Year-end, new year reminders

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Holiday stress got you down?  Need a kick start into the New Year?  If so, you may want to contact Employee & Family Resources (EFR), your Employee Assistance Program.  All contact with EFR is strictly confidential.  Whether you need legal or financial help, assistance regarding elder care or just want to live better in general, EFR is ready to help.  This benefit is not just for you – it’s for your family members too!  Give them a call at (515) 244-6090 or (800) 327-4692 or (877) 542-6488 (TTY) or learn more at


Your finalized benefit statement for 2013 will be available on AccessPlus beginning January 11, 2013.  To access AccessPlus, go to

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

You have just a few days left to spend your 2012 flexible spending account (FSA) dollars.  All 2012 FSA expenses for health and dependent care must be incurred by December 31, 2012.  This is a use it or lose it situation.  Iowa State's FSA administrator is ASIFlex and claim forms are available on the ASIFlex website at  Claims for 2012 must be filed by April 30, 2013.


Should you need to renew a specific license or certification for 2013, please remember to do so by placing a reminder on your calendar at this time.  If your job requires a particular license or certification, you are expected to keep it valid at all times.

Ames Lab Human Resources wishes you a safe and healthy new year.  Get ready to start writing 2013!