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Negotiations Update: July 2021

Negotiations Update: July 2021


This is an update on HUCTW’s 2021 Negotiations with Harvard. Our Union’s contract negotiations with the University determine our pay program, our benefits, and other important policies and programs. With our current three-year contract expiring on September 30, 2021, HUCTW leaders started preparing for negotiations in March—surveying and meeting with members throughout the spring—and then began our initial discussions with Harvard representatives in late May.…

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Important TAP Deadline: July 16

Important TAP Deadline: July 16


We want to remind you of an important upcoming deadlines (July 16) for those of you who are using the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for Harvard graduate-level classes during the summer 2021 semester.  As you may know, Harvard is now withholding tax for graduate-level tuition benefits that meet certain criteria. This tax can add up to a substantial amount of money withheld from your paycheck, so if you are taking a Harvard class for graduate credit this semester, it is important that you read this entire message.…

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Education Fund Deadline: June 10

Education Fund Deadline: June 10


The Education Fund is an HUCTW-Harvard negotiated program that helps with the cost of courses not eligible for reimbursement TRP and TAP. Courses and programs eligible for the Education Fund include things such as test prep courses, conferences and seminars, and continuing education classes at non-accredited institutions. The Education Fund will also help with the costs of non-Harvard courses eligible for TRP if you have used up your entire $5,250 annual TRP reimbursement maximum.…

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For Members Working Outside Massachusetts

For Members Working Outside Massachusetts


We want to update you on some positive developments for HUCTW members who are working remotely outside of Massachusetts due to COVID-19 campus and state restrictions. As you know, the majority of HUCTW members have been working remotely (teleworking) during the pandemic. Some of you are working outside of Massachusetts because your homes are outside of Massachusetts, or because you are temporarily living with family or friends in other states, or for other reasons.…

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Sexual Harassment Policy Concerns

Sexual Harassment Policy Concerns


Learn about the ongoing dispute between HUCTW leaders and Harvard administrators regarding the University’s refusal to abide by our longstanding contractual agreement around the review and resolution of sexual harassment complaints in the workplace. In 1989, Harvard and HUCTW agreed to a formal problem-resolution process to address Union members’ complaints of sexual harassment at Harvard. However, recently, when HUCTW members have brought forward complaints of harassment to HUCTW— requesting our contractual process — University administrators have refused to engage in the required meetings. …

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Upcoming Reimbursement Deadlines

Upcoming Reimbursement Deadlines


March 31, 2021 is typically an important deadline for three reimbursement programs open to HUCTW members: (1) Copay Reimbursement (2) Fitness Reimbursement (3) Dependent Care & Healthcare FSA Reimbursements. These programs assist with expenses incurred during the 2020 calendar year. Please see more details on each program on the following page, including an extended deadline for FSA reimbursements (beyond March 31, 2021).…

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Important TAP Deadlines: February 14 & March 15

Important TAP Deadlines: February 14 & March 15


We are reaching out to remind you of two important upcoming deadlines (February 14 and March 15) for those of you who are using the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for Harvard classes during the spring 2021 semester (including the January term).  As you may know, Harvard is now withholding tax for graduate-level tuition benefits that meet certain criteria. This tax can add up to a substantial amount of money withheld from your paycheck, so if you are taking a Harvard class for graduate credit this semester, it is important that you read this entire message. …

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Excused Absence Policy

Excused Absence Policy


We want to update you about a policy change Harvard announced on November 12 around the use of “Emergency Excused Absence” pay. It has become clear that some members didn’t receive the initial email from Harvard announcing the change. This policy change pertains to those entering “Excused Absence” time with the absence reason “COVID-19” in PeopleSoft because they are unable to work some or all of their regularly scheduled hours due to pandemic-related campus restrictions. …

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Reporting Time Over the Holidays & Winter Recess

Reporting Time Over the Holidays & Winter Recess


This page provides instructions and time-reporting codes that will help you determine how to report your time over the holidays and Winter Recess, including for those who work over the break. The PDF document near the bottom of this page provides scenario-based examples that explain how HUCTW Time Reporters should record Floating Holiday Earned (FHE), Floating Holiday Taken (FHT), and Floating Holiday Payout (FHP) time types now that PeopleSoft can track and maintain a floating holiday balance for overtime eligible employees.…

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Harvard’s TAP Tax Policy for Graduate-Level Courses

Harvard’s TAP Tax Policy for Graduate-Level Courses


If you are taking classes for graduate credit using Harvard's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), it is very important that you read the following explanation of Harvard's TAP Tax Policy so that you aren't surprised by unexpected paycheck deductions when you sign up for Harvard classes. In order to ensure compliance with current IRS policies, the University is now withholding tax on Harvard Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefits for classes taken for graduate credit If the classes meet certain criteria. The following page explains how this tax withholding works, how much you can expect it to be, and how you might be able to avoid it.…

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