February 2015

New Payment Methodology in Effect for NBF Employer Contributions

Contributing employers to the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund (NBF) made their first contributions of 2015 in January, which were calculated using a new methodology based on a flat monthly rate. We hope this new calculation will help ease employers' administrative burdens.
 

As outlined in the Trustees resolution approved on October 27, 2014, the flat monthly employer contributions to the NBF are calculated by Milliman, the Funds' actuaries. While employers must continue to submit monthly payroll reports, at the end of the contract year, payments will be reconciled with actual payroll, and any difference will be incorporated into the following year's payment schedule. Payroll reporting and the contribution schedule remain the same. Monthly hours reports are due on the seventh of the next month to ensure accurate, up-to-date eligibility for employees ---  and we encourage employers to submit reports using the Employer Portal at https://Employers.My1199Benefits.org. Contributions are due on the 30th of the month for hours worked in the previous month, except in February, when the payment is due on the 30th day following February 1 (in the case of February 2015, this would be March 2). Please note that for those employers that contribute to the Pension Fund, the methodology remains the same (Rate multiplied by Gross Monthly Wages).

For more information, please contact Thomas Grimes, Assistant Director in the NBF's Eligibility-Employer Services Unit, at Thomas.Grimes@1199Funds.org, or call the Benefit and Pension Funds' Employer Services Hotline at (646) 473-6413. 
 

  
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

The 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund assists 1199SEIU members in staying abreast of developments in their fields, helping them to provide quality care and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Please share these opportunities with members at your institution. The schedule is also available on our calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org.
 

Colon Cancer 
Saturday, March 14
8:45 am to 4:30 pm
This six-hour interdisciplinary program has been accredited for a range of healthcare professional and technical titles. The program will be offered at the New York Times Conference Center, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast (Internet) will also be available.
 

Inflammation and Nutrition 
Tuesday, March 24
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for dietitians and nutritionists. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan.

Free prep courses are also available for national and New York State Licensure examinations for several positions, including social workers and clinical lab technologists. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute or contact the Training and Upgrading Fund's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.

 

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Saturday Programs Provide Cultural Enrichment to Members' Children

The 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund (CCF) provides convenient and affordable programs to meet the needs of our members' diverse schedules, which often include weekend and evening shifts. For members who work on Saturdays, CCF provides the Cultural Arts Program and the Cultural Arts Stipend Program for their children. The Cultural Arts Program partners with the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center and the Harlem School of the Arts --- two dynamic institutions that are committed to helping enrich the communities they serve. With classes that include music, theater, dance and art, children can explore their interests and learn about the arts in a supportive and nurturing environment. The Mosholu Montefiore Community Center offers classes for children ages 5 to 13, while the Harlem School of the Arts programs serve children ages 5 to 17. The CCF Cultural Arts Stipend Program allows parents to select a cultural institution that fits their child's needs, as long as it meets specified CCF criteria. Members may be reimbursed for the partial or total cost of the chosen program up to a maximum of $700. For more information about the Cultural Arts Program, Cultural Arts Stipend Program or any of the programs offered by the Child Care Fund, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/ccf or call (212) 564-2220.
 

 

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In This Issue
New Payment Methodology in Effect for NBF Employer Contributions
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
Saturday Programs Provide Cultural Enrichment to Members' Children
   
     
   

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