Benefits-Eligible Employees,

Jumpstart your weight loss program for 2013! This semester, Loyola is offering Weight Watchers at Work with meetings to be held at the Lake Shore, Water Tower, and Health Sciences campuses. For those interested in learning more about Weight Watchers and their new 360 degree program, free sessions will be held on January 28 at the Lake Shore Campus and February 4 at the Water Tower Campus. For complete details, click here.

Transit Changes
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 increased the maximum monthly pre-tax contributions from $125 to $245. Employees can log onto the Benefit Express website at to make transit election changes that will become effective on April 1.

Also, effective January 2013, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) increased their monthly Chicago Card, Chicago Card Plus, and traditional monthly swipe passes from $86 to $100. Those who have monthly swipe CTA cards should have already seen the increase on their paychecks. Chicago Card and Chicago Card Plus holders will see the increase on their February paychecks, as the increase for these cards is not effective until March 2013. The new rate increases for CTA participants have automatically been updated by Benefit Express and no action is required by employees unless you wish to opt out of the transit program or decrease your transit amounts. If you have questions regarding transit benefits, please contact Nancy Mueller at 847.637.1594. Please keep in mind all changes to your current transit benefit needs to be completed by the 15th of every month.

Wellness Incentives
Finally, be sure to take advantage of the 2013 Wellness Incentives! By completing four of the seven activities listed here, you can earn $100. And, keep your eyes open for more wellness information that will be mailed to your home in February.


Deborah Meister
Director of Compensation, Benefits, and HRIS