HR Connection: Holiday wellness tips, year-end tax info, retirees, and more

The following is provided the the Human Resources Office

Tax forms arrive in January: Update contact information now

Employees are encouraged to verify their contact information with ACC and the Employees Retirement System of Texas to receive important 2016 tax forms. In January ACC will send W-2 forms and the IRS 1095-C form regarding healthcare coverage. ERS, through UnitedHealthcare, will send the IRS 1095-B form that confirms health insurance enrollment for employees and their dependents.

  • For ACC employee records, log in to Online Services and click Change Employee Information.
  • For ERS, go to the ERS website, click Access My Account at the top of the page and log in or register (if a new user). Find the appropriate link under My Personal Information.

Keep the holidays joyful with EAP resources

The holiday season is a time for celebrations, gift-giving, and reconnecting with family and friends. The season also can bring added stress from unrealistically high expectations, life changes, family concerns, and end-of-the-year frustrations. ACC’s Employee Assistance Program is available to help employees with personal and professional concerns. Among the many resources:

The Human Resources Office wants employees to enjoy a wonderful holiday season. For assistance, Deer Oaks EAP can be reached 24 hours a day at 888-993-7650 or (username and password: austinccd).

Webinar: Enjoy the holidays without gaining weight

Employees are invited to participate in a webinar about avoiding holiday weight gain 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 13. The webinar is presented by Kathleen Zelman, MPH-RD, as part of UnitedHealthcare’s wellness webinar series.

Click here to register for the wellness webinar

Weight gain is easy, especially during the holidays when parties and seasonal foods are part of the festivities. Forget starting a diet during this celebratory, but often stressful, time of year. Instead, learn to use “social weight maintenance,” a strategy to keep weight stable. Social strategies can help individuals enjoy the holidays without gaining the weight they must resolve to lose on January 1.

Savings plan contribution limits are unchanged in 2017

For the third consecutive year, the IRS contribution limits for ACC’s voluntary tax deferred savings plans will not change. In 2017, ACC employees may contribute a maximum of $18,000 to either the 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) plan and/or the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) plan. Employees age 50 and older may contribute an additional $6,000 to each plan.

Both plans allow ACC employees to save for retirement with tax deferred dollars. For more information about the plans, visit the HR Benefits website.

Featured discounts for December

Don’t forget to check out ACC’s Advantage Discount Program for holiday shopping. A few deals:

  • Members-only pricing on Samsung products, — including TVs, tablets and PCs.
  • Save 15 percent on orders from Murad health and beauty products.
  • Save 20 percent on Godiva gourmet chocolates.

Access these deals and more with through the ACC Beneplace Advantage Discount Program. Click on the link on the HR Benefits website or go to

Deer Oaks EAP newsletters

Find these articles and more in this month’s Deer Oaks Employee Newsletter:

  • Be Good to Yourself: Tips for Adults
  • Online Seminar Reminder: Lighten Up With Laughter
  • Drive-Thru Eating Driving You Crazy?
  • Yes, Stress
  • If Weight Control is on Your Menu
  • Shower Away the Mold
  • Clinician’s Corner
  • Five Frugal Ways to Save at the Gas Pump

This month’s Supervisor Newsletter includes:

  • How to Show Your Gratitude
  • How Do You Defeat the New Job Jitters?
  • Ask Your EAP

ACC celebrates recent retirees

ACC celebrates the following retirees. Retirees are recognized at Board of Trustees meetings for their years of service to the college.

James Davidson 15.25 Mathematics
Ben Ferrell 14.5 Campus Planning & Operations
Kenneth Fuglsang 21.25 Building & Grounds Maintentance
Glen Hunt 25.25 Government
Maisule Kurugu 25 District Police
George Lane 17.25 Student Accounting
Howard Lane 27.25 History
Egbert Laurent 17.25 Building Construction Technology
Donald Lavigne 15.25 Mathematics
Charles Miles 16.25 Government
John Nicholas 15.5 Building & Grounds Maintenance
George Staff 24 Environmental Science & Technology




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