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The West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care offering free lunch and learn

WVU Benefits Strategy partnered with the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care (WVCEOLC)  to deliver WVU and WVU Research Corporation employees important advance care planning education and resources.

The WVCEOLC provides coordination, education, and resources so that at the end of life West Virginians will have their wishes for care known and respected. The Center can provide you with resources and assist you with preparing your advance care directives, including Medical Power of Attorney (MPOA), Living Will (LW), Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) cards, and more.

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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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WVU Women's Resource Center Offering Free Resources for Staff

Staff and students can save money and save the planet while helping WVU become a more sustainable, healthier community during the two-week CampusCup 2021 campaign from March 8-22, 2021.  Help the WVU Women’s Resource Center celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month today by signing up for your FREE reusable OrganiCup menstrual cup!

Typically a $30 value, OrganiCups are reusable, medical grade, silicone menstrual cups that replace pads and tampons. Through a partnership with OrganiCup,the WRC is offering FREE OrganiCups to staff through the Provost's Transform This! grant. 

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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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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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Information for Employees on Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

West Virginia University has been made aware that some faculty and staff may be victims of a fraudulent unemployment claims. This issue is not related to anything that has happened at the University — WVU's Information Security team has done multiple checks and continues to monitor our systems, and there is no evidence of any data breaches on the University's systems. However, there are several cases of identity theft leading to fraudulent unemployment claims occurring across the state and throughout the U.S.

Most recently, WVU was informed that some employees have received Key Bank debit cards, which may be tied to a fraudulent Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim made on behalf of the employee. If you received one of these debit cards in the mail, please do not activate the card and destroy it immediately. 

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Reminder: Primary election day will be observed on Tuesday, June 9

As a reminder, West Virginia University and WVU Research Corporation will be closed on Tuesday, June 9, in observance of West Virginia’s 2020 primary election day.

In early April, Gov. Jim Justice signed an executive order declaring the state’s primary election day will moved to protect the public from the potential spread of COVID-19. West Virginia’s primary election day originally was scheduled for Tuesday, May 12. 

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May 12 primary election day moved to June 9

Earlier this week, Gov. Jim Justice signed an executive order declaring West Virginia’s 2020 primary election day will move to Tuesday, June 9, to protect the public from the potential spread of COVID-19. The primary election day originally was scheduled for Tuesday, May 12.

In accordance with the executive order, West Virginia University and WVU Research Corporation have adjusted their holiday schedules to observe June 9 as a University holiday.

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