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Retirement System Updates: (Posted 06/26/2017)

• Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS): Beginning July 1, 2017, the total contribution rate will be 11.50% for both the employer and the employee, up just slightly from the total rate of 11.48% for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. For more information, please visit ASRS’s web site at https://www.azasrs.gov/.

• Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS): In 2016, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1428, which creates new benefit provisions for Tier 2 PSPRS members (not CORP or EORP) hired between January 1, 2012, and June 30, 2017, and for Tier 3 members who will be hired on or after July 1, 2017. For more information, please visit PSPRS’s web site at http://www.psprs.com/.

• Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS), Corrections Officer Retirement Plan (CORP), and Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan (EORP): During the 2017 legislative session, several pension reforms affecting PSPRS, EORP and/or CORP were passed and signed into law. For more information about these changes, please visit PSPRS’s web site at http://www.psprs.com/.

Any specific retirement-related questions should be referred to the applicable retirement system.


State and Federal Employees Exempt from New Arizona Earned Paid Sick Leave Law: (Posted 06/12/2017)
As you may have been hearing in the news, beginning July 1, 2017, the new Arizona earned paid sick leave law goes into effect. Last November, Arizona voters approved Proposition 206, The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, which increased Arizona’s minimum wage to $10.00 per hour and requires companies in Arizona to provide their employees with earned paid sick time.The State of Arizona and the federal government were specifically exempted from these new provisions.

Although the new law does not apply to state employees, the State already provides a generous leave plan for full-time and most part-time employees which is greater than what is required by Proposition 206. To view your total compensation, which provides the value of your annual (vacation) and sick leave, log into YES, select “Pay” and then click on the “Total Compensation” tab.

If you have any questions regarding leave eligibility, accruals or usage, please contact your agency Human Resources Office.


Tax Form 1095-C Mailed to Employees’ Homes: (Posted 02/03/2017)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires certain employers, including the State of Arizona, to offer health insurance to full-time employees and their dependents, and to provide a Form 1095-C to applicable employees. 1095-C forms for the 2016 tax year have been mailed to employees’ home addresses, so you may have already received your form, or you should receive it within the next few days.

If you have questions about your Form 1095-C, or if you believe you should have received a 1095-C but did not, please contact the Benefits Services Division at 602-542-5008 or benefitsissues@azdoa.gov. For more information about the ACA, visit the Benefits Services Division at www.benefitoptions.az.gov and then click the Affordable Care Act link. Any tax related questions should be directed to your personal tax advisor.


New Calendar Year Information – January 2017: (Posted 01/23/2017)
Important information and reminders regarding the new benefits plan year and 2016 W-2s are provided below:

Employee Benefits – Any changes you made to your benefits during the annual open enrollment period became effective January 1, 2017. Employees should log into YES to review their paychecks to confirm deductions are being processed correctly. For more information regarding the 2017 benefits plan year, click here.

• 2016 W-2s – Employees who consented to receive their W-2 online should have already received an email notification that their W-2 was available. Employees who have not consented to receive their W-2 online will be mailed their 2016 W-2 by January 31, 2017. Any duplicate W-2s that are needed will be available via the YES website starting February 1, 2017. If you have any questions about your W-2, please contact your agency payroll office.


ETE Email Reminders : (Posted 01/09/2017)
ETE emails to remind employees to enter and submit their time have erroneously gone out today, earlier than the typical schedule, due to a technical issue. Employees could have received multiple email reminders to enter ETE. Employees can enter and submit time now or they can disregard the emails and enter and submit their ETE timesheet later in the week according to agency prescribed timelines. HRIS is aware of and working to resolve the issue.


Password Reset (Updated and re-posted 9/2016)
In April 2016, HRIS implemented new security requirements for passwords and a password reset self-service feature. If you are unable to login to HRIS, MAP or YES, please reset your password here.


Cyber Safety Awareness
YES is the State’s Web Based Portal that allows you as an employee the ability to view and maintain your employee data. This system can be accessed anywhere an internet connection exists – from a home computer, laptop or public computers at the library. The State of Arizona takes many precautions to ensure the data stored in YES is guarded against attacks from hackers and cyber criminals. It is your responsibility outside of the workplace to ensure the computers you are using to access YES are protected from such attacks as well. Cyber criminals employ tools such as Keyloggers which monitor the keys typed in and can easily retrieve User IDs, passwords and other information a user may not wish others to know about. Click here to learn how you can reduce your chances of falling victim to such attacks.

 

 

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