2017 Insurance Premiums and WRS Contribution Rates

Benefit changes made during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period and premiums for 2017 coverage will be reflected on the pay check dated December 22, 2016 for University Staff (paid bi-weekly) and January 3, 2017 for Faculty/Academic Staff/Limited Appointees (FA/AS/LI) (paid monthly).

HOW TO CHECK YOUR 2017 BENEFIT ENROLLMENTS

Your Benefits Summary is available online. Log in to the MyUW portal and click on the “View Benefits Summary Detail” link in the Benefit Information module to see your Benefits Summary. On the Benefits Summary page, enter “01/01/2017″ in the date field above the summary and click “Go” to see your 2017 elections.

2017 PLAN CARDS

  • Health insurance plan cards are typically sent by health plan providers to participants by the end of December. The 2017 plan cards are effective January 1, 2017, and you will need to present your card at appointments that occur after January 1, 2017.
  • Navitus pharmacy cards (prescription drug coverage) for 2017 will only be sent to newly enrolled employees. If participants were covered in 2016, they will not be receiving a new card.

Employee reimbursement account (ERA) AND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT (HSA)

If you enrolled in either the ERA or HSA programs for 2017, the first deduction for 2017 elections will be on the January 3, 2017 pay check for FA/AS/LI, and the January 5, 2017 pay check for University Staff.  New TASC cards will be sent to all new participants. This card should be used for all expenses in 2017. 

Current ERA participants (those who participated in 2016 and have elected to continue participation in 2017) will not receive a new TASC card.  Current participants should continue to use the TASC card that they have which will be loaded with their 2017 elected amount.

WISCONSIN RETIREMENT SYSTEM (WRS) CONTRIBUTIONS

The Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employee contribution rate for 2017 will increase from 6.6% to 6.80% for all employees. This increase will occur on the January 3, 2017 pay check for FA/AS/LI, and the January 5, 2017 pay check for University Staff.

Source: UW Service Center

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

Deadlines for Employee Reimbursement Account and Health Savings Account

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If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA), please read the following information.

  • Expense Deadline –  For the 2016 benefit period, you must incur all eligible expenses by December 31, 2016.
    • Health Care FSA allows for up to $500 to carry over to the following plan year
    • Dependent Day Care FSA does not allow any carry over, funds must be used within plan year
  • Reimbursement Request Deadline – Reimbursement requests for the 2016 benefit period must be submitted to TASC no later than March 31, 2017.
  • Substantiation Deadline – All TASC Card transactions must be substantiated by December 31, 2016. Examples of acceptable documentation include an itemized statement, detailed receipt, or an Explanation of Benefits (EOB). Expenses not substantiated by the deadline will be ineligible and repayment will be required. Wages may be garnished for repayment.

To access your TASC Online account, visit the TASC Landing Page. For assistance, please call TASC Customer Care at 1-844-768-3947. 

TASC Card & New Participant Materials

If you are a current TASC participant, you can continue to use your unexpired TASC Card for the 2017 benefit period. If you newly enrolled during the recent It’s Your Choice open enrollment period, your card and new participant materials should arrive by the end of December.

TASC Benefits Mobile App

Save time and paperwork with the TASC Benefits Mobile App.

  • Access account(s) 24/7
  • Available balances always up to date
  • Submit reimbursement requests or substantiate your claim(s)
  • View charts summarizing account(s) and elections

To download the TASC Benefits Mobile App, visit the iOS App Store or the Google Play (for Android users) and search for “eflex Benefits”.

Please contact us at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 if you have any questions.

Facilities Maintenance Specialist (Open to UW System Employees Only)

The Facilities Maintenance Specailist – Advanced reports to the Maintenance Supervisor and is responsible for operation, maintenance, and repair of general plumbing fixtures and components.  This position will also perform general inspection, repair, and preventative maintenance of campus building structures and equipment. In addition, this position performs preventative maintenance, inspections, other seasonal activities, and is responsible for inspecting laboratory systems and equipment and making necessary installations and repairs. This position will also maintain an appropriate parts inventory, order parts when necessary and provide professional advice on the materials and time required to complete various tasks.  This position may also direct the work of student and/or LTE employees.

THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO UW SYSTEM EMPLOYEES ONLY.

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, December 26, 2016.

Reminder: Update Your Address by January 6, 2017, for W-2 Tax Form Distribution

Make sure your current address is up-to-date for the 2016 W-2 Tax Form distribution. In late January 2017 your W-2 Form will be sent via U.S. mail to your home address in the MyUW portal.

