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Brook Mercier appointed to lead Employee Relations

By on April 5, 2017

Brook Mercier has been appointed to serve as director of Employee Relations for UF Human Resources. Mercier has been serving in the role on an interim basis since mid-January and has been working in UFHR since 2006.

Annual staff performance appraisals due March 31

By on March 1, 2017

The standard evaluation period for all USPS and TEAMS employees is March 1, 2016, through Feb. 28, 2017, with appraisals to be completed and signed by March 31.

Does your department host summer activities for minors? Be sure to start personnel background checks early

By on March 1, 2017

If your department is planning a camp, event or program involving minors between April 1 and Sept. 1, be sure to consult and register with the Office of Youth Conference Services prior to the start of your activity.

Drug-Free Workplace Statement summarizes UF policy

By on March 1, 2017

The University of Florida is committed to providing a campus environment free from the abuse of alcohol and the illegal use of alcohol and drugs. To enhance this commitment, the university has adopted and implemented programs that seek to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by university community members.

New online resources available for hiring managers and new employees

By on February 1, 2017

As part of its strategic commitment to preeminence through people, UFHR has launched an online “Hiring Center” designed to support the UF hiring process as well as a new online “Welcome Center.”

Performance appraisal evaluation period runs through Feb. 28

By on February 1, 2017

This month, departments throughout campus begin to prepare for the annual performance appraisal period. The standard evaluation period for all USPS and TEAMS employees is March 1, 2016, through Feb. 28, 2017, with appraisals to be completed and signed by March 31, 2017.

UFHR undertakes comprehensive competency project

By on February 1, 2017

As part of its Strategic Commitment, and building on the first phase of the UF On Target project, UFHR began work in January on a comprehensive project to identify key competencies and success indicators for each job classification.

Has your department inadvertently received a tax credit notice?

By on February 1, 2017

It is important that the Healthcare Marketplace is aware of any employee who was offered coverage through UF, both for the protection of the university and so the employee does not inadvertently receive a premium tax credit that he or she may have to pay back.

Updated I-9 form mandatory beginning Jan. 22

By on January 11, 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a new version of the Form I-9 that will be mandatory beginning Jan. 22. Until then, either version of the Form I-9 is acceptable. The updated version is linked from the UFHR Forms page. The GatorStart/electronic onboarding version will be updated before Jan. 21.

UFHR’s Strategic Commitment: Achieving preeminence through people

By on December 7, 2016

During the summer and fall of 2016, UFHR reached out to colleges and units throughout the university to conduct an intake of UF’s needs and priorities as they relate to achieving preeminence through people. Out of this work, UFHR identified four guiding principles to direct its efforts in the months and years to come— Drive Results; Promote Inclusiveness; Be Agile, Forward-Thinking and Bold; and Model Excellence — that have informed the creation of its long-term goals and short-term priorities.

Future of new federal overtime rules uncertain

By on December 7, 2016

Due to a recent federal injunction, proposed changes in federal overtime rules, via the Fair Labor Standard Act, are on hold.

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.

Learn more about upcoming FLSA changes at Oct. 28 information session

By on October 6, 2016

For those who would like more detailed information about upcoming FLSA changes, Human Resource Services will host an information session on Friday, Oct. 28, at 1:30 p.m., in Room 120 of the HR Building.

Physical Plant Division Career Progression Program offers opportunity, incentives

By on October 5, 2016

In 2006, fresh out of high school and looking for a steady job, Laurence Cotman came to the University of Florida as a custodian in the Health Science Center, where he spent his days cleaning, sweeping and mopping. Cotman said

Ensure you’re ready for 2017 benefits Open Enrollment

By on September 6, 2016

It’s almost time to make your benefits selections for 2017. UF’s employee benefits Open Enrollment period will be held Oct. 17 through Nov. 4. During Open Enrollment, employees can make changes and elections to state and UF benefit plans through the appropriate online portals. Elections made during Open Enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Do you know when to use the 435 Livescan Criminal Background Check?

By on September 6, 2016

The 435 Livescan is one of UF’s options for conducting a criminal background check on an employee. Livescan searches for criminal records in both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) databases. It’s important to note that this type of Livescan is only to be used for certain employees.

Are you familiar with UF’s policy on political activity?

By on September 6, 2016

During this intense political season, you are encouraged to review the policy and share with others, as appropriate.

GatorGradCare (GA Health Insurance) enrollment deadline is Sept. 14

By on September 6, 2016

Graduate Assistants, Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants appointed .25 FTE or greater who would like to participate for the 2016-2017 academic year must enroll online at

Deadline for 2017-18 Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) scholarship applications is Nov. 1

By on September 6, 2016

A new online application process takes effect this fall.

Save the date for this year’s Benefits Fair and Open Enrollment period

By on August 2, 2016

The Open Enrollment period for 2017 is scheduled for Oct. 17 through Nov. 4. During Open Enrollment, employees may make elections or change state and UF benefits plans through the appropriate online portals. Changes made during this fall’s Open Enrollment period are effective Jan. 1, 2017.