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February 2012

Retirement payment salary increase announced for eligible facultymoney clip
On February 1, 2012, Vice President Paula Varnes Fussell announced a 3 percent retirement payment salary increase for eligible faculty.  To be eligible, faculty must be hired on or before February 16, 2012, and must be currently contributing the 3 percent mandatory retirement contribution.


Leave changes effective February 17 for
out-of-unit faculty

Vacation and sick leave regulation changes approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2011 will be implemented for out-of-unit faculty on February 17, 2012—the effective date of the 3 percent retirement payment. Leave changes for out-of-unit faculty are as follows:

GatorJobs upgrade goes live later this month
The Office of Human Resources Services is pleased to announce an upcoming upgrade to the GatorJobs applicant tracking system.  Beginning February 27, GatorJobs will have a new look and feel and will provide new features to both applicants and hiring managers that will enhance the recruitment process at the University of Florida.

Annual performance appraisals for TEAMS and USPS employees due March 31
This month, departments throughout campus begin to prepare for the annual performance appraisal period.  The standard evaluation period for all USPS and TEAMS employees for this period is from March 1, 2011, through February 29, 2012, with appraisals completed and signed by March 31, 2012. 

Significant changes made to state employees’ pharmacy network and preferred prescription list 
The introduction of Medco as the pharmacy benefits manager for the state employees' prescription plan took effect on January 1, 2012. Please note the following changes:

Double-deductions begin for nine- and ten-month employees
To ensure coverage for health, state life, optional and supplemental insurance continues during the summer, nine- and ten-month employees will have double-deductions taken from their paychecks beginning with the February 10 paycheck and continuing through May 4. Normal payroll deductions will resume in September.

Flex spending account grace period runs through
March 15

If you have not used all the money in your 2011 Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you still have time.  The state’s grace period enables participants to continue to use medical and dependent care accounts for eligible expenses from January 1 through March 15 each calendar year.

Experiencing a work or life-event 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. Employees have only 31 days to make coverage changes after a qualifying event occurs.

Baby Gator to host conference for parents of
young children

On Saturday, April 28, Baby Gator Child Development and Research—along with the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies and the Harn Museum of Art—will host a conference for parents of young children, Guiding and Teaching Our Remarkable Children (G.A.T.O.R).

Are you an active employee who is also eligible for Medicare?
Active employees in benefits-eligible positions who are also eligible for Medicare have state group insurance as their primary health insurance coverage.  Medicare will pay as secondary coverage.  Most individuals are eligible for Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) at age 65 at no cost.  There is a premium, however, for Medicare Part B (medical).

The Continuum – A Provident Community for UF Faculty and Staff
The Continuum is Gainesville’s first off-campus, UF-affiliated housing community.  Located just minutes from campus and downtown, new, urban-designed apartments provide convenience of living.  All apartments are fully furnished, and rates include all utilities as well as high-speed wireless Internet.

Follow GatorCare developments as they unfold
Beginning next month, the InfoGator For Your Health will provide regular updates on the development of GatorCare, UF and Shands' new model for health and wellness insurance.

GatorAdvantage is now at your fingertips
Need a good doctor fast? Check out the new GatorAdvantage website at http://GatorAdvantage.UFandShands.org to find a UF doctor or dentist. Find out more in this month's InfoGator For Your Health newsletter.

Tackling diabetes: Treatment and advancements
UF Physicians specialists treat both children and adults
The UF Diabetes Center of Excellence is internationally recognized as one of the top institutions in diabetes prevention, research and treatment. Find out more in this month's InfoGator For Your Health newsletter.



for your health
Tenure, permanent status and promotion workshops for faculty and staff
Workshops to discuss the preparation of tenure and promotion packets and the university evaluation process for 2011-2012 have been scheduled.
Employee Exit Survey
Human Resource Services has developed an online Employee Exit Survey for employees leaving the University of Florida or transferring to a different department within the university. 
Join Baby Gator for a free one-hour sign language session
During this fun and interactive session parents will learn more about the Baby Gator sign language program.
Let us know what you think by completing an online training evaluation—and you could win an iPod Shuffle!
Anyone who attends an instructor-led workshop or completes an online workshop sponsored by UF Training and Organizational Development and completes an online evaluation will be eligible to enter the drawing—February 1 through April 30.
Financial planning course can help you become more fiscally fit
“Budget and Savings,” a UF Retirement/Financial Planning course presented by Wells Fargo, covers such topics as reviewing your expenses, exploring ways to reduce or consolidate debt and estimating your retirement funding needs.
“Food For Thought” Spring 2012 – Fresh Thinking. Real Eating.
This spring, the Office of Sustainability is hosting Food For Thought—a campaign to educate students, staff, faculty and the Gainesville community about sustainable food options.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will perform March 12 at the Phillips Center
Under Marsalis' direction, the JLCO performs repertoire across the full jazz spectrum – from the music's New Orleans roots to bebop and today's new works. 
Sustainable Solutions Award nominations due March 2
Sustainable Solutions Awards recognize those making contributions to sustainability at UF.

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