Category: HR Focus

Elevating hiring practices at UF/IFAS TREC 

Learn how the Inclusive Hiring Badge program benefitted Maria Bernal and the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center.

Benefits Open Enrollment runs Oct. 11–29

Open Enrollment for 2022 benefits will take place Oct. 11 through Oct. 29. UF’s annual Open Enrollment period is your opportunity to add, change or remove benefits enrollment elections for the next plan year. Elections made during this period will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

With COVID cases continuing to rise, questions about taking leave resurface

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Over the past week, the number of COVID-19 cases throughout Florida has continued to rise rapidly. While there is hopeful news that nearly 250,000 more Floridians received vaccinations last week, UF has seen an uptick in cases among both employees and students as well. Questions about taking leave associated with COVID-19 have resurfaced in recent […]

Hiring pause and travel restrictions lifted for UF faculty and staff


Last week, the university lifted its hiring pause as well as COVID-related restrictions on travel and visitors. Dean’s approval and the requirement that travel be essential are no longer required. UF’s Travel Office recommends the TripSource website as a resource to help UF faculty and staff make informed decisions concerning travel restrictions. If you have […]

New paid family leave program introduced as efforts to transition to paid time off are paused

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UF’s new paid family leave benefit was introduced to eligible TEAMS and faculty employees on Jan. 8. The new benefit provides up to 8 weeks of paid leave every 24 months for parental or medical reasons. This leave is designed to provide peace of mind throughout an employee’s lifespan, helping to meet their needs during […]

Double deductions for nine- and ten-month employees begin Feb. 12

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Nine- and ten-month employees will have double deductions taken from their paychecks for benefits Feb. 12 through May 7. These deductions ensure coverage for state health, life and supplemental insurance continues during the summer. Standard payroll deductions will resume in September. Graduate assistants with an active nine-month appointment enrolled in a GatorGradCare spring plan will […]

Open enrollment for adoption benefits available through March 31

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State employees and other eligible applicants who adopt a child from Florida’s child welfare system may be eligible for a one-time lump sum of $10,000 for a special needs child or $5,000 for a non-special needs child. Open enrollment for the program runs through March 31. Part-time employees participating in the program will have the […]

Resources to support AI faculty hiring efforts now available

The first wave of searches for new faculty who will help propel UF’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiative are already underway. UF’s AI Jobs website currently lists more than 25 faculty AI job postings that span a diversity of fields ranging from unexpected areas like African American studies, ethics and hospitality to the more traditional fields of engineering and […]

One conversation can provide support

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If you lead a team or department, you already know that having regular conversations with individuals in your area can help foster success. But especially during turbulent times, regular check-ins can also provide opportunities to watch for changes that could indicate someone may be in need of additional support. “If an employee seems disengaged, or […]

Looking ahead to spring while reflecting on a challenging fall semester

Throughout the fall semester, universities nationwide have struggled to meet the needs of their students while working to protect the health and wellbeing of their communities. Many faculty and staff in higher education throughout the country have expressed their frustrations through open letters and protests. Graduate student employees have also expressed frustration. At the University […]

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