February dates announced for town halls about 403(b) plan changes

If you can't make it to one of the seven events, you can register to watch by Zoom meeting

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Seven town halls have been scheduled for February to give Johns Hopkins employees the opportunity to learn more about the recently announced review of the university's 403(b) plans.

The Retirement Plans Investment Committee, made up of administrators, staff, and faculty, has been examining best practices in this area and is now exploring a more streamlined approach to the university's plans in order to make retirement planning easier and more effective for employees. Those attending the town halls will learn more about the review process and will be able to share their comments and suggestions.

"It is important for you to be aware of this review and how it may affect you," wrote Heidi Conway, vice president for human resources, in a recent email to faculty and staff. "When the process is complete in 2021, many employees will have their investments moved from funds that are no longer available to a default fund. If that happens to your investments, you will have the opportunity to move your money to a different fund if you choose to do so."

Answers to frequently asked questions about the process can be found here.

Town halls are scheduled at the following times and places:

  • Monday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m., Mason Hall at Homewood
  • Friday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m., Kenney-Herter Auditorium at SAIS
  • Friday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m., Davis Building at Mount Washington (Training Rooms 3/4)
  • Friday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m., Tilghman Auditorium in Turner Hall, East Baltimore
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 3:30 p.m., Johns Hopkins at Keswick, South Building Auditorium (second floor)
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m., Tilghman Auditorium in Turner Hall, East Baltimore
  • Friday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m., Carey Business School

Most of the town hall meetings will also be available by Zoom meeting, allowing you to watch from your desk. Recordings of the live sessions will be available as well.

You can learn more about the retirement plan review on the HR website.

To register for an upcoming town hall or a Zoom meeting, or to view a recording, go here.

Town halls were held in January at the Homewood, Peabody, Eastern, and East Baltimore campuses.