December 2013

UF introduces its plan for preeminence
UF Rising to National Preeminence
In November, President Machen announced the Florida Board of Governors approved the University of Florida’s Preeminence Plan, which calls for hiring as many as 100 new professors, most of whom will be seasoned faculty who are widely recognized in their fields.

Happy Holidays from Human Resource Services!
UF Leave Administration encourages you to enter your time and leave early as you make preparations for time off during the holidays.  All TEAMS and Academic Personnel identified by their departments as “essential employees” can now begin to use and enter December personal leave, and USPS employees can begin to enter advanced vacation leave that will be used Dec. 26-31. (See the November InfoGator for further details on this year’s closing period.)

Complete any necessary benefits transactions early this month
All state-sponsored benefit enrollments and changes affecting Jan. 1, 2014, coverage must be received by People First by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31.  As a reminder, new employees and those experiencing a qualifying status event must complete enrollments for state-sponsored benefits through the People First portal or by calling the People First service center at 1-866-663-4735.

Review Open Enrollment changes and check your payroll deductions
Before the New Year begins, all employees—including OPS—should review any enrollments or changes made during the fall benefits Open Enrollment period. To access your state/People First benefits information, log onto the People First website with the user ID and password you used during Open Enrollment.

Registration for spring professional development offerings is now open
UF Training and Organizational Development (T&OD) is pleased to offer a broad range of training opportunities in 2014. In addition to programs designed with UF faculty and staff in mind, T&OD also provides organizational development services that focus on developing organizations and teams.

New Leadership Development Toolkit delivers job aids, podcasts and more
UF Training and Organizational Development (T&OD) is pleased to introduce its new Leadership Development Toolkit, based on the UF Leadership Competency Model. Appropriate for both faculty and staff in leadership roles, the toolkit was created specifically to provide UF leaders and with tools to enhance the leadership qualities they already possess, while cultivating new strengths through education and training.

Retirement plan contribution limits announced for 2014
The IRS has announced the retirement plan contribution limits for 2014.  Voluntary contribution limits for 403(b) and 457 plans did not change.  As you review your contributions, you may wish to consider starting or increasing your salary deferral in order to maximize your tax savings.

Have you consented to receive your W-2 electronically?
If you have not already done so, you may provide consent to retrieve your W-2 electronically in myUFL using the navigation: My Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > W-2/W-2c Consent

myUF Payment Solutions training now available online
In anticipation of the Feb.1 launch of myUF Payment Solutions, two new training courses are now available online.

UFIT offers tips to shop online safely
More people than ever are shopping online. The convenience is great – no searching for a parking space or waiting in line to pay. However, shopping online is also very convenient for scammers.


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Resolve to improve your family’s health in 2014
With 2013 coming to a close, why not make it your New Year’s resolution to improve the health of your family?

RecSports memberships available to faculty, staff and affiliates
The UF Department of Recreational Sports (RecSports) invites you to explore the benefits of its membership along with services included with an active Gator 1 Card.

Visit HealthStreet in December
HealthStreet invites you to participate in its many events this month.

Save the date! Diversity leadership expert Damon Williams to visit UF in January
On Friday, Jan. 24, the UF President’s Council on Diversity will welcome to campus Damon Willliams—a nationally recognized figure in diversity, leadership and organizational change.

State of Florida minimum wage to increase Jan. 1
On Jan. 1, the minimum hourly wage for the state of Florida will increase from $7.79 to $7.93 per hour.

Gator Connections “Holiday Extravaganza” this month
Gator Connections invites UF employees to gather at the Brass Tap on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 p.m. 

EEP applications due
Employees wishing to participate in UF’s popular Employee Education Program should note the upcoming deadlines for the spring semester.

Year-end leave conversion will occur in January
The year-end conversion of accrued vacation over the maximum will occur after the Jan. 16 pay period. 

Social Security taxable wage base for 2014 announced
The 2014 wage base increases to $117,000 (up $3,300 in 2013). 

Baby Gators celebrate the season of giving
The Baby Gator centers joined forces in November for their annual food drive, donating 980 pounds of goods to community members in need.

“Rock of Ages” comes to the Phillips Center, Jan. 10
The worldwide party musical comes to the Phillips Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10.

APA teams up with UF Athletics in January
The Academic and Professional Assembly will host a tour of UF Athletics’ control center and the WUFT studio on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Weimer Hall.

Save for retirement with a 403(b) plan
The University of Florida 403(b) plan provides a means for employees to save for retirement by contributing to tax-deferred and/or Roth accounts.

Resolve to improve your fiscal fitness in 2014
UF Retirement’s FLARE program provides employees with legislative updates, workshops and information on trending retirement-related topics.

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