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SAVE THE DATE: PICNIC AT THE PAVILION – May 24, 2018

Go for the Gold – Picnic at the Pavilion.  The picnic will be held rain or shine on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion. The event will include food, games, lip sync battle, Tug-a-War title match, 50/25/25 raffle and prizes. Those wearing Ramapo attire will receive an extra prize raffle ticket. 50/25/25 raffle tickets may be purchased beginning May 1 through May 23 from Lori Zuccola (D-111) or Jill Brown (D-110) in Human Resources. If you purchase a pre-sale ticket and bring a non-perishable item for the Ramapo Food Pantry/Center for Food Action to the Human Resources Department, you will receive one additional 50/25/25 raffle ticket (the additional 50/25/25 raffle ticket will only be given for food items brought directly to the HR Department prior to the date of the picnic). The raffle benefits student scholarships.
For a picnic flyer:

link

Please note the picnic is for faculty and staff and does not include student employees, family or friends. If you require disability-related accommodations, please call ext. 7498.

VISIONS CREDIT UNION ON CAMPUS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018

The Visions Credit Union will be on campus from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the HR Conference Room on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.  Please click on flyer to see all the services they provide to their members.  Flyer

Please click on link for more information:  link

INTRAMURAL CARDIO CLASS SCHEDULE SPRING 2018

See flyer for dates and times.

TAX INFORMATION

If you are currently claiming an exemption from federal or state tax withholding and wish to do so again in calendar year 2018, you must complete new W4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance forms for both federal and state.  Please submit them to the Payroll Office no later than January 31, 2018.  If a form is not submitted, the Payroll Office will automatically withhold at the single/0 exemption rate beginning with the pay date of February 9, 2018 for faculty/staff and February 16, 2018 for students.

If a recent marriage, divorce, separation or dependent change has occurred, you may need to consider a revision to your tax withholding allowances.  W4 forms are available at www.ramapo.edu/payroll/forms or in the Payroll Office.

CAUTION:  Please carefully review your tax liability before claiming exempt from state or federal withholding.

 

Change in the number of working days and Pay Periods for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18)

The number of working days for 12-month employees for Fiscal Year 2018 will be 260. The number of working days for 12-month employees was 261 in Fiscal Year 2017. The number of working days for 10-month employees for Fiscal Year 2018 will be 216. The number of working days for 10-month employees was 217 in Fiscal Year 2017. Therefore, 12-month employees will have 26 pay periods and 10-month employees will have 21.6 pay periods in FY18. The first pay period in Fiscal Year 2018 will be the pay dated July 14, 2017 (RB14).

MINORS ON CAMPUS

Preventing child abuse and promoting the safety and welfare of students and minors on our campus is the responsibility of every member of the community. As an institution, we review our existing policies and procedures periodically to ensure that effective controls are in place at Ramapo College. This includes having reporting mechanisms in place should any person have reason to believe that a child participating in any of our programs, or visiting our campus, may be a victim of child abuse or other related inappropriate conduct.

Any employee or person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR) at 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873).  If the child is in immediate danger call 911 or Ramapo Public Safety at extension 6666, and then the Registry. A concerned caller does not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse and can make the report anonymously.  Useful information from the NJ Department of Children and Families is provided at this link:
http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/news/publications/HotlinesHelplines2012.pdf

If you have any questions about your duty to report child abuse, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (201) 684-6666.

For more information please visit the Department of Children and Families web site at:
http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/reporting/how/index.html

THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTATIVE CARE

Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid serious health problems, allowing you and your doctor to work as a team to manage your overall health, and help you reach your personal health and wellness goals.

What is Preventive Care?

Preventive care focuses on maintaining your health, and establishing your baseline health status. This may include immunizations, vaccines, physical evaluations, lab work, x-rays and medically appropriate health screenings. During your preventive visit, your doctor will determine what tests or screenings are appropriate for you based on many factors such as your age, gender, overall health status, personal health history and your current symptoms or chronic health concerns.

Click the link to access the Preventive Health Guidelines for both Children and Adults. Preventive_Health_Guidelines

DEFENSIVE DRIVING/SAFETY TRAINING – CLASSROOM COURSE

The recently adopted Motor Vehicle Policy requires individuals that drive College vehicles/golf carts complete a defensive driving course every three years.  This is in addition to the requirement of obtaining an annual driver’s abstract for each employee who drives College vehicles/golf carts.  The Department of Human Resources and Environmental Health/Safety Department are offering on-campus defensive driving courses and will launch an online version shortly.  Either the online or classroom training is required – you do not need to complete both courses.    The Human Resources Department must have run and received a satisfactory driver’s abstract before an employee can be eligible for defensive driving training.  Please contact Human Resources with any questions at x7506 or email driving@ramapo.edu.

ON-CAMPUS TRAINING (A 6-hour classroom session)

New Jersey residents attending the on-campus course have the option to pay a $10 fee to receive a 2 point reduction from their motor vehicle record and/or request an insurance discount (this fee cannot be expensed to the College).  Individuals should contact the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles (609-292-7500) prior to the training if you have questions about points on your license, as well as your insurance company to verify eligibility for an insurance discount.   Please note that prior supervisor approval is required as this training program is a 6-hour course.

Course Dates/Times:

March 6, 2018 (SC158) 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm & April 25, 2018 (E212) – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register at:  link

ONLINE TRAINING 

The online training will be available shortly.

CONTRIBUTION LIMITS FOR TAX-DEFERRED RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS FOR 2017

Effective January 1, 2017 the annual contribution limit for both 403(b) tax-sheltered annuities and 457(b) deferred compensation plans (pretax and Roth contributions) is unchanged at $18,000.  In addition, employees who are age 50 and over may contribute an additional $6,000 annually per plan.  For those eligible employees who are within 3 years of retirement age as stated in the plan there may be the potential take advantage of the enhanced catch-up provision.

Employees under age 50 before December 31, 2017 may defer up to $36,000 in 2017 between the plans.  Employees age 50 or older before December 31, 2017 may defer up to $48,000 in 2017 between the plans.

If you wish to increase your current contribution level for year 2017 or you would like to review your current withholding percentage please contact Valerie Hunter (ext. 7502) or Johnie Burton (ext. 7230) to schedule an appointment.  We highly recommend that you review your pay stubs on an ongoing basis to track your year- to- date deferrals which may vary with any salary fluctuations. We also recommend that you meet with your plan representative on an annual basis to review your account status.  A schedule of meeting dates is available on the Benefits webpage at the following link under “Save the Date” tab:  link

LIFE INSURANCE WAIVER

Members of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and the Alternate Benefit Program (ABP) may waive their non-contributory group life insurance over $50,000 to avoid federal and state tax liability.  Any member who waives the non-contributory life insurance must waive the total amount of coverage in excess of $50,000. Waiver forms are available at:

http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/epbam/exhibits/pdf/rm0674.pdf

The Division of Pensions and Benefits must receive waivers on or before December 31 to be effective January 1 of the next calendar year.  A copy of the waiver should also be sent to the Benefits Office.