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Sick leave cashout program to 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.

Verify your benefits deductions for 2016

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Whether or not you made changes during Open Enrollment, the New Year is a good time to review your paycheck to ensure your coverage selections are accurate.

New reporting requirements for 2015 federal income tax

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In addition to filing your W-2, the IRS has a new requirement starting with the 2015 federal income tax reporting year. Information from IRS Form 1095-B and/or Form 1095-C must now be included with individuals’ income tax return. Please be sure to watch your mail for important tax documents and safeguard your form(s) with your other tax reporting documents.

New flexible spending account, health savings account vendor for 2016

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If you participated in a State of Florida flexible spending account or health savings account in 2015, please note that the vendor with which People First has contracted will change from WageWorks to Chard Synder effective Jan. 1.

Employees obtaining health insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace should be on the lookout for tax credit notices

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires large employers to offer healthcare coverage to full-time employees. Employees have the opportunity to utilize the Healthcare Marketplace to obtain health insurance coverage and, as such, may qualify for a premium tax credit. Because large employers like the University of Florida may be subject to a substantial penalty if even one full-time employee offered coverage from the university receives a premium tax credit, UF has partnered with Ernst & Young to help administer portions of the ACA.

Tenure, permanent status and promotion workshops available for faculty and staff

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Workshops to discuss the preparation of tenure and promotion packets and the university evaluation process for 2016-17 will be held in March.

Vacation leave conversion slated for January 14

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The annual vacation leave conversion process will take place at the end of the pay period covering Jan. 1–14, 2016. Employees’ vacation hours exceeding the annual maximum will automatically be converted into sick leave and added to their sick leave balance.

Florida Prepaid open enrollment runs through Feb. 29

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Open enrollment for the Florida Prepaid College Plan is underway and runs through Feb. 29. 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.

Resolve to save in 2016

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Is saving for retirement one of your New Year’s resolutions? The new year is a great time to maximize your tax savings and work towards a secure financial future or take a course to enhance your financial and retirement literacy.

Funding cycle for 2016 Tech Fee grants due Feb. 12

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The 2016 funding cycle for Technology Fee grants is now open. “Tech Fee” funding is awarded to projects that can enhance the technology used in UF’s instructional environment. Recent Tech Fee awards include the Levin College of Law Library book scanner, MADE@UF expansion into Infinity Hall, and the iPad checkout service in the Libraries.

Upcoming Canvas workshops to cover the power of rubrics, peer review

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Faculty may be interested in two new Canvas workshops now being offered by UFIT. The new workshops are designed to assist instructors in tracking students’ course progress, utilize rubrics and master online peer review.

FRS services expand to include electronic delivery

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FRS Online services are expanding to include electronic delivery of information requested from the Division of Retirement. Estimates of benefits, years of service statements and other information you request before and after retirement can be viewed and downloaded from your FRS Online account. You will receive an email notifying you when the information you requested is available.

Campus Spotlight: Ted Spiker

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If you’re not sold on the theory that slow and steady wins the race, Ted Spiker can prove to you that it will get you to the finish line with 20 minutes to spare. Just two years ago, Spiker, professor and chair of UF’s Department of Journalism, persistently chugged his way to finish his first Ironman triathlon after just one year of training and preparation. A seasoned journalist who has covered health and wellness topics for nearly 20 years, Spiker's college nickname was Hoover, and he describes himself as having “a body history that isn’t pretty.”

Spotlight on Leadership: Coaching

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Coaching lies at the heart of great leadership. When facing a difficult coaching conversation with a team member, however, many leaders feel uncertain and uncomfortable.

Baby Gator and the UF Foundation launch the Baby Gator Fund

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Supporters of Baby Gator Child Development Research Centers may now help further the centers’ mission by giving a gift to the Baby Gator Fund.

Employees invited to explore UF and UF Health “Windows to Wellness” at free event Jan. 22

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Start 2016 off on the right foot! Attend Windows to Wellness 2016, a one-day event filled with activities, information and resources designed to support you in your wellness journey. Benefits-eligible UF and UF Health employees are invited to Emerson Alumni Hall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, to learn more about the many resources and programs available to them.

More FREE Zumba for faculty and staff!

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Join instructor and ER nurse Deborah Noonan, Monday evenings beginning Dec. 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. for a free Zumba class open to all UF and UF Health Shands employees.

The path to recovery begins at UF Health Florida Recovery Center

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After spending time with your family and loved ones this holiday season, you may have noticed some concerning behaviors. If you or someone you love is facing addiction, seek help. You are not alone.

Weight Watchers at UF informational meeting Jan. 7

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On Thursday, Jan. 7, a Weight Watchers informational meeting will be held in Wellman Classroom #271, Yon Hall (on the east side of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium) at noon. If at least 20 employees sign up, the 17-week program will begin on Thursday, Jan. 14, and will be held weekly thereafter from noon to 1 p.m. at Yon Hall.

Even more wellness activities in 2016

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Faculty and staff wellness activities at the University of Florida and UF Health Shands are growing! Don’t miss out on the various events, activities and programs coming up this year, including...

Employee Assistance Program provides free and confidential counseling

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The EAP provides a wide range of services to employees, including individual employee evaluations and referrals. Counseling sessions are confidential and address a variety of situations.

UF’s Strategic Goals: A Path to Implementation Jan. 28-29

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Join President Fuchs and Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley and President Emeritus of the University of Toronto for A Conversation about National Preeminence followed by questions and conversation with the faculty and a reception.

Save the Date! Baby Gator “Building the Love” Fundraiser to be held Feb. 6

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Baby Gator’s 4th Annual Building the Love Fundraiser will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the University House. Please join hosts Chris Machen and Danette Good for an evening of fine food and silent and live auctions to support Baby Gator Child Development and Research Centers at UF.

Humanities series seeks to engage community participation

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This spring, UF’s Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere will host Imagining Florida, five lectures and discussions showcasing different humanistic foci.