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Work-Life Services Home Page

Work-Life Services (WLS) are five 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, Worksite Child Care Centers, Flex Spending Account, NYS-Ride, and Pre-Retirement Planning.

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

EAP: Benefits of Having a Will

It is often uncomfortable to think about your death and what will happen with your possessions. However, having a will can give you peace of mind and make things easier for family and friends after your passing. Here are some advantages to having a will.

  • You can leave property to people you choose, which can reduce conflict.
  • You can name a guardian for your children.
  • You can create a trust, which is used to hold your property for another person's benefit (children).
  • You can select an executor, who will be in charge of making sure all your requests are carried out after your death.
  • You can plan for personal matters such as burial arrangements and pet care.
  • You can change any requirements of your will at any time so that they reflect your most current wishes.
  • If you find that a will no longer represents your interests, you can revoke it and start over again.
  • You may pay less inheritance tax.

If you need more information about wills or any other legal issues, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator Coordinator List or call 800-822-0244.

Work-Life Services Brochure and Flyer

Help us spread the word about the five Work-Life Services (WLS) programs: Employee Assistance Program, Worksite Child Care Centers, Flex Spending Account, NYS-Ride, and Pre-Retirement Planning. You can print your own copy of the Work-Life Services brochure and flyer at the top of the WLS home page. If you would like multiple copies of the brochure, please email us at: worklife@goer.ny.gov and indicate the number of brochures needed and a mailing address.

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 training for a minimum of 20 employees, you may contact the DIRECTIONS Seminar Program Manager at Beth.Brumaghim@goer.ny.gov or 518.473.4018.

NYS-Ride

Do you take public transportation to and from work? NYS-Ride is a pre-tax benefit that will save you time and money on your commute. Enroll today and save up to 40% on your eligible expenses. Visit www.nysride.com to learn more.

National Highway Traffic Administration

Their mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce economic costs due to road traffic and crashes, through education, research, safety standards, and enforcement. Their website includes information regarding: car ratings, recalls, risky driving, road safety, technology and innovation and other articles on trending topics. Go to: https://www.nhtsa.gov

Empire State's Great Outdoors

New York's 118 State campgrounds offer the perfect spot for a family getaway or reconnecting with friends. Located among some of the most breathtaking settings in North America, NYS campgrounds are the destination of choice for campers seeking variety, value, and a place to create special memories that will last a lifetime. Choose from a full range of tent or trailer sites, cabins and cottages to suit every taste. Many properties include trails, swimming, paddling, nature programs, and other activities. The Camping Guide lists campgrounds by region, along with costs and reservation procedures.

NY Camping Guide

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 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.

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

The Employer Contribution is Available for the 2017 Plan Year

The Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount) Employer Contribution is available for the 2017 plan year. Executive Branch state agency employees who are M/C or represented by CSEA, PEF, UUP, Council 82, DC-37, GSEU, NYSCOPBA, or are employed by the Legislature are eligible for the DCAAccount Employer Contribution. Employees of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, ERDA, and EFC are also eligible for the Employer Contribution. Visit www.flexspend.ny.gov for complete details and Employer Contribution Rates.

2017 Flex Spending Account Changes in Status and New Employees

Open enrollment for the FSA has ended, but you can still enroll for 2017 if you are a new employee or have a change in status. Go to: www.flexspend.ny.gov to learn more and enroll.

WellNYS Everyday

WellNYS Everyday is a Work-Life Services/Employee Assistance Program wellness initiative dedicated to educating, engaging, and empowering New York State employees and their families by encouraging participation in healthy behaviors. Every morning, a new WellNYS Tip of the Day, which can be emailed to employees and family members, is posted to the website. The tip provides creative suggestions, interesting facts, or inspiring quotes on the current Monthly Challenge. Click on the following website to learn more about the program. www.worklife.ny.gov/wellNYSeveryday

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