The Medical and Dependent Care FSA accounts are subject to the IRS’ “Use it or lose it” rule. Please estimate your expenses for 2016 conservatively when making your FSA election to avoid forfeiture of any unused contributions.
How to enroll / re-enroll for 2016: Enrollment in the FSA and CRA programs must be completed online through AmeriFlex’s secure website. The enrollment site will be available 24/7 during the Open Enrollment period from now through November 25, 2015. For a step-by-step guide on how to enroll or re-enroll, click on the link or copy and paste: http://philasd.org/b/benefits/fsa
If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call (215) 400-4630, or visit our office at the 440 N. Broad Street, suite G-10. Walk-In hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Fridays are by advance appointment only.
The Office of Employee Benefits
First, we will have an update on the timeline and status of our negotiations for our next contract.
Secondly, we will have an update on the state budget and overall funding picture.
And thirdly, we would like to have a discussion about the critical challenges we are facing in our schools and about our role in shaping the conditions in the District. Members will share the efforts they made on local and state levels advocating for the funding and the resources our students need.
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In addition to the 440 team, we have a teacher team in the race, also competing at 9:00.
We also have a student boat, The Healthy Dragons. Their first race is at 10:24. They are our middle school students and absolutely fabulous paddlers.
Hope to see you!
440 Dragonboat Team
Operation Recognition authorizes school districts to grant an honorary high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who withdrew from school to serve in the United States military. Upon proper application, the Board may award a diploma posthumously to a veteran who meets specific requirements.
We typically hold the ceremony twice a year during a SRC meeting.
There is no cost to the Vet.
There is a flyer ("Operation Recognition") with additional information posted on the Shared Documents page.
Please call your state senator and tell them not to vote on SB1 without full public hearings. If the reform plan is so good, then it can stand the scrutiny of public hearings.
The Retirement/Resignation Form is available in the FORMS section of the Retirement Department's website at http://www.philasd.org/offices/retirement/. The form will be processed by the Retirement Department if it is received in their office no later than close of business, Monday, March 16, 2015.