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Important TAP Deadline: February 7

Important TAP Deadline: February 7


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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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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HUCTW-HUECU Financial Wellness Series

HUCTW-HUECU Financial Wellness Series


In partnership with HUCTW, Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU) is hosting a series of live webinars on personal finance for HUCTW members on a variety of practical topics during the year. The next workshop is titled "Money Management During the Pandemic." Description: Our HUECU expert will discuss financial resources available to you and your family during the pandemic, how to budget & increase your cash flow during this time.…

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Coronavirus Information for HUCTW Members

Coronavirus Information for HUCTW Members


As you saw in the latest communication from Harvard administrators about the fall semester, most Harvard staff members will continue to work from home until the end of the calendar year in order to maintain low campus density. Some Harvard staff members whose work requires them to be on site have been asked to return to campus. HUCTW and Harvard have agreed that members who work on campus more than four hours a week will be tested for COVID-19 on a recurring basis. …

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Commemoration to Honor the Lives Lost to COVID-19

Commemoration to Honor the Lives Lost to COVID-19


The Memorial Church at Harvard University invites community members and their families and friends to participate in a University-wide Commemoration to Honor the Lives Lost to COVID-19. The Commemoration will take place on Sunday, November 1. From event organizers: "We invite all members of the Harvard community to participate in this commemoration by sharing names and photographs of loved ones who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Names and photos collected through this form will be shared virtually as part of the commemoration on November 1, and afterward online."…

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Making a Plan for Voting

Making a Plan for Voting


Tuesday, September 22, is National Voter Registration Day and we want to provide you with some important dates and links so that you and your family members can make sure you have a plan to vote in the upcoming election. Have you made your plan to vote in the November 3rd election? Will you (1) vote by mail, (2) vote in-person early, or (3) vote in-person on election day? Massachusetts mailed vote-by-mail applications to residents, but if you still need one, you can download a PDF application on the Secretary of State's website. Massachusetts recommends that you request it as soon as possible, but not later than October 20. …

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New Caregiver Program & Survey Update

New Caregiver Program & Survey Update


We want to follow-up on the survey we sent out to HUCTW parents and caregivers on August 19. Thank you to the 600+ members with dependents who took part! The data and stories you provided have been extremely helpful in our ongoing discussions with Harvard, helping to illustrate some of the many challenges facing HUCTW members during the COVID-19 pandemic for the University. To this end, we want to make sure that you saw the message sent out by Harvard Human Resources yesterday (9/21) announcing the creation of a new, temporary paid time off benefit for Harvard staff with dependents. We also wanted to provide you with a summary of the survey results.…

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Salary Increase Calculator

Salary Increase Calculator


The next pay raise for HUCTW members will be delivered on October 1, 2020. You need to have been on the payroll for one full year as of October 1, 2020 to be eligible for the full 2020 raise. The average member (which is someone who earns approximately $61,500 and has at least one year of service) will receive about a 3.5% salary increase to their base pay. You can use a downloadable (Excel) salary calculator below to determine your estimated salary increase for 2020. Members with less than one year of service will receive pro-rated increases of 1% or 2%, depending on their months of service.…

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