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Thank you for visiting the Bloomington Public Schools Office of Human Resources Web Page. The staff of Bloomington Public Schools is our most important resource for providing learners in our community with a high quality educational system. The Human Resources Team looks forward to providing you with excellent service.

HSA Review and 2014 Taxes (1/22/15)
This is a good time of the year to review your HSA account.   Do you need to start or change your personal contribution for 2015?  Check out the 2015 IRS guidelines to see the maximum HSA contribution amounts for 2015.  Remember that you need to include the district contribution in the IRS allowable HSA contribution amount and that it is your responsibility to monitor your account so that you do not over contribute and incur a penalty.  It is also a good time to see if anything has changed regarding your eligibility.  For married individuals, you are not eligible for an HSA if your spouse has a Medical Flexible Spending Account, HRA or VEBA or if you are covered by your spouse’s health insurance (if a non-HDHP).  To change your contribution or update your eligibility, complete the HSA eligibility form and send to Human Resources at least 10 days before payday. 
If you have a health savings account, you are required to file tax Form 8889 with your tax return.  In order to complete Form 8889, you will need your W-2 and Form 1099-SA which is provided by Health Equity.  You’ll receive Form 1099-SA by January 31 in the same manner (either by mail or online) as you do your monthly HSA statements.

Get in shape with Fitness Advantage (1/15/2015)
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier and get more exercise? Are you getting bored with this winter weather?  If so, take advantage of PreferredOne’s Fitness Advantage Program and get up to $20 off your fitness club monthly dues.  To qualify work out at least eight times a month at the Bloomington Activity Centers or one of the other participating health clubs.  Print the enrollment form and follow the steps to get started.  Please note that LA Fitness has a different enrollment procedure which requires you to enroll online.  Start out the new year by saving money and getting in shape.

What is a 403(b) retirement account? (12/4/2014)
 
403(b) retirement accounts are available to employees of educational institutions and certain non-profit organizations as determined by section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to a 403(b) retirement account reduce your tax.  In addition, taxes on the principal, interest, dividends and capital gains are deferred until retirement. Special circumstances apply to ROTH accounts. To be eligible as a Bloomington School District employee, you must work at least 18 hours per week if you are a teacher or at least 20 hours per week if you are employed in any other position. Check out the “Universal Availability Notice” as posted on our website for more information. Remember the Internal Revenue Code requires a participant to take an initial distribution from his/her account during the year you reach age 70 ½ - see Required Minimum Distributions.

If you wish to start a 403(b) retirement account, contact a representative from one of the vendors listed on the Wage Deferral Authorization Form.  Complete this form along with the vendor enrollment form and return to Kelly Hutchings in Payroll.  Based on your hire date and union contract or letter of employment, a district match may be available to you.  See the website for the Wage Deferral Authorization Form or more information.  

Leave Reasons in myView (10/24/14)
With the move to using myLeave to request time off and the elimination of the short term leave form, the myLeave reason descriptions have been simplified.   District approved leave includes religious observance, personal emergency, child’s school activity, graduation, and wedding and will require you to include a comment to provide more information before the leave can be submitted.  If you do not find your reason, please use Other/District Apr ERL and indicate in the comment field your reason for the absence.  Be sure to allow at least 3 days for the approval process as these types of leaves are not defined in employee contracts and are subject to supervisor and HR approval before they can be taken.  With the “Use of Sick Leave to Care for Relatives” state law your personal sick leave accrual is used if you need to care for your child (dependent and adult), spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, step-parent, grandchild or spouse’s mother or father.  Don’t forget that illness of more than four days requires a Leave of Absence Request Form and doctor note. 

Update:  Wellness $75 Reimbursements  (10/10/14)          
Labor Management Committee has been reviewing the Wellness Budget for 2014-15. At the October 8 meeting it was decided to approve the budget and keep the program similar to last year.  This means that we will continue the race and class rebates up to $75 per employee per school year.  If you have submitted an employee reimbursement form, it will be processed.  Looking ahead to 2015-16, Labor Management will look at revising the program in order to find resources and programs that will increase all facets of wellness in all employee groups. 

HSA and Deductibles for 2015 (10/10/14)
The IRS has issued the 2015 indexed amounts for Health Savings Accounts (effective January 2015) and the Minimum Deductible Amounts for HSA-High Deductible High Plans (effective July 2015).  See the HSA page for more information.
 
Paper Leave Forms (10/2/14)
Now that all employees are entering leave in myView, the short-term and long-term leave process is being revised.  Current leave forms are being eliminated and replaced by a “"Leave of Absence Request Form"” available in paper form or an on-line fillable form.  Common leave reasons for this form would be medical leaves more than 4 days, jury duty and year-long leaves.  All district approved short-term leaves now are requested and approved on-line through myView. 
 
New Substitute Calling System (9/18/14)
Effective October 6, we are switching from our current sub calling system, SmartFind Express,to Aeosp.  We are confident that staff will appreciate the streamlined process that Aesop will bring due to its integration with myLeave. For more information, read the attached FAQ or go to the Aeosp webpage.

Expanded Use of Sick Leave to Care for Relatives (09/04/2014)
Effective August 1, 2014 the “Care of Relatives” act has been expanded to include care for your grandchild or your spouse’s mother or father.  This mean that you can use up to 20 days of your sick leave to care for your child, adult child, spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, step-parent, grandchild or spouse’ mother or father.  If you have any questions on the Care of Relatives Act, please contact Julie in Human Resources at 952 681-6444.



 

 

 

 

 

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District #271
1350 West 106th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431

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