Governor’s Office Proclaims State Employee Recognition Day

University officials and the Human Resources office are calling attention to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty and staff and their outstanding and dedicated service. The following is excerpted from the Governor’s Proclamation:

“…I, Jim Doyle, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, May 5, 2010, as State Employee Recognition Day in the State of Wisconsin.  I commend employees of the State of Wisconsin and call on all citizens to recognize the accomplishments and commitment of those who work on our behalf.”

Thank you for all you do to support the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay!

Furlough Information for Classified and LTE Employees

IMPORTANT FURLOUGH INFORMATION FOR CLASSIFIED AND LTE EMPLOYEES:

  • Required furlough hours must be taken by June 19, 2010.  If you plan to use furlough time during the pay period ending June 19, 2010, it is very important that you submit your timesheet no later than Monday, June 21st to ensure your furlough time is properly recorded in the payroll system before the start of the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
  • UW-Green Bay has designated Friday, May 28, 2010 as a fixed-furlough day; employees who will not be taking the mandatory furlough day will need to select an alternative furlough day.
  • Employees can review their furlough balances on the bottom of their earnings statements.  The remaining furlough hours listed on your earnings statement includes the mandatory fixed furlough day on Friday, May 28, 2010.
  • Employees are encouraged to utilize remaining furlough time as soon as practicable.
  • Any remaining furlough balances cannot be carried over into the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
  • The percent reduction for all non-exempt (hourly) classified staff will be 3.065% in the 2010-2011 fiscal year since there will be 26 pay periods available.
  • Limited Term Employees (LTE’s) will be required to reduce their hours worked by 3.065% for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

Please visit our furlough information page or contact Human Resources if you have any questions.

Furlough Reporting and Leave Reports for Unclassified Staff

YEAR END FURLOUGH REPORTING

 12-Month Unclassified Staff

* Required 2009-10 furlough time off (FTO) must be taken and reported no later than June 30, 2010.  In order to have the salary reduction in the 2009-10 fiscal year, FTO must be entered in the payroll system before June 23, 2010.

* June Furlough Time reports will need to be completed and returned to Payroll by June 14, 2010 to meet the June 23, 2010 deadline.

* For those whose pay is reduced as FTO is used, both the May and June FTO will be deducted on the paycheck payable July 1, 2010.

* One mandatory furlough day remaining for the 2009-10 fiscal year – Friday, May, 28, 2010

9-Month Unclassified Staff

* Earned 2009-10 furlough time off (FTO) must be taken and reported no later than May 23, 2010.  In order to have the salary reduction in the 2009-10 fiscal year, FTO must be entered in the payroll system before May 25, 2010.

* May FTO will need to be reported on your May Leave Report and returned to Payroll by May 14, 2010 to meet the May 25, 2010 deadline.

DISTRIBUTION OF FUTURE LEAVE REPORTS FOR UNCLASSIFIED STAFF

The distribution of leave reports will be modified so they are in sequence with the furlough reports.  As a result, on April 29, 2010, unclassified staff will receive their April and May Leave Reports.   Thereafter, for 12 month unclassified staff, the distribution for both the leave and furlough reports will be for the same month.

Please visit our furlough information page or contact Human Resources if you have any questions.

Long Term Care Insurance Options

New Insurance Protection for Employees, Annuitants and their Family Members is now available.  Please see the information below regarding United of Omaha Long Term Care insurance policies that were approved by the State of Wisconsin Group Insurance Board.

United of Omaha Life Insurance Company is now offering two new plans; CASH-First and Assured Solutions Gold policies to eligible State and University of Wisconsin Employees, Annuitants, and their family members. These voluntary purchase long-term care insurance policies are offered at a group-discounted premium.

Long-term care insurance is designed to help protect against the high costs of long-term care if you or a family member can no longer perform activities of daily living without the need of assistance. Medicare and most health insurance will not pay for these services. For many, long-term care insurance is an important part of planning for their long-term financial security. Please consider whether the CASH-First or Assured Solutions Gold policies are right for you and/or your parents. (Spouse, parents and in-laws are all eligible to apply, even if you don’t).

