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June 2011

captiol building graphicUpcoming legislative changes to affect
state-sponsored
benefits programs

On May 26, Florida Governor Rick Scott passed a budget and series of bills proposed by the Florida Legislature that will impact every active employee participating in the FRS Pension Plan, FRS Investment Plan, or Optional Retirement Program.

Use your 2011 personal days by July 7
If you have unused USPS personal holidays or TEAMS/FACULTY personal leave days, now is the time to use them. Any unused USPS personal holidays and TEAMS/faculty personal leave days not used by the end of the fiscal year will expire.

Longevity Luncheon honors 35 years of service to UF
UF President J. Bernard Machen and Vice President for Business Affairs & Economic Development Ed Poppell hosted a lunch to honor employees with 35 years of service to the University of Florida.

Leadership Development participants announced for the 2011-2012 academic year
The following UF faculty and staff have been selected for the university’s Leadership Development programs for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

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.

State of Florida minimum wage to increase
On June 1, 2011, the minimum hourly wage for the state of Florida increased from $7.25 to $7.31 per hour. While the federal minimum wage remains unchanged at $7.25, all University of Florida OPS employees must be paid at least $7.31 per hour to comply with the state’s minimum wage.

Proposed fringe benefit pool rates effective for
Fiscal Year 2011-12

The university has calculated new proposed pooled fringe rates and submitted them to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Although an objection is not expected, these proposed rates are subject to final approval. The new rates will be effective July 1, 2011.

Alternate Work Location Agreements due for renewal by July 1
The university permits employees to work at an alternate work site, provided that the working arrangement benefits both the organization and the employee.

Employee Education Program accepting applications for summer semesters
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. In the summer, a combined total of six credits taken during semesters A, B, and C may be covered by the EEP.


for your health link
Health Insurance Legislative update

With the close of the 2011 legislative session, health insurance programs avoided many major changes originally proposed.
Mark your calendar for important Open Enrollment dates!
This year's annual benefits Open Enrollment period and Benefits Fair will be held in September and October.
Experiencing a work or life-event status change? 
UF employees experiencing a “qualifying status change” should contact University Benefits and Retirement as soon as possible to ensure their benefits are properly adjusted for the remainder of the plan year.
The Florida Extension wants your input!
UF/IFAS extension invites you to participate in a Community Input Survey focusing on your community – where you live, shop, work, and play. 
Join the Gator Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program!
Support local agriculture and receive a regular supply of healthy produce. Members of the Gator CSA choose from one of four farms and pick up fresh produce on campus throughout the calendar year.

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