Wednesday, May 31, 2006

What other surprises are there upcoming

Doug---please post anonymously if you think this is interesting

Did anyone else notice that, seemingly without a word,
the UHC accounts started reading LANS as employer
rather than UC in early May. I received an
"explanation of services" letter from UHC and noted
that my employer was LANS. This was dated early May
for services in April. The UHC person I talked to had
"no clue" why or when the changeover in employer had
occurred, even though we obviously don't start as LANS
employees til June 1. A call to the LANL benefits
office confirmed that this "change" had been made in
early May. Why? And why no word (unless I missed it)
about the premature change?

And did anyone notice that on today's pay stub a
small, oh so small, note about an increase in costs
for life insurance through LANS?

Has there been a notice on this other than small type
on a pay stub no one looks at?

A harbinger of things to come? News ways of doing
business"? What other surprises are there upcoming
from LANS that will be "substantially equivalent" to
what we had?

Check your sick leave. I accrued 16 hours of vacation but a 4- in the accrued/adjusted column.
Interesting... my last request for 9 hours sick got got split into 4.5 sick/vacation and no real explanation but something vague about no sick leave on the day before or after a holiday?? HUH??? And this was still under UC???
LANS posted the new supplemental life rates on their website in April. The only horsey part is that the rates are supposed to be effective "June 1" so why did the payment come out of our last UC paycheck?
LOL good question.... and why did my UHC coverage change over to LANS before I even turned in the paperwork to BE a LANS employee???
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