Hidden Paycheck & Pension Statements

How do I access my Hidden Paycheck & Pension Benefit Statement?

The Personal Benefit Statements (Hidden Paycheck) as well as the Pension Benefit Statements are generated each April and are available in the document repository through Colleague Self Service. To access your document library please use the following steps:

  1. Log onto PeopleSoft
  2. Click Self Service
  3. Click ESS Document Repository
  4. Under Document Type select the requested statement (Benefits Statement, Pension Statement, or Cash Balance Retirement Statement)
  5. Select "View" next to the document you wish to view and/or print. The most recent document will be at the top of the list.

Note: If you were hired or rehired on or after July 1, 2014, select Cash Balance Retirement Statement under Document Type.

What is the “Hidden Paycheck?”
  • The “hidden paycheck” is a personal benefit statement that provides you with detailed information regarding the cost of your benefits, PTO, short term disability/EIB, and annual salary.
  • The hidden benefit costs that are paid by your employer are compared to your costs.
  • The hidden paycheck allows you to see how much your employer has added to your total compensation through the wide range of benefits that are provided by HSHS.
Why doesn’t the annual salary on hidden paycheck match my W-2 for last year?
The annual salary amount listed on the personal benefit statement does not include any PTO, PTO cash, short term disability, or EIB that you may have received during the year. In order to calculate your total earnings for the year, add the separate balances for EIB, STD, PTO, and PTO Cash to your annual salary.
Why did I not receive an annual pension benefit statement?
You will not receive a pension benefit statement if:
  • As of December 31st, you have not been employed at an HSHS facility for a minimum of 12 months.
  • You were not a participant in the HSHS pension plan in 2017.
  • You have a $0 balance in your Cash Balance account.
What could have caused my projected pension benefit to have decreased on my annual pension benefit statement?
You may have seen a decrease in your projected pension benefit on your annual pension benefit statement if:
  • You changed from a full-time to part-time position.
  • Your annual salary decreased from the previous year.
  • Your base salary did not increase at least three percent to match the estimate.
  • The Social Security wage base increased. The wage base is part of the HSHS Pension formula and is used to determine "excess pay". This is the most common cause for a decrease in your projected pension benefit from one year to the next. The IRS typically increases the Social Security wage base each year for cost of living changes.