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Important News

- MEBA Vacation Plan Year-End Closing Deadlines

Apply for Vacation and Port Relief Benefits early to avoid the year-end rush. 

  • FILING DEADLINE: The deadline for issuing checks dated in 2020 in the Outports and the Plan Office is Thursday, December 17, 2020.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: The final Direct Deposit Transfer for 2020 will be made on 12/18/2020 and the funds will be deposited into bank accounts on 12/22/2020.
  • Any requests for Port Relief and Vacation checks received after 12/17/20 at 12:00 PM EST will be paid in the order received beginning 1/4/2021.

Any member who requires that his/her check be dated in 2020 must file before this deadline. Remember, Friday December 25, 2020 and Friday January 1, 2021 are holidays and the Outports and the Plan Office will be closed. It is always wise to plan ahead, so you should verify the specific holiday schedule with the Plan Office Representative.

Split Your Vacation Payments between 2020 and 2021

You can submit an Application for Vacation Pay prior to the end of the year and request that the payment of your vacation benefits be split. Two checks will be issued to you, one in 2020 and a second in 2021. The 12/17/2020 deadline applies to split claims also. The vacation benefits paid in this manner MUST be a continuous vacation period.

 

Please contact the Vacation Plan staff in Baltimore at 800-811-6322 or 410-547-9111 if you have any questions.”

 

– Plans is not electing the Payroll tax deferral - The payroll tax deferral provided under the President’s Executive Order provides for the deferral of certain tax withholding until 2021.  Please note, the Executive Order provides only for the deferral of the taxes; it is not a waiver of your tax withholding obligation. The payroll tax deferral is optional at the election of the paying agent (employer or Plan).  Because of the increased administrative burden associated with implementing the payroll tax deferral and the increased tax withholding that will be required to be applied to wages paid in 2021 to recoup the deferral, the Trustees have decided not to implement the withholding at this time.  Since the Plans are not deferring withholding taxes, the taxes will continue to be withheld from your wages and remitted to the IRS as usual. 

- MEBA Plans email security update – in an effort to protect your private data, MEBA Plans has changed our encryption vendor from Barracuda to Mimecast.  If you are expecting an email from the plan office and receive an email  from Domain postmaster address <postmaster@mebaplans.org>, then you will need to click on the link and set up a password to sign in and get your email.  Once you have set up your password, you can access secure emails from the plan office.  You do not need to set up a password every time.  If you have forgotten your password, there is a link to request a new password.

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MEBA Benefit Plans
1007 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202-4345
(410) 547-9111 or (800) 811-MEBA