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Research Foundation HR, Benefits & Payroll

The Research Foundation Human Resources division is committed to providing resources to our faculty in terms of hiring personnel working on extramural funding by processing appointments, providing new employee orientation, maintaining personnel files, overseeing leave records and providing advice to RF employees and project personnel on a myriad of personnel, payroll and benefit issues.

The team advises supervisors and department heads, counsel employees and provide them with information about benefits programs offered by Downstate through the Research Foundation. These initiatives include health insurance, life insurance, retirement, tax-deferred programs, long-term disability plans; and short-term disability, workers compensation, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Human Resources team manages the full range of employment programs available at the Research Foundation, including recruitment, benefits, compensation, employee relations and staff development. They provide strategic support and effective guidance for both current and prospective employees as well as retirees.

The Benefits team assists faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs in understanding their benefit programs. 

The Payroll team performs tasks to establish and maintain employee/payroll records. They are responsible for processing all employee wages and stipends, withholding all appropriate taxes on wages, deducting benefits and other authorized items from employee wages.