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Human Resources Newsletter

May 2015

Important Message Regarding the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014

The District of Columbia’s Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 (WTPAA) became effective this year. The Act is meant to protect employees’ earned wages and ensure that they receive compensation for their work. 

As an employer in the District of Columbia, American University is required to provide you with written information pertaining to your employment. 

In the next few weeks, you will receive an email from AU that links you to your Notice of Hire – Employment Status and Acknowledgement of Wage Rate(s). Upon receipt, you must acknowledge receipt of this notice electronically. Instructions will be provided with the link. 

Employers are required to retain copies of the signed notices as proof of compliance for at least three years. There are substantial penalties to employers for non-compliance, so it is important for you to acknowledge receipt of your notice. 

The WTPAA requires that this notice be sent to new hires upon starting employment at AU as well as whenever there is a change to an employee's rate of pay or pay schedule. Therefore, you also will need to acknowledge receipt of any future notices you may receive.

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DC Minimum Wage Increases on July 1

In January 2014, the DC Council enacted the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 which amended the Minimum Wage Act Revision Act of 1992. July 1, 2015 marks the second increment of the three step plan to increase the minimum wage in the District of Columbia to $11.50 an hour:

  • Effective July 1, 2014 the minimum wage was $9.50/hour
  • Effective July 1, 2015 the minimum wage is $10.50/hour
  • Effective July 1, 2016 the minimum wage is $11.50/hour

Effective July 1, 2017, the minimum wage will be increased in proportion to the annual average increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Human Resources will provide units throughout the university with a list of employees whose hourly rates are below the new minimum wage of $10.50/hour.  

A new e-action must be submitted that reflects the new hourly wage with an effective date of no later than June 20, 2015. All departments who are hiring new staff are encouraged to begin using the new minimum wage now.  

If you have any questions, please contact your Service Delivery representative.

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AhealthyU Calendar Weight Watchers®

Thursdays | 12pm | MGC 330-N  

Cooking Demonstration 

Summer BBQ
5/22 | 12pm
Woods-Brown Amphitheater*
*Rain location: MGC 2-4 

From the Farmer

Tuesdays | Afternoons
3201 New Mexico Ave. 

Steps to AhealthyU Pedometer Challenge 

5/26 - 7/6
Register by 5/27

Group Exercise Classes for Faculty & Staff 

Monday – Friday  
May 26 - August 7  

Staff Appreciation Week Events

AhealthyU Walk Around the Quad

5/18 | 2pm | the Quad

Complimentary Yoga Class

5/19 | 12:05pm | WCL Student Lounge, 6th Floor

Financial Education Seminars

Cash & Debt Management

5/20 | 9am | MGC 200

Estate Planning Basics

5/20 | 10:30am | MGC 200

Basics of Investing (Session 1)

5/20 | 1pm | 4401 Connecticut Avenue,
Alumni Board Room, #707

Basics of Investing (Session 2)

5/20 | 3pm | MGC 200

Health & Wellness Fair

5/21 | 10am - 3pm | MGC 2-5

Printable AhealthyU Summer Calendar 

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Staff Appreciation Week Starts Monday, May 18. Thanks for all you do!

American University Celebrates Staff Appreciation Week: May 18 - 22

Staff Appreciation Week, American University’s annual week-long celebration of the contributions of its staff, is set to begin on Monday, May 18. Once again, the week will highlight top performers, years of commitment, and individuals' works across campus.

This year’s schedule of activities includes:

Monday, May 18

Tuesday, May 19

  • Arboretum tour
  • Years of Service & Staff Performance Awards Luncheon (by invitation only)
  • Yoga and Meditation @ Cassell
  • Yoga @ WCL

Wednesday, May 20

  • Financial Wellness Seminars (register on AsuccessfulU):
    • Cash and Debt Management
    • Estate Planning Basics
    • Basics of Investing
  • Trivia In The Tavern
  • Body Composition Analysis
  • Twenty-Year Club Celebration (by invitation only)

Thursday, May 21

  • Annual Staff Volleyball Tournament (teams register by Friday, May 15)
  • Staff Council Book/Media Swap and Professional Clothing Drive
  • Health & Wellness Fair
  • Annual Eagles Nest Photo (Staff Alumni Photo)
  • Annual Staff Picnic
  • AthankU For Your Thyme
  • Membership and Personal Training discounts and Guest Pass Day
  • Staff Council After Hours Staff Gathering (RSVP here)

Friday, May 22

  • Katzen Museum Gallery Tour
  • Summer Barbeque Cooking Demo (register to attend)
  • Membership and Personal Training discounts and Guest Pass Day

For more details on all the events and activities, be sure to visit the Staff Appreciation Week website.

