2008-08-22 / Columnists

Social Security And You

Online Information For Human Resource Managers
By James Glasser, Manager, Far Rockaway Social Security Office

James Glasser James Glasser If you are a human resource manager and need information to share with employees about Social Security, we have a website dedicated to you. Just visit Social Security's Human Resource Managers page at www.socialsecurity. gov/hrm.

At the website, you'll find all sorts of Social Security information that's of interest to human resource specialists and the employees they serve, including information on retirement, disability, survivors and Medicare benefits.

Of particular interest are the links to Social Security's new online Retirement Estimator and information on things to think about when considering retirement.

These are important issues and managers should think about passing on the information to their employees to make their transition to retirement an easier road. In addition, managers will find that employees appreciate the thouht that goes into such notification.

The page even offers a direct link to the online Social Security benefit application where people can apply for Social Security retirement benefits over the Internet. There is also a box that allows users to plug in the year of their birth and find out exactly when they are eligible for full retirement benefits.

Other bits of information readily available on the site include instructions on changing your name on your Social Security card and how to replace a lost or stolen card, how to change your information in Social Security's records, and how to replace a lost or stolen Medicare card. Reporting a death in the family and what to do in the event of marriage or divorce are other topics covered.

On the Human Resource Managers page, you'll also find downloadable copies of our Retirement Planning CD, or you can order copies of the CD to be mailed to you. You can also order copies of other informational fact sheets and publications from the page.

So if you are a Human Resource Manager and you want to share information about Social Security with the employees you serve, be sure your first stop is www.socialsecurity. gov/hrm.

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