January 2011

Happy New Year! Verify your benefits deductions for 2011
gator helmetWhether or not you made changes during the fall benefits Open Enrollment period, the new year is a good time to review your paycheck to ensure your coverage selections are accurate. If you made any changes to the following plans during Open Enrollment, you will see them reflected beginning with the January 14 earnings statement:

Regulation change enables employees to request advanced parental leave
On December 10, 2010, the Board of Trustees approved changes to the UF Regulations to include a paid parental leave program.

Faculty (non-UFF), TEAMS, and USPS employees in leave-accruing positions may request up to six weeks of advanced sick or vacation leave for the birth or adoption of a child or the initial placement of a child in the foster care of the employee.

Get ready for myUFL Financial Systems Upgrade

myBeta access, training schedule now available
The upgrade of the myUFL financial systems—which include grants management, enterprise reporting, and the UF Data Warehouse—is scheduled to “go-live” on May 10.

Online training moves to Sakai starting January 18
Beginning January 18, UF Training and Organizational Development’s (T&OD’s) e-learning courses will be housed in UF’s new course management system (CMS): E-Learning in Sakai. Participants who wish to enroll in T&OD’s online workshops will register through myUFL as they currently do by navigating to My Self Service > Request Training Enrollment, and those who had enrolled in an online course prior to January 18 will be automatically moved to this new environment. 

VALIC to offer mutual fund-based program to ORP participants
The State of Florida approved a request from VALIC to offer a mutual fund-based program to its State University System Optional Retirement Program (ORP) participants. 

“Diversity at Work!” offered as part of Business Communication Week
UF Training and Organizational Development’s “Diversity at Work!” workshop urges faculty and staff to recognize “We are all diverse!” The program focuses on working in a global community and how leveraging the talents and strengths of all individuals can impact the University of Florida as it strives to achieve excellence.

Flex spending account grace period available through March 15
If you have not used all the money in your 2010 Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you still have time. The state’s FSAs feature a grace period that enables participants to continue to use medical and dependent care accounts for eligible expenses from January 1 through March 15.

EAP offers support groups for faculty and staff
All Employee Assistance Program (EAP) support groups are supportive, confidential and non-judgmental. Among those to be offered to faculty and staff this spring are:

New interdisciplinary center will boost early childhood learning
In December, the University of Florida announced the creation of an interdisciplinary Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies. The campus-wide center will be a model training, demonstration, and research site where UF scholars—in diverse fields including education, medicine, law, public health, and the life sciences—will work with local, state, and national partners on issues pertaining to young children and their families.


There’s still time to receive your W-2 electronicallyw-2 and you logo
If you have not consented to receive your W-2 electronically in the past, you can still do so.
2010 Tax Relief Act may impact your paycheck
The 2010 Tax Relief Act reduces the employee-share of the Social Security (or OASDI) portion of FICA taxes from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent for wages up to the taxable wage base of $106,800 paid in calendar year 2011. 
New medical reimbursement cards issued for 2011
As a reminder, if you enrolled in a Medical Reimbursement or Limited Purpose Account for 2011, you should have received your new MyMRA Card in December.
Florida Prepaid open enrollment runs through January 31
Open enrollment for the Florida Prepaid College Plan is still underway and runs through January 31.
UF T&OD wants to hear from you!
If you attended a workshop sponsored by UF Training and Organizational Development (T&OD) in 2010, we would like to hear from you. 
All myUFL system users will notice a new “look and feel” following upgrade
This spring, the myUFL system will undergo an upgrade to its financial systems.
RSVP to volunteer for REthink kick-off by January 28!
This spring, the Office of Sustainability will host REthink—a campaign to engage, educate, and empower Gators to consider waste.
Leading environmental policy analyst to speak on climate change, conservation
On January 25, UF will welcome guest speaker Lynn Scarlett, a leading environmental policy analyst and former deputy secretary of the Interior under President George W. Bush.
Running Medicine Conference to be held in March
The 3rd annual UF Running Medicine Conference—featuring nationally-recognized experts in running medicine presenting the latest medical treatment, rehabilitation care, and training techniques for runners—will be held on March 3 and 4 at the UF Hilton Hotel. 
Exercise research opportunities available to those 60 and older
The UF Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation has opportunities for people ages 60 to 85 who suffer from low back pain/obesity or painful knee osteoarthritis to participate in exercise research studies.
On-campus Child Enrichment Center accepting enrollments
The Child Enrichment Center, located on campus at the corner of Museum Road and Village Drive across the street from Lake Alice, has immediate openings for enrollment in all age groups, infants through school-age. 
UF Eye Specialties Clinic offers discount on iLASIK vision correction
Learn more about iLASIK and meet the surgeon by attending a free seminar on January 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Eye Specialties Clinic at Hampton Oaks (UF Ophthalmology). 

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