HR News Updates | November 2022


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

Spring 2023 Fee Waiver Priority Processing Going on Now through November 4

The CSU Employee Fee Waiver and Reduction Program provides for the waiver or reduction of tuition and certain fees for eligible employees. In addition, an eligible CSU employee may transfer their fee waiver benefit to a spouse, domestic partner, or eligible dependent child. CSUN employees who want to complete a bachelor’s or graduate degree, enhance job skills, or even prepare for a future career, are encouraged to participate in the program. Eligible employees or their eligible dependent may have tuition and fees for a maximum of two (2) courses or six (6) units, whichever is greater, waived/reduced each semester.

The CSU Fee Waiver module is available now for Spring 2023 applications. In order to ensure timely processing, please submit your application no later than November 4, 2022.

For more information, visit the CSUN Fee Waiver & Reduction Program webpage.

Veteran's Day Campus Closure | November 11

The University will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2022, in observance of Veterans' Day. Classes will not be in session and most campus offices will be closed.

Preparing Emotionally to Transition to Retirement | November 15

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom; Connection details provided upon registration

This session is offered by CSUN and LifeMatters as part of a CSU System-Wide Professional & Personal Development Cross Campus Collaboration program.

Colleagues attending this session may hail from the Chancellor’s Office, Channel Islands, Chico, East Bay, Fresno, Humboldt, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus.


Many people only think of things like relaxation and financial planning when they think of retirement. There is an emotional aspect to retirement that is important to explore as well. Learn how to emotionally prepare for retirement through this brown bag.

Content includes:

  • The phases of retirement
  • Mentally preparing for retirement
  • Potential hazards
  • Opportunities in retirement
  • Reaching a rewarding retirement

Facilitated by:

Jessica Coats, LifeMatters

Faculty & Staff – To register for this Workshop/Session:

  1. When ready, select the CSU Learn button below.
  2. Log in with your CSUN Portal credentials.
  3. Select the “Register” button.
  4. Click on "Add" button and then the "Done" bullet to enroll in this session.

If you require an accommodation to attend this program, please contact Human Resources at x5168 at least seven business days in advance of the program.

Withdraw from Session: If you need to cancel your registration, select the “Self” icon in CSU Learn.  Select “Learning,” then “Registrations.”  Select the box next to the session you need to cancel, and select “Cancel Registration.”  In the next window, select “Confirm Cancellation.”

Return to CSUN's Professional & Personal Development Training Calendar at:

Fidelity Financial Workshop: Learn the Basics of When and How to Claim Social Security | November 15

Fidelity Financial Workshop: Learn the Basics of When and How to Claim Social Security

Date:            Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Time:            12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:       Online

Join California State University and Fidelity for an educational web workshop, where you'll learn strategies and tips to help you manage your financial future with confidence. 

If you anticipate Social Security will be your primary source of income in retirement, learn when and how to claim your benefit.


CalPERS Webinar - Power of Attorney | November 16

Power of Attorney | A CalPERS Webcast

Date:            Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Time:            11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Location:       Online

The CalPERS Special Power of Attorney allows you to designate someone to perform important duties related to your CalPERS benefits. Even if you already have a power of attorney through another source, it may not address CalPERS.

Whether you're new to the workforce, mid-career, or nearing retirement, our webcasts can help you better understand your CalPERS benefits. Join us for this informative webcast as we cover the reasons a Special Power of Attorney is beneficial, as well as your representative's duties and limitations.

Note: Registration closes at midnight the evening before the webcast airs. Our webcasts are presented on YouTube.

Thanksgiving Day Holiday Closure | November 24 & 25

The University will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, 2022, in observance of Thanksgiving Day and Admission Day respectively.

The campus will be closed and there will be no instruction through Sunday, November 27th.

LifeMatters Webinar: Maximizing Your Day | Available as On-Demand Webinar


Discover practical tools and techniques to maximize effectiveness and increase productivity.


Online: Available as a prerecorded on-demand webinar

Facilitated By:


To access the webinars:

  • Go to and follow the directions on that page. Please sign in with your company password - MATADORS
  • For live webinars, 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 to attend.
  • Transcripts for non-captioned, archived webinars are available upon request.
  • If you are unable to attend the live webinar, it will be available in the WorkLife Balance Webinar archive

Thank You for Participating in the Annual Benefits Open Enrollment

Thank you to those who participated in the CSU virtual Open Enrollment Benefits Fair. We had hundreds of CSUN faculty and staff join their CSU colleagues for the third year of this 100% virtual event as well as participate in the in-person and virtual appointments!

We invite you to email us at benefitsadministration with any feedback or comments.