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AhealthyU Financial Wellness

Take Your Next Step to Financial Security

American University and AhealthyU are offering custom-designed workshops to help you achieve your financial goals. The workshops are led by independent financial advisors from PricewaterhouseCoopers and are open to all full-time faculty and staff. Register for any of the sessions on AsuccessfulU

Workshops include:

Cash & Debt Management
Wednesday, May 20, 9 a.m.
MGC 200

Take control of your finances. This workshop provides information about budgeting, saving, debt management, and credit scores.  

Estate Planning Basics
Wednesday, May 20, 10:30 a.m.
MGC 200  

Protect your future. Learn about insurance protection, coverage, and how your AU benefits can assist you. This workshop also addresses basic estate planning tools such as wills, healthcare proxies, and beneficiary designations. 

Basics of Investing (two sessions offered)

Session 1: Wednesday, May 20, 1 p.m.
4401 Connecticut Ave. Alumni Board Room, Room 707  

Session 2: Wednesday, May 20, 3 p.m.
MGC 200  

Build your investment knowledge. Develop an investment plan and learn how your AU benefits can help you achieve your financial goals. Basic investment types and concepts are addressed.  

You can also find online money management education resources through Financial Avenue. From budgeting to tackling debt, there are a variety of courses, mini-modules, tools, and videos to help you.

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Maximize the Value of Your AU Dental Benefits

AU offers full-time faculty and staff the choice of two dental plans to provide you with the most flexibility in selecting a dentist. 

If you don’t mind using the dentists in the Delta Dental PPO network, the Delta Dental Basic plan may be a good option for you and your family. Delta Dental can offer this lower cost plan option by requiring you to use their PPO dentists. 

But if you have an established relationship with a dentist or want the option to use any licensed dentist, the Comprehensive plan allows you that flexibility. You can maximize the value of your dental plan by selecting dentists that participate in Delta Dental’s large provider networks.

Delta Dental has two level of network providers; PPO and Premier dentists.

  • Delta Dental’s PPO dentists generally offer the lowest contracted rates and greatest cost savings.
  • Delta Dental Premier dentists are the next best value with contracted rates that help you save.

Dentists outside of the PPO network may bill you for the difference between the allowed benefit and their charges (balance billing), and you will be responsible for any amounts above the allowed benefit charges.

To find a network dentist or verify that your dentist is a contracted PPO or Premier network dentist, visit

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Delta Dental Payment Example

2015 Pedometer Challenge, May 26 - July 6.

The Annual AhealthyU Pedometer Challenge Returns May 26

Join AhealthyU's 6-week Pedometer Challenge beginning May 26. Team up with coworkers to compete against other AU Faculty and Staff, or try and beat your personal step goal and earn rewards along the way. 

There is a competitive and non-competitive option. The competitive teams will by competing for the portion of the registration fee while the non-competitive participants will focus on achieving their personal step goals.

New this year - use your own step tracking device

Already wearing a tracking device? No need to double-up - use your Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike FuelBand or other device to track your steps! 

Earn weekly prizes for your team

Each week, AhealthyU will hold a raffle for all steppers who met their individual goal (established during registration) from the previous week. If your name is drawn, you and your teammates will enjoy your choice of either a complimentary From the Farmer bushel or a seated massage provided by a licensed massage therapist. 


  • Registration is $5 per participant
  • Registrants will have the option to use their own approved tracking device or use an AhealthyU USB pocket pedometer
  • All participants will be eligible for team and individual prizes
  • CASH prizes for the top stepping teams (subject to tax)
  • Competitive ("Top Stepping Team" Competition) and Non-Competitive ("Team Goal" Challenge) team registration options available
  • Registration Closes May 27
  • Visit for more information and to register for the Pedometer Challenge.

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Bike to Work Day 2015, Friday, May 15, 2015.

We Make it Easy For You to Bike to Work on May 15

Biking to work not only improves your physical and mental health and is good for the environment, but it can save you money too. AhealthyU and the Office of Sustainability encourage you to participate in the regional Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15. 

