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HR Updates

Please be mindful of what we hope is helpful information:

Pay Checks

We have received many inquiries regarding payment for the population of hourly employees. Effective this week, York College has moved to a telework model for all full and part-time employees. Recently, we have closed pay period 1 in both AEMS and PR-Assist. We ask that throughout the telework period, and for the time being, supervisors of hourly employees continue to enter and approve hours in both AEMS and PR-Assist consistent with each employee's regular schedule. As circumstances change, we will provide additional guidance.

Additionally, we ask that you please encourage all of your staff members to check the accuracy of their current address in CUNYfirst, and update as needed. The State Treasury has agreed to mail paychecks starting the week of March 23, 2020 and it is of paramount importance that addresses be accurate to support this. A guide to this process is available online

If you have any questions regarding this please refer to the HR webpage and/or contact Shane Ayers, Interim HRIS Manager, at

Employees enrolled in the Direct Deposit program will continue to receive pay in this manner.

Health Benefits

In the case of closures or partial closures of CUNY Campuses, the University Benefits Office will be working with their partners from New York State, New York City and the Unions to ensure that payroll and benefits will not be disrupted.  

As usual, York College’s Benefits Specialist, Ms. Brigette Major (, will continue to receive and answer questions as to the status of your benefits, especially health and welfare benefits. In the case of a campus closure or if she is not available to answer questions, the university has created a ‘University Benefits Help Line’ and email that we are now sharing with you. The number is (646) 664-2420 and the email address is

Transit Benefit Program

Employees enrolled in the Commuter Benefits program who are temporarily working from home and don’t anticipate using the funds in their Commuter Account can opt to suspend their payroll deductions.  Commuter Benefits deductions can be suspended for a period of up to one year.

  1. For employees enrolled in the Park-N-Ride plan, the parking plan must be suspended for the same period. Please note this will only suspend payroll deductions. 
  2. To also suspend Transit Pass orders, employees must do so directly with Edenred at (833) 584-8109 or online at
  3. All Commuter Benefit program participants can check their Commuter Account balance on the Edenred website

Please do contact us with any additional questions and for further assistance at or 718-262-2135.

Be Well!

Sabrina Johnson Chandler, SHRM-SCP

Executive Director, Human Resources

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