CCNY Employee Benefits

Welcome to the CCNY Benefits home page!

Here, CCNY Faculty, Staff and PhD Students can find resources for their respective unions, and benefit information. Please frequently visit this page to view updated benefit news, form changes or updates made.

 

News and Announcements...

March 1, 2021
Paid Family Leave - PSC-CUNY Members

Dear PSC-CUNY Members: 

Pursuant to bargaining between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits will be available for PSC-represented employees at Senior Colleges (including the Brooklyn EOC and Queens EOC) beginning March 8, 2021. Under PFL you may be eligible to take up to twelve weeks of PFL for one of the following events: 

•    Bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child
•    Care for a family member with a serious health condition, or 
•    Assist loved ones when a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent is deployed abroad on active military service.  

Payroll Deduction
Employees pay for these benefits through a small weekly payroll deduction, which is a percentage of your weekly wages up to a cap set annually. 

•    The 2021 payroll contribution is 0.511% of an employee’s weekly wage and is capped at an annual maximum of $385.34.  Note: Employees earning less than the New York State Average Weekly Wage ($1,450.17 per week), will have an annual contribution amount less than the cap of $385.34, consistent with their actual weekly wages. This deduction may fluctuate week to week, depending on your hours worked.

You will begin seeing this payroll deduction on your March 25, 2021 paycheck. This payroll deduction is mandatory for eligible employees and can only be waived in limited circumstances: 

•    If you work 20+ hours per week, but will not work for 26 consecutive weeks. 
•    If you work less than 20 hours per week, but will not work 175 days in a year. 

If one of these situations applies, you must submit an Employee Opt-Out form which can be found here: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/pfl-waiver-form 

Additional Details and Forms
Below are the New York State Statement of Rights for Paid Family Leave and a Notice of Compliance from our Insurance Carrier – The Standard. Both documents provide further details on the program and important information on how to file for your benefits!

Important Links
CUNY’s Paid Family Leave Site
Senior Colleges’ Paid Family Leave - Notice to Employees – PSC Members
Senior Colleges’ Paid Family Leave - 2021 Statement of Rights – PSC Members
Paid Family Leave Waiver Notice
Claim Form – Bonding with Children
Claim Form – Care for Family Member
Claim Form – Military
 

March 1, 2021
Paid Family Leave - Classified Employees

Dear Classified Employees: 

Beginning March 1, 2021, CUNY Senior College employees in titles represented by the DC37 Union, IATSE Local 306, IBEW Local 3, IBT Local 237, IUOE Local 30, NYSNA, and SEIU Local 300 may be eligible to take up to twelve weeks of Paid Family Leave (PFL) for one of the following events:

•    Bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child
•    Care for a family member with a serious health condition, or 
•    Assist loved ones when a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent is deployed abroad on active military service.  

Payroll Deduction
Employees pay for these benefits through a small weekly payroll deduction, which is a percentage of your weekly wages up to a cap set annually. 

•    The 2021 payroll contribution is 0.511% of an employee’s weekly wage and is capped at an annual maximum of $385.34.  Note: Employees earning less than the New York State Average Weekly Wage ($1,450.17 per week), will have an annual contribution amount less than the cap of $385.34, consistent with their actual weekly wages. This deduction may fluctuate week to week, depending on your hours worked.

You will begin seeing this payroll deduction on your March 25, 2021 paycheck. This payroll deduction is mandatory for eligible employees and can only be waived in limited circumstances: 

•    If you work 20+ hours per week, but will not work for 26 consecutive weeks. 
•    If you work less than 20 hours per week, but will not work 175 days in a year. 

If one of these situations applies, you must submit an Employee Opt-Out form which can be found here: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/pfl-waiver-form 

Additional Details and Forms
Below are the New York State Statement of Rights for Paid Family Leave and a Notice of Compliance from our Insurance Carrier – The Standard. Both documents provide further details on the program and important information on how to file for your benefits!

