December 2011

november 8 open enrollment deadlinesHappy Holidays!  Important dates and deadlines announced for holiday season
In keeping with past practice, the university will be closing for the holiday period of December 24, 2011, through January 2, 2012. The holiday closing period is designed to offer departments the flexibility to close or significantly reduce staffing during the holiday season as decided by the appropriate vice presidents working with deans, directors, and department chairs in their areas.

Sick leave payment changes approved for UF
staff employees

The University Board of Trustees approved a change to the leave regulations affecting leave benefits for faculty (Academic Personnel) and staff.

New hires and employees with qualified event changes – complete benefit transactions early!
All benefits enrollments, changes, and payroll deductions affecting January 1, 2012, coverage must be received by University Benefits by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 16. 

Employee Education Program accepting applications for spring 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.

Review Open Enrollment changes and check your payroll deductions this month
Before the New Year begins, please review any changes you made during the fall benefits Open Enrollment period. To access your benefits information log onto the People First web site with your user ID and password used during Open Enrollment.

Cell phone reimbursement policy revised
UF is revising its cell phone reimbursement policies according to recommendations from the IRS. 

Pay attention to chest pain — get it checked out at the new Chest Pain E.R. at Shands at UF
Shands at UF's new chest pain emergency room is set up for fast, thorough evaluations with an interdisciplinary team of emergency medicine specialists and cardiologists ready to quickly make a diagnosis and deliver appropriate treatment. <more>

Get a free flu shot if you are UF faculty, staff, or student
The Student Health Care Center is providing free flu shots while supplies last. Shots will be administered at the main-campus location in the Infirmary Building, 1 Fletcher Drive; or the Health Science Center location on the second floor of the Dental Tower, Room D2-49. <more>

The EAP is ready to help you fulfill your New Year’s resolutions
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) wants to help you start the New Year right by assisting those who want to quit tobacco products.<more>

for your health
Registration for spring training courses now openTraining registration
Registration for UF Training and Organizational Development’s spring 2012 roster of personal and professional development courses opened Monday, December 5.
GatorJobs upgrade coming in February
GatorJobs, the university’s job application portal, is upgrading its system in February 2012. 
New UF web site templates, tutorials available next month  
In mid-January, UF colleges, departments, and units will be able to obtain templates of the interim design for the UF web site, along with companion tutorials.
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities to host dessert social
The UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) will host a dessert social for UF faculty and staff who are parents or guardians of a child or adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in January.
University of Florida Performing Arts hosts annual fundraising Gala
University of Florida Performing Arts (UFPA) hosts its Platinum Anniversary Fundraising Gala – A Midwinter Night’s Dream – from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, at the Phillips Center.
Save money this holiday season by using your Gator Perks benefits
UF is always looking for ways to enhance the quality of benefits for faculty and staff, which is the primary goal of Gator Perks

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