Benefits & Wellness Fair

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UWGB Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair
Monday, October 8, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
University Union-Phoenix Rooms

The benefits fair will provide you with the opportunity to learn more information about your benefits and options you have during the annual It’s Your Choice enrollment period.  This year’s annual It’s Your Choice open enrollment period is October 8th to November 2nd.  Representatives from over 25 vendors will be available during the fair.

This year we will also be offering Benefits Open Lab Sessions.  Stop by any of the following open lab sessions to ask benefits questions, learn more about 2013 benefits changes, and receive assistance with the E-Benefits enrollment program. 

Open Lab Sessions:

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10th
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date: Friday, Oct. 12th
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 16th
Time: 2:00 -  3:00 p.m.
Location:  Instructional Services 1129A

Date:  Thursday, Oct. 18th
Time:  10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Monday, Oct. 22nd
Time:  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 24th
Time:  9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 30th
Time:  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

WRS Benefit Presentations

Wisconsin Retirement System Benefit Presentations for September to November 2012

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) will offer free public presentations on Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefits in September, October and November. These WRS workshops are valuable opportunities for WRS members, spouses, and other individuals seeking general information on retirement issues and other ETF-administered benefit programs. Those considering or planning retirement in the near future are encouraged to attend; however, the information is useful for all WRS members.

Topics covered during the presentations include:
•    Requesting a retirement estimate
•    Calculating retirement benefits
•    Annuity options
•    Separation benefits
•    Taxes

FREE PRESENTATIONS
Green Bay
Monday, September 10, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College – Lecture Hall SC132
2740 W. Mason St.; Green Bay

Superior
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Conference Center
600 N. 21st. St.; Superior

Platteville
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Platteville High School – Auditorium
710 E. Madison St.; Platteville

Fond du Lac
Thursday, October 4, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Moraine Park Technical College – Cafeteria A109
235 N. National Ave.; Fond du Lac

River Falls
Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Meyer Middle School – Auditorium
230 N. Ninth St.; River Falls

Kenosha
Monday, November 5, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Gateway Technical College – Madrigrano Auditorium
3520 30th Ave.; Kenosha

Milwaukee
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
UW Milwaukee – UWM Union Ballroom
2200 E. Kenwood Blvdl.; Milwaukee

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

University Personnel Systems – Stakeholder Feedback Posted

The UPS stakeholder feedback from the initial UPS recommendations is now posted on the UPS website at http://web.uwsa.edu/personnelsystems/latest-news/ups-recommendations-feedback-round-1/. The UPS website also summarizes the next steps for UPS:

Next Steps
As noted in the Phase IV timeline, each initial work group recommendation is undergoing intensive review.  The stakeholder feedback document is a key component of that review.  The proposed recommendations will undergo a final round of stakeholder review in the fall with the first reading of the final recommendations going to the Board of Regents in November 2012 and for final approval by the Board of Regents in December 2012.  For more information, visit the UPS timeline description. 

The proposed UPS recommendations will again be available for UW-Green Bay employees to review and submit feedback in September/October.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

WDC Pre-Retirement Seminar

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation (WDC) with be holding a  free educational seminar to address issues employees may face in retirement and how the WDC’s program and features may be able to help.  This seminar will be held on May 1, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union.

Please see the seminar flyer for more information about the WDC Pre-Retirement Seminar at UWGB.  Email wdcprogram@gwrs.com to RSVP for the event.    

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

Compensation and Workload Study

The development of the new University Personnel System (UPS) that will begin implementation on July 1, 2013, has led several UW institutions to review their internal compensation and personnel policies and seek outside guidance to evaluate their practices. UW-Green Bay will begin the process for an RFP (request for proposal) to hire a consulting firm to conduct a salary study and workload study for faculty, academic staff, classified staff and limited (administration) employees.  The objective of the studies is to benchmark compensation and workload with a group of comparable institutions.  A review of existing policies and procedures will occur with the goal of establishing compensation policies that are transparent, easily understood and managed. The workload study will be examine the effects of changing academic and administrative workloads on the ability of the University to provide high quality education.

The RFP process is expected to take four to six months.  Members of the RFP committee include:

Sheryl Van Gruensven, Director of Human Resources

Dan Spielmann, Special Assistant to the Chancellor

David Dolan, Associate Professor

Andrew Kersten, Professor

Emily Rodgers, Academic Librarian

Mark Roe, Help Desk Professional

Compensation expert from the community to be named

Additional information will be communicated over the course of the next several months. Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

University Personnel Systems Open Forums

Open Forums have been scheduled to discuss the new University Personnel Systems (UPS).  The focus of these sessions will be to provide an overview of the initial UPS work group recommendations in the development of the new University Personnel System and allow employees to ask questions, present feedback and express concerns. Members of the UPS work groups from UW-Green Bay will also be available for questions. Information on the proposed UPS structure will be distributed to the campus the week of April 22nd for employees to review prior to the open forums.

Open Forums will be held on the following dates and times in the Christie Theatre, University Union:

* Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.                                   

* Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All employees are encouraged to attend.  Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation (WDC) Sessions

Scott Schewe, representative from WDC, will be available to meet individually with employees regarding their current WDC enrollment and for those interested in learning more about the program and planning for retirement by investing before tax dollars.  Please click on the links below to see flyers with information about WDC’s Program highlights and new options.

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program Features and Highlights

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Roth Option

When:   Monday, April 9th, 8:00 am to 4:30pm

Where:   University Union Building, Wequiock Room #101A (lower level)

To schedule a meeting with Scott, call the WDC Office in Madison at 1-608-241-6604.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

TIAA CREF Counseling Sessions

TIAA CREF INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING SESSIONS – March 26-27, 2012

TIAA CREF is offering individual and confidential counseling sessions where you can discuss your financial situation with a TIAA CREF consultant.  They will be available to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions and help simplify your retirement planning.

Please see the flyer for more information about TIAA CREF sessions at UWGB.   To schedule a consultation with representative Chad Stein, call 1-866-843-5640  Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 8:00pm (EST), or register at www.tiaa-cref.org/letstalk1.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 with any questions.

Health Insurance Survey

HRS Benefits – ETF Annual Heath Insurance Satisfaction Survey Message is Legit

We have been receiving questions regarding a message from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) that was sent to some UW System employees regarding participation in an Annual Heath Insurance Satisfaction Survey.

We wanted to take a minute to confirm that the message is genuine.  Each year the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) contracts with a survey vendor to conduct the Consumer Assessment of Health Care Systems (CAHPS) survey.   This year, ETF has contracted with the vendor Morpace to conduct a survey of selected state employees and retirees starting the week of March 5th.  The study is expected to be completed in May, but could go as late as the early part of June.  

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

T. Rowe Price Retirement Webinar

T. Rowe Price, one of the investments companies in the UW TSA 403(b) Program, has made available the recorded webinar Retirement Investing from Beginning to End (http://www.wisconsin.edu/hr/benefits/retsav/trpwebinar.htm).  This 22-minute program is a comprehensive presentation that explains asset classes, reviews the concepts of risk and return, and helps employees make the most of their investment choices.   The plan’s investment options are profiled using market capitalization, investment style, and geographic characteristics.

Please take advantage of the opportunity to view this free webinar which will be available until 6/30/2012.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.