Important Links
CUNY’s Paid Family Leave Site
Paid Family Leave - Notice to Employees – Classified Staff
Senior College’s Paid Family Leave - 2021 Statement of Rights – Classified Staff
List of Classified Titles Covered by Paid Family Leave
Paid Family Leave Waiver Notice
Claim Form – Bonding with Children
Claim Form – Care for Family Member
Claim Form – Military 

 

December 4, 2020

Edenred Transit Benefit 

Video Presentation Now Available

Please find below a video of CCNY Human Resources’ Virtual Informational Session with Edenred Transit Program on 12/03/20.

You will find the presentation to be very informative.

12/03/20 – Edenred Transit Benefit Program Video

November 23, 2020

November 2020 Financial Virtual Fair Videos Available

Understanding Your Retirement and TDA Plans

Please find below videos of CCNY Human Resources’ Virtual Financial Sessions with TIAA, NYS Deferred Compensation 457 Plan and NYCERS held on 11/17/20 and 11/19/20. You will also find the videos on the

Human Resources CUNY Voluntary Savings Plan page

Feel free to view the presentations if you did not have the time to join us. You will find the presentations to be very informative.

11/17/20 – The Road to Your NYCERS Retirement Tier 4 and Tier 6

11/17/20 – NYS Deferred Compensation 457 Plan Video

11/19/20 – TIAA Video

11/24/20 – Teachers’ Retirement System Video

November 16, 2020

CUNY Senior Colleges

Pre-tax Commuter Balance(s) Transfer from WageWorks to Edenred

I) Pre-tax Transit and Parking Account Balances from WageWorks

On November 7, 2020, remaining commuter benefit balances from WageWorks were posted to the Edenred accounts of all employees who, on or after February 29, 2020, were still actively working at a CUNY Senior College. The total balance(s) posted to employees’ Edenred transit and parking accounts represent the total pre-tax balance(s) remaining in WageWorks after the accounts closed on April 30, 2020.

To check your Edenred commuter balance and transaction history (including purchases, credits and biweekly deduction postings), log in/register online at login.commuterbenefits.com. Please enter CUNY as your Company ID.

II) Commuter Benefit Participants Who Separated (terminated, resigned or retired from CUNY Senior College Service between March 1, 2020 and November 8, 2020)

Participants who separated from CUNY service between March 1, 2020 and November 8, 2020 will have an extension of the 90-Day Spend Down.  Beginning November 12, 2020, these separated participants will have 90 days to exhaust the full pre-tax balances in their Edenred.  Any funds remaining in their Edenred accounts after the 90 days will be forfeited as outlined in the benefit program’s agreement.  Affected participants will receive notification that the spend down period has begun to the e-mail address on file with Edenred. To update your e-mail address with Edenred, log in to your online account at login.commuterbenefits.com.

III) Commuter Benefit Participants Who Had Suspended Contributions While Enrolled With WageWorks

If transit benefit contributions were in suspense prior to, during and after the transition to Edenred, an account was opened on your behalf in order for WageWorks balances to be transferred. Your new Edenred transit card should have been received in September.  Make sure to activate your new card in order to use funds that were transferred from WageWorks.

Employees who have not received a new Edenred transit card should request a replacement by logging in to the Edenred participant portal at login.commuterbenefits.com.  Please enter CUNY as your Company ID.  Edenred Call Center Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - (866) 246-8714

For more information about Commuter Benefits, visit the commuter benefits information page here.

NOTE: Edenred customer service is unable to provide assistance with/information on balance transfers from WageWorks. If you have questions about your balance transfer, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

October 26, 2020

2020 Open Enrollment Virtual Fair Videos

Please find below videos of CCNY Human Resources’ Open Enrollment Virtual Fairs previously held on 10/14/20 and 10/21/20.

Feel free to view the presentations if you did not have the time to join us. You will find the presentations to be very informative.

PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Benefits and DC-37 Welfare Fund Benefits

10/14/20 - Open Enrollment Virtual Fair Video Recording

Edenred Commuter Benefit and Corporate Counseling Associates (EAP Program)

10/21/20 - Open Enrollment Virtual Fair Video Recording

July 1, 2020

Health Benefits Program Rate Changes – July 2020

As in previous years, please be advised that some health insurance premiums are changing as of July 1, 2020. Please click on the links below to view the Health Insurance rate chart and the comparison rate chart that compares the current rates with the July 1st rates and a column that highlights the increase or decrease in some cases. 

Health Benefits Program Rate Changes Notice and Rates
Health Insurance Premiums 2020 Comparison Chart

(GHI-CBP/EBCBS rates are subject to change)

Please note that there are noteworthy increases in some of the plans such as AETNA EPO, Cigna, Empire EPO and HIP Prime POS.  The new 2020 rates outlined in the link above will take effect on July 1, 2020. The new health insurance premium deduction will be in the July 16, 2020 paycheck. For employees who are paid on a lag basis, premium deductions (if applicable) will be in the July 30, 2020 paycheck. Please review the deductions on your check to ensure that it matches with the July 2020 rate changes.

June 15, 2020

New Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Vendor – CCA

During today’s challenging times, CUNY wants to reiterate our genuine concern for the wellbeing of our employees and their family members. We are excited to announce that the CUNY Work/Life Program will now be presented by CCA@YourService – our new confidential, 24/7 employee assistance program provider starting on June 15, 2020.

Think of CCA@YourService as an individualized resource for providing practical, around-the- clock information and assistance to manage your daily life. From emotional health and wellness support to assistance with daily work/life concerns like dependent care and financial/legal challenges, CCA@YourService is here to help. They can even help with personalized consumer resources and referrals like pet care, home improvement, budgeting and travel.

Additionally, all the benefits from CCA@YourService are available to your family members and those you care about. This includes a significant other, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, roommates—anyone who has an impact on your life. Knowing your loved ones are supported can improve your wellbeing and peace of mind.

As an added plus, our new vendor offering these benefits, CCA, Inc., is a New York City based company. Accordingly, they know first-hand some of the unique challenges that we, as fellow New Yorkers, are dealing with on a regular basis and now under the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Please see links below for program flyer and more information. We hope that you’ll take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the benefit and stay tuned for more information. It’s truly a resource that everyone can use!

Important Links

CCA Brochure

CCA Service Overview

800-833-8707

www.myccaonline.com

Company Code: CUNY

Message from CUNY OHRM – June 2020

 

May 14, 2020

Transit Benefit Program

Senior Colleges Website Update & 2020 Administrative Fees

Effective March 2020, Edenred Benefits Solution became the new Commuter Benefit vendor, replacing WageWorks. If you had an account with WageWorks and had a balance on your account, you were informed to exhaust your WageWorks balance prior to using your Edenred funds. As a result, you may see two administrative fee deductions during the month of May 2020, one for WageWorks and one for Edenred as noted below.

As commuter benefit administrative fees are charged on a lag, please review the below schedule of administrative fees to expect during the coming pay dates.

Plan Option

WageWorks Fee
(last deduction 5/7/2020)

Edenred Fee
(first deduction 5/21/2020)

Commuter Card Admin Fee

$1.77

$1.25

Transit Pass/Access-A-Ride Admin Fee

$3.05

$2.05

Park-N-Ride Admin Fee

$3.05

$2.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note there will be two admin fees in May 2020:

  1. WageWorks’ spending activity during the period of 3/11/2020 – 4/30/2020 was deducted on the 5/7/2020 check.
  2. Edenred’s funding activity 3/12/2020 – 4/11/2020 to be deducted on the 5/21/2020 check. Going forward Edenred administrative fee deductions will be on the first paycheck of every month. 

