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Workday Transition

Please excuse references to Banner, BannerWeb, and JobX as we continue to update our policies and web pages to reflect our transition to Workday.

News & Policy Updates

Retirement Plan Improvements

Several changes will be made to the Smith College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan effective October 1, 2019. The changes  include the replacement of five fund options that no longer meet the criteria set by the Retirement Plan Investment Committee, as well as changes to the plan's fee structure which will reduce participants' costs on average. Details are included in the attached letter, which all participants will also be receiving at home. You are not required to do anything; the changes will happen automatically on October 1.

OptumRx Prescription Benefits Provider

As of January 1, 2019, OptumRx became our prescription benefit provider.

Networking@Smith

Staff Council made a request to Human Resources to develop a program for staff interested in exploring promotional opportunities, new career paths or obtaining professional advice from experienced leaders and administrators across the college. Although HR already provides career coaching to staff, and encourages staff to network with others at the college, this program formalizes the process.

Childcare Resources

The towns surrounding the Smith College campus provide access to a number of daycare centers and nursery schools for pre-school children. Since child care needs vary greatly depending on the ages of children and your specific circumstances, you need to research these opportunities fully. The following internet links and contact information will help identify local resources that you may want to consider. Obviously, the information presented for individual providers is subject to change.

Eldercare

Many in the Smith community will need to provide care at some point for an aging parent, in-law, partner or loved one. The following resources will help provide some useful eldercare information and services. This is not a comprehensive guide but more of a general starting point to introduce you to the range and diversity of what is available. Human Resources does not advocate for any one type of care, nor for any facility or organization mentioned in this guide.

Hires, Departures, Transfers

The Office of Human Resources produces a monthly arrivals and departures list for the Smith community. Each month's list will be announced via eDigest.

Coverage for Out-of-Area Dependents

A dependent under the age of 26, who is living outside of the network area must be registered with Harvard Pilgrim prior to visiting out-of-area providers. You may call the Member Services Department to register at 888-333-4742.

After-Hours Care Options

Harvard Pilgrim members have several options for seeking care when their primary care doctor is not available. Find out when to consider each option, how the cost of each type of care compares, and where these services are available locally.

College-Age-Dependent Benefit

Smith has modified the college-age-dependent tuition grant program.