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hrDirect, December 2010

Introducing hrDirect

Welcome to hrDirect – USF’s Human Resources electronic newsletter. hrDirect will be published approximately once a month to give you a quick summary of important dates, upcoming HR events, and other HR news.

This month, Employment Services introduces USF’s enhanced job posting system. Benefits discusses open enrollment, contributing to your 403(b) plan and flexible spending accounts. Payroll reminds us of the University’s holiday closure and holiday pay schedule. Healthy USF reminds us that USF is offering the opportunity to earn a $50 credit at the bookstore or Koret. Also, Concern (USF's EAP) is especially valuable this time of year to you and your eligible dependents to help manage work/life balance.

Finally, Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the USF Human Resources Team!

Martha Peugh-Wade
Assistant Vice President
Office of Human Resources

  What's New

The Office of Human Resources presents:

The Office of Human Resources is excited to announce that, starting Thursday, December 16, there will be an enhanced USF Jobs posting system.  This improved system from PeopleAdmin will make it easier for you to find open jobs, apply for jobs, and track the progress of all openings.  If you are a person who is responsible for posting or approving jobs, you will need training to use this upgraded system. More information can be found on our website.

  Open Enrollment Update

Thank you for submitting your open enrollment changes by the deadline on November 19, 2010.  We appreciate your timely submissions.  As a reminder, no changes can be made to your current benefit elections until next open enrollment unless you experience a qualifying life event change.  This does not include contribution changes for 403(b) and Emeriti plans. For questions regarding your benefit plans, please contact Sharon Hom at x2834 or at hom@usfca.edu

  403(b) Plan News for 2011

USF offers the opportunity for you to save money for your retirement through an employee contribution to a 403(b) plan with TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, or VALIC. You can enroll and make changes to the contribution amount throughout the year.  Please see the plan news page for more information on contribution limits, maximizing you contribution in 2010 and other 403(b) plan news.           

 Flexible Spending Account Year-End Reminder

If enrolled in a flexible spending account, Benesyst will send you a statement showing any balance  in your medical and/or dependent care account(s).  You may also review account activity by logging into your account at www.benesyst.net or contacting customer service at 1-800-670-7131.  Please remember to remit your reimbursement claim form for eligible expenses by the deadline of March 15, 2011 for 2010 expenses.  

Change for 2011

As a reminder, over the counter medication will no longer be reimbursable through the flexible spending accounts after December 31, 2010 unless prescribed by a physician. 

 University Holiday Closure and Vacation Advance

Are you planning to take extra time this holiday season? Remember that December 23, 24, 29 and 30th are the observed Christmas and New Years Holidays.  December 26, 27, 28 can be taken as paid vacation or unpaid leave for persons hired before June 1st, 2010.  For persons hired June 1st and after, you may obtain a vacation advance by completing and submitting a Vacation Advance Form by Monday December 13th. 

 

  Healthy USF

Learn more about Wellcall, USF’s new wellness partner by reviewing the Wellcall FAQ’s.

Complete Your Personal Health Profile

WellCall’s confidential Personal Health Profile (PHP) is available until January 15, 2011. The PHP consists of a series of questions about your health and wellness habits. Based on your responses, you will receive a personal wellness report with recommendations for improving your overall health and well-being. 

Your individual results are strictly confidential and will not be shared with USF. Only aggregate data will be shared with the Office of Human Resources to help determine the most effective programs to address health risks and to award wellness rewards.
 

As a reminder, you will earn a $50 credit at Koret or at the USF bookstore if you participate in an onsite health screening*, complete the PHP and contact a Health Coach by January 15, 2011. Health coaches can be reached at 1-888-493-5522, Monday through Friday from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, or you can contact Joanne Boyer, USF’s onsite health coach at x2442 or at jboyer@wellcall.com


For more information regarding the program, please visit www.usfca.edu/hr/wellness/php. For additional questions regarding the process, please contact Joanne Boyer or Diane Sweeney at x2440 or sweeney@usfca.edu.
 

  *If due to a medical condition you could not participate in October’s on-campus health screenings, or if you have been screened by your physician in the past 12 months, please contact Joanne Boyer x2442 or jboyer@wellcall.com to qualify for the reward.

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 CONCERN Can Help

The holidays are here bringing more things to do, people to see and places to go. These activities might be fun, but they also can be stressful. CONCERN is USF’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider and the CONCERN staff can help make this holiday season a happy and peaceful one. To learn about healthy ways to manage stress during this season, view CONCERN’s newsletter Managing Holiday Stress.

CONCERN is here to help both now and at any time of the year. If you discover that you’ve become overwhelmed by the festivities during the holiday season or feel stressed during the year, employees and eligible dependents may request CONCERN counseling and work/life services by calling 800-344-4222 or visiting www.concern-eap.com. All services are confidential. 

hrDirect is written, edited and transmitted by the Human Resources Office, Lone Mountain 339.

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