Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sonoma State University has transitioned to remote instruction for fall 2020. Employees are working remotely in almost all departments. Email is the best way to communicate with our faculty and staff. Please see the SSU COVID-19 site for more information.


News & Events

Open Enrollment 2020 - Ends Friday, October 16th

This years' Open Enrollment period will begin on September 21st and end on October 16th. Information about plan and rate changes is available on our Open Enrollment website or CSYou.

The LIVE Benefits Fair is scheduled for September 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the LIVE event, you will be able to chat with providers and Payroll and Benefits staff. You must REGISTER to get access to this website.

October CalPERS Webinar - Power of Attorney

A CalPERS Special Power of Attorney allows employees to designate a representative to perform important duties relating to their CalPERS business. Join CalPERS for this informative webinar, as they cover the reasons a CalPERS Special Power of Attorney is beneficial, as well as the duties and limitations a representative may have relating to your benefits.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM PT 
Duration: 30 minutes

Empathia Monthly Promotional Content - October

Depression and the Pandemic - English; Spanish

Domestic Violence Awareness - English; Spanish

Stress and the Election - English; Spanish

Changes to FSA as a Result of CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020.

The CARES Act permanently reinstates coverage of over-the-counter drugs and medicines without a prescription. In addition, qualifying expenses also now include menstrual care products.

The change is effective for expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2020.

Request for Temporary Paid Administrative Leave (CPAL)

Signed requests should be emailed to your Appropriate Administrator for signature. Completed forms should then be emailed to for approval.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Employee rights under FFCRA are available here.

Cal Employee Connect

The State Controller’s Office (SCO) has produced a tool that will allow employees to view their earnings statements and W-2’s, along with personal information. Learn more how you can be a part of the program here.

CSU Supplemental Retirement Plan 403(b) Program

See plan features for 2020.

Know Your Retirement Benefits

To understand the various retirement benefits available to State employees please review this comparison worksheet. Additional information about all the retirement plans can be found on our website.  

CalPERS Virtual Resources

Access your myCalPERS account to verify your account balance, learn how to run retirement estimates, and generate a verification of income or member account balance letter. View "Your myCalPERS Account for Active & Inactive Members" video which will walk you through the registration process.

CalPERS offers many educational events such as webinars and instructor-led classes that may be of use throughout your employment. Employees may register for any webinar by visiting the Member Education page. The CalPERS YouTube channel is another informative resource.

Our mission is to deliver quality services to you, to ensure the accurate and timely provision of your compensation and benefits.

We are a team committed to working in partnership with you for continuous improvement in the delivery of services.

Employees will find information on Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, leave benefits, payroll, savings plans, retirement plans, taxes, forms to complete, and helpful web sites.

Payroll and Benefits and Shelter-In-Place (COVID-19)

The Payroll and Benefits Office is operational with limitations listed below. Refer to the SSU Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information webpage for campus details.

  • Payroll and Benefits staff will not be available in-person. Staff check the email frequently throughout the workday for general questions.
  • If you need to reach a particular team member, please email that person directly or call the main line at (707) 664-2793 during regular business hours.

There may be delays in processing and response times. We thank you for your patience during this difficult time.


Things to Know

  • Employee Assistance Program - The employee assistance program (EAP) is designed to provide professional assistance to state faculty, staff and their families (dependents and permanent household members) in assessing and resolving personal problems that may be affecting well-being or job performance.
  • Employee Wellness - Sonoma State promotes a culture of wellness amongst faculty and staff to encourage personal and professional productivity, physical and mental well-being, and promote a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Ergonomics -  The Ergonomics Program supports employees by providing training, ergonomic evaluations, recommendations and planning for the office and the trades.
  • Tuition Waiver -  Fee waiver (or tuition assistance) entitles eligible CSU employees (and in some cases their spouse, domestic partner or dependent child) to enroll in courses at any CSU campus and have fees waived or reduced.
  • Employee Discounts -  There are several discounts available to employees, including savings off the price of admission tickets to amusement parks, museums, and more.