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It’s tax time!

By on February 3, 2015

If you consented to retrieve your W-2 electronically, your 2014 form is now available. Read on to learn more about how to read your W-2, get free tax services and avoid scams.

New grant proposal routing system coming this March

By on February 3, 2015

In March, UF will launch the first phase of UFIRST—the University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool—with the implementation of a new proposal routing system. Beginning March 20, all proposals for sponsored funding will be required to be routed through UFIRST.

State of Florida extends insurance, retirement benefits to legally married same-sex couples

By on February 3, 2015

Employees whose marriages are legally recognized in Florida as of Jan. 6, 2015—including legal marriages performed outside the state of Florida—have been granted a qualifying status change event window from Tuesday, Jan. 6, through Friday, March 6, to enroll in a state of Florida family plan.

Verify your benefits deductions for 2015

By on February 3, 2015

Reviewing your paycheck each payday is a helpful practice to ensure proper coverage and premiums are deducted. Changes made during fall 2014 Open Enrollment are now in effect.

Florida Prepaid open enrollment runs through February 28

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Open enrollment for the Florida Prepaid College Plan ends Feb. 28. Both the Florida Prepaid Plan and the Florida Investment Plan (a 529 plan) offer affordable ways to save for your children’s future college expenses.

Flex spending account grace period available through March 15

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If you have not used all the money in your 2014 Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you still have time. The state’s FSAs feature an annual grace period that enables participants to continue to use medical and dependent care accounts for eligible expenses from January 1 through March 15.

Double deductions begin for nine- and ten-month employees

By on February 3, 2015

To ensure coverage for state health, life, and supplemental insurance continues during the summer, double-deductions will be taken from nine-month and ten-month employees’ paychecks beginning with the Feb. 6 paycheck and continuing through May 1. Normal payroll deductions resume in September each fall.

UF Computing Help Desk introduces self-help resources

By on February 3, 2015

Having difficulty setting up your email or connecting to UF’s Wi-Fi? Save yourself a trip to the UF Computing Help Desk — check out the guides available online on the Self-Help Resources page.

Free downloads of Office 365 available to faculty and staff

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Microsoft recently expanded the Office 365 ProPlus for Education program to include faculty and staff.

IRS Form W-4 “Exempt” Status Expires February 16, 2015

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If you claimed “exempt” from withholding tax on your W-4 for 2014 and want to renew your exemption claim for calendar year 2015, you must update your W-4 in myUFL > My Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > W-4 Tax Information between January 1, 2015 and February 16, 2015.

Shared transportation made easy from the UF Zimride Network

By on February 3, 2015

As the Spring 2015 semester begins at the University of Florida, UF Transportation and Parking Services would like to remind everyone that now is a great time to check out Zimride, UF's free private ridesharing network. Zimride enables students, faculty and staff to make shared transportation for drivers and passengers fun and easy. Whether it's your daily commute or a one-time event, Zimride helps you connect with others to share the ride and the costs.

MyTraining project team reflects on successes, challenges and what’s ahead for new system

By on February 3, 2015

What if employees could access all of their UF and UF Health Shands training through a single portal? Launched in October 2014, the myTraining platform is helping to achieve this vision through new institutional efficiencies and a more streamlined customer experience.

myUFL technical upgrade slated for March 13

By on February 3, 2015

The myUFL system is slated to undergo a technical upgrade starting 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, with much of the myUFL system being unavailable over that weekend as a result.

Schedule of Paydays and Critical Dates for FY 2015-2016

By on February 3, 2015

A Schedule of Paydays and Critical Dates for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 can be accessed on the Payroll and Tax Services section of Finance and Accounting’s website.

Distance learning fee requests due this month

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Applications to request distance learning fees for the summer and fall 2015 semesters are now being accepted through the myUFL system.

Campus Spotlight: Meet the CITTups

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Last spring, the team of coworkers, dubbed the CITTups, were honored with a UF Champion for Change award in the category of Health and Well-Being for their efforts to “foster a working environment where everyone can look a little silly doing sets of squats and burpees in their office wear.”

UF leaders share perspectives on strategy, change, culture and accountability

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On Jan. 27, the UF Leadership Network hosted a panel discussion on “Perspectives on Strategy, Change, Culture and Accountability at UF.” The event featured UF leaders Anna M. McDaniel, dean of the College of Nursing; David P. Norton, vice president for research; and Curtis A. Reynolds, vice president for business affairs.

Diversity Symposium sheds light on meeting the challenge of “Implicit Bias in the Academy”

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Dr. Benjamin Reese’s business card is written in braille—not because he is vision-impaired or even because he works on behalf of those who are. As vice president for institutional equity at Duke University, Reese carries it to remind himself of the implicit biases he must overcome, and he shares it with others to provide a gentle reminder that it is a struggle we all share.

Always wanted to run a 5K—or just need a little motivation?

By on February 3, 2015

Have you always wanted to participate in a 5K but weren’t sure how to get started? Get the support you need to get off the couch and get ready for a 5k by joining UF and UF Health’s free Get Up and Go! Couch to 5k Program today! Registration is open through Feb. 27.

“Healthy Routine in 2015” series available in-person or via streaming

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This spring, UF-UF Health Wellness, in partnership with the UF Center for Digital Health and Wellness, continues its series of lunchtime workshops designed to help you create a “Healthy Routine in 2015.”

Champions for Change nominations due Feb. 23

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A partnership of the Office of Sustainability and Healthy Gators, the Champions for Change Awards recognize individuals or groups in the UF community who have made significant contributions in the areas of sustainability and health during their time at UF.

Register now for Stomp the Swamp for Autism 2015

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UF's Stomp the Swamp for Autism is an annual fitness event held at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to benefit UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. The 7th Annual Stomp the Swamp will be held on Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon, with gates opening at 9 a.m. Children 12 years old and under can enjoy free admission and a special obstacle course and relay race.

Free blood pressure, body composition screenings available this month

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In honor of American Heart Month, UF-UF Health Wellness will offer blood pressure and body composition screenings at locations throughout campus this month.

Faculty and staff CPR event Feb. 20

By on February 3, 2015

On Feb. 20, GatorSavers—a University of Florida student organization that aims to increase the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest and the accessibility of AEDs in the local community—in partnership with UF Environmental Health and Safety and with support from HeartSafe City—will host an Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED certification-training event at UF for its staff and faculty members.