Carnegie Mellon is a global research university recognized for academic excellence, groundbreaking research and interdisciplinary collaboration. Human Resources supports the university's efforts to attract, develop and retain a world-class, diverse workforce. Recognizing that each employee plays an important role in advancing Carnegie Mellon’s success, Human Resources also provides a variety of high-quality programs and services that help employees thrive. Our website provides information about these programs and services, as well as Carnegie Mellon’s benefits programs. If you have any questions, please contact us.
What's Happening in Human Resources
Request for Dependent Information Email
Over the next few weeks, HR Benefits will be emailing faculty/staff who have obtained CMU-sponsored medical coverage for a dependent but have not yet provided that dependent's Social Security Number (SSN) to the University. Faculty/staff should follow-up via phone with HR Benefits using the phone number provided in the email. Faculty/staff should not reply to the email or email the dependent's SSN.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers and employers to report to the IRS the SSNs of all employees and dependents who have obtained minimum essential health coverage. The IRS uses this information to determine whether an individual is subject to the "individual mandate" pentalty tax for not having health insurance. The IRS may impose a $50 penalty if this information is not received.
Please note that this message only applies to faculty/staff who receive an email from HR Benefits regarding this issue; all other employees may disregard this message.
Vanguard Retirement Planning Workshops: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
CMU HR and Vanguard invite you to learn more about retirement planning during a series of Workshops. All sessions occur at the Cohon University Center Dowd Room. While registration is not required, space is limited. Register for the Workshops: vanguard.com/meetings (use unique client code carnegie).
- Create Your Plan: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Learn about the two keys to a comfortable retirement: saving enough and investing wisely. You'll also explore asset classes, inflation risk, and the importance of diversification.
- Getting on Track for Retirement: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Get help determining if you are on track for retirement. You'll get a better picture of where you stand, as well as practical ideas for how to get on track if you haven't saved enough.
- Financial Freedom: Strategies for Reducing Debt and Saving More: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
This workshop is intended to help the broad population of working Americans who feel they are headed in the wrong direction financially.
What's Your Financial IQ? Take the TIAA-CREF Challenge.
Test your financial knowledge and be entered for a chance to win 1 of 3 iPads. Each day, 5 new questions are added to the What's Your Financial IQ Challenge. The challenge runs November 4 until December 4, 2015. Visit the "What's Your Financial IQ?" TIAA-CREF Challenge site.
Template Offer Letters Updated
We have updated the Offer Letter Templates to provide information updated Additional Terms and Conditions of Employment. Please use the new Offer Letter Templates going forward when preparing to make an offer to employees. Learn more about Extending an Offer and the template letters (CMU Password Required).
Military Leave Policy
The University strongly supports its employees as they perform their obligations to serve in America’s armed forces, and recognizes and values the contributions that they make to the United States in this capacity. Accordingly, the University is pleased to announce the adoption of a new policy that will benefit reservists in the U.S. military (including the National Guard) who receive orders to report for duty (for annual active-duty training or for an extended period of activation). Such reservists will be granted military leave by the University as described in the newly enacted policy. Certain aspects of the policy will be implemented effective October 1, 2015 while other benefits will take effect by January 1, 2016. Some of the highlights of the new policy, which will be effective October 1, 2015, are as follows:
- The University will pay the staff member’s regular rate of University pay for the first 11 days of military leave (prorated for part-time staff) that run concurrent with the staff member’s regular workdays. Provided, however, the maximum number of days of military leave paid at the regular rate shall not exceed 11 days per year (prorated for part-time staff). Service pay may be retained.
- For periods of activation longer than 11 days of regular workdays but less than 6 calendar months, the University will pay the difference, if any, between your regular University pay rate and the sum of your military basic pay, housing allowance, and subsistence allowance. At the conclusion of the 6 months, the University pay differential will cease. Provided, however, the annual maximum period of military leave paid at the differential rate shall not exceed 6 months.
If you are a reservist who may benefit from this Policy, please contact Jan Provenzano, Leaves Manager, for additional details.
Family & Child Care Resources Available
We are pleased to announce a new resource for CMU families. Our Family & Child Care Resources page provides information and resources helpful to parents, families, and children of all ages. Included on the site:
- Directories of child care providers in the area
- Tips for selecting quality child care
- Links to CMU-related medical programs and area medical resources
- Links to regional family activities
- Parenting resources
- A directory of educational and athletic programs and camps in the region - including many with CMU affiliations
Learn more about Family & Child Care Resources.