Category: HR Updates

Preparing for upcoming UF holidays and time off

The holiday season is just around the corner! It’s not too soon to begin preparing for — and looking forward to — your time off during this year’s winter holidays.

As a reminder, leave-accruing TEAMS, Academic Personnel and USPS employees are eligible for 10 paid holidays each year…

New GuidanceConnect service provides quicker, more direct access to therapists

UF’s Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, provides UF faculty and staff as well as their household members access to free live counseling support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through its partnership with ComPsych.

Now, in addition to calling its toll-free number, (833) 306-0103, faculty and staff have the option to search for a network therapist and determine their availability via ComPsych’s portal.

TEAMS staff may cash out up to 16 hours of leave Oct. 29 through Nov. 11

UF TEAMS employees are eligible to cash out up to 16 hours of vacation leave before the holiday season, provided a minimum balance of 40 hours remains on balance.

Review your benefits and make changes during Open Enrollment, now through Oct. 29

The State of Florida and UF’s Benefits Open Enrollment period is your opportunity to make changes to your benefits enrollments for the upcoming calendar year. This year’s Open Enrollment started yesterday and runs through Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. EST. 

Importantly, note that UFHR Benefits will never contact you to ask you for your personal information. Please do not share your Social Security number or any other private information with anyone who calls claiming to represent the university or the State of Florida during Open Enrollment or at any other time throughout the year. 

Your annual opportunity to ensure you have the benefits that meet your needs

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Each fall, the annual open enrollment period provides you with an opportunity to evaluate your current benefits to determine if adjustments are needed for the new plan year. This year’s open enrollment period begins today and ends on Friday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. EST. Changes made during open enrollment will take effect Jan. 1, 2022. 

Florida minimum wage to increase Sept. 30

Florida’s Amendment 2, which the legislature passed in November 2020, will increase Florida’s minimum wage incrementally until it reaches $15 per hour in September 2026.

Higher Education Opportunity scholarship applications due Nov. 1

Created in 2003, the Higher Education Opportunity, or HEO, program provides tuition assistance for an undergraduate education at the University of Florida to children of full-time TEAMS employees in the form of a scholarship. In March 2022, UFHR will randomly select up to 150 TEAMS employees from a pool of eligible applicants to participate in the HEO. The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 1, 2021.

UFHR welcomes new director of employee relations and engagement

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Robert Cancellieri, JD, recently joined UFHR as its new director of employee relations and engagement, and last fall, former Employee Relations Director Brook Mercier was promoted to UFHR’s assistant vice president for human resources.

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.

Maintaining a drug- and tobacco-free workplace

The University of Florida strives to provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace environment for its faculty, staff and students.

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