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Chard Snyder introduces new mobile app for FSA, HSA accounts

By on December 7, 2016

A new app, Chard Snyder Mobile, is now available to participants in its flexible spending accounts (FSA) and HSA Advantage accounts. The app enables participants to use their smartphones or tablets to access their accounts, view claims and receipts and file for reimbursement.

A health and wellness fair designed with UF employees in mind

By on December 7, 2016

Start 2017 off on the right foot! UFHR Wellness is pleased to host this one-day event filled with activities, information and resources designed to support you in your wellness journey.

Enjoy UF discounts on apparel, books, collectibles and more this holiday season

By on December 7, 2016

In addition to the wide range of discounts available to employees through UF’s GatorPerks program, employees also can take advantage of special offers from the UF Bookstore, University Press and the Florida Museum of Natural History this month.

UF reveals Strategic Development Plan

By on December 7, 2016

After hundreds of interviews with local residents, the University of Florida took the next step toward forging a shared vision with the Gainesville community when it revealed the findings of its strategic development process. An eastward focus, a strengthened connection to downtown and housing shifts were among the recommendations.

Registration for spring personal and professional development training courses now underway

By on December 7, 2016

Improve your skills. Get better results. Help your team and UF make a positive difference. UF Training & Organizational Development is committed to helping faculty, staff and teams at UF improve their performance, achieve their goals and make an impact.

Plaza of the Americas renovations underway

By on December 7, 2016

Renovations including new and widened pedestrian sidewalks, infrastructure improvements, plans to preserve the lawn and tree canopy, and more are expected to last about six months.

New process for reserving space on myUFL splash page

By on December 7, 2016

UFIT recently transferred management of the myUFL homepage, or “splash page,” to the Office of University Relations. The splash page was also upgraded to match the appearance of the university’s new web template launched earlier this year.

PPD to undertake campus-wide facility review

By on December 7, 2016

As part of an ongoing effort to drive excellence and attract the best and brightest faculty, staff and students, the UF Physical Plant Division is undertaking a campus-wide facility review that will include short-, mid- and long-term strategic planning initiatives.

Prudential Productivity Awards nominations deadline extended to Dec. 9

By on December 7, 2016

A joint effort of the Florida TaxWatch, the Florida Council of 100, and the State of Florida, the Prudential Productivity Awards are presented annually to honor state employees throughout Florida who have significantly increased productivity in delivering state services and products. In addition to honoring innovative and cost-saving accomplishments, the awards program recognizes the measurable contributions and added value of individuals and teams.

Nominations open for faculty university committees, boards and councils

By on December 7, 2016

Each year, the University of Florida offers faculty the opportunity to participate in its governance through various university committees, boards and councils. A list of these groups and a nomination form can be found at UF Faculty Senate website. Completed forms should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Dec. 16.

Genetics Institute faculty continue to garner national recognition

By on December 7, 2016

University of Florida Genetics Institute member Anna-Lisa Paul, PhD, has been named president-elect of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. The ASGSR is a collection of international researchers dedicated to promoting the study of “how living organisms and physical systems respond to gravity.”

Applications to participate in Research Administration & Financials Training Level One Cohort due Dec. 9

By on December 7, 2016

UF’s Division of Sponsored Programs and Contracts & Grants will once again offer a professional development series that provides research administrators throughout the university with “a lifeline” to the research community.

UF Health Integrative Medicine offers free wellness classes

By on December 7, 2016

Weekly offerings in meditation, qigong and yoga classes are appropriate for individuals with any skill level.

Weight management study featuring healthy lifestyle program now available in rural counties in North Florida

By on December 7, 2016

Looking for a way to lose weight and get healthier? A new weight management program is now available at UF’s Bradford, Columbia, Putnam, Flagler, Hamilton and Madison Extension Offices. The no-cost healthy lifestyle program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to help participants lose weight, increase fitness, improve nutrition and manage stress. Compensation for travel to sessions will be provided. For more information, please call (352) 273-5235.

