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WVU to Close Friday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth

West Virginia University, including the WVU Research Corp., will close Friday, June 18, following a Presidential Proclamation and separate declaration issued by Gov. Jim Justice proclaiming a state holiday in recognition of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, which is held on June 19 each year, celebrates the ending of slavery in the U.S. This year, June 19 falls on a Saturday. As a result, Friday, June 18, will be recognized as a full-day holiday for all public employees of the state.

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Floating Holiday hours to expire June 30, 2021

On Dec. 16, 2020, a 7.5 hour floating holiday (pro-rated by FTE) was announced for all WVU and WVURC leave-eligible employees (pro-rated by FTE). The holiday was granted to eligible employees through the Applaud system, effective on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020.

Effective July 1, 2021, any WVU employee who has not used all available floating holiday hours through Applaud will forfeit those hours. The hours will be removed from the employee’s available floating holiday balance in the system.

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All WVU employees, students – aged 18 and older – are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

All West Virginia University students, faculty and staff who are above the age of 18 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as announced by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Tuesday (March 22).

Those students and employees who reside outside of West Virginia also are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. This eligibility pertains to students and employees at the Beckley and Keyser campuses, as well. 

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Office of the Provost's "Transform This! Challenge Grants" Returns

The Office of the Provost’s “Transform This! Challenge Grants” are back for another round of inspiring initiatives.

In collaboration with a faculty team, the Provost’s Office announces a second round of competitive Transform This! Challenge Grants. Originally launched in Spring 2020 to build on the momentum of the 2019 grassroots Strategic Transformation efforts, each round of Transform This! Challenge Grants will focus on projects and activities that promote one of the Strategic Transformation goals.

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Additional "floating" holiday for WVU and WVURC leave-eligible employees

Late last week, Gov. Jim Justice issued proclamations declaring the afternoons of Thursday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 31, as official holidays for State employees. And since WVU and WVU Research Corp. already observe these days as holidays, the University has modified its holiday calendar.

WVU is granting 7.5 hours of floating holiday time (pro-rated by FTE) to leave-eligible employees, effective Dec. 24. 

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PEIA Public Hearings PY 2022

The Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) is holding annual public hearings during the month of November in multiple locations around the state. These hearings allow the public to learn more about PEIA’s proposed changes for Plan Year 2022 and to voice their concerns and comments. The Morgantown hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Mon., Nov. 16 at Erickson Alumni Center. Registration begins at 5 p.m.; you must register to speak. Details, including social distancing requirements, the hearing agenda, proposed changes and schedule may be found on the PEIA website.

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Important COVID-19 Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Information

WVU Benefits Strategy would like to share important information regarding Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Whether or not an employee is currently enrolled in a Medical FSA or Dependent FSA through Mountaineer Flexible Benefits (FBMC), the information below pertains to all benefits-eligible employees under the special circumstances related to COVID-19.

In accordance with existing IRS guidelines, Medical and Dependent Care FSA enrollment and increasing or decreasing withholdings for the fiscal year are permissible due to the following qualifying life events:

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