Payroll and Benefits


Save the Date - Open Enrollment 2021: Mark your calendars! Open Enrollment begins on September 20th, and ends October 15th. Plan changes and new rates for 2022 can be reviewed on our Open Enrollment site.
Financial Wellness Topics Presented by Patelco - October: Check out: Retirement Planning (October 22nd); Keeping More of What You Earn: Tax Free Investing (October 27th).
2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL): Download SPSL form
Empathia Monthly Promotional Content - October: Check out: Cancer Warning Signs; Suicide Awareness; and The LifeMatters® App
CalPERS September Webinar - Open Enrollment: Join CalPERS for an informative webinar on October 13th at 11 a.m. to learn about your retirement estimate and payment options. Employees will be guided through the key steps in preparing for retirement and they'll go over recent update
Patelco SSU Sweatshirt Campaign: Open a membership between now and December 31, 2021, and get a Sonoma State Sweatshirt! Visit the Rohnert Park Branch of Patelco Credit Union, 985 Golf Course Drive, while supplies last!
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 on how you can be a part of the program.
CSU Supplemental Retirement Plan 403(b) Program: See plan features for 2021.
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.

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.