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May 2022 Benefits Newsletter

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and the impact it can have on our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Mental health is essential for a person's overall health. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives.

Voluntary Time Off (VTO) Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Open Enrollment

The VTO Program Open Enrollment is open from May 2nd to June 2nd . VTO is an option for County employees who are looking to balance their work and personal/family demands.

Retirement Report - Spring 2022 Newsletter

County of San Mateo Deferred Compensation Plans

April 2022 Benefits Newsletter

April has been recognized as Stress Awareness month since 1992. While stress is unavoidable for the vast majority, there are many ways to help prevent and manage it. Take a look at these tips for managing stress in your life.

AFSCME MOU for Retiree Health

Amended AFSCME Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Retiree Health  October 3, 2021 – October 5, 2024 On February 22, 2022, the Board of Supervisors approved the Tentative Agreement amending the AFSCME MOU. This included the following summary of changes to sick leave accrual and retiree health benefits effective June 12, 2022:

March 2022 Benefits Newsletter

YOUR BENEFITS, YOUR CHOICE. March 2022 On March 20, 2022, the world united once again to help reduce the burden of oral diseases, which affect individuals, health systems, and economies everywhere. World Oral Health Day falls on the 20th of March every year and aims to empower people with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to secure good oral health.

January 2022 Benefits Newsletter

YOUR BENEFITS, YOUR CHOICE.JANUARY 2022 Your County Benefits and Your Physical Health Resolutions Maintaining your physical health and achieving your fitness resolutions is key to overall great health.

Fake COVID Testing Sites

On January 25, 2022 the California Attorney General issued a statewide alert for consumers to beware of illegitimate COVID-19 testing sites. These sites may fail to provide test results and/or use the patients’ personal identifiable information to commit fraud. The AG’s alert offers tips on how to avoid testing site scams, as well as how to locate legitimate, verified testing sites. Attorney General Bonta Warns Californians to Beware of Illegitimate COVID-19 Testing Sites | State of California - Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General Please report fake testing sites in San Mateo County to our Consumer & Environmental Unit. A complaint form can be obtained by calling (650) 363-4651. State and spell your name and address on the recording and a complaint form will be mailed to you. You can also fill to out here: consumer complaint form. Completed complaint forms should be emailed to smda@smcgov.org, sent by US mail to San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, 400 County Center, 3rd Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063 or delivered to our office.

Executive Order prohibiting price gouging of at-home COVID test kits

On January 8, 2022 the Governor issued a statewide Executive Order (N-2-22) prohibiting price gouging in the sale of at-home COVID testing kits. It is operative through March 31, 2022. It generally prohibits anyone who sold at-home testing kits as of December 1, 2021 from increasing prices by greater than 10 percent. Anyone selling testing kits who did not sell them as of December 1, 2021 is prohibited from charging 50 percent greater than what they paid for the kit themselves. Violating the Executive Order is a misdemeanor violation of Government Code section 8665, which is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to six months, or both. This would also constitute a violation of the Unfair Competition Law. Please report illegal price gouging in San Mateo County to our Consumer & Environmental Unit.  A complaint form can be obtained by calling (650) 363-4651.  State and spell your name and address on the recording and a complaint form will be mailed to you.  You can also fill out the consumer complaint form.  Completed complaint forms should be emailed to smda@smcgov.org, sent by US mail to San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, 400 County Center, 3rd Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063 or delivered to our office.               

SMC Community College District Official Pleads Guilty

On January 5th, 2022, Jose Nunez, Vice Chancellor of Facilities for the the San Mateo County College District pled nolo contendere to two counts of the Education Code section 7054 felony: Use of Community College District resources for political purposes (the election of candidate Mohr for District Board and the bond measure for District projects). The defendant’s pleas were conditioned on his testifying fully and truthfully if called to testify as a witness in any proceeding or trial related to the DA’s Office ogoing investigation of the Community College District. There was no sentence limitation and the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 3 years, 8 months in state prison for the two felony convictions. The case was continued to July 15, 2022 8:30 to set a date for sentencing. The remaining charges were dismissed as part of the plea bargain for truthful testimony. The defendant remains out of custody on his own recognizance.

Another First: Applications now open for the San Mateo County Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Commission

Members of the public have the opportunity to make history by serving on California’s first county or city commission focused on the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community. As of today, applications are being accepted for the newly established San Mateo County Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBT) Commission.