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New Medical Plan Available

The State of R.I. has announced an exciting new alternative medical plan offering for State employees.  As of January 1, 2016, the State will be offering a voluntary alternative medical plan to all employees called the Choice Plus Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA). This plan, with a portable HSA account, affords employees an opportunity to save on health care expenses.

Click here for the Choice Plus Plan w/ HSA flyer
More details for the Choice Plus Plan w/ HSA - State of R.I. Employee Benefits Site

Professional Staff Association (PSA) Sick Leave Bank Contribution

The Professional Staff Association (PSA) bargaining unit agreement contains a provision for a Sick Leave Bank.  Each year of the contract, a PSA member can voluntarily contribute one day, 7 hours, of his/her sick leave balance toward the Bank.  If, during the year, that employee suffers a “catastrophic” illness or injury, he/she may request to be allowed access to the Bank.  A Committee composed of 2 members appointed by the PSA, 2 members appointed by the Administration, and a fifth member selected by the other 4 members will determine whether or not the request will be approved.

Eligibility for approval is based on the following conditions:
• The employee must first have exhausted all other leave accruals.
• The employee must provide medical documentation of a catastrophic illness or injury (including diagnosis, prognosis and perceived length of disability) that is not work-related.
• ONLY employees who have contributed to the Sick Leave Bank are eligible to apply for access to the bank.

A PSA member who meets the above criteria may submit a request to the Committee for approval to access the Bank.  The Committee may grant up to the number of hours from the Sick Leave Bank that are needed by the employee either to return to work OR to become eligible for coverage by the College’s Total Disability Plan, i.e., 6 months of absence.  Please remember that a contribution to the Bank does not ensure approval to access the Bank.  The contract provides for additional days to be solicited from members at a later date if the Bank needs more contributions during the year.

If you would like to contribute a day of sick leave (i.e. 7 hours) to the Sick Leave Bank for year 2016, please go to your Online Leave Report in MyCCRI for either the pay period January 24, 2016 – February 6, 2016 OR February 7, 2016 - February 20, 2016 to donate.  Please use the Sick Bank Donation code SBD to donate on any Monday - Friday only within either of these pay periods.  All sick bank donations must be completed by February 20, 2016.  If you have any questions, please call Payroll at 825-2180.

Rewards for Wellness - Act Now!

Participate in the 2015-2016 Rewards for Wellness “5-week Online Nutrition Tracker” activity by tracking what you eat on a daily basis.  The first week of the activity starts on 2/1/16 and ends on 2/7/16.  Keep track of your daily nutrition using the paper tracker, then log onto the online nutrition tracker at the end of each week and enter your weekly score.  Both the paper tracker and online tracker are available at

Complete the online activity between February 1, 2016 and March 6, 2016.  More information is available at

*All State of Rhode Island employees are eligible to participate in Rewards for Wellness programs and screenings, but only employees who are paying the State employee medical co-shares that are posted at are eligible to receive incentives for co-share credit.


Sit down with an AFLAC Associate and review policies available to you as a State of Rhode Island employee.  If already enrolled, sit down and review your current policies (you may be eligible to upgrade).

These policies are offered through payroll deduction and most of the programs can be purchased on a pre-tax basis during Open Enrollment.

Programs Available
• Personal Disability Income Protector
• Accident Indemnity Advantage
• Cancer Care Indemnity
• Specified Health Event Protection

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with AFLAC Representative, Doreen Sylvia.
Please contact Doreen at 401-286-2871 to schedule an individual appointment.

Direct Deposit Changes for State Employees

State employees enrolled in direct deposit now can access their payroll information and view their direct deposit slip online through Paystub RI.  Please refer to the attached document for directions on how to register.

Your September 26, 2014, paystub was the last paper direct deposit slip that you received.  If you are not enrolled in direct deposit and would like to access this service, fill out the form online and return it and a voided check to Human Resources.  All State employees will be required to participate in direct deposit no later than June 30, 2016

Click here to learn more about direct deposit


TIAA-CREF Representative, Dan Samson, will be on campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and available for private consultation meetings on the following dates:

Day & Date Campus Location
Thursday, April 7, 2016 Newport Room 200
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Warwick Room 3116, HR Conference Room
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Providence Room 1134
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Lincoln Room 2138, President's Office
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Warwick Room 3116, HR Conference Room
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Lincoln Room 2138, President's Office
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Warwick Room 3116, HR Conference Room
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Lincoln Room 2138, President's Office
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Providence Room 1134

Employees interested in scheduling an appointment for one-on-one counseling, please call 1-800-732-8353.

The one-on-one counseling sessions can help you sort things out and make informed decisions. Setting up a long-term financial plan can be a complicated task.  It involves evaluating your potential income sources, and then factoring in the impact of taxes, inflation and the larger economic picture.  Meeting with a TIAA-CREF Consultant can help.  Don't miss this opportunity to meet with them.

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Employees interested in scheduling an appointment with CCRI's MetLife Representative, Jake Darsch, for one-on-one counseling, please call 401-827-6266.

VALIC Retirement

Are you ready for the inevitable changes that occur in everyone’s life?  Life is a journey.  It can be full of bumps and potholes; making it quite hectic.  Taking the time to make financial decisions will make the journey much more rewarding now and down the road.  While we all have good intentions to get our finances in order, we may not take the time or even know where to start.

Cheryl Gibson can help you develop a plan for your financial goals, your dreams and your life’s journey.

Set up an appointment with Cheryl by calling 508-259-5083 or emailing her at



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Last Updated: 2/4/16