NIU will hold an election on Thursday, November 12, 2015 to determine who will represent the University’s Operating Staff employees on the State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee (also known as the Employee Advisory Committee “EAC”).
Balloting will be conducted at Human Resource Services and at the Holmes Student Center (hallway outside Blackhawk). The term of office for this representative is from January 1, 2016 and ending on December 31, 2020.
Human Resource Services would like to make you aware of a state-mandated audit of dependents who are eligible for health insurance coverage. To ensure that only eligible dependents are covered under the State Employees Group Insurance Program, Central Management Services (CMS) has retained HMS Employer Solutions (HMS) to conduct the independent audit.
HMS will mail cover letters and frequently asked questions to impacted employees this week. In the mailing from HMS, employees will receive a Verification Form that details the dependents who are currently covered on the employees’ health insurance plan. Employees will need to sign the verification form certifying that the information on the form is correct. To ensure that their dependents will not lose health insurance coverage, employees must return the Verification Form along with their supporting documentation to HMS by no later than October 30, 2015. Samples of the mailing:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance coverage to individuals (and their dependent children up to age 26) who work, on average, more than 30 hours per week. Under this federal Act, 30 hours per week is considered full-time. For the past two years, Northern Illinois University has been vigorously working to comply with the Affordable Care Act requirements by seeking coverage options for those employees who work more than 30 hours or more per week and are not eligible for Central Management Services (CMS) group insurance under the Illinois State Employees Group Insurance Act. Specifically at NIU, this includes student employees, extra help employees, graduate assistants, and affiliates.