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April 2019
Welcome to the State of Vermont
Where You and Your Work Matter 
Commissioner's Message
Happy Spring!?

On March 21, DHR leadership and I had the pleasure of joining Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of Administration Susanne Young, Commissioner of Health Mark Levine and the DHR Wellness Team at the 2019 Worksite Wellness Conference and Awards in Burlington. 

This annual collaboration between the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Vermont Department of Health, coordinated by Public Health Specialist Ashwinee Kulkarni and the Planning Committee, recognizes those worksites who have excelled in creating innovative programming and initiatives over the past year, to support the health and wellness of employees and their families and communities. 

I was especially proud of the recognition received by our own DHR LiveWell Team as a 2019 Gold Level award winning team.  Congratulations and thank you to all the hardworking Worksite Wellness teams around the state! (See picture below).

In this Issue:

Last Call for Child Care Reimbursements
Deadline: April 15, 2019

Do you need help finding quality child care or paying for it?

The VT/VSEA Child & Elder Care Committee may be able to help. You can apply for child care
reimbursement in our annual program. Child care provided by licensed day care facilities or registered day care homes could be eligible for reimbursement.

You can get more information by visiting the DHR website under Employee Support.
Child Care Referral can help you find quality child care.

The deadline for submitting for Child Care Reimbursements is April 15, 2019.

If you have further questions please call 1-800-287-8322.

ADS Announces
New Intranet Website!

The Agency of Digital Services is making a few changes to its existing websites.  We have launched a new intranet (not accessible to the public) on SharePoint Online.  The new address is:

Our old website is no longer accessible; all information has been moved to our new intranet website, or to the public facing site:
More Information
The new intranet website has a lot of information that should be very useful to our users, such as: 

  • Customer Support Information
  • Training/How To documents
    • Office 365 Information
    • VoIP Information
  • Services/Service Catalog
  • How to Purchase IT Commodities
  • News announcements
  • Feedback -- Feel free to provide Feedback to us by clicking on the Feedback button in the top navigation.
We also have our public facing site. It includes the following information:
  • Mission/Vision
  • Strategy
  • Policies
  • Other higher-level information items that we want available to the public

We will be including more information as the site evolves for our users.  We hope you will like this new look and feel.
ADS Service Desk
ADS Public Website:
New ADS Intranet:
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Sick Leave Bank
Nearly Bankrupt!

Please consider donating as much Annual and/or Personal Leave as you are able to contribute.

Donating an hour of your time can mean the world to a fellow employee, who, along with their families, is struggling due to serious health issues.
Please print the Sick Leave Bank Donation Form, complete it, and forward it to your Human Resources Administrator
between now and June 30, 2019.
Many thanks to those who previously donated time to the Sick Leave Banks. Your generosity is making a difference!
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Governor Scott Honors LiveWell Vermont 

Top Row (Left to Right): Dr. Mark Levine (VDH Commissioner) , Jonathan Goddard (WA*), Breanna Hill (WA*), Joan West (WA*), Susanne Young (Sec. of Admin.), Julie Vose (WA*), Grace Thompson (DHR Wellness), Anna Baggett (DHR Wellness), Harold Schwartz (DHR), Dan Pouliot (Dep. Comm. DHR), Gov. Phil Scott

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Tammy Johnson (WA*), Clarke Collins (DHR Wellness), Maura O’Brien (DHR Wellness), Beth Fastiggi (Comm. DHR), Jessica Martin (WA*), Elizabeth Bull (WA*), Ginni Lavely (WA*), Abe Abdo (WA*)
*State of Vermont Wellness Ambassador

The LiveWell Vermont State Employees Wellness Program was honored with the "Gold Level in for Excellence in Worksite Wellness" award at the 2019 Worksite Wellness Conference. The Wellness Team is pictured with just some of the amazing Wellness Ambassadors who advocate for wellness at their individual worksites. To learn more about the State Wellness Program, visit their website page

