HR News Updates | October 2017

Click through each link below to learn about various resources and updates. We invite you to regularly visit the Human Resources webpage at for more information regarding other important updates.

Benefits Open Enrollment: Now thru Friday, October 6, 2017

Open Enrollment continues through Friday, October 6th.  Remember, adding or making changes to your benefits as part of Open Enrollment is an easy online process via the eBenefits module in the CSUN portal.

  • Benefit election changes selected during Open Enrollment become effective January 1, 2018.
  • For comprehensive instructions and information including an Open Enrollment Guidebook, and to review your plan options and the 2018 premium rates, visit the CSUN Open Enrollment website at Open Enrollment for 2018.
  • If you have reviewed the Open Enrollment information, the plan premium rates, and are satisfied with your current elections and do not wish to make any changes, no further action is needed.

If you anticipate making an election during Open Enrollment, you must have on file or complete the eBenefits Self-Service Electronic Signature Authorization form.  You may access the form at:

Employee Fee Waiver Application Period for Spring 2018 | October 2 - November 3, 2017

The CSU Employee Fee Waiver and Reduction Program provides for the waiver or reduction of certain fees for employees who enroll in work-related courses offered by the CSU for the purpose of improving skills for existing jobs, or advancement in accordance with a career development plan.  In addition, an eligible CSU employee may transfer his or her fee waiver benefit to a spouse, domestic partner, or eligible dependent child. The fee waiver may be transferred to one person only per semester, regardless of whether the individual uses the full two (2) courses or 6 units.

The CSU Fee Waiver module is currently available for Spring 2017 registration. In order to ensure timely processing, please submit your application no later than November 3, 2017.

We'll be hosting a workshop on the Fee Waiver and Reduction Program on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Human Resources' Training Room, Oviatt Library 16, Garden Level. For more information or to register, visit:

 Please visit the Fee Waiver website for taxation implications for yourself and your eligible dependents, as well as other information.

Payroll Basics For Timekeepers and Approvers | October 4

This course is designed to provide supervisors information on how to navigate the time reporting process in order to review and approve time reporting for employees they supervise.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16, Garden Level
Facilitated By: Brian Cummins, Director, Human Resources Services

For Details and Registration Information:

CalPERS Seminar: Planning for Your Retirement | October 17

If you are nearing retirement, this class will help you strategically plan and prepare for retirement.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Extended University Commons 101
Facilitated By: Mindy Fox, CalPERS Representative

For Details and Registration Information:

LifeMatters Mobile Platform and Webinar - Eating through Celebration | October 18

If you haven’t already done so, visit our LifeMatters@CSUN website to learn about all of the services and resources available to you and your family/household members as part of your Employee Assistance Program benefit.

Are you committed to focusing on a healthier lifestyle? Visit the LifeMatters website and take the MyWellbeingProfile Assessment. This tool focuses on our relationships, finances, physical health, and our communities and how these five elements interact.  You can now access the LifeMatters website on your desktop, or mobile device. Visit

Monthly Webinar

In addition, LifeMatters hosts monthly Webinars. Most Webinars are live, and some are posted for download.

This month’s webinar (LIVE) on Tuesday, October 18, 2017, TWO OPTIONS:  9:00 – 10:00 a.m. OR 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PDT  

Eating Through Celebration:

This webinar examines strategies to avoid overeating at celebrations and maintain health goals year round.

To register for a live webinar:

  • Go to and log in using the password “Matadors.”
  • Click on the “Services” tab in the upper right section of your screen. Then with the scroll bar in the lower middle portion of the page find "Webinars" in the menu of LifeMatters services.
  • Click on the link for the webinar you would like to attend and follow the registration instructions.
  • You must register prior to the start of the webinar in order to attend.

Savings Plus - Nearing Retirement | October 19

If retirement is just over the horizon, you'll want to know all the benefits of Savings Plus that apply to you. We'll discuss maximizing your Savings Plus deferrals in your last few years of employment, withdrawing your funds after retirement, and why you should keep your funds with Savings Plus after you retire.

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Learn how to maximize deferrals in your final years of employment 
  • Discover the tax consequences of making withdrawals in retirement 
  • Find out why transferring out to an IRA might nullify many of the benefits of the state 401(k) and 457 plans 
  • Understand the different strategies of investing after retirement

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16, Garden Level

Facilitated By: Andrew McGinnis, Retirement Specialist, SavingsPlus

For Details and Registration Information:

Learning About the CSU Fee Waiver & Reduction Program | October 24

Are you interested in furthering your educational goals or transferring the Fee Waiver & Reduction Program benefit to an eligible family member? If so, you will want to attend this session so you can maximize this wonderful benefit to help achieve educational goals.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16, Garden Level

Facilitated By:

  • Nikki Valadez, Human Resources
  • Nick Alexander, Admissions & Records
  • Frank Calderon, Admissions & Records
  • Phyllis Delgado, Student Accounting

Foe Details and Registration Information:

Transitioning to Retirement - Life Matters | October 26

Learn how to emotionally prepare for retirement. Participants can expect to learn: The phases of retirement, mentally preparing for retirement; potential hazards; opportunities in retirement; and reaching the rewards of retirement.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Human Resources Training Room, Oviatt Library 16, Garden Level
Facilitated By: Life Matters

For Details and Registration Information:

Planning for Your Financial Future | CalPERS Educational Video Series

Experts say you will need between 70 and 85 percent of your working income to maintain your standard of living into retirement.  When the time comes to retire, will you be ready?

CalPERS’ educational video series can provide you better understand your potential retirement income and the resources available to help you reach your retirement goals. 

For more information, visit: