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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Workshops to discuss the preparation of tenure and promotion packets and the university evaluation process for 2016-17 will be held in March.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
Supporters of Baby Gator Child Development Research Centers may now help further the centers’ mission by giving a gift to the Baby Gator Fund.
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.
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.