As a reminder, you can view your current Benefits Summary and Dependent Coverage in the CSUN Portal. If you submitted changes as part of the annual Open Enrollment period, you can view those changes in the portal by changing the date field on those pages to "01/01/2023". Changes made during Open Enrollment (which closed October 14, 2022) will be effective January 1, 2023.

You've Earned It: Check Your Vacation Balance Before Year End for Maximum Vacation Balance Caps

Please ensure that your vacation balance as of December 31, 2022 is at or below your maximum carryover per your applicable bargaining agreement. You may view your leave balances online through the CSUN Portal at Once in the portal, find the HR/Employee – Time & Attendance pagelet; click on View Absence Balances. If you are not able to view your balances, please see your department Timekeeper.

Also, remember to consider your vacation accruals for November and December when calculating the number of hours you must use before January 1st. For details concerning the calculation of your “Maximum Carryover Hours” refer to

Special note for Faculty: After one (1) full year of employment, a California Faculty Association (R03) employee who accrues vacation [Full-time ten (10) month and twelve (12) month faculty unit employees] shall take at least forty (40) hours of vacation each calendar year. Any part of the forty (40) hours not taken during the calendar year shall be forfeited by January 1 of the subsequent year (Article 34.7).

Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) Update CA SB 114

On February 19, 2022, California Senate Bill (SB) 114, became effective. This bill provides employees up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for specific COVID-related absences. The 80 hours are pro-rated for part-time employees and exempt employees may only use the time in whole day increments. The leave time is retroactive to January 1, 2022 and is available for use:

  • through September 30, 2022 for employees represented by UAPD, and
  • through December 31, 2022 for non-represented employees, and employees represented by APC, CFA, CSUEU, SUPA, Teamsters, and UAW.

Please note – updates may be made to these timelines for represented employees after the meet and confer processes are completed.

Qualifying Reasons for Leave Up to 40 hours (5 days) of SPSL can be used for the following reasons when employees are unable to work on site or telework:

  1. Employee is subject to quarantine or isolation related to COVID-19, as defined by the State Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a local health officer who has jurisdiction over the workplace; or
  2. Employee is advised by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19; or
  3. Employee is attending an appointment for themselves or a family member to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or a vaccine booster (See limit on use of hours below.); or
  4. Employee is experiencing symptoms, or caring for a family member experiencing symptoms, related to a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine booster that prevents the employee from being able to work (See limit on use of hours below.); or
  5. Employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
  6. Employee is caring for a family member who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or guideline or who has been advised to isolate or quarantine by a health care provider due to concerns related to COVID-19; or
  7. Employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises.

Up to 40 hours (5 days) of additional SPSL can be used only for the following reason when employees are unable to work on site or telework:

  1. Employee, or a family member that is under their care, tests positive for COVID-19. Employees do not need to exhaust the leave to which they are entitled to for reasons 1), 2), or 3), before using this additional SPSL. Employee will be required to provide positive test result for themselves or impacted family member to qualify for these 40 hours.

Vaccine or Vaccine Booster Time Limits For each vaccination or vaccine booster:

The total COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave is limited to 3 days (24 hours) for each vaccination or vaccine booster. If the employee or their family member continues to experience symptoms related to the vaccine or vaccine booster beyond 3 days (24 hours) limit, the employee must provide verification from a health care provider upon request. The 3 day or 24-hour limitation applies to each vaccine or vaccine booster and includes the time used to get the vaccine or vaccine booster.

If you are interested in learning more about this leave type or if you would like to request personal time (sick, vacation, CTO) already used for the qualifying reasons to be converted to SPSL time, please contact Amelia Bond, Employee Relations and Professional Development Coordinator at or 818-677-6566.

Applicable MOUs:

The following Memoranda of Understanding may be the controlling document regarding this leave:

2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Poster:

You can access a pdf version of the California 2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave poster pictured below, here.

How to Report COVID-19 Cases or Potential Exposure

How to Report COVID-19 Cases or Potential Exposure

Please complete one of the following forms to report a case of COVID-19 or possible exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Enroll in Cal Employee Connect for Easy Online Access to Your Monthly Pay and W-2 Information

Cal Employee Connect

Cal Employee Connect (CEC) allows CSUN employees to securely view up to three (3) years of their earnings statements and W-2’s, along with personal information online. Cal Employee Connect reduces state costs and workload by providing a tool for all state employees to access their earnings information electronically.

The statements available in CEC provide continuity to the statements previously printed by the SCO. CEC offers a range of tools to help you view your earnings, including a feature to compare statements side-by-side.

To learn more about CEC and how to view pay warrant and W-2 information, visit Cal Employee Connect.