Employer News | November 2016

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment 2017

Open Enrollment for AlaskaCare and for the Voluntary Supplemental Benefits Plan is from November 2 through November 23.

Changes are coming to the AlaskaCare Employee Health Plan that will take into effect beginning January 2017.

The State is also welcoming MetLife as our new partner for Voluntary Supplemental Benefits (life, disability and critical illness coverage). Employers participating in the State’s Alaska Supplemental Benefits System will receive a packet of information in the next few weeks explaining the new Critical Illness coverage as well as the updated premium rates for the 2017 plan year.  These new premiums must be loaded into employer systems for deduction from the first pay period in January.

Visit Alaska.gov/drb/OpenEnrollment.

Prepaid Cash Card Scam Alert


The Division of Retirement and Benefits has received information from several survivors eligible to receive death benefits from the Public Employees' (PERS) or Teachers' (TRS) Retirement Systems of a scam aimed at obtaining identity information about the deceased spouse and thousands of dollars in the form of prepaid cash cards. Please share the following information about the scam with your employees:

The scam works like this:

The scammer contacts the survivor and asserts that the survivor or deceased spouse owes money on an insurance policy and the State of Alaska will either withhold part or all of the death benefits until the amount is paid. The survivor is then instructed to provide the deceased's Social Security number and to mail prepaid cash cards along with the receipt for the cash cards and his/her signature on the back to a specified address.  

Two important facts:

  • State of Alaska retirement system death benefits will NEVER be withheld for debt payment.
  • The Division will NEVER contact you by phone and demand cash cards for any attachments.

What to do if you are contacted:

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Division, but you suspect they are not, then:

  1. Record the caller's name, call back number, and caller ID if available.
  2. Call (800) 821-2251 and confirm the caller is a Division employee.
  3. If the caller is not a Division employee, contact your local police department and report the scam.

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Reminder: Please Complete Our Survey

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In early November, employers were sent a survey regarding the Division's new Employer Services reporting tool. Your responses to the survey will help the Division prepare for implementation of the new tool.

The survey closes at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23Please be sure to complete the survey. We appreciate your time in providing us with this valuable information.

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Update: Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (DCR) True-Up


The Division is in the process of developing a new Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (DCR) true-up process. We had hoped the process would be available by now, but circumstances have delayed the project. 

We apologize for the delay, but will keep you posted when the project is back on track.

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2016 W2, W3, and 1099MISC Filing Dates


This is a reminder that there has been a change to the Federal Form W-2 and Form W-3 and Federal Form 1099-MISC federal filing dates for calendar year 2016 wages.

The due date for filing 2016 Form W-2 with the Social Security Administration is now January 31, 2017, whether you file using pater forms or electronically filing.

Public Law 114-113, Division Q, section 201, requires Form 1099-MISC to be filed on or before January 31, 2017, when you are reporting nonemployee compensation payments in box 7. Otherwise file by February 28, 2017, if you file on paper, or by March 31, 2017, if you file electronically.

2016 General Instruction for Forms W-2 and W-3

2016 General Instructions for Certain Information Returns

If you have questions, please contact Melanie Helmick at (907) 465-5707 or melanie.helmick@alaska.gov.

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