Tips for shopping safely this holiday season

By on December 7, 2016

It's possible to be vigilant about cyber-crime and still enjoy holiday shopping. Here are some tips, whether you are searching for that perfect gift at the mall or on your phone.

Employee Education Program accepting applications for the spring semester

By on December 7, 2016

The Employee Education Program, or EEP, enables full-time UF Academic Personnel, TEAMS employees, and USPS employees who have been employed in good standing for at least six months to receive tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of instruction per semester at the state university closest to their work location.

Be sure to enter your holiday time and leave early

By on December 7, 2016

UF Leave Administration encourages you to enter your time and leave early as you make preparations for time off during the holidays. All TEAMS and Academic Personnel identified by their departments as “essential employees” may enter December personal leave beginning on Monday, Dec. 12. Additionally, on Monday, Dec. 12, USPS employees may enter advanced vacation leave that will be used between Dec. 27–30.

USPS employees may be advanced vacation leave

By on December 7, 2016

USPS employees are not eligible for the four personal leave days, but they may be required to use vacation or accrued compensatory leave during the holiday closing period if a department chooses to close or upon supervisory request.

Year-end vacation leave conversion slated for January

By on December 7, 2016

The annual vacation leave conversion process will take place at the end of the pay period covering Dec. 30, 2016, through Jan. 12, 2017. Employees with vacation hours exceeding the annual maximum will automatically be converted into their sick leave balance.

Review December and January paychecks for insurance deductions

By on December 7, 2016

Each payday, especially following Open Enrollment, it’s important to confirm that your insurance premiums are being deducted correctly. A majority of state plans’ premiums, with exception of flexible spending accounts, are deducted a month in advance.

Retirement plan contribution limits unchanged for 2017

By on December 7, 2016

The IRS announced the retirement plan contribution limits for 2017 will remain the same as the 2016 limits.

Employees may consent to receive W-2 and 1095-C forms electronically

By on December 7, 2016

Employees who have not already done so may consent to receive their Form W-2 electronically rather than by mail by logging into the myUFLsystem and navigating to: My Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > W-2/W-2c Consent.

Social Security limit for 2017 increases, while Medicare taxes hold steady

By on December 7, 2016

The Social Security wage base limit for 2017 will increase to $127,200. Employees will pay a maximum of $7,886.40 ($127,200 x 6.2%) for 2017.

FLSA changes go into effect Dec. 1

By on November 2, 2016

As previously covered in UF at Work, changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will result in a significant number of positions becoming eligible for overtime pay when time worked exceeds 40 hours in a week. These changes will go into effect on Dec. 1 and are expected to affect upwards of 1,300 employees, primarily staff.

Ann Christiano: Championing the public interest through strategic communications

By on November 2, 2016

Christiano joined UF in 2010 as the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications, where she has developed the nation’s first public interest communication program, dedicated to using strategic communications to drive change. This spring, in partnership with UF Training and Organizational Development, Christiano and a team of communications professionals will launch a new Strategic Communications Academy designed for UF leaders and scholars.

2017 Benefits Open Enrollment ends Nov. 4

By on November 2, 2016

During Open Enrollment employees can make changes and elections to State and UF benefit plans through the appropriate online portals. Elections made during OE are effective Jan. 1, 2017.

December Leave Cash-out period is Nov. 4–15

By on November 2, 2016

TEAMS employees are eligible to cash out up to 16 hours of vacation leave — regardless of FTE — during the pay period of Nov. 4 to 17, provided 40 hours of vacation leave remain on balance after the end of that pay period. Eligible participants will receive the cash-out payment in their Nov. 23 paycheck.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

By on November 2, 2016

Did you know if you work full-time for the University of Florida you may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program?

New look and feel for UF login page, effective Nov. 6

By on November 2, 2016

A new login page for all services requiring GatorLink authentication will go live on Sunday, Nov. 6. The login page has been redesigned to match the updated UF web template and brand standards launched in spring of 2016.

New UF Health travel health clinic offers health protection

By on November 2, 2016

The clinic offers travelers vaccinations not generally available from their primary care physician.