In an Aug. 3 email to faculty and staff, UF President Kent Fuchs announced an increase in the minimum hourly wage and a merit-based pool for faculty and staff salary increases, based on funding available for the new fiscal year.
“Our goal is to have competitive market-based compensation for recruiting and retaining the best employees possible and to reward performance,” Dr. Fuchs wrote.
Raises for employees represented by bargaining units are still being determined and are subject to final bargaining and agreement.
Effective Jan. 1, 2016, those employees not represented by bargaining units will be eligible for a minimum wage increase from $10 to $12 per hour (non-OPS). In addition, a 2.5 percent merit-based pool for salary increases will be established for eligible faculty and staff effective Jan. 1, 2016.
Human Resource Services will provide additional details regarding eligibility criteria and the process for implementing the salary increases both by email and in the InfoGator.
In April, President Kent Fuchs formed a University Task Force on Goal-Setting to identify a set of aspirational goals to guide the university over the next five to ten years. This goal-setting process is a critical step in developing the university’s strategic direction for years to come.
In June, the UF “On Target” Classification Project launched a series of town hall discussions to provide employees with an opportunity to learn more about new and proposed TEAMS job titles projected to be implemented in early 2016. Links to recordings of sessions held in June and July are available on the UF On Target section of the HRS website.
This fall, the Division of Sponsored Programs and Contracts and Grants, with support from UF Training and Organizational Development, will introduce a new initiative designed to provide research and financial administrators throughout the university with “a lifeline” to the research community.
Beginning July 1, 2016, no payments for sick leave will be made for any type of separation from employment for TEAMS, USPS, and faculty who are not part of the collective bargaining unit.
Develop your professional and leadership skills this fall! Training and Organizational Development provides a range of personal and professional development opportunities to help faculty and staff get better.
This year’s New Faculty Orientation is scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20 at Emerson Hall. New this year, as a companion but optional session, a pre-session focused on effective mentoring is being hosted by the Faculty Welfare Council.
All Faculty, TEAMS, USPS, and OPS employees, including post-doctoral associates, are eligible for up to 12 work weeks of FMLA leave once they have worked at least 12 months (need not be consecutive) and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of the FMLA leave.
The Affordable Care Act requires the State of Florida and GatorCare to report minimum essential health insurance coverage information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
A change introduced in July in the way PeopleFirst, the State of Florida’s benefits administrator, processes employee underpayments could result in employees being notified that their insurance has been suspended.
A recent configuration change to UF Benefits’ email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) may have caused some campus users to receive delivery failure notifications.
The Employee Education Program (EEP) is a popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff. The program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.
The Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for dependent children of the University of Florida’s full-time employees (excluding OPS) to attend a participating Tuition Exchange college or university at a significantly reduced tuition rate. The TEP scholarship application deadline is Oct. 31.
Employees who purchase a faculty/staff meal plan during the month of August will receive five free Arredondo Café meal vouchers for use during the fall 2015 semester.
The UF Office of Sustainability is seeking departments interested in participating in its Bike Share Program, which aims to reduce fleet or personal vehicle use on campus.
On Sunday morning, Aug. 16, UFIT will upgrade its wireless network with a stronger certificate for the "UF" wireless system. Most people accessing the UF Wi-Fi network will not experience any change or notice any difference.
The television show 60 Minutes recently reported that Florida leads the nation in Medicare and tax refund fraud. A great way to help yourself not be a victim of identity theft is to register for the Cyber Self-Defense workshop on Aug. 13.
UFIT Training is offering a new workshop for faculty, staff, and postgraduate students involved in the production of course materials.
Do you have a child who is four years old and will be entering kindergarten in August of 2016? If so, they are eligible for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK), a state-funded kindergarten readiness program.
Looking to save money and water when you irrigate? UF/IFAS scientists have developed an app for that. Want to know what plants to grow in your garden? You guessed it: UF/IFAS has an app for that as well.
