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October 09, 2015

Open Enrollment for 2016 Benefits Begins Nov. 2

Employees Must Enroll Through Workday

By Emily Baskin Gauthier /

benefits fairOpen Enrollment for 2016 benefits will begin Monday, Nov. 2 and end at 5 p.m., (ET) Monday, Nov. 16.

During this time, faculty and staff have the opportunity to review their benefit options and make new elections for 2016. Faculty and staff who do not elect their benefits during this period will be automatically enrolled in the same benefits they currently have in 2015 (except for flexible spending accounts, in which employees must actively enroll each year to participate).

Elections made during Open Enrollment are effective beginning Jan. 1, 2016, and will remain in effect for the entire calendar year. Employees can only change benefit elections during Open Enrollment, unless they experience a qualified life or family status change during another time of the year.

This year’s Open Enrollment features a redesigned and improved Benefits Guide, in which employees can find plan, rate and additional benefit information for all domestic full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

There are no changes to medical plans or providers for 2016, with many plan rates remaining consistent with 2015 rates. Moderate rate increases will apply to a few plan options. In addition, the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) limit is increasing from $2,500 to $2,550 in 2016.

Employees will enroll in benefits through Workday, the human resources, payroll, time-tracking and benefit management system. Workday Quick Guides will be available to assist employees through the process.

Additionally, representatives from Benefits and the CMUWorks Service Center will be on hand at Workday Open Enrollment Workshops to provide one-on-one assistance to employees as they enroll through the system.

Detailed 2016 plan information and rates will be available to view at

Questions about benefits or accessing Workday can be directed to the CMUWorks Service Center at 412-268-4600 or

Pictured above is the 2014 Benefits & Fitness Fair. This year's event will be held on Nov. 4 (see below).

Upcoming Events

Staff Council’s Benefits Open Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 27
Noon – 1 p.m.
Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center

Workday Open Enrollment Workshops
Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 10
9:30 – 11 a.m. and 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Near and Far Clusters, Hunt Library
Representatives from Benefits and the CMUWorks Service Center will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance to employees as they enroll in Workday.

2015 Benefits & Fitness Fair
Wednesday, Nov. 4
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center
Benefits and fitness vendors will be available to answer your questions. The fair also includes fitness demonstrations, free health screenings and flu shots, raffles and giveaways.
For more information, visit