Category: Benefits

EEP opens doors to new opportunities for UF faculty and staff

The EEP is a source of financial support for faculty and staff looking to gain new skills and further their professional goals.

Learn more about 2024 pharmacy benefit program

Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, Optum Rx will replace CVS Caremark as the State of Florida’s pharmacy benefit manager. As part of the change, UF faculty and staff will receive new pharmacy cards, which can be used at more participating pharmacies, including Walgreens, CVS, Publix and Walmart as well as independent pharmacies throughout the state.

Have you made your benefits elections? Open enrollment ends Nov. 3

This is your opportunity to add, change or remove benefit plans for the next plan year.

Leave cash-out opportunity through Nov. 8

Each year, UF TEAMS employees are eligible to cash out up to 16 hours of vacation leave before the holiday season, provided a minimum of 40 hours remains on balance. This year’s leave cash-out period runs from Monday, Oct. 30, through Wednesday, Nov. 9. Eligible participants will receive the cash-out payment in their Nov. 17 paycheck.

TEAMS leave cash-out hours must be entered no later than midnight on Nov. 8 and approved by the supervisor no later than the deadline of 10 a.m. on Nov. 9, as Nov. 10 is a holiday and payroll is closing 1 day early. Departments are responsible for ensuring that no more than 16 hours are cashed out and that 40 hours remain after the cash-out hours have been deducted.

HEO scholarship applications due Nov. 1

The University of Florida’s Higher Education Opportunity, or HEO, scholarship provides children of full-time TEAMS employees with tuition assistance for an undergraduate education at UF. In March 2024, 150 TEAMS employees will be randomly selected by UF Human Resource from a pool of eligible applicants to participate in the HEO.

Each eligible employee may submit one child’s name into the drawing. To be considered for this benefit, the TEAMS employee must apply for the HEO scholarship by Nov. 1, 2023.

Explore your benefits options at the Benefits and Wellness Fair

The UFHR Benefits and Wellness Fair takes place tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Champions Club in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. With more than 50 state and UF vendors present, UF faculty and staff can stop by to learn about available benefits plans and retirement options, get a flu shot and participate in wellness screenings.

Save the date for the annual Benefits & Wellness Fair!

Join us Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Evans Champions Club in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to learn about health and wellness resources available to UF faculty and staff. Get your benefits questions answered and enter for a chance to win a giveaway from one of our sponsors!

Benefits open enrollment begins Oct. 16 and runs through Nov. 3. Open enrollment is your opportunity to add, change or remove benefit selections for the next plan year. Make sure your email and mailing addresses are up-to-date in ONE.UF and People First to avoid missing important communications.

UF EAP adds two on-campus counselors for faculty and staff

UF’s Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, has added two on-campus counselors who will be available for free in-person therapy appointments beginning in October. UF employees — including faculty, staff, graduate assistants, non-student OPS employees, housestaff, residents and postdoc associates — may schedule an appointment via the UF EAP website.

Explore exclusive savings for UF faculty and staff

From gyms to restaurants, car rentals and more — UF employees have the opportunity to save at a variety of businesses and retailers through UF GatorPerks.

Explore the GatorPerks website to discover local and regional discounts. Know of a business you would like to see included in the program? Complete the GatorPerks Recommendation Form to help us grow our list of vendors.

Take steps now to ensure you receive benefits open enrollment communications

In the coming weeks, the State of Florida will be sending communications about insurance benefit choices and changes via email — rather than to your home mailing address — in advance of this year’s Open Enrollment period, which will run Oct. 16–Nov. 3.

To ensure you receive benefits correspondence, now is the time to verify and update your contact information as needed in both the State of Florida’s People First system and ONE.UF. Visit the Benefits website for a step-by-step guide. 

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