Roosevelt Gordon Jr, an agricultural assistant based at the IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy, FL, became an unexpected hero on June 20 when he responded to a woman having a seizure in local department store in Quincy.
This month’s featured Leadership Toolkit resource is Holding “Those” performance conversations.
Rudeness in the workplace isn’t just unpleasant: It’s also contagious.
The UF Campaign for Charities (UFCC) is the only official charitable giving drive for UF employees. Contributing to the UFCC is voluntary and can be done through cash, check, direct bill or payroll deduction.
UF-UF Health Shands Wellness and GatorCare are providing resources and programs throughout August and September to help you find social support to create and maintain healthy behaviors. Healthy@Home brings you resources to foster a healthy home and find support in your friends and family, while Well@Work provides outlets to get connected with your fellow coworkers to make the workplace a supportive environment.
Wellness Wednesdays are back! Bring your lunch to the UF HR Building (903 West University Ave.) the first Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. for presentations on a range of wellness topics provided by UF and UF Health experts. Can't make it in person? Join in from your desk; each session will be streamed live.
This year marks the fifth official National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding is one of the most highly effective actions a mother can take to protect the health of her child—protecting babies from infections and illnesses, reducing the risks of sudden infant death syndrome, and protecting against obesity in those children who are breastfed for at least six months.
Join one of the three farms participating in the Gator Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and pick up fresh, locally grown produce right here on campus every Thursday during the growing season (aprox Oct-May)!
UF Health Psychiatry experts, including board-certified psychiatrists and psychologists, offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for child and adolescents facing mental health issues.
Inadequate sleep and weight problems in children are closely linked, with an estimated 60 to 90 percent of children who have shortened or disrupted sleep being at increased risk for obesity.
Join the UF Academic & Professional Assembly (APA) and the Association of Academic Women (AAW) for the Arts & Entertainment in the Gator Nation Preview at the Harn Museum of Art, Aug. 17 at 3:30 p.m.
If you are a UF student, faculty, staff, or alumnus/a traveling abroad, or if you are an UF international student or scholar, you are eligible to enter the 2015 Global Culture Photography Competition. Each entrant may submit up to two digital photos in only one chosen category.
The Office of Sustainability has announced it will offer the 2015 Prairie Project, Aug. 20-21, at the historic Thomas Center in downtown Gainesville. The workshop focuses on providing faculty with the resources and interdisciplinary interactions to begin incorporating sustainability into their courses.
The Tenth Annual Equity & Diversity Conference will offer discussion of a number of relevant topics, including “Unconscious Bias” and “Bullying, Cyber-bullying and Suicide Prevention.”
Each year during Summer B, partners from throughout campus present a series of activities aimed to delight, educate and entertain through Creative B.
After an initial pilot, the PrintSmart team has announced the first of two phases of a new “UF Toner Recycle” program. This program will recycle toner cartridges from PrintSmart devices as well as all other non-Xerox printers and copiers, regardless of the brand. The team will introduce the first phase beginning Monday, Aug. 3, with a second phase slated to begin Dec. 14.
On July 13, the University of Florida launched its new job applicant system, Careers at UF, replacing GatorJobs.
As diplomatic relations are restored with Cuba and the embassy reopened on July 20, Florida laws restricting the use of university funds for travel to certain foreign countries will no longer apply to Cuba. However, the International Center recently announced that approval for travel to Cuba must be sought well in advance and must be approved by the dean of each unit or the provost until further notice.
A new feature has been added to the mobile time approval application. Time approvers will now see a notice if an employee has an exception on their time sheet.
GatorGradCare is a health insurance plan provided exclusively to graduate assistants, teaching assistants, and research assistants on appointment with the University of Florida. GatorGradCare enrollment is not automatic. All eligible students, including returning graduate assistants previously covered by GatorGradCare, must submit a 2015-2016 enrollment by the Sept. 14 deadline if they would like to be included under the plan for the upcoming academic year.