August 2013

State moves ahead with Affordable Care Act despite federal decision to delay

medicalIn July, a federal decision delayed until 2015 the implementation of a mandate that employers provide affordable health coverage to employees that work an average of 30 hours per week. However, the state of Florida has announced it plans to continue with its implementation of the ACA in 2014.

The state is currently working with the University of Florida and other state agencies to establish reporting requirements for the eligible employee populations. Temporary employees who meet the criteria will be offered an opportunity to enroll in various insurance programs by this fall’s Open Enrollment period. 

Training designed with UF’s needs in mind coming this fall

UF Training and Organizational Development opened registration for its fall schedule of courses on Aug. 5. This semester’s training lineup features workshops and series that have stood the test of time—as well as new offerings designed to meet the evolving needs of the university and its employees.

Verify your mailing information prior to fall Open Enrollment period

This year’s benefits Open Enrollment period is scheduled for Oct. 21 through Nov. 7, and UF’s Benefits Fair—which hosts various insurance and retirement vendors—will be held Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Touchdown Terrace in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Managers-Only Cohort opportunity available to those completing the Supervisory Challenge this fall

Completing the Managing at UF: The Supervisory Challenge with a cohort of peers provides managers with a forum in which to discuss issues related to leadership and management with like-minded leaders on campus. The Managers-Only Cohort is designed to provide participants with insight into skills and behaviors needed to be effective leaders.

Employee Education Program accepting applications for the fall semester

A popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff, the Employee Education Program (EEP) provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.

2014 Prudential-Davis Productivity Award nominations due Sept. 20

The 2014 Davis Productivity Awards program, which annually honors state government employees throughout Florida, will begin accepting nominations on Monday, Sept. 2. In addition to honoring “innovation, creativity, and smart work,” the awards program recognizes the measurable contributions, increased productivity and added value of individuals and teams.

Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program offers possibility of more affordable higher education

The Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program (TEP) provides the opportunity for dependent children of the University of Florida’s full-time employees (excluding OPS) to attend a participating Tuition Exchange college or university for a significantly reduced tuition. The TEP scholarship application deadline for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 enrollment is Oct. 31, 2013.


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Routine checkups can address developmental concerns for children into their teen years

Back-to-school season is quickly approaching, and while getting supplies and arranging carpools may be at the top of most parents’ priority lists, UF physicians say that a routine check-up should not be ignored.

Employee Assistance Program provides free and confidential counseling
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a wide range of services to employees, including individual employee evaluations and referrals.

Conference to address pain and addiction issues
The University of Florida will host its First Primary Care, Pain Medicine and Addiction Conference during this fall's Homecoming Weekend, Nov. 8 to 10, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.

Smoking cessation support offered year-round
The EAP will continue to offer Smoking Cessation Groups throughout the year and individual coaching sessions for those who cannot attend group sessions.

Faculty Benefits Enrollment session to be held Aug. 28
A Faculty Benefits Enrollment session designed specifically for new faculty will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the HR Building.

Compliance to restricted UF data policy required beginning this month
UF employees who work on portable computing devices can be severely penalized if a laptop, smartphone or flash drive with restricted UF data is lost or stolen.

Alternative Transportation Fair to feature available options
UF’s Office of Sustainability will host an Alternative Transportation Fair on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Plaza of the Americas.

Gator Football kicks off Aug. 31
The Florida Gators will take on the Toledo Rockets on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 12:21 p.m.

Gator Connections event slated for Aug. 16
Gator Connections will hold its third official event at Half Cork'd from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug 16.

Béla Fleck returns to Phillips Center next month
Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn and the Del McCoury Band will perform at the Phillips Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.

O’Connell Center now home to Box Office
Tickets to campus concerts and arts events can now be purchased through the Gate 1 box office Tuesday through Friday from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

APA fall events feature CTRB, Small Animal Hospital tours
UF’s Academic and Professional Assembly (APA) will host a tour of the new Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB) on Monday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m.

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