The St. Johns County Employee Connection
Created to provide SJC employees with easy access to benefits information, forms, wellness and training updates, employee discounts, and news. Visit from work or home, on your computer, tablet, or phone. For personnel-related issues, please contact humres @ sjcfl.us.
Join the "Hands Only CPR" Flash Mob
Castillo de San Marcos, noon and 2 p.m., Saturday, August 27 - Have you ever wanted to be part of a flash mob? Well here's your chance while learning a valuable life-saving skill. St. Johns County Fire Rescue is partnering with the National Park Service, St. Johns County Sheriffs Office, St. Augustine City Fire Department, and the St. Augustine City Police Department to celebrate the 100 year Anniversary of the National Park Service. We have put together a special event, but for it to be a true success we need you! We are looking for people who would like to volunteer demonstrating "Hands Only CPR". There will be two Flash Mobs on the Southside of the fort near the ticket booth, one at 12:00 p.m. and one at 2:00 p.m. Both sessions will last approximately 15 minutes each. Sign in for the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Parking will be available at the St. Johns County School Board Building, 40 Orange Street, and the St. Johns County School Annex Building, 47 Orange Street.
If you would like to volunteer, please email Greta Hall at ghall at sjcfl.us. Once your email is received you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a video that will give you all the event details. For additional information, please contact Greta at 904.209.1733. Come join us in making history in the Nation’s Oldest City!
Vacations and Holidays
As the school year gets started and you begin looking forward to the upcoming holiday season, please note that this year the deadline for vacation rollover is December 17, 2016. Any accrued vacation greater than 240 hours will be swept after that date. If you're looking ahead to next year, the 2017 holiday schedule is posted on the intranet for your reference or ec.sjcfl.us/home/Holidays.
Art in Public Places and Giving Locally
The current display features photos from United Way agencies and the many volunteers and programs available to St. Johns County residents. This inspirational exhibit of photographs showcasing the work of nearly 30 non-profit organizations serving our residents will be up in the County Administration building rotunda through October 20th - stop by and take a look.
If you are interested in contributing to our community by supporting United Way programs and services, the County offers payroll deductions for contributions as well as a charitable giving program that allows you to donate up to 24 hours of vacation annually. All donations are tax deductible and remain in County for local United Way programs and services. If you’d like more information, just contact Personnel Services at 209-0635 x0.
Office Safety Event
113 employees participated in our first ever Office Safety event last week! Winners were announced yesterday and we appreciate everyone supporting this event and more importantly working safely every day!
Deadline for Personal Health Assessments (PHA)
September 30th is the last chance to complete your PHA and earn the monthly insurance premium credit. We have one more event coming up or you can have your doctor complete the forms. Next event: September 21st from noon to 7 pm at the SJSO Squad Room, 4425 Avenue A, Saint Augustine. See the PHA Guide.
Thursday, August 18th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at 4020 Lewis Speedway. Everyone who donates receives a Free OneBlood Cooler and a BOGO Zoo Voucher. Blood Drive Sign Up.
Open Enrollment starts in October
As always, open enrollment will be held during the month of October. Based on feedback from employees over the past two years, we are transitioning to a new online enrollment tool (PlanSource) so the look will be different and it will be easier to use. Online open enrollment is mandatory so that we can ensure you are enrolled in the benefits you want; more information as we get closer to October.
Earn a Master's Degree in Public Administration through Barry University
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is designed as a professional development program for adult learners with a focus on the administration of public, nonprofit, and other organizations that serve a public purpose. The program is grounded in an assessment of how the modern public sector workplace has evolved and the factors responsible for its evolution. It is the mission of the MPA program to instill in learners a commitment to ethical public service for the protection of the public interest and public trust, and to finding solutions to human, social, economic, and environmental problems. Public Administration (MPA)
The Master of Arts in Administration develops the critical competencies that contribute to workplace success. This graduate degree program is designed for adult learners focusing on administration, leadership, communication, and teamwork. You gain a foundation in administrative theories, applications and approaches within the broad social, economic, technological, and political environments of private, public, or nonprofit organizations. Administration (MA)
These programs are fully available both in class and online, or blended format. Discounted tuition for participating employers, Public Safety/Active Military including spouses and dependents. For additional information, please call Holly Haines-Kohl at 904-674-1677 or Rodney Watson at 904-394-0875
FSA/Medical Reimbursement Account
Personnel Services is aware that some Ameriflex FSA participants have been concerned with the substantiation request process through Ameriflex and the associated documentation requirements. As a result of your feedback, we have reviewed the process and worked with Ameriflex on a solution. Effective immediately, the submission of receipts or other supporting materials where debit cards are used will not be required and participants will not experience deactivation of their FSA cards. However, because the IRS rules require that all claims made against medical flexible spending accounts (FSAs) be substantiated with regard to their eligibility for tax-exempt status, including claims made with electronic payment cards, we still encourage participants to keep all receipts for their FSA expenses. If you have questions regarding your Ameriflex account please call the customer service team at (888) 868-3539 or log in and review your account at www.myameriflex.com.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
September 1 – Harassment and Discrimination, Supervisors, Managers and Directors from 10:00-11:00. This training is mandatory for supervisors only to train them on developing organizational practices that limit regulatory and legal risks. (Two sessions are offered.)
September 1 – Harassment and Discrimination, Supervisors, Managers and Directors from 11:15-12:15. This training is mandatory for supervisors only to train them on developing organizational practices that limit regulatory and legal risks. (Two sessions are offered.)
September 8 – New Hire Orientation from 8:30–5:00.
September 13 – NEW! The Complete Guide to Poised and Powerful Public Speaking from 8:30-3:30. This workshop is focused on presentation basics that all the best speakers know and practice. It will help you overcome nervousness and organize your thoughts into a flawless presentation. You will learn techniques to build and capture your audience’s undivided attention. Learn to develop your own speaking style, handle every challenge professionally, create clear transitions and add excitement to you message through audiovisual aids. As a participant you will face the challenge of public speaking head on, and leave feeling prepared and experienced in the art of public speaking.
September 21 – NEW! Word I: Basics from 9:00-4:30. This class is targeted to those individuals who desire to enhance their basic Word skills. Areas of focus are editing, formatting text and paragraphs, adding tables, managing lists, inserting graphic objects, proofing and customizing a document.
September 22 – Basic FMLA Supervisors, Timekeepers, Managers and Directors from 8:45-9:45. Review of the FMLA Process to include: Administrative Code, eligibility requirements, employee responsibilities while out on FMLA leave, types of illnesses and injuries covered, payroll and coding, and return to work requirements.
September 22 – Workers' Compensation Supervisors, Timekeepers, Managers and Directors from 10:00-12:00. Overview of the County's procedures and policies regarding workers compensation claims. Topics include: Return to Work Program, FMLA, and Supervisor/Employee Responsibilities.
For more information or to register, you can visit the Training Calendar from within the County network, or call x6886.
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