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Payroll Updates
Tax season is in full swing and the April 15th deadline quickly approaching! Because of the 2018 Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA), employees owing taxes or receiving larger than usual refunds, should review and update their income tax withholding for 2019.
The IRS encourages everyone to update their W-4 withholding anytime tax situations change and more or less taxes need to be withheld from pay.  For the 2018 filing year, the IRS will be waiving penalties for those who have under-withheld, but caution everyone that penalties will be assessed for 2019.
A couple key things to keep in mind when making changes:
  • Married filing status withholds less from your pay than Single status.
  • The lower the number of allowances, the higher the amount of tax withheld. 
  • Claiming ‘Exempt’ means that no tax will be withheld from your pay
Changes made in ESS and new VT forms sent to Payroll entirely replace what is currently on file. 
Current tax withholding information is located in the top right-hand corner of the Pay Advice which is published bi-weekly in Employee Self Service.It is always a good idea to periodically review pay advices to be sure that benefits and taxes are being withheld as expected.
  • Federal Income Tax Changes – are made by logging into VTHR-Employee Self Service.  Employees are encouraged to go online and review the new form and instructions published by the IRS and/or perform a Paycheck Checkup using the IRS withholding calculator to ascertain the appropriate amount of withholding allowances and amount are claimed.
  • Vermont Income Tax Changes – An updated W-4VT is available on Payroll’s web site  Complete and submit the new form to VTHR either by email, fax or mail as instructed on the form. 
VTHR cannot provide individual tax assistance. Employees should consult with the IRS, VT Tax Department or a qualified tax preparer for withholding or tax advice.
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Save the Date! May 4th! 
Green Up Vermont

Help Keep Vermont Green!

On Saturday, May 4th,
come together with your fellow Vermonters in this annual event to remove litter from Vermont’s roadsides and public spaces.
Visit the Green Up Vermont website for information.
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Find Out Your Dental Score!
You will be eligible to win Wellness Prizes thru 3/31!

Do You Know Your Dental Score? 

Complete your free and confidential HOW® oral health self-assessment by March 31st to be eligible for wellness prizes!

With science showing a connection between good oral health and overall health, it’s important to know how your oral health is doing.

Complete a confidential oral health self-assessment to Know Your Score and:

  • better understand your risk for oral disease.
  • be entered to win an electric toothbrush and other fantastic wellness prizes!
  • share your results with your dentist.

Your dentist can perform a clinical version of the assessment and based on your clinical score, you may be eligible for additional preventive benefits through Northeast Delta Dental’s HOW® program.

HOW® stands for Health through Oral Wellness® and is a unique wellness program designed to promote good oral and overall health by focusing on each person’s individual oral health needs. At-risk patients will qualify to receive extra preventive benefits at no extra charge* – services such as additional cleanings, fluoride, or sealants for children and adults.
*up to the individual cap of $1000 per individual/year. 
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Prudential Retirement:  Review or Designate Your Beneficiary 
Keeping your beneficiary up-to-date is extremely important. Not only does this protect the people you care about most, it also ensures your wishes will be met. Please take time to do this now.

• Your beneficiary designation–not your will–determines what happens to any remaining balance in your account.
• Any employer-sponsored life insurance or pension beneficiary on file will not apply. You must elect a separate beneficiary for your retirement account at Prudential.
• If you don’t have a beneficiary on file, the plan–or the courts–will make this important decision when you’re unable to.

Review your beneficiary information today:
  1. Log in or register at
  2. Click “Quick Actions” next to the plan name.
  3. Click “Add/Review Beneficiaries”
  4. Click “Change or Add” under “Beneficiary Information” on the right.
  5. Update and confirm your information.
To speak with a retirement counselor about your retirement strategy, schedule a no-cost appointment.
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Department of Libraries Tuesday Talks
April 16th 12-1PM

VTLIB is proud to present another speaker for the state employee speaker series Tuesday Talks.

This month the event will be on: 
April 16th: 12-1PM
Pavilion Auditorium.
109 State Street
Jolinda LaClair will lead our April 16th Tuesday Talk, “Vermont’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic: Notes from the Field.”  Ms. LeClair is Director of Drug Prevention Policy, with oversight and management of Vermont’s Opioid Coordination Council. She and her invited guests will highlight some inter-and-intra-agency initiatives that have been developed in the areas of prevention, treatment and recovery. She has two children, two grandchildren and a labradoodle named Nelson.
See the event poster here. Please share this information in your departments. For more information please email April Shaw or call 802-636-0035.
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Help is Available 24/7
for Mental Health or Substance Abuse Issues
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol or substance abuse, anxiety or depression, you are not alone. There is help available. 

InvestEAP offers short-term confidential counseling, info and resources to permanent State employees and their family members at no-cost.

Help is available 24/7 at
Organization password: vteap
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Save the Date! May 16th
Vermont Corporate Cup!

Register by May 3rd!

The Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race is a 5-kilometer team running/walking event.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
6:00 PM
State House Lawn

Register by Friday, May 3rd
$28 per person
After May 3rd-$38 per person
Deadline to Register or Make Changes: May 13th

If you work for the State of Vermont and want to participate as a team, you must have 3 members and be from the same Agency.
To register, volunteer or learn more visit: the VT Corporate Cup and State Agency Race website or email

2019 VT Corporate Cup Poster

Volunteers are always needed to make the race run smoothly. To learn more, visit the Corporate Cup website
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