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March & April 2021

Volume V, Issue VIII

“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up.”

-- Serena Williams
Paid Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Effective Monday, January 25, 2021, all time employees who have a vaccination appointment during their work day will be granted up to two hours of paid time off. For vaccines that require two doses, up to four hours of paid time off is permitted.
This will be in line with New York State guidelines, to be released April 1, 2021.

Appropriate documentation - such as a copy of the vaccination record card - of both appointments is required and may be submitted to

Cuomo calls for paid time off for workers to get COVID-19 vaccine
Online Access to Pay Stubs AND W-2s

To view your pay stubs and W-2s online, please register at the NYCAPS ESS system:
  • Visit the NYC.Gov page and navigate to My Paycheck Page
  • NYCAPS ESS Login - enter your City Employee ID # which appears on your pay stub as your Reference #.
  • Initial password –
    • last two digits of your SSN
    • an (_) underscore
    • the first three letters of your birth month (must be all upper case)
    • your birth day including the leading zero, and your birth year (i.e., the password for an employee with an SSN of XXX-XX-XX99 and a birth date of January 01, 1910 would be 99_JAN011910)

If you have questions, please email
Professional Development
- Free Access to LinkedIn Learning

The University is offering courses through LinkedIn Learning. Electronic enrollment is easy, and CUNY grants access to the LinkedIn Learning database in as little as 24 hours. Interested? Follow the steps below: 
  1. PDLM Webpage: CUNY PDLM
  2. How to gain access to PDLM via LinkedIn Learning
    1. Employee completes and submit electronically the Enrollment Request Form below to Central Office listing the name and contact information of their supervisor:
    2. The University receives the Enrollment Request Form and reaches out to the supervisor via email for their approval
    3. Supervisor approves enrollment via email
    4. Employee is granted one month of access to LinkedIn Learning database
    5. Employee receives an email from CUNY on how to unlock access to the LinkedIn Learning database
    6. Start learning!
Got questions? Please email HR inbox at
Join the 5 a Day Your Way Challenge!

Are you up for a challenge? WorkWell NYC challenges you to strive for 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day! Join the 5 A Day Your Way Challenge to get in the habit of 5 a day! The challenge will run for two weeks, from March 9th to March 23rd.

Click here to register and get ready for the challenge!!
Do You Know Your Heart Age?

The average NYC adult has a heart age that is almost 6 years older than their actual age!

Check out the Health Department's Heart Age Calculator to give you an estimate of your heart age based on your risk factors. Having a heart age that is older than your actual age increases your risk of heart attack or stroke. This simple calculator can tell you if your heart is aging too quickly and provide personalized tips on how you can keep it healthy.

Stay Healthy!
Holidays & Observances
Easter Sunday is April 4, 2021
Tax Day is Thursday, April 15, 2021

"Yes, and . . . Clean Your Room"

by Paul Underwood

"Improv comedy can help us be more patient and attentive with our kids, and help them be more resilient and open with us.

One recent afternoon, my 6-year old daughter declared she was bored. These days, this is pretty common. Eleven months into quarantine, when her days are spent in a corner of our house with a school-issued iPad and even the new toys from Santa are exhausted from countless afternoons with them, well . . . it was a little boring. 

Thinking fast, I summoned up an an improv game I had recently learned. I informed her that I was now a robot, and that she could push my 'buttons' (on my chest) and see what happened."

Click here to read more.
Virtual Fitness Classes
The City of New York's WorkWell Program continues to offer  Virtual Fitness Classes in Zoom for January, February and March for city and CUNY employees. They range from a relaxing Yoga and Meditation workout to an energizing Kickboxing, Soca Fitness, 90's Dance or Martial Arts Cardio class - there's something for everyone!  Please click here to view WorkWell's calendar and register. Under "Agency," if CUNY is not listed, please select "Other Agency." 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nicole at
New York State and CUNY
Phased Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine

While we are waiting for further details from the State about ways to facilitate the vaccination process for CUNY's eligible staff and any potential next steps, please note the following important information:
  1. Eligible Employees & General Information - the list of the categories that are covered by NYS Department of Health and additional vaccination information is available. Please click here to find the list, which will continue to change as federal and state guidance changes and more vaccines become available.
  2. Eligibility Confirmation - In order to confirm your eligibility, register into the system and then schedule vaccination appointments, you can Get Started here.
  3. Proof of Eligibility - employees who obtain vaccination appointments will be asked to bring proof of eligibility. For example, if your eligibility is due to your employment, the proof may be your employee ID card, a pay stub, etc. 

In addition, other eligible New Yorkers can find vaccination sites, schedule appointments and more information at the following sites:

NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Finder
COVID-19 Vaccine Hubs - Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

COVID-19 vaccine sites in neighboring states:

New Jersey:

We will continue to share information about the vaccination process as it becomes available. If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to the Guttman HR inbox at
HR Comes to You Day!

