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President Fuchs announces 2016 salary increases for eligible employees

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In an Aug. 3 email to faculty and staff, UF President Kent Fuchs announced an increase in the minimum hourly wage and a merit-based pool for faculty and staff salary increases, based on funding available for the new fiscal year.

University task force drafts goals, invites feedback

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In April, President Kent Fuchs formed a University Task Force on Goal-Setting to identify a set of aspirational goals to guide the university over the next five to ten years. This goal-setting process is a critical step in developing the university’s strategic direction for years to come.

Recordings of UF On Target town hall meetings available for online viewing

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In June, the UF “On Target” Classification Project launched a series of town hall discussions to provide employees with an opportunity to learn more about new and proposed TEAMS job titles projected to be implemented in early 2016. Links to recordings of sessions held in June and July are available on the UF On Target section of the HRS website.

Coming this fall: RAFT—Your lifeline to the research community

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This fall, the Division of Sponsored Programs and Contracts and Grants, with support from UF Training and Organizational Development, will introduce a new initiative designed to provide research and financial administrators throughout the university with “a lifeline” to the research community.

Sick leave cashout will discontinue after June 2016

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Beginning July 1, 2016, no payments for sick leave will be made for any type of separation from employment for TEAMS, USPS, and faculty who are not part of the collective bargaining unit.

Fall training registration opens Aug. 10!

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Develop your professional and leadership skills this fall! Training and Organizational Development provides a range of personal and professional development opportunities to help faculty and staff get better.

New Faculty Orientation scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20

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This year’s New Faculty Orientation is scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20 at Emerson Hall. New this year, as a companion but optional session, a pre-session focused on effective mentoring is being hosted by the Faculty Welfare Council.

Do you know how family and medical leave works at UF?

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All Faculty, TEAMS, USPS, and OPS employees, including post-doctoral associates, are eligible for up to 12 work weeks of FMLA leave once they have worked at least 12 months (need not be consecutive) and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of the FMLA leave.

Dependent information for health insurance required to avoid IRS penalty

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The Affordable Care Act requires the State of Florida and GatorCare to report minimum essential health insurance coverage information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

PeopleFirst changes method of posting premiums

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A change introduced in July in the way PeopleFirst, the State of Florida’s benefits administrator, processes employee underpayments could result in employees being notified that their insurance has been suspended.

Have you recently received an error message when sending an email to UF Benefits?

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A recent configuration change to UF Benefits’ email address (benefits@ufl.edu) may have caused some campus users to receive delivery failure notifications.

Employee Education Program accepting applications for the fall semester

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The Employee Education Program (EEP) is a popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff. The program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.

Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program offers possibility of more affordable tuition

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The Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for dependent children of the University of Florida’s full-time employees (excluding OPS) to attend a participating Tuition Exchange college or university at a significantly reduced tuition rate. The TEP scholarship application deadline is Oct. 31.

Gator Dining offering free Arredondo Café vouchers with purchase of a faculty/staff meal plan

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Employees who purchase a faculty/staff meal plan during the month of August will receive five free Arredondo Café meal vouchers for use during the fall 2015 semester.

Sustainability expands Bike Share Program

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The UF Office of Sustainability is seeking departments interested in participating in its Bike Share Program, which aims to reduce fleet or personal vehicle use on campus.

UF wireless network upgrade slated for Aug. 16

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On Sunday morning, Aug. 16, UFIT will upgrade its wireless network with a stronger certificate for the "UF" wireless system. Most people accessing the UF Wi-Fi network will not experience any change or notice any difference.

Florida leads nation in tax fraud: Cybersecurity workshop can show you how to protect your information

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The television show 60 Minutes recently reported that Florida leads the nation in Medicare and tax refund fraud. A great way to help yourself not be a victim of identity theft is to register for the Cyber Self-Defense workshop on Aug. 13.

New workshop can help instructors, staff optimize graphics, videos, and audio

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UFIT Training is offering a new workshop for faculty, staff, and postgraduate students involved in the production of course materials.

Openings for Baby Gator school-year VPK

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Do you have a child who is four years old and will be entering kindergarten in August of 2016? If so, they are eligible for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK), a state-funded kindergarten readiness program.

UF/IFAS-designed apps provide irrigation, growing tips and more

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Looking to save money and water when you irrigate? UF/IFAS scientists have developed an app for that. Want to know what plants to grow in your garden? You guessed it: UF/IFAS has an app for that as well.

NFREC employee hero for a day, thanks to first aid training

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Roosevelt Gordon Jr, an agricultural assistant based at the IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy, FL, became an unexpected hero on June 20 when he responded to a woman having a seizure in local department store in Quincy.

Spotlight on Leadership: Having difficult conversations

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This month’s featured Leadership Toolkit resource is Holding “Those” performance conversations.

It’s official: Workplace rudeness is contagious

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Rudeness in the workplace isn’t just unpleasant: It’s also contagious.

UF Campaign for Charities invites campus community to “Give for the Gator Good”

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The UF Campaign for Charities (UFCC) is the only official charitable giving drive for UF employees. Contributing to the UFCC is voluntary and can be done through cash, check, direct bill or payroll deduction.