As UF President Kent Fuchs announced in July, a 3 percent salary increase pool has been established to provide merit increases to faculty and staff this academic year. Individual increases determined by criteria established by colleges and units will take effect on Jan. 1.
As part of its strategic commitment to improve the effectiveness of performance management, UF Human Resources is conducting a survey of TEAMS employees to gauge their thoughts about the current staff evaluation process.
For the past few weeks, the university’s administration has grappled with difficult conversations and made challenging decisions regarding the presence of a controversial speaker on campus and the potential threat of associated violence and disruption. During this time, faculty, staff and students have come together for discussions and to support one another in a way that reflects the deep care and concern that exist in our community.
In keeping with Florida Statutes, truthful reference information can be provided without fear of liability if the information is factual and without malicious intent or discrimination if provided about former or current employees to a prospective employer at the prospective employer’s request.
The federal law known as the Drug-Free Workplace Act requires the University of Florida to maintain a drug-free workplace. 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.
Available to eligible UF faculty and staff, this popular program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Due to a recent federal injunction, proposed changes in federal overtime rules, via the Fair Labor Standard Act, are on hold.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
During this intense political season, you are encouraged to review the policy and share with others, as appropriate.
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 https://bluebiz.bcbsfl.com/stuenroll/GatorGradCare.do.
A new online application process takes effect this fall.
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.
Human Resource Services has recently updated the job data correction request form, available on the forms page of the HRS website. Administrators should be sure to read carefully as they complete the form, as there are new requirements.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will impact the criteria used to determine eligibility for overtime. Effective Dec. 1, 2016, the salary threshold used to determine eligibility for overtime will be increased from $455 per week to $913 per week.
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.
The Roadmap to Effective Hiring guide provides hiring managers a breakdown of the recruitment process to help find the best-fit candidate for the opening. Learn the steps involved with preplanning, advertising the job, managing applications, interviewing candidates, making an offer, hiring the employee and tips for successful onboarding.