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August 2011

century towerProposed changes in leave benefits - We listened!
In May 2011, Gov. Scott signed legislation requiring employees to contribute 3 percent of their salaries to their retirement plans. With this order, employees saw a smaller paycheck in July with the start of the 2011-12 fiscal year.



New Retirement Contribution Rates
State of Florida retirement rates are set annually by the Florida Legislature, and effective July 1, the 2011-2012 employer contribution rate for the FRS plans changed to 4.91% with a new mandated employee contribution rate of 3%.  State University System Optional Retirement Program (SUSORP) participants now contribute 3% and the employer contribution is now 7.92%.

SSN now required on all health plan additions
Due to the state’s mandatory social security number (SSN) requirement, expectant parents may no longer add unborn babies, newborns, or adopted children to the state health plan without an SSN.  Previously, employees had 31 days from the date of birth or adoption to enroll their child in the health plan.

Applications now being accepted for 2011-12 Managers Only Cohort Opportunity

Each fall, UF leaders have a unique opportunity to complete the “Managing at UF: The Supervisory Challenge” certificate with a cohort of peers.

Do you know of someone deserving of recognition?
2012 Prudential-Davis Productivity Award nominations due September 9
Nomination forms for the 2012 Davis Productivity Awards program, which annually honors state government employees throughout Florida, are now available.

Employee Education Program accepting applications for the fall semester
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.

Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program (TEP) opportunity available to faculty and staff dependents
The Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for dependent children of the University of Florida’s full-time employees (excluding OPS employees) to attend a participating Tuition Exchange college or university at a significant tuition reduction rate.

Verify your address in the myUFL directory to ensure you receive important insurance mailings
In preparation for the fall benefits Open Enrollment period, employees are encouraged to ensure their home and campus P.O. Box addresses are reflected correctly in the myUFL Directory.

Verify social security numbers on the state’s health plan
People First, the state’s health plan administrator, is required to maintain accurate social security numbers (SSNs) according to the Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP Extension Act of 2007, and the Florida Administrative Code. The federal government can fine the State of Florida and contracted health insurance carriers for failure to comply.

Older adults need special care
UF Physicians Senior Care offers expert, dedicated attention to seniors

Older adults are living longer than ever. This month's InfoGator For Your Health newsletter addresses treatment strategies to reduce pain.


Free Zumba fitness class offered August 16
Living Well is offering a free Zumba class to UF faculty and staff! Find out more in this month's InfoGator For Your Health newsletter.

Need help quitting smoking?
UF’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) continues to offer its group smoking cessation program as well as individual coaching sessions. For more information, view this month's InfoGator For Your Health newsletter.

 


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Registration for fall training currently underway
Registration for UF Training and Organizational Development’s (T&OD) fall training opened August 1.
Save the dates: Open Enrollment and Benefits Fair are just around the corner
This year’s Benefits Open Enrollment is scheduled to run September 26 through October 21.
See schedule for tenure, permanent status, and promotion workshops for faculty
Workshops have been scheduled to discuss the preparation of tenure and promotion packets and the university evaluation process for 2011-2012.
Alternative Transportation Fair slated for August 31

Tired of trying to find parking on campus? Or maybe you’re looking for a green way to get around, save cash, or get exercise?
Reitz Union leisure courses available to UF faculty and staff
Registration opens on August 29 at 10 a.m. for leisure courses offered at the J. Wayne Reitz Union.
UF Small Animal Hospital Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Service features state-of-the-art equipment
Does your pet struggle with arthritis or have wounds that have failed to heal properly?
Cirque du Soleil, Sesame Street coming to the O’Connell Center!
Tickets are on sale now for Cirque du Soleil Dralion at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center October 11 – 13.
Elmo’s Super Heroes will visit the O’Dome September 20 and 21.

Gator Growl 2011 tickets available August 22

Tickets for Gator Growl 2011 will go on sale starting Monday, August 22, on gatorzone.com.

©2011 University of Florida Office of Human Resource Services
The InfoGator is a monthly e-publication produced by the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resource Services. It is distributed electronically to UF faculty and staff and is available online. Please direct questions or comments to its editor, Angela Gould; Human Resource Services; P.O. Box 115006; (352) 392-4626; TDD 800-955-8771. The InfoGator is available in an alternative format upon request.
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