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hrDirect, February 2011


Welcome to February's hrDirect.  I would like to welcome Diane Nelson to her new role as Assistant Director for Human Resources, for Employment, Professional Development, and Affirmative Action.  Diane brings a wide array of experiences in the fields of employment, recruitment, and employee relations.   Diane and I are excited about her new role and she looks forward to working more closely with the University community.


This month in hrDirect, Diane reminds us of the University's one-on-one New Staff Orientations and this year's Merit and Service Awards Ceremony. Diane also announces the extension of the Voluntary Reduction in Time program and the winner of the SkillSoft on-line training opportunity award for Jan./Feb. 2011.

Lori Bauwens announces that tax and withholding information can now be viewed online and she instructs us on how to access and re-print W-2's online. HRIS also reminds us of the importance of updating emergency contact information.

In this beginning of tax season, Diane Sweeney announces that CONCERN, USF's Employee Assistance Program, is offering a discounted tax preparation service, and the launch of the new online Benefits Statement.  Diane and Healthy USF announce the "10 Ways to Love Your Heart Promotion" and we are reminded that Healthy USF is open to adult family members as well as USF faculty and staff.

USF HR wishes you all a great Spring semester.  Please send any hrDirect comments or suggestions to peugh@usfca.edu.

Thank you,


Martha Peugh-Wade
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
 
 New Staff Orientation & “University Welcome(s)”
 
Please remember that new staff members now receive one-on-one New Staff Orientations with Jennifer Heap, HR Generalist, within their first week of employment for an in-depth review of the University's policies, programs, websites, and other important resources. The New Staff Orientations are scheduled individually by Jennifer Heap.
 
Every two months, Human Resources hosts a University Welcome to introduce new staff members to the University's vision, mission, and values (presented by Father Privett); history; and extended community. The schedule for the 2011 University Welcomes is available for download here.
 
 Online W-2 and Tax Withholding Information
 
Your payroll tax information can now be viewed on USFConnect. You now have the ability to review your current and historical W-4 Tax Exemption and Allowance Certificate information. You may also view and reprint your 2010, 2009 and 2008 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements.  
 
To access your tax information please:
  1. Log onto USFConnect
  2. Click on "Employee Tab"
  3. Click on "Employee Self Service"
  4. Under "Main Menu" click on "Employee"
  5. Click on "Tax Forms"
  6. Click on one of the menu options  
  
2011 Service & Merit Awards Ceremony
 
Save the date: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, for the 2011 Service and Merit Awards Ceremony! This event will be held in the McLaren Complex beginning at 3:30 PM, with a reception immediately following. At this event, we honor faculty and staff for their continuous, full-time years of service to USF, and announce this year’s merit award winners. Several types of awards are presented at the ceremony, and include the following:
 
Office of the Provost awards: the Sarlo Prize, Ignatian Service Award, University Faculty Service-Learning Award, and Mentor of the Year Award(s), Office of the Provost Faculty and Staff Awards
 
CIT/IT awards: Innovation in Teaching with Technology awards, CIT Awards
 
Human Resources awards: the individual Merit, Team and Fr. William J. Dunne awards, HR Awards
 
The USF Disability Issues Committee Award: Student Disability Services website: www.usfca.edu/sds, Nomination form available here.
 
 Healthy USF
 
February is National Heart Awareness month. Please see attached flyer to learn about “10 Ways to Love Your Heart”. This is the perfect time to show family and friends how much you care by making a commitment to be more heart healthy. 
 
For more tips, contact a WellCall Health Coach at 888-493-5522, Monday – Friday from 6:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M
 
 Get Your Dependents Healthy Too!
 
Family members and dependents over the age of 18 have access to WellCall’s health & wellness services including:
 
·                Stress management and smoking cessation, to name a few. 
·                Health coaches are available by phone, email or Instant Message (contact info below).
·                Online wellness programs and informational tutorials.
·                Access to a wide variety of free educational materials, books and tip sheets.
 
Dependents can access WellCall’s online services at www.mywellcall.com. First time users should register with the company password “usf”, select a personal username and password and provide an email address. Or, contact a health coach at (888)493-5522, Monday – Friday, 6:00am – 6:00pm. 
                     
 Tax Preparation Services Available from CONCERN
 
Now that tax season is upon us, CONCERN:EAP is offering discounted Income Tax Preparation Service through their Financial Service program. You can receive a 25% discount on income tax services prepared by CPAs and Enrolled Agents. Please see more information here.
 
As usual, if employees have simple tax-related questions they want answered, they still have the option of calling CONCERN and requesting a free 30 minute consultation with a Financial Consultant.
  
 2010 Benefits Statement
 
Your 2010 Benefits Statement is now available on your Employee tab in Self-Service Banner. This statement shows salary information about your primary assignment, your deductions and USF's contributions for your benefits for the 2010 calendar year.
 
To access your benefits statement please:
  1. Log onto USFConnect
  2. Click on "Employee Tab"
  3. Click on "Employee Self Service"
  4. Under "Main Menu" click on "Employee"
  5. Click on "Pay Information"
  6. Click on "Benefits Statement"
  7. Click on "Display" 
 VRT Program
 
The Voluntary Reduction in Time or VRT program will continue to be available to non-faculty staff through the 2011-2012 fiscal year (June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012). This program was first implemented in January 2009, to help USF achieve budgetary savings in a difficult economy. The VRT program also provides the opportunity to reduce work hours to aid in work-life balance. For questions on VRT, please contact Michele Centrella, via email at: mcentrella@usfca.edu, or by phone at extension 2833.
 
 SkillSoft Online Training Opportunity
 
Congratulations to Sabina Nieto, CIT Support Technician, ITS. She was the first to successfully complete our SkillSoft online training opportunity for Jan/Feb 2011, featuring the course: Workplace Conflict: Strategies for Resolving Conflicts. Sabina received a $10 gift certificate to the USF bookstore.
  
 In an Emergency…
 
Please make sure that your emergency contact information is up to date. Your contact may have changed phone number or address since you listed him/her. To update, please visit your Personal Information tab in Self Service Banner and click on Emergency Contact.
  
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