October 2012

Benefits Open Enrollment 2012 is here!

open enrollmentThe 2012 Benefits Open Enrollment period begins on Monday, Oct. 8, at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Friday, Nov. 2, at 6:00 p.m. EST. Each year during the Open Enrollment period, eligible faculty and staff have an opportunity to make changes to their benefits, which are provided through a combination of state- and university-sponsored programs.

GatorCare available to domestic partners this year; more employee groups to join next spring

Over the last year, significant work has gone into developing GatorCare, a self-insured health plan that will be offered to specific UF&Shands employee groups. While the majority of faculty, TEAMS and USPS employees are currently covered by the state’s health plan, and therefore not eligible for GatorCare, faculty and staff currently enrolled in AvMed’s Domestic Partner Health Plan should switch to the new GatorCare plan during this Open Enrollment period. UF's AvMed-administered Domestic Partner Health Plan will be discontinued after this year.

UFSelect offers a range of new voluntary benefit options

In addition to the launch of GatorCare, one of the outcomes of UF’s recent self-insurance project is the introduction of a new voluntary benefits program, UFSelect, administered by FBMC Benefits Management. UFSelect is a new set of  post-tax voluntary plans providing employees more choice to round out their university benefits package, and will include dental, vision, accident, critical illness, supplemental hospital, LifeEvents®, pet and legal insurance.

Four voluntary plans discontinued

Effective in 2013, four UF-sponsored benefit plans offered in previous years will no longer be available to employees via the payroll deduction process: Auto, Long Term Care (LTC), Personal Accident and Whole Life.

Benefits Fair and information sessions available to help you explore your options

In conjunction with Open Enrollment, the University hosts an annual Benefits Fair, which will be held at the Touchdown Terrace in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 23.

State of Florida Plan updates are minimal this year

For employees covered by state benefit plans administered by People First, relatively few changes are occurring.  

PostDocCare available to active postdoctoral associates and postdoctoral fellows

Each year, the annual PostDocCare Open Enrollment period gives active postdoctoral associates and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to enroll, terminate or make other changes.

New state law requires administrators to report abuse, neglect or abandonment

A state law that took effect Oct. 1 requires state university administrators, upon receiving information from another institution employee, to report known or suspected child abuse, neglect or abandonment (including physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse) that occurred on university property or at a university-sponsored event directly to the Department of Children and Families via the Florida Abuse Hotline at (800) 962-2873 or via myflfamilies.com.*

Sick Leave Pool open enrollment available this month

University of Florida employees who qualify may sign up for the Sick Leave Pool during its open enrollment period of Oct. 1 to 31.

Superior Accomplishment Award nominations due
Oct. 31

In the spring of each academic year, the University of Florida honors faculty and staff throughout campus who make the extra effort to succeed. If you know of such an employee, now is the time to nominate him or her for a Superior Accomplishment Award.

Deadline for Higher Education Opportunity scholarship applications is Nov. 1

The University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) provides children of full-time TEAMS employees with the opportunity of tuition assistance for an undergraduate education at the University of Florida. In March 2013, Human Resource Services will select, at random from a pool of eligible HEO applicants, 50 TEAMS employees to participate in this program.

December Leave Cash-Out benefit can provide extra money for the holidays

TEAMS employees are eligible to cash out up to 16 hours of vacation leave—regardless of FTE—during the pay period of Nov. 9 to 22, provided 40 hours of vacation leave remain on balance after the end of that pay period. In anticipation of an early payroll due to the Thanksgiving holidays, be sure to report the hours between Nov. 9-20. 

One Less Car Events kick off Oct. 10

The Office of Sustainability is hosting several events this month to encourage UF employees to consider transportation alternatives in their daily commutes. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate!

Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program applications due this month

The Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for dependent children of the University of Florida’s full-time employees (not including OPS) to attend a participating Tuition Exchange college or university at a significant tuition reduction rate. 

stethInfoGator For Your Health

Breast reconstruction can help women move on after cancer
Women diagnosed with breast cancer must not only come to terms with their diagnosis, but also choose treatment that can act quickly and efficiently. Removal of the entire breast via a mastectomy gets rid of cancerous tissue, but also results in disfigurement, which can take a significant toll on many women’s psychological well-being.

Get your free flu shot this month!
UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, will continue to offer free flu shots to employees this month.

Support the UFCC while shedding a few pounds
Want to get your flu shot early this year? UF and Shands are making it easier than ever by offering free flu shots to any employee with a UFID beginning this month.

Did you know?
bullet Job recruiters ranked UF ninth on the list of Top 25 places corporations prefer to recruit new employees. (2010)

bullet Sixty-one percent of UF graduates leave the university with no student loan debt. For the remaining third, their average indebtedness is $16,982, compared with the national average of $25,250.

bullet UF received $644 million in research awards in 2011-12.

myUFL system Timesheet Favorite errors resolved
Following the Sept. 18 launch of the upgraded myUFL HR and Payroll systems, hourly employees who attempted to use a “Favorite” for their Timesheets were encountering errors.  Please note that these issues have been resolved and hourly employees may now create a Favorite for the page when they wish to enter their time.

UF minimum wage for TEAMS and USPS employees increases to $10 per hour
Effective Oct. 12, the UF minimum wage for non-exempt TEAMS and USPS employees will increase from $9.75 to $10.00/hour. TEAMS and USPS staff pay range minimums lower than $10.00 will also be adjusted to $10.00 at this time.

“Cyber Self Defense” videoconference offered Oct. 25
As part of Information Technology Security Awareness month, UFIT’s popular “Cyber Self Defense” class will be offered via videoconference on Oct. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Learn more about online safety, including online shopping, social media, privacy and wireless security.

Help sponsor veterans and their families at this year’s Gator Growl
Gator Growl 2012 will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium’s Florida Field.

CNN commentator David Frum to speak October 9
CNN "Election 2012" commentator David Frum will bring his experience of and insight into the American political system to the Bob Graham Center on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. in Pugh Hall, with a special book signing after the event.  

The Capitol Steps to give Phillips Center election eve performance
The masters of political satire return to the Phillips Center on the eve of the presidential election at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5.

Report suspicious activity to UFPD
If you see suspicious activity on campus, be sure to report it immediately to the University of Florida Police Department at (352) 392-1111. If the activity is of an urgent nature, call 911. 


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