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Are you maximizing your tax-deferring opportunities?

As tax season approaches, now is a great time to do a financial check-up to ensure you are taking advantage of the tax-deferring opportunities available to you.

“Anything you can do to tax-defer helps stretch your dollar,” said Shannon Edwards, UFHR Benefits director. “The first thing I tell people who come to me for savings advice is to do a financial check-up at the beginning of each year to ensure they are taking advantage of every opportunity.”

As a UF employee, you have a few ways to tax-defer your earnings

Have you reviewed your 2022 paycheck statements?

While it’s always a good idea to look over your paycheck statement from time to time, it’s especially important at the beginning of the calendar year. By doing so, you can verify your benefits deductions and leave accruals are accurate and up-to-date.

Read on to learn about benefits deductions and the vacation leave conversion pause.

Looking for ways to add to your retirement savings?

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The new year is a great time to review your savings plans to ensure you’re maximizing your contributions. In addition to the state retirement plans offered, as a UF employee you may also participate in a 457(b) Deferred Compensation plan and/or voluntary 403(b) plans to supplement your retirement via payroll deductions.

Both the 457(b) and 403(b) plans are voluntary savings plans available to faculty, TEAMS, USPS and OPS employees — including housestaff/residents, graduate assistants, postdocs and adjunct faculty. Read on for a breakdown of each plan.

A few updates regarding UF’s COVID-19 response

As we enter the first full week of the spring semester, the number of cases of those who have tested positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to rise. UF researchers are optimistic that these numbers will peak this week — earlier than originally predicted. Learn more in this article published by UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, updated Jan. 5.

A few quick updates and reminders …

Resources to support your well-being in 2022

The start of a new year is a great time to focus on our well-being and establish new healthy habits — and chances are you’ve already made a few resolutions. So to support you on your wellness journey, we’ve assembled a list of upcoming UF-sponsored programs and events designed to support wellness and self-care.

All of these programs are available to UF faculty and staff at no cost. To explore our full range of offerings, please visit If you have questions or would like more information, please email

Some updates and guidance for the start of spring semester

Beginning this Thursday, testing will be available for faculty, staff and students at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. These efforts are being coordinated by the Department of Health COVID Operations at UF, or DOH at UF, previously known as UF Health Screen, Test & Protect. Anyone wishing to schedule a test may now do so via ONE.UF.

Additional testing locations for the Gainesville area and throughout the state may be found on the Florida Department of Health’s website. If you have questions or need additional guidance, you may also reach out to the DOH at UF team at (352) 273-9790…

“It turns out if you really care, it makes a difference.”

When she assumed the role of UF’s vice president for human resources five and a half years ago, Jodi Gentry’s vision was to help create a competitive advantage for the university through people — strong individual contributors, high-functioning collaborators and teams, and excellent leaders — where their best work would be encouraged, enabled, expected and recognized.

Our deepest thanks to the Screen, Test & Protect team

As outlined in yesterday’s Campus Brief, after 19 months of excellent work and leadership by infectious disease physicians, epidemiologists and disease investigators, the University of Florida is entering the next stage of pandemic management, effective Jan. 1. 

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect team who rose to the challenge and expertly guided the University of Florida through the pandemic, helping to ensure the safety and health of our faculty, staff and students.  

UF joins SEC Artificial Intelligence, Data Science Consortium

UF has joined the Southeastern Conference’s (SEC) 14 member universities on a broad collaboration centered around artificial intelligence and data science for workforce development.

Believed to be the first athletics conference collaboration to focus on this topic, the SEC Artificial Intelligence Consortium is designed to grow opportunities in the fast-changing fields of AI and data science, which are expected to be foundational for the future of industry, education and research. 

Vacation leave conversion paused for 2021

Recognizing the challenges the pandemic has created for faculty and staff and in light of the extra hours many have worked over the past year, UF faculty and staff vacation leave hours exceeding the maximum typically allowed in a calendar year will not convert to sick leave this year.

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