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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Benefits and Administrative Services”

    Conference Office closed

    November 16, 2018 / By Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Due to the inclement weather, the Conference Office in Liverpool will be closed today, Nov. 16. It is scheduled to reopen Monday, Nov. 19. …more

    Changes to Paid Family Leave in 2019

    October 29, 2018 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist

    New York State (NYS) Department of Financial Services recently announced changes to the 2019 NYS Paid Family Leave. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the number of weeks eligible employees can take will increase from eight to 10 weeks. The benefit will also increase to 55% of the employee’s average weekly wage, capped at 55% of the state’s average weekly wage. For 2019, the state’s average weekly wage will be $1,357.11. Therefore, the maximum …more

    Minimum wage increase affects all UNY employers

    October 29, 2018 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist

    New York State (NYS) is raising the minimum wage. Effective Dec. 31, 2018, minimum wage will increase from $10.40/hour to $11.10/hour. Employers in the Upper New York Conference, regardless of the number of employees, must pay non-exempt employees minimum wage. The minimum wage will continue to increase annually by 70 cents until it meets $12.50/hour on December 31, 2020.  Future increases after 2020, will be determined by the NYS Director of Budget in consultation with …more

    Equitable Compensation Application for January-June 2019 available

    October 3, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and application forms for salary grants to local churches for the period January 1 to June 30, 2019. Salary grants are available only to churches with a pastor under full time appointment.  To apply for salary assistance from the Equitable Compensation Fund, applicants should review the policies and procedures in the application document for guidance, and then complete the application according to …more

    It’s time to take your HealthQuotient assessment to reduce your 2019 HealthFlex deductible

    August 1, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The HealthQuotient (HQ) online health risk assessment is step two of your HealthFlex “Three Steps for Better Wellness.” Taking the HQ between August 1 and September 30, 2018 will save you money on your 2019 medical plan deductible*— you will avoid paying $250 extra (individual deductible) or $500 extra (family deductible). It is also meant to help you develop a wellness plan for yourself based on your specific health care needs. In order …more

    Virgin Pulse and RedBrick Health join forces to create world’s largest digital wellbeing and engagement company

    June 12, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    The Virgin Pulse and RedBrick Health merger will create the first and only one-stop-shop for employee health, wellbeing, and benefits engagement; the combined company will have more than 3,200 customers across 190 countries Providence-based Virgin Pulse and Minneapolis-based RedBrick Health announced last month that the industry pioneers will merge, creating the world’s largest, most comprehensive digital health and engagement company. This powerful combination will deliver the industry’s only …more

    Blueprint for Wellness Annual Conference Event Pre-Registration Begins

    March 5, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Wespath Benefits and Investments and The Center For Health has again teamed up with Quest Diagnostics to offer "Blueprint for Wellness," a free health screening program for eligible participants* in the Upper New York Conference. Quest Diagnostics will be at the Upper New York Annual Conference event at Onondaga Community College (SRC Arena/Allyn Hall Room A182), on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1 from 6 to 10 AM. This is an opportunity …more

    Equitable Compensation Application for January-June 2018 available

    October 24, 2017 / By

    The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and application forms for salary grants to local churches for the period January 1 to June 30, 2018. Salary grants are available only to churches with a pastor under full time appointment.  To apply for salary assistance from the Equitable Compensation Fund, applicants should review the policies and procedures in the application document for guidance, and then complete the application according to …more

    revitup! for a Lifetime in Ministry—Scholarship Opportunities and Childcare This Year!

    October 18, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    Wespath is hosting a revitup! for a Lifetime in Ministry educational event for young clergy ages 39 and under November 13-15, 2017 in Pensacola Beach, Florida. This event serves to strengthen personal, financial, and leadership skills in order to sustain a lifetime in ministry. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APPROACHING! Use the link above to register.  New this year, are scholarship opportunities available to first-time attendees of revitup! …more

    Conference website status

    August 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As we are sure you have noticed, we’ve had some significant issues with the Conference website over the last week or so. The good news is that we have a restored version of the Conference website that we can work with. The bad news is that several months updates, changes, and additions to the website were lost in the process.   What this means is we are having …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."