Reminder: 2021 Summer Leave Reports

As a reminder, all leave-eligible, 9-month Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff employees who have either a Summer Session or Summer Service appointment are required to complete a Summer Leave Report, even if no leave is taken during the summer period.

Summer Leave Reports are submitted online through the My UW Portal. Launch the Time and Absence app and click on the tab: Summer Appt. Leave Reporting.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to enter leave for the summer.

Summer Leave Reports need to be submitted online by Friday, September 3rd. As a reminder, failure to complete the summer leave report will result in sick leave reduction per the UW System Sick Leave Policy.

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

TIAA Virtual Meetings Available in August and September

Meet with a financial consultant at University of Wisconsin System in a Virtual Counseling Session

No matter where you are in life—just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with a TIAA Financial Consultant can help you create a plan for your goals. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

TIAA will be available these dates and times for one-on-one sessions:

  • Tuesday, August 10, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting
  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting
  • Friday, August 20, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting

RSVP today, as space is limited. Register for sessions at www.TIAA.org/schedulenow or by calling 800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET). We look forward to working with you.

Click here to register for a virtual consultation with TIAA.

This material is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute fiduciary investment advice under ERISA, a securities recommendation under all securities laws, or an insurance product recommendation under state insurance laws or regulations. This material does not take into account any specific objectives or circumstances of any particular investor, or suggest any specific course of action. Investment decisions should be made based on the investor’s own objectives and circumstances.

Investment, insurance and annuity products are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, are not bank deposits, are not insured by any federal government agency, are not a condition to any banking service or activity, and may lose value.

The TIAA group of companies does not offer tax advice. See your tax advisor regarding your particular situation.

TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member FINRA, distributes securities products. Annuity contracts and certificates are issued by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) and College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF), New York, NY. Each is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. 

WRS Webinars Offered in July & August

ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit our webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions. Here is what others have said about our webinars:

Beneficiary Designations – What Happens to My Account When I Die?
Death is never easy to talk about, but it’s important to know where your money is going. Learn what happens to your WRS account when you pass away, why it’s important to designate a beneficiary and the importance of keeping your account up to date.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Define beneficiary and standard sequence.
  • Explain the importance of a beneficiary form.
  • Identify who or what could be a beneficiary.
  • Select the appropriate beneficiary form.
  • Update your beneficiary.

Thu, July 8, 2021 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Mon, July 12, 2021 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Mon, July 19, 2021 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2945405148965240335

Newly Retired? What to Expect
When you first retire you may experience several changes.

We’ll help prepare you for some of these changes by discussing:

  • When and how to change your retirement benefit payment option.
  • When you’ll receive tax information.
  • What mailings you will receive.
  • Why your monthly payment may change.
  • Rules you must follow if you return to work for a position under the WRS.

Thu, July 15, 2021 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Wed, July 21, 2021 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Thu, July 29, 2021 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/9085128655494175247

Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System
Are you new to the Wisconsin Retirement System? We’ll let you know what to expect.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the elements of the Wisconsin Retirement System.
  • Explain how the WRS pension works.
  • Identify benefits available through the WRS.
  • Find resources for more information.

Wed, July 14, 2021 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tue, July 27, 2021 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7009006611178040077

Additional Contributions
Looking to increase your WRS retirement? Learn how Additional Contributions can increase your WRS retirement benefit.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Define additional contributions.
  • Identify how additional contributions increase your retirement fund.
  • Arrange to make additional contributions to your WRS account(s).
  • Find and use ETF resources to calculate your additional contribution amount.

Mon, Aug 9, 2021 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Tue, Aug 24, 2021 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2243724316597313293

Annuity Options
When you get your retirement estimate, you’ll see that there are many options for receiving your retirement benefit. You can choose to receive the payment for your life or extend it beyond your life to your loved ones. The choice is yours. We’ll discuss how each option impacts the size of your payment and affects your loved ones.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Define and explain annuity, annuitant, beneficiary and named survivor.
  • Compare the different annuity options.
  • Find resources with more information.
  • Identify the next steps for you to choose an annuity option.

Wed, Aug 4, 2021 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Wed, Aug 11, 2021 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Thu, Aug 26, 2021 11:00 am – 11:30 am

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2370337478582501389

WRS Retirement Benefit Calculation Methods
Have you requested a retirement estimate? Thinking about it? In this webinar we’ll discuss how we calculate your retirement benefit.

Thu, Aug 5, 2021 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Wed, Aug 11, 2021 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Thu, Aug 19, 2021 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/623379528302479885

Preparing for Your Retirement
Planning to retire in the next 1-10 years? Then this webinar is for you.

We’ll discuss:

  • The money you and your employer have put towards your retirement account.
  • How your retirement account grows through investments.
  • When you can retire.
  • Options for receiving your retirement benefit.
  • Rules you must follow if you return to work after retiring.
  • What happens to your account after you die.
  • Changes to your health and life insurance in retirement.

Learn in a way that fits your schedule (workday or evening). Attend this presentation in a live webinar!

Wed, Jul 14, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Wed, Jul 28, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tue, Aug 10, 2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Wed, Aug 25, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thu, Sept 9, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Thu, Sept 23, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2273159340156240144

Click here to register for a Webinar!

Wisconsin Strong Women Webinars in July

Register for Wisconsin Strong Women Webinars in July

Check out these Wisconsin Strong Women morning webinars, which are free of charge and presented by Summit Credit Union, a Wisconsin Strong partner. Register now!

