October 2013

Benefits Open Enrollment period runs Oct. 21-Nov. 8

open enrollmentEach 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.

How will health care reform affect UF employees?

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. 

What benefit changes are planned for 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 offers a range of voluntary benefit options

UFSelect is the university’s voluntary post-tax benefits program designed to provide employees with more options to help round out their benefits package. 

Superior Accomplishment Awards nomination period is underway

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.

Will you be ready for retirement?

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.

HSP training available later this month

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 recommendations

In 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.

HEO scholarship applications due 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 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.

December Leave Cash-out period is Nov. 8-21

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 Field Day brings fun and fitness to children and families

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.


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UF Health Springhill offers latest in mammogram technology

The standard for mammography screenings—2-D digital mammography—is recommended annually for women aged 40 years and older with no apparent breast health problems. Women with breast health issues or who have mothers or sisters who developed breast cancer at a young age may be advised to seen screening earlier.

Go pink with Living Well and get ready to Make Strides!
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Living Well will host a Pink Tie-Dye Party in anticipation of Gainesville's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 26. Bring a white t-shirt, hat, socks or any piece of clothing you would like to tie dye to the Florida Gym between 5 and 7 p.m. Friends and family are welcome at this free event.

Free flu shots available this month!
Bring your UF ID to Founders Gallery—located at UF Health’s North Entrance near the Communicore Building—to get a free flu shot this month. Shots will be available on the following days between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: October 3, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 24, 28 and 29.

UF offices join forces to promote zero-tolerance policy
In a recent UF Administrative Memo, UF Vice President Paula Varnes Fussell announced that the Office of Human Resource Services has assumed the responsibility for coordinating Title IX compliance as it relates to harassment. 

Salary increases take effect this month
Faculty and staff eligible for the UF salary increases announced in July can expect to see their pay increase effective with the Oct. 18 paycheck. 

FLARE program aims to support employees' efforts to save for retirement
Financial Literacy And Retirement Education (FLARE) highlights five key categories of UF employees' financial planning success.

New options available to VALIC participants
VALIC, in partnership with the University of Florida, has enhanced employees' investment options.

Sick Leave Pool open enrollment through Oct. 31
Qualifying University of Florida employees may sign up for the Sick Leave Pool during its open enrollment period this month.

Pledge to find alternative transportation this month
The One Less Car initiative invites The Gator Nation to pledge to reduce their single-occupancy car travel and commute to an alternative mode of transportation.

Want to learn more about cyber security?
The benefits and convenience of online technologies have become ubiquitous as we work, shop, bank and interact with friends.

New UFIT e-Learning workshops offered this fall
New titles include BigBlueButton, Learning Module, Using Copyrighted and Licensed Resources in e-Learning, and beginning and advanced Qualtrics. 

Graham Center October events feature civics and journalism
The Bob Graham Center for Public Service will host several events in Pugh Hall this month. 

How will the student services system function in the future?
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Academic and Professional Assembly (APA) will host “Modernizing Student Services: Purpose and Process of Replacing the UF Student System.”

Retirement courses offered in October
University Retirement hosts classes designed to assist you with retirement and savings. 

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