Each year during Open Enrollment, UF employees have an opportunity to make changes to their benefits plans for the upcoming plan year. This year’s Open Enrollment period runs Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. through Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. EST. Changes made during this Open Enrollment period will be effective Jan. 1, 2014.The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (ACA) required that employers provide medical benefits to employees averaging 30 hours or more of work per week beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Although the Federal Government delayed the employer requirement until January of 2015, the State of Florida will begin offering health care insurance to OPS (Other Personal Services) and other temporary classified employees during Open Enrollment this fall. If an eligible employee enrolls, coverage would become effective Jan. 1, 2014.
The majority of employees currently covered by state plans will see minimal changes to their benefits plans, as most of this year’s changes are related to new compliance requirements associated with the Affordable Care Act.
UFSelect is the university’s voluntary post-tax benefits program designed to provide employees with more options to help round out their benefits package.
The University of Florida’s 2014 Superior Accomplishment Awards program nomination period kicked off Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 31, 2013. Now in its 25th year, the awards program will recognize Academic Personnel, TEAMS and USPS employees who have contributed outstanding service in their fields during the academic year of Aug. 1, 2012, to July 31, 2013.
Experts predict that retirees will need from 80 to 100 percent of their pre-retirement income to maintain their lifestyle after retirement. Yet surveys show that most Americans remain unprepared for retirement.
On Nov. 12, UF’s new Human Subject Payment (HSP) system will go live—providing a new "one-stop shop" experience for departments, improving turnaround time and reducing the overall administrative burden of paying human subject participants in UF research studies. All new requests for human subject payments will use the new processes, which will affect how payments are coordinated, disbursed and tracked in the myUFL system.
Initial examination of university research support processes yields both immediate and long-term recommendationsIn July of 2013, the Office of Research launched a new initiative with the ultimate goal of the creation of a new University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool (UFIRST). The UFIRST initiative aims to design an integrated, streamlined and intuitive system that will support UF’s research endeavors—from proposal development through award closure.
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 2014, Human Resource Services will select, at random from a pool of eligible HEO applicants, 50 TEAMS employees to participate in this program. Each eligible employee may submit one child’s name into the drawing. To be considered for this benefit, the TEAMS employee must apply for the HEO by Nov. 1, 2013.
TEAMS employees are eligible to cash out up to 16 hours of vacation leave—regardless of FTE—during the pay period of Nov. 8 to 21, provided 40 hours of vacation leave remain on balance after the end of that pay period. Eligible employees who participate will receive the cash-out payment in their Nov. 27 paycheck.
Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center’s PHIT Kids program hosted its semi-annual Field Day on Sat., Sept. 14. The goal of field day is to encourage parent- and child-centered activity and exercise through fun-filled play.
For Your Health
Go pink with Living Well and get ready to Make Strides!
Free flu shots available this month!
UF offices join forces to promote zero-tolerance policy
FLARE program aims to support employees' efforts to save for retirement
New options available to VALIC participants
Sick Leave Pool open enrollment through Oct. 31
Want to learn more about cyber security?
New UFIT e-Learning workshops offered this fall
Graham Center October events feature civics and journalism
How will the student services system function in the future?
Retirement courses offered in October