To ensure your W-2 Form is sent to your preferred address, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the MyUW portal.
  2. Review your current home address in the ‘Personal Information’ module.  If this is not your preferred address for W-2 Form distribution, update your mailing and/or home address.
  3. To update your address, click on the ‘Update my Personal Information’ link in the ‘Personal Information’ module. For additional instructions on updating your address, visit: https://uwservice.wisconsin.edu/help/personal-information.php
  4. Update your address by the January 6, 2017 deadline.

In addition to the hard copy W-2 Form that you will receive, an online copy of your W-2 Form will be available in the MyUW portal in the ‘Payroll Information’ module, ‘Tax Statements’ tab in late January.

Changing your address in the portal for W-2 distribution may not change your address for all of the benefit plans in which you are currently enrolled. For instructions on how to change your address for all of your benefits, visit: Change Your Name or Address.

If you have questions, contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or hr@uwgb.edu.

Monthly Pay Date for December Earnings is January 3, 2017

For UW employees who are paid on the 1st of each month, the monthly pay date for December, 2016 earnings is Tuesday, January 3, 2017. January 3 is the pay date because January 1 (New Year’s Day) is on a Sunday and Monday, January 2 is a Federal Reserve holiday.

When a pay date falls on a weekend or Federal Reserve holiday, the pay date is usually the previous business day. An exception to this is the monthly pay date that falls on New Year’s Day, January 1.

To avoid tax-related issues, the January 1 pay date for December earnings is paid in the new calendar year and must be the first “official banking business day” following the New Year’s holiday. The “official banking business day” is defined as a calendar day other than a Saturday, Sunday or a Federal Reserve holiday.

Source: UW Service Center

Faculty and Staff Giving Drive!

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The Faculty and Staff Giving Drive is underway!

You can get involved by making a contribution to support students and programs at UW-Green Bay. To make your donation, visit the online giving site  or submit the pledge form provided in the Faculty and Staff Giving packet received through interoffice mail.

Support of the Brown County United Way is also encouraged through the Faculty and Staff Giving Drive. A personalized email has been sent with more information about how to contribute to the important causes the United Way supports. If you have questions about United Way giving, contact Rick Warpinski, warpinsr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2090. We hope you will get involved!

Area Coordinator (Potential Vacancy)

The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay is currently accepting applications to fill Area Coordinator vacancies that may occur before the beginning of the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

The Area Coordinator reports to the Assistant Director and assists in carrying out the mission and philosophy of the Office of Residence Life. The Office of Residence Life provides housing for 2,000 students during the academic year and 2,500 guests during the summer. The Area Coordinator (AC) is responsible for overseeing a community of approximately 400 residents; and with the help of Resident Assistants (RAs), strives to develop and maintain a safe, enjoyable, supportive, and inclusive living environment for residents where they can achieve academic success and personal growth and development. The AC is a member of the Residence Life team and holds administrative responsibilities, participates in committees and meetings, and serves students in a multitude of ways. The AC assumes additional responsibilities assigned by the Director and makes recommendations.

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Volunteer Opportunity: National Railroad Museum

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National Railroad Museum

The National Railroad Museum is in need of volunteers for Holidays on the Rails which starts Monday, December 5 and runs through Saturday, December 10.  Volunteers are needed from 8am – 2:30pm each day of the event. This special program features fun activities and crafts, cookie decorating, a train ride, and a visit with Santa! Holiday on the Rails is open to the public and school groups.This program is designed for children pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. For more information, please contact Greg Balza at 920-437-7623 or gbalza@nationalrrmuseum.org.

StayWell New Administrator for Well Wisconsin Program

Starting in January 2017, the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program will be contracting with StayWell to bring us the Well Wisconsin Program.  The steps to earn the $150 incentive will be the same, but it’ll be easier to earn the incentive, and the deadline for submitting a request for the incentive will be moved up.  More details will be mailed out in early 2017, including how to access the StayWell web-portal.  The StayWell web-portal will contain the Well Wisconsin health survey, provider forms for health screenings, and resources and tools for getting and staying healthy.

Cheesy Rutabaga Hash

Serves: 8   Serving Size: ¾ cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pound potato, grated
  • 1 pound rutabaga, grated
  • 4 ounces shredded low fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded pepperjack cheese
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine grated potatoes and rutabaga into a lightly sprayed 9×13 baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine shredded cheeses in bowl
  3. Combine milk and cornstarch to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, continuously whisk for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add ½ of mixed cheese mixture and the yogurt. Stir in thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour sauce over potatoes
  5. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly. Uncover and top with remaining cheese mixture and continue to bake for 15 minutes. Remove when cheese is melted and potatoes/rutabaga are tender.

This is a perfect healthier alternative to a holiday favorite of cheesy potatoes!

Original recipe found on http://skinnyms.com/cheesy-potato-bake/ and altered.

Recipe provided by Maria Anderson, UWGB Dietetic Intern