As an employer partnering with the Board of Pensions, one of the most important tools at your fingertips is Benefits Connect, the secure website for managing employees’ benefits. Here are four tips for using Benefits Connect to manage your employees’ benefits online, at your convenience.
Keep your contact information up to date to ensure that key people in your organization receive information from the Board. Each employer may provide information in Benefits Connect for up to three contacts: an employer representative, a Retirement Savings Plan representative, and a billing representative.
Set a calendar reminder to review, update, and confirm employee salary information at the start of each new year. This should be done at least once a year. If you haven’t yet confirmed salaries for 2019, log on to Benefits Connect today.
Visit Benefits Connect anytime there is a change to report for an employee. You must report all employment changes — including new hires, as well as changes in salaries, service, or status (hours, position, or benefits eligibility) — in Benefits Connect within 60 days. Exception: terminations should be submitted in advance of, or immediately upon, the member’s termination. These changes may affect when a member’s benefits begin or end, and may even affect the benefit a member receives, so timely reporting is essential.
Remind employees to report significant events, upload any required supporting documentation, and add or update beneficiaries in Benefits Connect. Employees need to report life event changes, such as marriage or the birth of a child, in Benefits Connect within 60 days. The change may affect the benefits the employee or a family member is eligible for.
If you have questions about Benefits Connect, call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (800-PRES-PLAN).