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December 15, 2020

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Verify that your first paycheck of 2021 is accurate

To ensure your 2021 benefit deductions are accurate, please review your Jan. 8, 2021 paystub. You can view your paystub by visiting the Faculty/Staff portal > My Payroll > Pay History tab > Paystubs. If you notice an error in the “Payroll Deduction” section of your paystub, please contact the HR Office at

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) rollover balances

An unused balance of up to $500 in your 2020 FSA account will roll over to your 2021 account. If you have a balance of more than $500, you may want to schedule a last-minute appointment with your doctor, dentist, and/or vision office before Dec. 31, 2020. You can also purchase items from The deadline to submit claims incurred during the 2020 benefit year is March 31, 2021. Unused balances from 2020 up to $500 will rollover effective the first week of April 2021.

Staff performance evaluations

The staff performance evaluation process began Dec. 3, 2020 and concludes Jan. 31, 2021. This year there is an improved performance review form and simpler guidelines. The new form and guidelines are saved on the HR page of Blackboard. Please speak with your manager or with HR if you have any questions. The Human Resources department will collect the completed reviews and ensure they are placed in employee personnel files.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

Saint Mary’s is committed to providing information and support to employees who want help handling life’s demands during this time of change and uncertainty. Below are no-cost resources for employees and their families to help address their needs:

  • Saint Mary’s, in partnership with Cigna, offers an employee assistance program that provides a range of different services and resources. Whether your needs are big or small, this program can help you and your family find solutions and restore your peace of mind. The service is confidential, available by phone or online, and costs nothing. An advocate can help you assess your needs and develop a solution and direct you to other community resources and online tools. Some of these services include legal consultation, parenting, senior care, childcare, pet care, and financial services. Receive 24/7 support by phone at 800-538-3543, or online at
  • The Minnesota Warmline provides a peer-to-peer approach to mental health recovery, support, and wellness. Calls are answered by a team of professionally trained certified peer specialists, who have firsthand experience living with a mental health condition. The provide a safe, anonymous, and confidential environment to connect with people who are there to listen and help. Their hours are Monday through Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m., and you may contact them by phone at 651-288-0400, text “Support” to 85511 or visit their website,
  • Great Rivers 2-1-1 offers free, confidential community information and referrals 24/7. Dial 2-1-1 or 800-362-8255 to talk to an information and referral specialist. They also offer a chat feature on their website Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way 2-1-1 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in need. They are available 24/7 to connect you with resources and information. Areas of support include animal services, childcare, clothing, community health clinics, counseling, crisis intervention, emergency and homeless shelters, financial assistance programs, food, and more. Call 2-1-1, 800-543-7709, text your zip code to 898-211* or visit their website