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ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES: Time allowed employees to vote on Election


If you do not have 4 consecutive hours to vote, either from the opening of the Polls to the beginning of your working shift, or between the end of your working shift and the closing of the polls, you may take off up to 2 hours, without loss of pay, to allow you time to vote, if you are a registered voter.

  • YOU MAY TAKE TIME OFF at the beginning or end of your working shift, as your employer may designate, unless otherwise mutually agreed.
  • YOU MUST NOTIFY your employer not less than 2 days, but not more than 10 days, before the day of the Election that you will take time off to vote.

* Employers: Not less than ten working days before any Election Day, every employer shall post conspicuously in the place of work where it can be seen as employees come or go to their place of work, a notice setting forth the provisions of this law. Such notice shall be kept posted until the close of the polls on Election Day. https://www.cs.ny.gov/attendance_leave/TimeOffToVoteNotice.pdf


Health Insurance Premium

Pre-Tax Contribution Program (PTCP)

Under IRS rules, health insurance changes which result in corresponding changes in pre–tax contributions may be made only under specific circumstances.

All changes made after a “change in status event” must be requested within 30 days of the event to qualify for a change in the pre–tax deduction. The only exception to this is newly hired or newly benefits–eligible employees, who have a 42– or 56–day New Hire Waiting Period to make this election. All changes made after these allowable time frames will not qualify for the PTCP and will result in a late enrollment period of five payroll periods.


Important Information & Dates

November 2–30, 2020: Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP)* For eligible New York State employees who are Management/Confidential or represented by CSEA, DC–37 or UUP; Legislature and Unified Court System (UCS)

November 2–30, 2020: Flex Spending Account (FSA) For eligible employees of the State of New York Executive Branch who are Management/Confidential or represented by CSEA, Council 82, DC-37, NYSCOPBA, PBA, PBANYS, PEF, PIA or UUP; Legislature and UCS

Reminders: The Pre–Tax Contribution Program Election Period and the Option Transfer Period now run concurrently. It is no longer necessary to reenroll in the Opt–out Program each year. The NYSHIP Rates & Deadlines for 2021 have not yet been announced.

Please watch for additional details and instructions.


TIAA Retirement Services

TIAA Retirement Services are presently offering discussions via conference calls or virtually. Darryl Fiasconaro the TIAA representative plans to offer several meetings monthly. RSVP today, as space is limited. Register by visiting www.TIAA.org/schedulenow or calling 800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).


AIG Retirement Services

AIG Retirement Services are presently offering discussions via phone, facetime or WebEx. Janet Lake the AIG representative plans to offer meetings, at your convenience monthly. Below are links to register for an appointment, attend webinars and instructions on how to join a WebEx meeting. You may contact Janet directly at 518-727-8538 or 518-783-6464 or janet.lake@aig.com.


The Empire Plan's new telehealth benefit to help access health care services remotely.

The Empire Plan is doing all they can to support its enrollees through this unprecedented time and has introduced a new telehealth benefit to help them access health care services remotely. LiveHealth Online lets enrollees stay home and have a video visit with a board-certified doctor or licensed therapist on their smartphone, tablet or personal computer.

If enrollees are concerned about leaving their homes to receive medical care or their ability to access care, The Empire Plan will cover telehealth visits at no cost. See the attachment for additional information and step-by-step instructions to register or enrollees who are already registered can login to www.empireblue.com/nys to get a coupon code to cover the full cost of their LiveHealth Online visit. For additional assistance, enrollees should be encouraged to call The Empire Plan at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447) and select option 2 for the Hospital Program.

Note: A postcard regarding this new benefit will also be mailed to enrollees in the coming week.


VOYA Retirement Contact:
Stephen Donella, Jr. CFP
P: (315) 682-3532

Keeping cool may be hard to do when the market goes on one of its periodic roller-coaster rides. It may be useful to have strategies in place that prepare you both financially and psychologically to handle market volatility. The links below discusses methods investors may wish to use to prevent themselves from making hasty decisions that could have a long-term impact on their ability to achieve financial goals.

Coronavirus Concern (PDF)

Stay the Course (PDF)

Weathering the Storm (PDF)

11 Ways to Keep Cool in a Crazy Market (PDF)


2020 Waiver of Holiday Compensation Election

The collective bargaining agreements between the State and CSEA,NYSCOPBA, and PBANYS, allow employee waiver of holiday compensation. Consequently, between April 2 and May 15, 2020, employees should notify payroll office in writing, using the attached form, if they elect to waive holiday compensation and choose to receive instead compensatory time off for holidays worked. The waiver will remain in effect until at least April 1, 2021. Employees may also elect to revoke any waiver of holiday compensation now in effect by filing the attached form with the payroll office by May 15, 2020.

Waiver of Holiday Compensation Election Form (PDF)


"Flex Spending Account" 2019 Claims

NYS employees who contributed to a "Flex Spending Account" (FSA) in 2019, that you must submit all unpaid claims on or by March 31, 2020 for all qualifying expenses incurred by December 31, 2019. If you fail to submit appropriate receipts for any unused funds, by the March deadline date, you will forfeit such contributions and will not receive reimbursement or credit.

To avoid the rush for reimbursement, please mail your 2019 FSA claims along with your receipts to:

WageWorks, PO BOX 14766, Lexington, KY 40512-4766 or Fax: (800) 743-3271 Submit Online: www.myFBMC.com

To download claim forms or other documents, please go to https://goer.ny.gov/how-submit-2019-claims (for Health Care Spending and Dependent Care).