This HR initiative will bring Human Resources to your remote office! We visit the different units throughout the campus and answer any burning questions you and your colleagues may have. If you would like to have HR come to your department during your next virtual staff meeting, please contact Nicole at or extension 38863.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
As you know, Congress approved the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), an economic stimulus plan aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Americans. The FFCRA provides paid sick leave and/or expanded family and medical leave to all employees - full and part-time - for specific reasons related to COVID-19. The FFCRA provisions have been extended through March 31, 2021. To access the FFCRA procedures and forms, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact HR at


"What to Do With a Day Off"

by Tim Herrera

"Step 1: Remember to actually take the day off.

What does a day off even mean right now?

It's tough to go anywhere during a pandemic, because many of the places we might have visited are closed or restricted to us. It's hard to dedicate time to tasks like working on your finances with much uncertainty, and the 'recovery' isn't really a recovery for everyone. And our work lives are encroaching on our personal lives more than ever, so do we really even have days off?"

Click here to read more.
Get a FREE WW Healthy Kitchen Kit with your purchase of a WW membership,
Enroll in a new WW Membership between March 1st and March 31st; then claim your WW Healthy Kitchen Kit by April 10th at

Click here to sign up for "a membership that fits your lifestyle.".
WW Private Virtual Workshops
This is your year for wellness success!

WorkWell NYC and Weight Watchers Reimagined (WW) have launched Private Virtual Workshops just for City of New York and CUNY employees. With these Virtual Workshops, you will be connected with other WW colleagues and receive weekly weight loss guidance and support from a WW coach. 
Led by a WW Coach, these Private Virtual Workshops are available exclusively to WW members with an Unlimited Workshops + Digital memberships.

To gain access to Private Virtual Workshops, upgrade to an Unlimited Workshop + Digital membership today.

Having trouble enrolling? Call the Helpdesk at (866) 797-2836.
Click here for more information and to join the City of New York Connect Group.

Let's do this!

Featured Weight Watchers Recipe!

Shrimp, Bell Pepper and Thyme Frittata

4 large eggs
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons fresh chives, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 shallot, chopped
4 ounces cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp, coarsely chopped

1) Preheat broiler.
2) Whisk together eggs, thyme, chives, 1/8 teaspoon salt and black pepper in medium bowl. Set aside. 
3) Heat oil in 10-inch ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and shallot; cook, stirring until vegetables are softened, about 3 minutes. Add shrimp and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and cook just until heated through, about 1 minute. 
4) Pour egg mixture over shrimp mixture. Cook, without stirring, until eggs are almost set, about 5 minutes.
5) Place skillet 5 inches from heat and broil until frittata is set and top is golden, about 5 minutes longer. Slide frittata onto serving plate and cut into 8 wedges. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature. 

1 SmartPoints value per serving; Serves 4

*Benefits & Financial Corner*

New Health Plan Rates as of

March 1, 2021

Please click here to view the new bi-weekly premiums
Benefits Orientations

HR will hold benefit orientations to review benefits programs available to part time faculty and staff members, including eligibility for health insurance, the different health plans available, union benefits coverage, pension systems and voluntary pre-tax programs.

Calendar invites to attend the orientations will be sent to employees, based on their titles.

Adjuncts (Teaching and Non-Teaching)
- Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 12PM

College Assistants and Disability Accommodation Specialists
- Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12PM

All sessions will be held remotely
The PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund's Death Benefit, which is provided to both full-time Instructional Staff and the part-time Instructional Staff that are covered by CUNY's Adjunct Health Insurance, is still $5,000. Please remember to keep your listed beneficiaries up to date on this card. You can click here to find the card on the Welfare Fund's website to complete, then submit to Nicole in HR. 

If you have any questions about this benefit, please reach out to Nicole at
TIAA’s one-on-one financial counseling sessions are still available by phone or virtual meetings. To connect with a TIAA financial consultant, please sign up online at or call (800) 732-8353. For more information, please view the TIAA Financial Counseling through WebEx Flyer.
Teachers' Retirement System Educational Seminars - TRS holds monthly seminars for the purpose of educating its members on the benefits and services of TRS membership. Some of the most featured seminars are the following: "Getting Ready for Retirement" for Tier 3 and 4 members, "Tier VI - Planning for Tomorrow," and "Introduction to the TDA Program." To register, please log into your account on and select Educational Programs.
New York State Deferred Compensation Plan - Our new campus representative, Ms. Arlene Werner is available to respond to your questions and concerns about the 457b program. She is available for scheduled phone consultations can be reached at In addition, employees can register here for the following webinars: Enrollment, Asset Allocation and Pre-Retirement. 
New York's 529 College Savings Program -  As we continue to work remotely, the NY529 College Savings Program will host webinars the first Wednesday of every month at 12PM for the remaining of the year. The webinars will discuss the following:
  • What is a 529?
  • Who can open a 529?
  • What are the advantages?
You must register in advance for each webinar. To do so, please click here to be sent to the registration screen. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the webinar in Zoom. If you have any questions, you can contact our CUNY representative, Ms. Lissette Ramos-Johnson, Institutional Relationship Manager at
Have questions? Want to make changes to your benefits?
Please contact Nicole Paige at Ext. 38863
Join HR for our virtual workshops, brought by Municipal Credit Union, MCU. Please see the events details below:

The Importance of Budgeting
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
11:30AM - 12:20PM

The Home-Buying Experience, Take 2!
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
10AM - 11AM

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Nicole Paige at or ext. 38863.

