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Work-Life Services Brochure

Work–Life Services (WLS) are six negotiated benefits programs for Executive Branch employees resulting from a collaboration between NYS and the public employee unions. These programs are designed to increase employee productivity and morale by improving the quality of work and life for employees and include: Employee Assistance Program, NYS–Balance, Worksite Child Care Centers, Flex Spending Account, NYS–Ride, and Pre–Retirement Planning. To view a short video about WLS benefits click here. 12:11

To view or print the Work-Life Services Brochure click here.

2014 Flex Spending Account Claims Deadline Approaching

Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account (FSA) for the 2014 plan year have until March 31, 2015 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible 2014 expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account. FSA reimbursement requests may be mailed, faxed, or submitted online through www.myFBMC.com. For more information, log onto www.flexspend.ny.gov or call 1-800-358-7202.


EAP: February Is American Heart Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure) is still the number one killer of women and men in the United States and a leading cause of disability. Risk factors include: diet, physical activity, tobacco use, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

The CDC encourages everyone to take steps to better heart health—one step at a time, and offers the following suggestions:

  • Try not to become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart, and every healthy choice makes a difference!
  • Partner up. The journey is more fun—and often more successful—when you have company. Ask friends and family to join you.
  • Don't get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night's sleep—also important for a healthy heart—and do what you can tomorrow.
  • Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress.
  • For strategies for better heart health, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

    For more information, contact your EAP Coordinator.


    Free NYS–Balance Resource Materials

    Did you know a wide variety of free resource materials are available through the NYS–Balance program? To order materials, go to: http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov. After logging in, on the right side of the home page, in the Employee Resources section, click on the Educational Materials tab, complete the form and submit. The materials will be mailed directly to your home.


    Welcome to the Family Packet

    Work-Life Services introduces the "Welcome to the Family Packet". Parenting is an exciting and challenging experience. Today's parents often face unique circumstances balancing their work and family responsibilities. As a New York State Executive Branch employee parent, you are entitled to several negotiated benefits designed to assist you with balancing work and life. The "Welcome to the Family Packet" will outline these benefits programs as well as provide educational child care and parenting brochures. We invite you to request a "Welcome to the Family Packet" if you are expecting or recently added to your family through the birth or adoption of a child. Email your request along with your name and home address to: worklife@goer.ny.gov.

    "Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – –author unknown



    WellNYS Everyday

    The NYS Work-Life Services Employee Assistance Program recently launched a wellness initiative called WellNYS Everyday. The initiative is dedicated to educating, engaging, and empowering New York State employees and their families by encouraging participation in healthy behaviors, particularly the Monthly Challenges. In addition to the Monthly Challenges, the WellNYS Everyday website features a portal titled Eating for Your Health. Click here to find monthly food themes with recipes, and general tips for healthy eating.


    Retirement Planning Videos

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    A series of short videos — the Planning Your Successful Retirement Video Guide — highlighting key information from the popular DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars is now available. Designed for executive branch employees, the 23 videos were created in partnership with the Office of the State Comptroller, the Department of Civil Service, the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, and the Social Security Administration. Employees can view the videos along with other pre-retirement planning information on this Work-Life Services website and also on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/GOERWebServices. More


    Retirement Planning Resources Workshops

    The Retirement Planning Resources Workshop is a free, one-hour training, available to state agencies for their employees, regardless of years of state service. The training will not cover specific retirement information, and is not a substitute for the full-day DIRECTIONS seminars. Instead, the goal of this training program is to educate executive branch employees about the resources available so they can begin planning their retirement.

    If you would like to schedule this one-hour training, you may contact Beth Brumaghim, Seminar Program Manager, at Beth.Brumaghim@goer.ny.gov or 518.473.4018.



    Funding is provided by the negotiated agreements between the State of New York and CSEA, PEF, UUP, GSEU, DC-37, Council 82, and NYSCOPBA, and by the NYS Governor's Office of Employee Relations for employees designated M/C.

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