March 2012

Legislature approves UF proposal to self-insure
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Last week, the Florida Legislature approved the University of Florida’s proposal to self-insure beginning in 2013.  Assuming the legislation receives Governor Scott’s stamp of approval, this means the UF Board of Trustees has been authorized to move ahead with its plans to provide or arrange for the provision of health and other insurance programs to UF employees—including the administrative support services required to implement and administer such programs.

Florida Legislature proposes lowering state retirement contribution rates
The House and Senate passed House Bill 5005 lowering the employer contribution for retirement effective July 1, 2012.

File 2011 flexible spending account claims by April 16
Employees enrolled in a medical or dependent-care reimbursement account for the 2011 plan year should note the following deadlines:  

Annual performance appraisals for TEAMS and USPS employees due March 31
Performance appraisals for all TEAMS and USPS employees for the period of March 1, 2011, through February 29, 2012, must be completed and signed by March 31, 2012.  Annual performance appraisals are designed to document and summarize feedback that employees have received throughout the year.  For more information about the performance appraisal process, please see the February 2012 issue of the InfoGator.

Fifty TEAMS employees will receive tuition assistance for their children
The drawing for the University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) program for the 2012-13 academic year will be held on Wednesday, March 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Human Resource Services Building, Room 120. 

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.

UF Information Technology launches UFIT News
This spring, UF Information Technology launched UFIT News, a campus-wide news channel that provides information for faculty and staff related to teaching, research, projects affecting campus-wide systems, security alerts, IT-related training opportunities and organizational news.    

Network with local businesses at the Small Business Conference and Trade Fair
UF will host its 21st Annual Small Business Conference & Trade Fair on March 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.  The conference will include exhibits by small and minority businesses, corporate partners, local entities and agencies from around the state. 

SW 13th Street overpass and rail-trail projects underway
The Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is performing planned construction activities to the SW 13th Street pedestrian overpass and Depot Avenue rail-trail starting this month and ending in November 2012.

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For Your Health

Combating colon cancer:
What you need to know

UF Physicians experts offer preventive screening and treatment.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Get a free colonoscopy if you are age 50 to 64 and unable to afford colorectal cancer screening.

The Employee Assistance Program  continues to offer the Smoking Cessation Groups
The EAP offers smoking cessation groups throughout the year and individual coaching sessions for those who cannot attend a group. 

Shands Vista and Shands Rehab Hospital 25th Anniversary Celebration
Shands Vista and Shands Rehab Hospital are celebrating 25 years of providing expert care to patients from around Florida and the United States.

The Employee Assistance Program provides free and confidential counseling
EAP services are available to all UF faculty, TEAMS/USPS and OPS employees and are free of charge.

for your health
Court rules in favor of lawsuit challenging mandatory 3 percent employee contribution – appeal expected

On March 6, the Circuit Court of Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit issued a ruling in favor of George Williams (plaintiff) in the Williams vs. Scott case.
Let us know what you think by completing an online training evaluation—and you could win an iPod Shuffle!
Through the end of April, 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 a drawing to win an iPod Shuffle.
Is your web browser People First-friendly?
The online system provided by People First, UF’s third-party benefits administrator, is designed to function with Internet Explorer 7 or 8, and Mozilla Firefox 9.0.1 or earlier.
Two new helpful retirement web pages now available
Please visit the new Provider/Vendor Representative List page for a comprehensive list of retirement vendors and the Helpful Contact Information page.
Need to complete retirement forms?
To ensure you are submitting the most recent forms, be sure to visit the Forms section of the HRS web site instead of saving forms to your hard drive.
Harn Museum to host opening events for Cofrin Asian Art Wing
Member Party
March 30, 6 to 9 p.m.
Harn members will be the first to see the Cofrin Asian Art Wing.
Campus Earth Day Celebration, farmers market and food fair
Join the Office of Sustainability to mark another year of sustainability efforts and celebrate Earth Day from 11 to 3 p.m. on April 6 at the Reitz Union North Lawn.
Statistics workshops available to UF faculty
and staff

Please visit the UF Department of Statistics web site to view the spring 2012 schedule of seminars and workshops and to register.
STOMP returns to the Phillips Center with three performances
Three performances of STOMP will be held at the Phillips Center this month – at 7:30 p.m. on March 30 and at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. on March 31.
Humanitarian physician to discuss his work delivering medical care to Miami’s homeless
Dr. Pedro Jose “Joe” Greer, assistant dean of academic affairs at Florida International University and a UF alumnus, will discuss his pioneering work delivering medical care to the homeless.
Gator Dining wants to serve you better
Gator Dining is conducting a survey to better understand campus lifestyles and preferences.

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