Wisconsin Strong Women: Build Financial Courage and Redefine Your Life
Event: July 13
Every day, our money choices move us closer to or farther away from our goals and dreams. We’ll lead you through exercises that you can use to identify habits, emotions and relationships that are holding you back from what you really want to do. Leave inspired to redefine your feelings about money and claim your best life.

Register for session: July 13 at 8:30 a.m.

Wisconsin Strong Women: Exploring Your Life and Money Attitude
Event: July 20
Your life is a reflection of your thoughts. Positive or negative, they can impact your dreams, goals, and how you want to live your life. You might think positively about many areas of your life, but what’s your money attitude? If you are a saver, splurge spender, stasher, goal-setter or dreamer, all of these, can impact your life. In this session, you will explore your current money attitudes and behaviors. You’ll also create a plan to ask more questions, get advice, and own your money.

Register for session: July 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Wisconsin Strong Women: Money Feng Shui – Unclutter Your Life to Attract Wealth
Event: July 27
Do you have positive money energy or are negative money messages blocking your potential? At this session, you will get tips, tools, and advice for creating more intentional money habits to build wealth and invite abundance into your life. The activities and exercises will get you reflecting and give you time to create steps toward change. Rid yourself of money disorder to attract good energy and flow so you can shift your lifestyle and own your money.

Register for session: July 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Wisconsin Strong Women
The Wisconsin Strong Women financial wellness education series is a part of the Wisconsin Strong: Your Financial Security™ program, offered by the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Wisconsin Strong is designed to empower Wisconsin Retirement System members to maximize their WRS benefits, save for the future, and achieve financial wellness at any age. You’ll find free financial wellness education, resources, and tools at etf.wi.gov/wi-strong. Follow along at #WIStrongSecurity.

Annual Bank Vacation Period for Academic Staff & Limited Appointees

The deadline to bank unused vacation is soon. Twelve-month Faculty, Academic Staff and Limited Appointees (FAASLI) are eligible to bank unused vacation after they have completed 10 fiscal years (July 1 through June 30) of employment. The option to bank unused vacation is a way to save vacation for future use.  Banked leave eligibility is viewable effective July 1, with entry required by September 30.

Twelve-month FAASLI are allocated vacation on a fiscal year basis. While they can carry unused vacation into the following fiscal year, the vacation must be used by the end of that fiscal year, or it will be lost. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is currently an Interim Policy which allows an exception to the carryover rule.

UW System Administrative Policy 1200-Interim 08 Extended Vacation Carryover allows leave eligible employees to extend the deadline of unused vacation carryover from June 30, 2021 to October 9, 2021. This extension applies to vacation hours granted July 1, 2018 and carried over an additional year under the one-time exception. It also applies to vacation hours granted on July 1, 2019.

How Much Vacation Can I Bank?
Twelve-month FAASLI are eligible to bank up to 40 hours of vacation per fiscal year after completing 10 fiscal years of employment, and up to 80 hours of vacation per fiscal year after completing 25 years of employment. The amount of vacation that can be banked is prorated for part-time employees. There is no limit to the total number of hours (balance) that can be retained in Banked Leave and the hours do not expire.

As of June 30, 2021, any remaining vacation or vacation carryover up to the allowable amount is eligible to convert to banked leave. HRS will convert the vacation carryover first then convert the remaining vacation.

When Can I Use my Banked Leave?
With your supervisor’s approval, you may use the Banked Leave Balance at any time, and it can be used in any circumstance in which you are allowed to use paid leave.

What If I Terminate Employment?
If you terminate employment any unused banked leave will be paid to you at your wage rate at termination.

To View Eligible Banked Leave Hours
If you have a Banked Leave balance, you may view your balance:

    • Log in to the My UW Portal.
    • Launch the Time and Absence app and click on the Leave Balances tab.

To Bank Leave Hours

To Review the Vacation Policies
UW System Administrative Policy 1210 (formerly BN1) Vacation

Interim Policy
UW System Administrative Policy 1200-Interim 08 Extended Vacation Carryover

If you have questions, please contact payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu.

Source: UW System Human Resources and UW-Shared Services, Service Operations

Wisconsin Strong Women: Unique Challenges to Achieving Financial Security

Industry Experts Discuss Challenges Women Face in Achieving Financial Security

Women face unique challenges to achieving financial wellness and security throughout their lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the problem. Find out why and more important, explore solutions on how to overcome the challenges at a special virtual discussion with industry experts, presented by the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds.

Thursday, June 24
12 to 1 p.m.

Kathy Blumenfeld, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, is set to moderate Wisconsin Strong Women: Unique Challenges to Achieving Financial Security. Panelists are:

Topics include women’s pay inequality, caregiving, access to Social Security benefits, outliving retirement income, and other factors that impact a financially secure retirement. In addition, panelists will recommend actions that women can take to navigate and lessen the challenges at every stage of their financial journey.

The event is free of charge. Register now!

Learn more about the presenters and event.

Upcoming Legal Holiday Reminder

UW-Green Bay observes 9 legal holidays each year (click here for dates), in which the university offices are closed. There are exceptions for instances when a legal holiday falls on an employee’s regularly scheduled day off (i.e. Saturday or Sunday).

If the legal holidays of January 1, July 4, or December 25 occur on a Sunday, university offices will be closed on the following Monday in observance of the legal holiday. If those legal holidays occur on a Saturday, employees are granted a floating legal holiday.

This year, July 4th (7/4) falls on a Sunday. Therefore, this legal holiday will be observed on Monday, July 5th, and most University Offices will be closed on this day.

Questions?  Please contact us at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu.