- MEBA Vacation Plan Year-End Closing Deadlines
Apply for Vacation and Port Relief Benefits early to avoid the year-end rush.
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 <email@example.com>, 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.
In order to have your Pre-Employment drug test covered by the plan, you are required to have worked in Covered Employment for at least 60 days in the six-month period immediately preceding your drug test; and such Covered Employment must be with Employers that participate in the Federal Drug Testing Program.
New Entrants in the Plan, or employees who have not previously participated in the plan, will become eligible after completing 30 days of Covered Employment within any period of six consecutive calendar months.
You would need to complete a Change of Address Form, which can be found under Forms & Documents, Member Services Forms. We cannot take address changes over the phone; the form must be submitted in writing, signed and dated by the member.