Please click on the link below to visit the new updated CUNY Commuter Benefit site which contains forms, policy details and frequently asked questions regarding CUNY’s transit benefit program with Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions (Edenred).

Senior Colleges & Central Office Commuter Benefits

May 6, 2020
Flexible Spending Accounts Program Update: COVID19

There have been several legislative updates that impact some of the provisions within the various Employee Benefit Programs that we wanted to make you aware of.

1) Flexible Spending Accounts Program:

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was passed and it allows an expansion of the types of medical/health care items that participants may claim through their HCFSA accounts effective January 1, 2020. These include (1) menstrual care products and (2) over-the-counter medicines and drugs, without the need for a prescription. However, for over-the-counter medication, a Letter of Medical Necessity from the participant's medical provider is still required.

In addition, the IRS issued Notice 2020-23, extending deadlines for a large number of "time-sensitive acts" due to be performed on or after April 1, 2020 and before July 15, 2020. Therefore, the Claims Run-Out Period for Plan Year 2019 is extended from May 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.  Visit the Flexible Spending Accounts Program website for information regarding the new Claims Run-Out Period deadline to submit claims for services incurred during the 2019 Plan Year and Grace Period at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/fsa/fsahome.page

Furthermore, IRS Notice 2020-29 allows HCFSA/DeCAP participants to:

  1. decrease or increase an existing election regarding a health FSA on a prospective basis;
  2. decrease or increase an existing election regarding a dependent care assistance program on a prospective basis.

However, any decreases are limited to amounts no less than amounts already reimbursed (minus the HCFSA administrative fee).

Plan Year 2019 HCFSA Participant: IRS Notice 2020-29 also allows any HCFSA expenses incurred in 2020 to be applied to Plan Year 2019 unused amounts through December 31, 2020.

2) FSA Forms Submission/Inquires:

  1. Please submit any inquires and questions via Email FSA:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/webforms/send-message-flexible-spending-accounts-long-term-care-program.page)

  1. Please submit forms and documents to the FSA Program via the following link:

https://asonet.com/emailFSA.aspx

  1. Forms can also be faxed to: (877) 290-6587
    • Also, please do not send forms or documents via express mail.  The office is closed and the package cannot be accepted.
    • Please check back periodically for updates and how to send forms and claims electronically to the Program.
    • To visit the forms page, please click on the link below.

Flexible Spending Accounts Program Forms

  1. IMPORTANT - If you are currently receiving your reimbursement via check, please complete a Direct Deposit Form in order to receive reimbursement in a timely fashion.  Do not mail your completed form to the address on the form. Please submit your completed form following the directions in #2 or #3 above.

Message from the Office of Labor Relations – May 2020

 

Last Updated: 04/02/21

QUICK FORMS...

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!!!
 
 

 

ADJUNCT HEALTH BENEFITS PACKET

HEALTH BENEFITS APPLICATION

HEO, ECP, INSTRUCTIONAL AND CLASSIFIED STAFF BENEFITS RATE SHEET

NYCERS APPLICATION

EDENRED TRANSIT BENEFIT ENROLLMENT FORM

2021 SALARY REDUCTION AGREEMENT

EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION REQUEST FORM

CUNY SUMMARY OF BENEFITS

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NYCERS

CUNYPORTAL (CUNY E-Mall)

EDENRED COMMUTER/TRANSIT BENEFIT WEBSITE

DC-37

PSC-CUNY WELFARE FUND

TIAA

NYC SUMMARY OF HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM

NYC OFFICE OF LABOR RELATIONS

CONTACT US

KIM FERGUSON
BENEFITS OFFICER
T:212.650.7963
F:212.650.7504
kferguson@ccny.cuny.edu

LAMI HOFF
BENEFITS SPECIALIST 
T:212.650.7671
F:212.650.7504
lhoff@ccny.cuny.edu

KRISTINA SEECHARRAN
BENEFITS COORDINATOR 
T:212.650.6347
F:212.650.7504