The CASH-First and Assured Solutions Gold policies offer additional built-in benefits that include:

  • CASH-First benefits can be used any way you choose – you simply receive the full monthly cash benefit you select to pay for anything at all… family travel expenses, lost income, housekeeping services or other out-of-pocket expenses – there’s no need to collect or submit bills.
  • CASH-First provides cash beginning with the first day of need – no elimination period to satisfy.
  • Waiver of Premium – No premiums are due while you are receiving CASH-First or reimbursement benefits for home health care, assisted living or nursing home care.
  • Many other additional benefits and features listed in the information packet.

HealthChoice also offers CareOptions OnLine (COOL.net) services that are currently available to those who purchase an insurance plan through HealthChoice.

The CareOptions OnLine Program can assist you or family members with issues related to wellness, illness, disability, or aging. As an additional convenience, the CareOptions OnLine service can help you and your family members create Living Wills (advance directives for health care) as well as allow you to conduct online care provider searches and medical information research seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

To receive a complete information packet regarding your long-term care insurance options and the new CareOptions OnLine resources, click here to request an information packet. You may also call HealthChoice toll-free at 1-800-833-5823 or in the Madison area at 833-5823 or email info@healthchoice.com . Direct information link; click or paste in your web browsers address line: http://www.healthchoice.com/reply1

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

Reminder to Use Furlough Time by the End of the Fiscal Year

Please see the Furlough Information page on the Human Resources website for details.  Please refer to your e-mailed earning statement to determine your remaining FTO.  The remaining FTO hours listed on your earning statement includes the mandatory fixed furlough day on Friday, May 28, 2010.  Employees who are unable to take this mandatory furlough day will need to select an alternative date.  If your pay is reduced only as the FTO is taken, your furlough days must be taken in the 2009-10 fiscal year.  Classified staff members must use FTO for the 2009-10 fiscal year by June 19, 2010.  Unclassified staff members must use FTO for the 2009-10 fiscal year by June 30, 2010.  Generally, the maximum number of FTO hours that can be taken in one week is eight, so it will be helpful to plan ahead.  Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have questions.

LOG Announcement of New HRS Implementation

As announced in the LOG on February 10th, the UW System’s Human Resource System (HRS) project is well underway, and you will be hearing more about the new HRS in the coming months.  The current system has been in place since approximately 1975, and the system’s operational lifetime is nearing its end.  HRS is a new integrated system for all human resources, benefits and payroll operations across all University of Wisconsin campuses.  This modern system will help us standardize business practices, improve service to our employees, and ensure higher levels of data integrity in all our business practices and external reporting.  It will consolidate hundreds of redundant campus systems into a single, reliable system, and provide employees with direct access to their own payroll and benefits information.  The new system will also provide greater security for sensitive personal data such as social security numbers.  For more information regarding HRS, please see the Human Resources website.

Employee Benefits and Wellness Fair October 6, 2009 noon until 3:00 P.M.

UWGB Benefits/Wellness Fair

The annual UWGB Benefits/Wellness Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 6th at Noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms in the University Union.  This fair will provide you with the opportunity to learn more information about your benefits.  Representatives from Arise Health Plan, Social Security, Network Health, Humana, Wisconsin Deferred Compensation, and many more vendors will be on hand to talk with you.  Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given out.  Bellin Health will provide blood pressure and blood sugar checks and Advantage Chiropractic of Green Bay will have a massage table set up.  In addition, Terry Lauber, from UW System will be conducting a TSA presentation in the Alumni Rooms from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.  We hope to see you there!

http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/Documents/HealthFairFlyer2009.pdf

2009 It’s Your Choice Enrollment Period

It’s Your Choice Enrollment Period  October 5 – October 23, 2009

Insured employees may elect to:

  • Change health plans
  • Change from single to family coverage without restrictions.

Enrollment Opportunities for the following is October 5 – November 13, 2009

  • Employee Reimbursement Accounts Plan
  • Dental Insurance
  • VSP Vision
  • UW Employee Inc Life Insurance

http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/ins/2010enroll.pdf