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    September 2013

Employees can begin preparing for fall benefits Open Enrollment period now

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Although the 2013 benefits Open Enrollment period is just over a month away, employees can begin preparing now by ensuring their information is up-to-date in the myUFL system by Sept. 20 and that they know their People First user IDs.

Temporary employees eligible for State benefit plans beginning in 2014

OPS and other temporary employees at UF who work an average of 30 hours per week or more will be eligible to enroll in most of the State of Florida’s benefit plans during the 2013 Open Enrollment period for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2014. UF will provide People First with a list of all OPS employees and their reported hours worked, and People First will determine participants’ eligibility.

Davis Productivity Award nominations due Sept. 20

Nomination forms for the 2014 Davis Productivity Awards program, which annually honors state government employees throughout Florida, are now available. 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.

Apply for GBAS Mentoring Program by Sept. 30

Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS)—a professional development program that targets business administrators—is accepting applications through Sept. 30 for its 2013-14 mentoring program. Participants are selected via a competitive application process, and the program begins in November.

Human Subject Payments system to go-live Nov. 12

Beginning this fall, the methods by which human subjects in UF research studies are compensated monetarily, as well as the systems that support these processes, will change. The new process—which is currently being piloted and will be made available university-wide Nov. 12—will enable UF to comply with federal and IRS regulations while improving the protection of its subjects' data.

APA provides special programs and networking for professional staff

Formed in 2003 and sponsored by UF Human Resource Services, the university’s Academic & Professional Assembly (APA) serves as a resource to provide programs and networking opportunities tailored to the interests and needs of the professional staff on campus. The APA contributes to the excellence of the university by providing input on important campus issues as well as by providing an opportunity for staff to contribute to the institution.

Sick Leave Pool open enrollment to be held in October

Qualifying University of Florida employees may apply for membership in the Sick Leave Pool during its open enrollment period from Oct. 1 to 31.  All applications must be received by the Sick Leave Pool administrator in Leave Administration by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. Please note that open enrollment for the Sick Leave Pool is a separate process from Benefits’ Open Enrollment and has its own deadlines.

Deadline for Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) 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 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.
 

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UF and UF Health Shands partner to form joint employee wellness committee

Recognizing both institutions’ desire to provide enhanced wellness opportunities for their employees as well as the potential to maximize shared resources and expertise, the committee met several times over the summer months to develop a shared purpose and vision.

Your health information and more—at your fingertips
Florida Blue members can now take their health information on the road with the Florida Blue mobile app for tablets or smartphones (iPhone® or Android™).

Living Well offers $5 Zumba classes
Living Well is offering $5 Zumba classes taught by licensed instructor Angela Betancourt on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. this fall.

Pet wellness plans available through UF
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In concert with several national initiatives stressing the importance of disease prevention in pet health, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is now offering comprehensive wellness plans that provide financial incentives for pet owners to regularly visit their veterinarians.



Free official UF mobile app now available
Catch up with campus news, see event listings and get emergency information and more with the new official UF native mobile apps, available for free through iTunes’ App Store as well as Google Play.

Drug-Free Workplace Statement summarizes UF policy
The federal law known as the Drug-Free Workplace Act requires the University of Florida to maintain a drug-free workplace.

Superior Accomplishment Awards nomination period opens Sept. 9
The 2014 Superior Accomplishment Award nomination period will run Sept. 9 through Oct. 31, 2013. 

UF Campaign for Charities runs Oct. 7-25
The 2013 UF Campaign for Charities kicks off Oct. 7 with the goal of raising more than $1 million for area charities for the ninth year. 

Gator CSA program features three area farms
The popular Gator Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program returns for the 2013-14 growing season with three farms from which to choose.

Enter your travel photography in the Global Culture Photography Competition
UF students, faculty, staff and alumni who have traveled abroad recently— as well as UF international students or scholars— are eligible to enter the UF International Center’s (UFIC) 2013 Global Culture Photography Competition

Year-end conversion of vacation leave scheduled for mid-January
Vacation-accruing employees, please note that any accrued vacation time that exceeds the annual maximum will convert to sick leave after the Jan. 16, 2014, pay period ends.

Straight No Chaser returns to Phillips Center in November
Ten-man a cappella sensation Straight No Chaser will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Phillips Center.

Fall financial planning courses offered
University Benefits and Retirement continues to offer courses designed to increase financial literacy. 

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