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Working from Home: A Panel Discussion

Working from Home: A Panel Discussion


Watch the recording of our June 6 panel discussion, "Working from Home: Trends, Benefits, and Challenges of Implementing Telework." This event took place on June 6, 2017 and was open to the Harvard community. Panelists included: an academic expert from MIT, a practitioner from the US Government Accountability Office, and an IT specialist from Harvard, who shared their experiences and insights into telework.…

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Negotiating a Flexible Schedule

Negotiating a Flexible Schedule


Many HUCTW staff members across Harvard negotiate flexible work arrangements with their supervisors. This is supported by the Harvard-HUCTW contract. On the following page, you will find our contract language on flexibility in the workplace, including examples of flex schedules at Harvard. You'll also find the language on unpaid meal time (which some members use to create a flexible schedule). HUCTW organizers are happy to help you strategize about how to discuss flexible schedule arrangements with your supervisor.…

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Overtime: Cash or Comp Time?

Overtime: Cash or Comp Time?


If you’ve worked overtime before, you probably know that overtime pay is calculated differently depending on whether the total number of hours you work in a week is under or over 40 hours. What you might not know is that any overtime hours you work up to 40 hours in a week can either be paid to you as cash or as time off ("comp time"). You can’t be required to take the pay as comp time -- that choice always rests with you -- and this is laid out in the HUCTW contract. Learn more about this policy, and about how overtime works in general, on the following page.…

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Interest-Free Housing Loans

Interest-Free Housing Loans


Thinking of renting or buying a new home this summer? HUCTW and Harvard University Employee Credit Union (HUECU) offer members three types of 0% interest loans to help members with costs of (1) first and last month's rent or moving into a new rental home, (2) moving into a new purchased home, or (3) home owner emergencies. Check out the HUCTW Home Loan Program application page to download the loan affidavits and guidelines for all three loan programs.…

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Informational Interviews at Harvard

Informational Interviews at Harvard


Local Harvard HR offices are offering informational interviews called “Career Conversations” every third Thursday from January through June, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. These sessions will help you to learn more about Harvard’s schools and departments, explore your career interests, expand your professional network, and strengthen future applications. You must sign up in advance for these one-on-one discussions by submitting a brief questionnaire to the local HR office that you wish to meet with directly.…

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Financial Wellness Workshops

Financial Wellness Workshops


In partnership with HUCTW, the Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU) will host a series of Financial Wellness Workshops on a variety of topics related to personal finance throughout 2017. The workshops will be exclusively for HUCTW members, and each session will be offered both in Cambridge and in the Longwood Medical Area. The series continues in Cambridge (on May 17) and Longwood (on May 18) with workshops on the topic of Paying the College Tuition Bill. HUCTW members who are interested in attending should register using the following links.…

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Workshop: Intro to Bike Commuting

Workshop: Intro to Bike Commuting


Want to bike for some or all of your commute to campus but not sure where to start? Think busy streets are your only options? Uncertain about the rules of the road? Join CommuterChoice and a local biking expert on May 5 for an informal lunchtime session on the basics of bike commuting. Bring your lunch & your questions. If you're already a bike commuter, bring a colleague who isn't! Seats are limited so please RSVP. …

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Disability Insurance Enrollment Deadline

Disability Insurance Enrollment Deadline


Harvard is offering a one-time enrollment period for Long Term Disability Insurance (LTD) between April 24 and May 5. Whatever your age or your health status, you may want to seriously consider taking advantage of this opportunity, if you are not already enrolled in LTD Insurance through Harvard. If you are ever unable to work due to accident, injury, or illness, LTD Insurance will pay you a monthly income and continue your health insurance coverage for an extended period of time. …

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Asking for Compensation for Extra Work

Asking for Compensation for Extra Work


During the course your job at Harvard, you may wind up taking on additional work beyond your original job description. If your workload or your level of responsibility has grown substantially, you may want to explore options for recognition, including extra compensation or a job reclassification. Maybe your job has evolved over time, or your supervisor has asked you to take on additional duties. Perhaps you are filling in for a colleague or supervisor who is out of the office or has left Harvard. Our contract describes a number of ways that a member can be compensated for extra work, depending on his/her situation.…

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Important March 31 Deadline Approaching

Important March 31 Deadline Approaching


March 31 is an important deadline for four Harvard reimbursement programs: (1) the 2016 HUCTW Copayment Reimbursement Program, which assists HUCTW members with their annual medical copayment costs (2) the 2016 Flexible Spending Account Program, which allows staff to set aside money pre-tax for healthcare or dependent care expenses (3) the 2016 Fitness Reimbursement Program, which partially reimburses staff for health club membership fees and (4) the 2016 Bike Commuter Benefit, which assists with associated with bicycle purchase and repair.…

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