ICHR News and Announcements

This site is designed to share information to help you stay current on HR news, updates, service information, and announcements (newest always at the top).

Free Tax Preparation

VITA Tax Clinic

The on-campus VITA clinic for free tax preparation services will open 1/31. To schedule an appointment or receive more information, please email ithacacollegevita@gmail.com. The clinic will be open Mondays 1:00 -3:30pm, Tuesdays 10:00 - 1:00pm, and Thursdays 2:30 - 5:30pm. Remember to bring a drivers license! 

Alternatives Federal Credit Union

Alternatives is providing free tax preparation services for individuals and families with income under $55,000. For eligibility and appointment scheduling, call 2-1-1 or 1-877-211-8667.

TIAA's On-Campus Appointment Schedule

No matter where you are in life—just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with Joseph Silino can help you create a plan for your goals. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. You can view the Winter 2019 and Spring 2019 schedules, and register for an appointment by visiting www.TIAA.org/schedulenow

January 9th: National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Today we celebrate the hardworking people at Ithaca College who protect our campus each and every day. Thank you to our Office of Public Safety & Emergency Management, as well as our Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol staff for serving our campus’s needs as well as the needs of the Ithaca community, and doing so with love and compassion. You are our heroes!

Policy Change for Paid Time Away

Ithaca College will institute an effective/operational change in how paid time away (PTA) is accrued.  Beginning June 1, 2020, accruals for vacation, sick time, and personal time will take place per pay period throughout the fiscal year, instead of being front-loaded at the beginning of the year. This accrual method is similar to the process that the College used prior to 2010 and is the norm for higher education institutions.  The actual amount of annual vacation, sick, and personal time will not be reduced for eligible employees.

Please note that in an effort to provide employees with the maximum amount of time to plan for this change, the current system will remain in place for current employees until June 1, 2020. 

The timing of the change will give employees a full year of transition in order to make their plans for summer vacation, etc. For all current employees, PTA will be front-loaded for the entire year on June 1, 2019. New employees hired on or after June 1, 2019, will follow the new per pay period accrual method.  As such, they will start accruing PTA after the first pay period following their date of hire.  Vacation PTA maximums can be referenced in the Paid Time Away Benefits Policy found here

The Office of Human Resources will provide more information in the spring on how to use the new Oracle Cloud Absence Management system for recording PTA. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at humanresources@ithaca.edu or 607-274-8000.

You could have saved $100 by using a preferred lab

All labs are the same rights? Not really! If you go to a nonpreferred lab, you could be paying more. Here’s why:

here are preferred labs and nonpreferred labs

  • Preferred labs are in our network and they are not linked to a hostipal
  • Nonpreferred labs are outside our network, or they are linked to a hospital

It’s easy to save! The next time you need lab work, just visit a preferred lab:

Quest Diagnostics
6 Euclid Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
888-277-8772

To find more preferred labs in your area, just log into your member website.

Herbalism Workshop Offered Through Office of Extended Studies

Course offering for staff and faculty. Great for cold and flu season, this Herbalism workshop will provide practical hands-on knowledge that you can use at home to take care of yourself and your family this winter. 

Learn SIX herbal remedies and go home with some herbal medicine (and the knowledge and skills to make more)!

Build your relationship with the natural world and use our common plants to treat what ails you.

Presented by Jason Hamilton, Professor, Dept. Environmental Studies & Sciences, and Education Director, Ithaca College Natural Lands

Cost: $125 (includes supplies)

4 Wednesdays in February 2019 (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th)
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
CNS 202 

Click this link to register!

Say hello to the brand-new Davis Vision mobile app

The Davis Vision mobile app allows you to... 

Find an eye care provider
Easily and an eye care provider based on your current location, city / ZIP code or search by name.

Check your eligibility & benefits
Quickly check your current or future eligibility status. Need a little more detail? You can also review your benefit.

Track your glasses
Order glasses from an independent provider? Conveniently check their progress in the app. Need your member information? Find it and personalize it with your photo (optional).

Review your claims & status
Check out your current claims and history. Plus, upload a photo of your receipt to easily submit an out-of-network claim.

Other tools & resources
Be sight-savvy with these calculators, a frame try-on tool, a vision reference library and more

The New PayFlex Mobile App

PayFlex's brand new mobile app is here! With a new look, feel and functionality, it offers even more than before. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t.

What’s new?
With the new app you can stay connected to your PayFlex Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) account on the go!

You can:

  • Review your account balance and activity
  • Request funds and upload your receipts
  • Pay your providers
  • Get personalized support and customized next best actions to help you get the most out of your account
  • Choose face recognition, fingerprint or PIN for added security AND sign up for complimentary fraud protection
  • Find the information you need fast with easier navigation

Update it or download it today
If you’re a current app user, you’ll automatically be prompted to update to our new app. If you’re a first time user, you can download it from your app store. Once you download it, you simply log in with the same username and password you use to access the PayFlex member website.

If you don’t have a username and password, it’s not a problem. you can go to your PayFlex member website and click SIGN IN. Then, select CREATE YOUR PROFILE.

Questions?
Log in to your PayFlex account online and select Help & Support.

Search Chair & Committee Portal

PeopleAdmin is Ithaca College’s online employment system that is used to manage the faculty and staff recruitment process as well as staff position descriptions. This system can be accessed from apps.ithaca.edu.

Employee Assistance Program

You and your eligible family members can trust the NexGen EAP services to address your total wellbeing, from assistance with everyday work and family issues to more challenging personal concerns.

To access your total wellbeing services: 

  • Call 1.800.EAP.CALL (1.800.327.2255)
  • Log on at www.nexgeneap.com
    • Enter the Company ID 1489

When calling the confidential counseling services, your EAP Counselor will take you through the intake process, where they ask structured questions to assess your situation and determine the best level of care.