September 28 deadline is approaching for Benefits Open Enrollment

Pen points at calendar to show importance of keeping a date, in this case deadline for Open Enrollment is Sept. 28Benefits Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year continues through September 28, 2018.

Employees may log on to http://digital.alight.com/wea to review coverage and make changes.

To view detailed benefit information by employee group, please visit the OSD Staff Intranet Payroll/Benefit page. To access the page, go to https://osd.wednet.edu, then LOGIN, select “Sign in with Google,” Intranet, Departments, Payroll, 2018-19 Benefits.

Benefits Open Enrollment continues through September 28

Benefits Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year began on August 27 and continues through September 28, 2018.

Employees may log on to http://digital.alight.com/wea to review coverage and make changes.

To view detailed benefit information by employee group, please visit the OSD Staff Intranet Payroll/Benefit page.

To access the page, go to https://osd.wednet.edu, then LOGIN, select “Sign in with Google,” Intranet, Departments, Payroll, 2018-19 Benefits.

Department of Retirement Systems offers webinars September 4-6

Woman is using a computer and has a notebook and pen at her sideThe Department of Retirement Systems’ Education & Outreach team will provide the following webinars September 4–6:
September 4
  • 11:30 a.m. – Plan 3 (PERS, SERS, TRS)
  • 1 p.m. – Getting ready for retirement (within two years)
  • 4 p.m. – Plan choice (PERS, SERS, TRS)
September 5
  • 11:30 a.m. – Plan 3 distributions (PERS, SERS, TRS)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Benefit payment options at retirement
  • 4 p.m. – Plan 2 (PERS, SERS, TRS)
September 6
  • 8:30 a.m. – Applying for retirement online (tutorial)
  • 10 a.m. – Washington State Deferred Compensation Program
  • 1:30 p.m. – Purchasing an additional benefit (PSC, annuities)
  • 3 p.m. – Investment basics

Please see the webinar schedule for the link to join the webinar, and to review the full schedule for additional webinars, dates and times.  It’s recommended that you log into the webinar 10-15 minutes in advance to test connection and sound. Please review how to join a DRS Webinar for tips on accessing the webinar, audio, and sending questions.  Please be aware the audio comes through your computer so you’ll need speakers or a headset.  The webinars are not recorded.

This is also a reminder that if you are newly hired for the first time into a PERS, SERS or TRS eligible position, you have an important decision to make about your retirement.  If you haven’t made your plan decision yet, we invite you to attend a live Plan Choice webinar on on Tuesday, September 4 at 4 p.m. (see webinar schedule for link to join).  If you are unable to attend the webinar, you can watch the online Plan Choice video at a time that’s more convenient for you.

Outside vendor email offering to discuss retirement benefits is not from our school district

Recently you may have received an email stating that as an Olympia School District employee you are eligible to meet with a representative regarding retirement issues. This email offers advising services about state, federal and individual retirement benefit questions.

This email did not come from the Olympia School District, even though the subject heading on at least one email listed it as “Olympia School District Retirement Meetings.”

The Olympia School District does not endorse one retirement planner/firm over another. In addition, the district has not, and will not share information with a firm. Your email address is likely listed on our website, and we believe that the firm has searched our website for the purpose of solicitations.  The district has not submitted a list of employees and email addresses as part of a public disclosure request. Please contact Tonya Palmer, payroll supervisor, if you have questions or additional concerns at tpalmer@osd.wednet.edu.

Benefits Open Enrollment begins August 27 for 2018-19 school year

Benefits Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year begins on August 27 and continues through September 28, 2018.

Employees may log on to http://digital.alight.com/wea to review coverage and make changes.

To view detailed benefit information by employee group, please visit the OSD Staff Intranet Payroll/Benefit page.

To access the page, go to https://osd.wednet.edu, then LOGIN, select “Sign in with Google,” Intranet, Departments, Payroll, 2018-19 Benefits.

Submit August timeslips by September 5

The Payroll department advises employees of the following:

For time worked in August 2018, timeslips must be received by the Payroll department by Wednesday, September 5, 2018. This will allow the Payroll department enough processing time to charge August work hours to the 2017-18 school year before the year is closed out.

Thank you!

Learn about Washington State Deferred Compensation Program

pink piggy bank surrounded by coins on a tableDid you know you can save even more for retirement with Deferred Compensation program (DCP)?

The Washington State Deferred Compensation Program (DCP) is a supplemental retirement savings program administered by the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS).

 Why save with DCP?

  • You can save with as little as $30 per month;
  • Your contributions are tax-deferred so if you save $100 per month, your paycheck is only reduced by $85;
  • You don’t need to know anything about investing – if you complete the Quick Enrollment form, a professional team will invest for you;
  • Getting started late?  That’s okay!  You can save as much as $18,500 per year, or even more if you are age 50 or older.

You can learn more about DCP by visiting the DCP website at www.drs.wa.gov/DCP.

Ready to get started?

Complete the DCP Quick Enrollment Form, provide a copy to your payroll office and mail the form to DCP.

If you have funds in another tax-deferred account that you would like to roll into your DCP account, complete and mail in the Rollover-in Request Form.

Questions?

For more information, email the school district Payroll department at help-payroll@osd.wednet.edu.