Flexible Spending Account Deadlines

Notice:  In-Progression, formerly GM Entry Level Hourly Workers;

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Grace Period Deadlines – Use it or Lose it!
The 2015 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) grace period deadline is fast approaching.

  • March 15 – Last date to incur eligible Health and Dependent Care FSA expenses for reimbursement from your 2015 FSA account balance.
  • April 30 – Claims for 2015 incurred eligible expenses must be submitted.

Any unused 2015 FSA funds that remain undistributed after April 30, 2016 will be forfeited.

 

Questions regarding your FSA?

Please contact:

  • Bank of America: 1-866-567-3993 – For Health Care FSA claims & inquiries.
  • Acclaris: 1-866.203.9358 – For Dependent Care FSA claims & inquiries.

SAP and Transfer Applications

2016 Special Attrition Plan (SAP) Update

  • Plants have developed a “plan for every person” – effective date of retirement
    • March 1, April 1 or May 1, 2016
  • This week eligible SAP employees were notified by GM Management of retirement effective dates
  • Fidelity has been notified of retirement effective dates
  • The required documents for pension must be submitted for retirement (birth certificates, marriage certificates, social security cards, etc.)
  • Members should contact their Local Union Benefit Representative and/or the GM Benefits & Services Center (1-800-489-4646) with questions
  • $60,000 lump sum cash payment (less taxes, GM overpayments, court orders) will be paid approx. 6-8 weeks following Fidelity verified retirement date
    • Eligible Retro Retirees will receive mailing and instructions to complete/return forms in order to receive $60,000 lump sum cash payment (less taxes, overpayments, etc.)

 

 

Transfer Application for GMCH Members

Consistent with the 2015 UAW-GM National Agreement, effective Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM all UAW Production members from the GMCH locations will be able to apply for an Appendix A Transfer.

Production members may apply using the Employee Placement System (EPS) and it may be accessed through either the JAS System or Socrates.

If you have any questions, please contact your Local Union.

Steps to take for Medicare Enrollment & GM Hourly Placement Process

Medicare Enrollment 

Enrolling in Medicare coverage can be confusing. Below is information you need to know, and steps that you need to take.

If you, your spouse, or your disabled children, are already enrolled in Medicare Parts A & B, regardless of age, there is nothing that you need to do at this time.

 

If you or your spouse are age 65 or older, or your children are disabled, and not enrolled in both Medicare Parts A & B, you will want to begin your Medicare enrollment before your retirement date.

 

It is important to enroll in Medicare as soon as you can. If you are retiring as a UAW represented GM employee, your medical coverage may be provided by the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. To have Medicare as your primary payer for medical services, you will need to be enrolled in Medicare Parts A & B. If you are NOT enrolled in both Medicare Parts A & B, or are enrolled in Part A only, you will be limited to the Blue Cross Traditional Plan and your claims will be paid as though you have Medicare Part B. In other words, you will be responsible to pay the part of the claim that Medicare would have paid.

What you need to know:

GM is contracted with SSDC, Medicare experts, who will assist you in enrolling in Medicare, and if needed, SSDC will complete the Social Security required form known as the “L564 form”. Completion of the L564 form will help you avoid late enrollment penalty fees for your Medicare Part B coverage.

Take Action:

  1. It is important that you contact SSDC and request completion of the L564 form. You will need to provide SSDC with your planned retirement date. If your retirement is planned to be sooner than 60 days, contact SSDC immediately.

When completed, SSDC will securely fax, or email the completed L564 form to your residence. You may also choose to have the form mailed.

  1. After calling SSDC, contact your local Social Security Administration office to make an appointment to enroll in Medicare Parts A & B. Make this appointment for approximately 7-10 days later to allow time for SSDC to deliver your completed L564 form.
  2. When you visit the Social Security Administration office, be sure to complete your Medicare Part A & B application to indicate your effective date of coverage to be the same as your retirement date, or any other future date.
  3. Be sure to take your completed L564 form with you to your appointment with the Social Security Administrator.

If for any reason your Medicare coverage is either delayed or denied for the effective date that you requested at the Social Security Administration office, you need to call your Local Union Benefit Representative (UBR). If you are retiring as a UAW represented GM employee, your UBR will contact the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust on your behalf.

SSDC Customer Service Representatives can be reached at 1-800-374-9950, ext. 390. They are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

If you have issues involving medical claims payment, you should continue to call your medical plan carrier for assistance.

 

GM Hourly Placement Process

Here is a simple overview of the process General Motors uses to fill openings within one of its UAW represented facilities.

The full language can be found  under Appendix A of the UAW/GM National Agreement.

When GM identifies they have open positions at a given facility, that facility submits a requisition for people.

Once that request is approved by Senior GM Management, the National Employee Placement Center (NEPC), runs a Roster of the UAW/GM members who have submitted an application for transfer to that facility.

The NEPC then extends job placement offers, in Seniority Order, following the process and flowchart contained in Appendix A.

Members retaining recall rights receive the first offers, followed by eligible members in the Area Hire and Extended Area Hire of the hiring facility, again, following the process and flowchart sequence contained in Appendix A.

If after following the steps in Appendix A, there are openings still remaining, GM follows their hiring policy.

The first step of the hiring policy is conversion of Temporaries in that facility to permanent.

If openings still remain, GM then goes to that facilities pool of applicants who have successfully passed testing through a company called DDI.

DDI is a company GM has contracted to conduct all of their potential employee testing.

Currently, in many locations, GM is canvassing for Referrals into a pool of people for testing by DDI.

The company has not hired anyone into UAW/GM permanent positions following any other process.