In Brief: Applications open soon for Childcare Choice, new payroll tutorial added to EDGE Learning
Applications open Aug. 1 for the Childcare Choice – Employee Program
Benefits-eligible University employees can apply for the Childcare Choice – Employee program beginning Aug. 1. The program remiburses up to $2,000 of child care costs per household.
The program is open to all employees eligible for full benefits who have a legal dependent up to 12 years old (including children turning 13 during the fiscal year). The child must be enrolled in a qualifying child care program that is regulated by a state agency or sponsored by the University of Arizona, Arizona State University or Northern Arizona University.
Employees can begin applying Aug. 1 by selecting the Childcare Choice tile on the employee homepage of UAccess. Funding reimbursement will be retroactive to July 1. Review the program guidelines for eligibility qualifications, submission deadlines and instructions on how to submit cost forms once approved.
Employees can also register for Sick and Back-Up Childcare to receive child care services when there is an unexpected disruption to their regular child care.
Read more about employees' experiences with Childcare Choice and other child care services offered by Life & Work Connections.
Brush up on your payroll tools with a new tutorial
Financial Services has created a tutorial to help employees with payroll topics including direct deposit, tax deductions, accessing state and federal tax forms and more. The Exploring your Payroll and Compensation Tools tutorial is available through EDGE Learning, the University's learning management system.
"Being a new employee can be overwhelming with so many things to learn," said Michelle Meyer, assistant director for payroll administration. "Our goal with creating this training was to help ease a new employee's transition by providing a tool to help manage and navigate their payroll options."
While the original intention was to help recently hired employees, current employees also are encouraged to take the training, perhaps during tax season and at the end of the fiscal year.
"We designed the tutorial like a navigation app for driving. Employees can preview the payroll tools and follow step-by-step directions for each item," said Hope Kramek, lead instructional designer in Financial Services. "Employees can shift their focus to what's most important, making selections to best fit their needs, instead of struggling with the system itself."
The 15-minute training is recommended, but not required. Managers and supervisors can assign the training or employees can register themselves by enrolling on the course page, using the search tool in EDGE Learning, or through the Financial Services training webpage.