Did you know that if you bike to work you can:

  • Burn more than 200 calories in 30 minutes
  • Save time by bypassing rush hour traffic
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease
  • Save money on car maintenance, fuel, and parking

Whether you’re a seasoned biker or just a beginner, we have resources and events to help make your Bike to Work Day a fun and worthwhile experience.

On Bike to Work Day, be sure to visit the Quad between 8 and 10 a.m. for:

  • Complimentary breakfast catered by Georgetown Bagel
  • Fun giveaways for riders
  • WIN a drawing for a Nike Sport Band, Fitness Center Membership, or complimentary Fitness Assessment
  • All riders granted access to fitness center showers and facilities; please email AhealthyU by May 13 if you would like access to the showers and facilities.

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CAS Katzen Garage

Summer Camps at the Katzen

If you are considering fun and creative activities for your children this summer, consider Imagination Stage or Levine’s summer music and arts day camps. Both camps will hold summer sessions at the Katzen and AU faculty and staff are eligible for discounts to the camps. For more information, visit the Camps on Campus page under Work-Life on the myBenefits site

Imagination Stage  

Imagination Stage returns to the Katzen Arts Center, June 15 - July 2, and is pleased to continue their week-long, half-day dance and acting camps for children in grades 7 – 10.

Campers are exposed to an intensive exploration of specific dance styles and acting techniques in AU's state-of-the-art Katzen Center. This summer's camp includes Improvisation, Musical Theatre Dance: Grease, Acting 101, Hip-Hop, and many more! Mix and match camps to create a full-day experience.  

AU faculty and staff receive a 5 percent tuition discount at all Imagination Stage summer camp locations. To register for summer camps at American University's campus and receive a 5 percent discount, visit: Or call 301-280-1636 and mention that you are an American University faculty or staff member to receive a 5 percent discount at all other non-AU locations.  

Levine’s Summer Music and Arts Day Camp 

The Levine School of Music is teaming with the Katzen Arts Center to offer top-notch instruction within a fun and collaborative environment for campers ages 3-and-a-half to 12 and Teen Apprentices in grades 7 – 12. The program at the Katzen Arts Center runs July 13 through July 31. The Summer Music and Arts Day camp offers a rich educational program with singing, music instrument lessons for campers in first grade and above, along with dance, yoga, art, percussion, and an afternoon Music Theater program.  

Call 202-686-8000 ext 1040 to inquire about a $50 discount for AU employees. To use your discount, please visit, and

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Workplace Learning & Development May - June Training Calendar

Register for the instructor led courses listed below by logging into AsuccessfulU, AU's online training registration system via the portal. 

How to Access the Learning Module in AsuccessfulU:

  • Click here to access AsuccessfulU’s portal page.
  • Click the "Go to AsuccessfulU" button in the middle of the page.
  • From the "Home" tab on the top left of the page click on "Learning" from the drop down menu.
  • This will launch your personal profile in the “Learning” tab. You can search and register for training sessions here.
Wednesday, May 27
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Embracing Change
Thursday, May 28
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Leading Change
Tuesday, June 2
1 p.m. –5 p.m. Emotional Intelligence
Wednesday, June 3
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Political Savvy
Thursday, June 4
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Critical Thinking for Peak Performance
 Thursday, June 4 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Process Mapping
Wednesday, June 10
9 a.m. – 5 p.m Service Plus
Thursday, June 11
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Coaching for Improvement
Thursday, June 11
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Reviewing Performance Progress
Monday, June 15
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Coaching for Success
Tuesday, June 16
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Intro to MBTI
Wednesday, June 17
9 a.m. –1 p.m. Managing Respect in the Workplace: We Need to MEET
Thursday, June 18
9 a.m. – 1 p.m Presenting Yourself with Impact
Tuesday, June 23
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Process Mapping
Wednesday, June 24
1 p.m. –5 p.m. Building an Environment of Trust for Leaders
Wednesday, June 24
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Art of Saying No
Thursday, June 25
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Personal Empowerment
Monday, June 29
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Dealing with Out of Bounds Customers
Tuesday, June 30
9 a.m. – 1 p.m Developing Others

Please contact the Workplace Learning and Development team at with any questions.

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Workplace Learning and Development

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