During the spring 1 2021 semester, adjuncts are paid on the following seven pay dates:
Featured Topic: Workload Forms
Adjuncts are required to submit Workload Forms to the Office of Academic Affairs at the beginning of each semester. Timely submission is critical as OAA and HR review those forms to confirm that Adjuncts overall workload across the University is within the contractual limits.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Elie at or Travis at
Click here to read the
CUNY Adjunct Rights and Benefits Brochure.

As an adjunct, there are a number of benefits made available to you:
Health Insurance and Supplemental Benefits (prescription drugs, optical, dental, etc.)
Pension Membership - NYC Teachers' Retirement System
Supplemental Retirement Annuities
Pre-Tax Transit Benefit Program - Edenred Commuter Benefits
Employee Assistance Program (free and confidential) - CCA@YourService
College Savings Program - NY529 College Savings Plan
CUNY's Tuition Fee Waiver
Please email Nicole at to ask any questions regarding benefits available to the adjuncts.
As a reminder:
  • The first day of classes is March 6, 2021.
  • For training in ePortfolio and Starfish, please contact Chris Roth at
  • Spring 1 grades are due in CUNYfirst no later than 3PM on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
  • Click here to view the full Academic Calendar for 2020-21
  • The last day of classes is Wednesday, June 9th and the end of the semester is Wednesday, June 14th. 
  • Commencement is on Friday, June 18, 2021.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about submitting grades or your teaching schedule for the next semester, please contact Jazmin Lopez at in the Office of Academic Affairs.

K.E.Y. -
Keep Educating (and taking care of) Yourself

The new CUNY Employee Assistance Program, CCA, offers a wealth of online seminars on a variety of topics: 
  • Parenting:
    • Adoption
    • Kids' Well-Being
    • Education
  • Aging:
    • Adults with Disabilities
    • Planning the Future
    • Home Care
  • Mental Health:
    • Personal Health
    • Grief and Loss
    • Relationships
  • Working:
    • Career Development
    • Accomplished Employee
    • Workplace Productivity
....and much more! To access, please visit the CCA@YourService website, using the credentials below.

CUNY Work/Life Program - CCA@YourService!!

March's Online Seminar discusses:
**Planning Your Success**

Explore the secrets behind being more organized and more efficient to help combat and reduce overwhelm.

Online Seminar available on-demand, starting March 16th at noon

April's Online Seminar discusses:
**The Steps to Financial Success**

Understand the practical ways you can feel more secure and more stable in your finance management.

Online Seminar available on-demand, starting April 20th at noon
Company Code: CUNY

3 Ideas, 2 Quotes, 1 Question
(February 25, 2021)

by James Clear

"On eliminating clutter reinventing yourself, and unity


I. Rome wasn't built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour. You don't have to do it all today. Just lay a brick. 

II. School requires you to learn about things after the answer has already been decided. Life requires you to learn about things while the answer is in the process of being decided.

III. Clarity is the elimination of mental clutter
       Agility is the elimination of physical clutter
       Tranquility is the elimination of spiritual clutter"

Click here to read the quotes and question for you on reinventing yourself and unity.

Dr. Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler, born February 8, 1831 in Delaware, is the first African American woman physician in the United States. As a child, Dr. Crumpler went to a prestigious private school called the West-Newton English and Classical School in Massachusetts; then, in 1852, she worked as a nurse in Charlestown. In 1860, she applied to the New England Female Medical College and was accepted! She graduated in 1864 and at that time, there were only 300 women out of the over 54,000 physicians in the United States and none of them were African American.

Dr. Crumpler began a medial practice in Boston and in 1865, she and her family moved to Richmond, Virginia where she found, in her own words "the proper field for real missionary work, and one that would present ample opportunities to become acquainted with the diseases of women and children." In 1883, she wrote a book called "A Book of Medical Discourses in Two Parts" and dedicated it "to mothers, nurses, and all who may desire to mitigate the afflictions of the human race."

Dr. Rebecca Crumpler passed away on March 9, 1895. "She is an inspiration to all who face adversity, seek diversity and forge the path forward."

--found on Click here to read more. 
Dedicated to the beautiful and incomparable

Ms. Cicely Tyson

December 19, 1924 - January 28, 2021

Sleep in Peace

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