No, late reporting or approving of absence requests will not reduce pay, but it is likely to delay financial reporting of the absence and the subsequent reimbursement from the central funding pool of vacation time.
Also, if you’re at your maximum vacation amount and take time off, but that absence doesn't get reported or approved, vacation accrual for that month will not be added to the total. It will appear to be forfeited. (Although this can be corrected retroactively.)
Among the rewards for 15 years of service, staff members get 5 bonus vacation days to be used within five years, free membership in the Harvard Athletics-run facilities and free towel service (you must register for this free membership on the Athletics Department website) and a free TAP course at Harvard (up to four credits).
You can enroll in the TDA plan at any time. Current employees are encouraged to visit the TDA page, which has all of the details, including the contact information for the Harvard University Retirement Center.
Please note that new faculty and administrative and professional staff members are automatically enrolled in a TDA (with the option to cancel or change) after 60 days of employment. You will receive an TDA information package from the Harvard University Retirement Center (HURC).
It can take one or two cycles before you receive your first pass, depending upon when in the month you sign up. You may contact Crosby Benefits at 800-462-2235 to check when you can expect your pass to start. It is also possible that you T-pass may have been delayed in the post office or there may be a problem with your address. Please contact Crosby Benefits at 800-462-2235 with questions.
No. In order to register for a class using TAP, you must have met the eligibility and wait period requirements. Before signing up for any class, it is important to review the information found in the TAP booklet; current employees may also learn more on the Tuition Assistance page.
Eligible Harvard employees have two types of reimbursement accounts to help cover eligible healthcare expenses. The Flexible Spending Account is an employee-funded, tax-preferred account available to all employees and can be used to cover many kinds of eligible out-of-pocket health expenses; you must enroll in this benefit. The Co-Payment Reimbursement program only covers co-payments above certain thresholds and is only available to employees earning less $95,000; you do not need to enroll in this benefit.
The Health FSA is a tax-sheltered account that you fund to pay for predictable health care expenses (medical, dental, and vision) that are not covered or are only partially covered by your plans.
The Dependent Care FSA is a tax-sheltered account that you fund to pay for care-provider expenses related for children (such as a daycare provider, nanny, preschool, after school program, etc.) up to age 13 and for dependent adults who cannot care for themselves.
You will receive your (benefit) ID cards approximately two to three weeks after you make your online election. They will be sent to your home address directly from the insurance carrier you have selected. You will receive a separate card from OptumRx (formerly Catamaran) for prescription coverage. In the event of an emergency prior to the issuance of the cards, please contact the Benefits Office.