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Open enrollment for Western Washington University benefits-eligible faculty and staff begins Nov. 1.

The month of November is the annual time for employees to make changes to their health and dental plans, enroll or waive coverage for themselves or eligible dependents, and enroll in…

It turns out that 4.8 percent pay raises over two years are acceptable to Washington state employees after a six-year run without general wage adjustments.

State employees represented by a coalition of more than two-dozen unions have reached a contract agreement for the next two years that makes no major changes in workers’ share of health premiums.

The Washington Federation of State Employees, which played a lead role in the coalition of…

Most but not all state employees can expect to pay a little more for health insurance in 2015, and a government board is poised to lock in the rates this week.

The Washington Health Care Authority is proposing small premium increases for the state’s most popular plan, Uniform Medical Plan…

The time for Western Washington University employees to attest to the tobacco use and spouse/domestic partner surcharges is here. The surcharge attestation period begins April 1 and runs through May 15.

This is also the time to attest to the SmartHealth wellness incentive. The…

Note: The information included below is based on the PEBB Board vote and is not final until PEBB rules and policies are adopted and legislative funding is approved for the wellness incentive.

Surcharges – Beginning July 1, 2014, in addition to the employee…

Effective Feb. 5, 2014, professional staff will be able to use a leave day for community service as part of a university pilot program.

Western President Bruce Shepard has provided support for the pilot program, which is scheduled to end on June 30, 2015.

Creation of the program is…

Open enrollment at Western Washington University is winding down, and all requested changes to benefits accounts must be submitted by Nov. 30.

Those completing a paper enrollment form must submit it to Human Resources no later than Wednesday, Nov. 27. The earlier date is due to the…

Spouse & Tobacco Surcharges: Human Resources has received the following message from the Health Care Authority:

HCA has received many questions about the spouse and tobacco surcharges that will be implemented in July 2014. We appreciate your questions and understand that there…

Open enrollment for PEBB health benefits starts today and ends Nov. 30.

This month is an opportunity for Western Washington University employees to make changes that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, including:

Change your medical or dental plan. Add eligible family members…
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