Floating Holiday Reminder

Reminder to all Classified Employees:

This year, Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, resulting in a floating holiday.  Please note that floating legal holiday may be used at any time during the year it is earned.  You must use this floating holiday by December 30, 2010 or it will be forfeited, as it cannot be carried over into 2011.  You may use this floating holiday prior to it being earned on December 25, 2010 and usage of this time will appear as a negative balance on your earnings statement until after the holiday occurs.

Use of floating holiday should be reported as “Legal Holiday” on your bi-weekly timesheet.

For more information regarding legal holidays, please visit our website.  If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources or Payroll.

WRS Contribution Rates

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATING IN THE WISCONSIN RETIREMENT SYSTEM

WRS Contribution Rates for 2011

Most UW System employees covered by the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) will be required to pay 0.2% (two tenths of one percent) of WRS-covered earnings to the WRS for 2011. Protective employees will have to pay a 0.8% (eight tenths of one percent) contribution rate, employees covered by the Building Trades bargaining agreement will have a 1% contribution rate (no change from 2010) and LTEs will have a 2.5% WRS contribution rate for 2011. 

UW System will continue to pay the remainder of the WRS contribution rate for 2011.  The WRS contribution rate paid by UW System on behalf of most employees will be 11.4% of earnings (9.1% for LTEs, 10.6% for Building Trades employees and 20.5% for protective occupation employees). 

Any required WRS contributions are automatically deducted from an employee’s paycheck.  Unclassified employees (paid monthly) will first have a WRS deduction on the January 3, 2011 paycheck and classified employees (paid bi-weekly) will have the first deduction on the January 13, 2011 paycheck.  The contribution amounts are relatively small.  For example, 0.2% of an annual salary of $40,000 amounts to $3.08 per biweekly paycheck and $6.67 per monthly paycheck.

Background

WRS contribution rates are approved by the Employee Trust Funds (ETF) Board.  These rates are based on current benefit levels and recommendations from the ETF Board’s independent consulting actuary.  The contribution rate increases for 2011 are mainly due to the large investment losses that occurred during the downturn of the stock market in 2008.

The 2009 – 2011 compensation plan and the collective bargaining agreements that are currently in force limit the amount an employer may contribute to the WRS on behalf of the employee.  The increase in the WRS contribution rates for 2011 exceeds how much UW System is allowed to contribute on the employee’s behalf.

For additional information, see http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/WRSratefaq.pdf.

Please e-mail benefits@uwgb.edu or call 465-2390 if you have any questions.

2011 TSA 403(b) Limits

The IRS announced that because inflation has been very low, there are no cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) to the dollar limitations for contributions to the Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program in 2011. (The same limits as 2010.)

For 2011 University of Wisconsin employees may contribute a maximum of $16,500 to the Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program. Employees age 50 and over can contribute an additional $5,500 for a total of $22,000. If you have 15 years or more of service with the UW, you may have an additional “catch-up” opportunity. Check with your human resources/benefits office to see if you are eligible. For more information see the web page on TSA limits at http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/retsav/limits.htm.

Employees currently enrolled in the program can easily change TSA contributions for 2011 by submitting a Salary Reduction Agreement (SRA) to their human resources/benefits office. The SRA is found on the web at http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/retsav/sraform.pdf.

If signing up for the TSA program for the first time, information can be found at http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/retsav/tsaenroll.htm.

In order to have these deduction amounts taken from each paycheck throughout 2011, please have your TSA Salary Reduction Agreement in your human resources/benefits office in early December. Clearly mark the form as calendar year 2011.

Please click on the following link to view the dollar amount maximums: http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/benefits/2011 Maximum Contributions TSA.pdf

Please e-mail benefits@uwgb.edu or call 465-2390 if you have any questions.

New Timesheets

To All Classified Employees and Limited Term Employees

The timesheets for classified staff and LTE’s have been updated in Excel to include features such as automatic calculation of hours worked, overtime, differential hours, etc.  For your convenience, holidays and fixed furlough days will automatically highlight on the timesheet.  Please note that once you complete your timesheet, you must still print, sign, and have your supervisor sign.

Effective with the November B pay period (11/7/10 – 11/20/10), please use the correct timesheet for your employee type as follows:                                                                         

Please find step-by-step instructions for all timesheets by clicking on the second tab in the Excel worksheet titled “instructions” to assist you with completing the new version of the timesheet.  You can save a copy of your timesheet for your records; it is recommended that you save this to your M: Drive. 

Please note that handwritten timesheets will no longer be accepted and will be returned. 

If you have any questions or would like help with the new timesheets, please feel free to contact Payroll or Human Resources at x2390.