Eastern Michigan University

Human Resources

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Develops, implements, counsels and enrolls all faculty and staff in specific benefit programs. Processes all benefit claims. Administers the employee tuition waiver program. Administers all University retirement programs and processes tax deferred annuity plans.

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Over time, your benefit needs may change. The family members you wish to cover may also change. Each year, you have the opportunity to review your benefit choices and make changes consistent with your family needs.  This year's open enrollment period is Oct. 31 - Nov. 14, 2014.

During the open enrollment period, you can:

  • Change your health, dental and life insurance coverage
  • Add an eligible dependent to your coverage or remove a dependent
  • Enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) for the coming year*
  • Complete a health care waiver, if you wish to opt-out of the EMU health plan

REMINDER: FSAs and HSAs require an election each calendar year per IRS rules. If you do not make a new election during open enrollment, you will not have a FSA for 2015. If you participate in the PPO / HSA Option, you must also make a new election to have money deducted from your paycheck during 2015.

Check this page often during the next two weeks to see updated information about open enrollment.

Financial IQ Challenge

Win a FREE TABLET  COMPUTER as you learn more about saving and investing for retirement  

We're participating in a national "Save for Retirement" campaign throughout the benefits open enrollment period.  From Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, you can complete a daily challenge and have your name  entered into a drawing to win one of three tablet computers.  Recipients are selected by TIAA-CREF and will be announced shortly after the challenge ends.  To learn more and start the challenge, click here or on the image to the right.


ARE YOU SAVING ENOUGH? - Join TIAA-CREF and your colleagues in a live webinar to learn more...

It's a lunch and learn you can do from anywhere.  Join in - Thursday, Oct. 30 from noon to 1pm.  Click here for more details.  Please also come to the Benefits and Wellness Fair where you can speak directly with representatives from TIAA-CREF, MPSERS and the Social Security Administration.  Read more about the Benefits and Wellness Fair below or click this link.



  • Free Flu Shots for All Employees Enrolled in the EMU Health Plans - bring your BCBSM card
  • Benefits Staff and Vendors available to answer open enrollment questions
  • Local vendors announcing discounts, including Sam's Club
  • Treats and giveaways - enter drawings for great prizes donated by our vendors
  • Free EMU Sweatshirt when you complete BCBSM health check and health risk assessment

College of Business - Mini Fair (click here for flyer)

Thursday, October 16
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Room 101-A

Main Campus Fair (click here for flyer)

Friday, October 31
Noon to 4:00 p.m., Student Center Ballroom


Group Faculty / Staff Exercise Classes at REC-IM  

Click here for details.

Employee Service Recognition 2014

Please join in congratulating employees who have achieved 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service with EMU.  These employees were recognized at the Annual Employee Recognition event on March 24, 2014.  Click on this link to see the list of 2014 service award honorees by Division.  To see photos of the honorees and scenes from the event, please click on this link.  Honorees may add or remove photos by contacting the Benefits Office at 734-487-3195.


Next Town Hall Meeting - Monday, October 20, 11 a.m. to Noon, Halle Auditorium, to discuss Retirement Plan Changes

Employees classified as Athletic Coaches (AC), Administrative Hourly (AH), Administrative Professional (AP) and Confidential Assistant (CA) are subject to the following employee benefit changes:

Retirement Plan Change - Effective November 1, 2014

Health Plan Contribution Change - Effective January 1, 2015

Town Hall Meeting Presentation - Summary of Retirement and Health Plan Changes

Pay Advice Examples

Examples show different retirement and health plan scenarios - use the bookmark feature to access the scenarios you would like to review.  These examples are for illustrative purposes only, and are not intended to be, nor should be construed as tax advice.

 New 403(b) / 457(b) Salary Reduction Agreement

Comparing 403(b) and 457(b) Plans

Schedule a Personal Meeting to Discuss Benefit Changes


TIAA-CREF Meeting Schedule

Sign up today for your personal financial planning session, space is limited. Click on a link below for registration details.

October 2014 - TIAA-CREF Financial Planning Session

November 2014 - TIAA-CREF Financial Planning Session

December 2014 - TIAA-CREF Financial Planning Session

You can attend a session if TIAA-CREF or MPSERS if your primary retirement plan.  Also come to the Benefits and Wellness Fair at the main campus to speak with representatives from TIAA-CREF, MPSERS and the Social Security Administration. Click here for more details.


Employee Self Service

Follow the steps below to see your 2014 employee benefits and payroll deductions

  • Log into myemich
  • Click on the Employee tab from the Self-Service options
  • Click on Benefits and Deductions - Regular Staff and Faculty Only
  • Click on Benefit Statement
  • Click Select (there will be a dot by My Benefit Summary)
  • Click Select to see current benefits (Current will be shown in box, or you can change to a previous year)

You will see a summary of your 2014 benefit coverages, and current payroll deductions/percentages


More Ways to contact the Benefits office

ASK Benefits - click on this link.

Email the Benefits Office at hr_benefits@emich.edu.

Call the Benefits Office at 734-487-3195.

Visit the Benefits Office at 140 McKenny Hall between 8am and 5pm weekdays.



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