New Mental Health Resource Available

A new mental health resource offered through SilverCloud is available to employees. SilverCloud is an online platform that offers self-guided, interactive programs and skill-building tools to help manage anxiety, depression, stress, resilience and insomnia. It is available to all employees and students at no cost. If you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms for any one of the above conditions, this may be an effective way for you to help manage these conditions.

What does each SilverCloud module contain?
Each module takes an average of 40 minutes and automatically saves your progress so you can come back later if you get interrupted. A typical module contains seven parts:

    1. Introduction: Helps you decide which module to get started with.
    2. Quiz: Helps gauge your knowledge and absorption of new information.
    3. Main Content: Displays the most important information and activities about the topic.
    4. Personal Stories: Based on real-life people, clinical knowledge and experiences to help you realize you are not alone.
    5. Tools: Activities that reinforce the information you learned throughout the module.
    6. Staying in the Present: Many topics discuss living in the past or thinking about the future. This activity uses mindfulness principles to bring you back to the present.
    7. Review: Allows you to reflect, set goals and incorporate what you learned into your life.

How should I use SilverCloud for my well-being?
Studies have shown that online cognitive behavioral therapy can provide an effective form of care for motivated individuals experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. SilverCloud may supplement traditional therapy or appointments with a counselor or you may use it without needing a counselor. A referral from a mental health or medical professional is not necessary to use this free online program.

Where should I go to get started?

For additional information on SilverCloud, go to the Mental Health Resources page.

What is the main difference between SilverCloud and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
The main difference between SilverCloud and the EAP is that Silver Cloud is self-guided whereas the EAP allows you to speak with a counselor for help on a much broader range of services (e.g. work/life balance, will preparation, financial concerns, etc.).
Note: Both programs are free and confidential.

For additional information on the EAP, go to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) page.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Fall F.A.S.T (Faculty & Staff) Meal Plans & Payroll Deduction

FAST plans are available for purchase for the 2020-21 academic year. Please click here to complete the payroll deduction form or stop by the University Ticketing & Information Center to pay for your FAST plan. These FAST plans are only good for the 2020-2021 academic year and must be used by May 13, 2021.

Check out the new UWGB Dining App

Download Instructions
• Search for “Transact Mobile Ordering” in the App Store
• Download the free app
• Search for “UWGB Dining”
• Login using UWGB credentials
• Make sure Notifications are enabled for this app

To use a meal swipe, please select “Transfer Meal” as the tender type.

Designated Dining Areas
• Food may only be consumed in designated areas of campus
• Must be seated in the designated area to be able to remove your mask
• Masks must be worn unless actively eating or drinking
• Areas will be marked to ensure all users abide by social distancing requirements
• Try to limit your visit to 30 minutes or less

Designated Dining Areas UW-Green Bay, Main Campus
• The Marketplace at Leona Cloud Commons seating area (University Union, Main Level)
• Common Grounds Coffeehouse seating (University Union, Main Level)
• Phoenix Club recreation area seating (University Union, Lower Level)
• Garden Café back lounge seating area (David A. Cofrin Library, 1st Floor)
• Garden Café front lounge seating area (David A. Cofrin Library, 1st Floor)
• Rosewood Café seating area

For meal plan and dining questions, please email universityid@uwgb.edu.

2021 Benefit Change Highlights

The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period is September 28 – October 23, 2020. This is the annual opportunity for eligible employees to make benefit plan changes, consider new enrollments and/or drop coverage. Changes made during ABE are effective January 1, 2021.

Benefit plan changes for 2021 are listed below.

Health Insurance
All current health insurance plan carriers will continue to participate in the State Group Health Insurance Program for 2021. Additionally, the health insurance plan design components will remain the same (e.g. deductibles, copayments, coinsurance). The minor changes to the plans are:

    • Coverage will be added for biofeedback services for urinary incontinence.
    • Health insurance plan carriers will no longer offer a wellness incentive component as a part of their plans. Note: The $150 incentive offered through StayWell will continue (see below).

Finally, telehealth services will continue to be covered without cost-sharing (unless they would have normally been provided in an office visit setting but have moved virtual due to the pandemic).

Well Wisconsin Program: Wellness Incentive
The $150 wellness incentive will continue to be offered to employees and their spouses enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program. To earn the incentive, employees are required to complete a health assessment, complete one well-being activity and a screening. The screening requirement can be met by completing one of the following: a biometric screening, health care provider form, preventive dental exam (new option) or participate in a health coaching call (new option).

Vision Insurance
The vision insurance plan will be administered by Delta Vision in 2021 (using the EyeMed network). The plan will continue to offer an allowance of up to $150 toward frames or contact lenses. The monthly premiums will decrease slightly. Participants enrolled in 2021 will receive a vision insurance ID card to help eye doctors/clinics to verify eligibility/benefits and process claims.

Pre-tax Spending and Savings Accounts

      • Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts:
        • Annual contribution limit will increase by $50 to $2,750.
        • Carryover limit will increase by $50 to $550.
      • Health Savings Accounts:
        • Single HDHP Coverage: Annual contribution limit will increase by $50 to $3,600.
        • Family HDHP Coverage: Annual contribution limit will increase by $100 to $7,200.

Accident Insurance
The Accident Insurance plan will continue to be offered in 2021. This plan is designed to protect employees and their families in the event of an accident. It includes an accidental death & dismemberment component which will be enhanced for the 2021 plan year ($100,000 vs $25,000). Monthly premiums will increase slightly.

Note: The Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance plan will continue to be offered by the UW System (coverage levels range from $25,000 to $500,000). Employees may enroll in both the Accident Insurance plan and the AD&D Insurance plan.

Watch for emails in September and October regarding ABE and your enrollment opportunities!

Source: UW System Human Resources

Life Insurance Benefits

The UW System offers several life insurance plans to help protect you and your family in the event of death. You may enroll in one or more of the following plans if you are eligible:

  • State Group Life Insurance – Provides coverage of up to five times your eligible earnings. You may also elect up to $20,000 coverage for your spouse and up to $10,000 for dependent child(ren).
  • Individual & Family Life Insurance – Provides coverage of up to $20,000 for you, up to $10,000 for your spouse/domestic partner and up to $5,000 for dependent child(ren). If enrolled, you have an annual opportunity to increase coverage without providing proof of good health. Coverage levels can be increased in $5,000 increments up to $300,000 for employee coverage, $150,000 for spouse/domestic partner coverage and $25,000 for child(ren) coverage.
  • UW Employees Inc. Life Insurance – Provides decreasing term life insurance ranging from $7,000 to $33,000 based on your age. Coverage is not available for family members.
  • University Insurance Association Life Insurance – Provides decreasing life insurance from $3,400 to $101,000 based on your age. Coverage is not available for family members.

See the UW System Life Insurance Comparison chart for more information about who is eligible, the amount of available coverage and additional plan features.

How much life insurance do you need?

Life insurance needs vary based on your unique situation. To estimate the amount of coverage you might need, check out the Life Insurance Needs Calculator.

When can you enroll in coverage?

You may enroll within 30 days from your date of employment or newly benefits-eligible job. This is considered your initial enrollment period. If you do not enroll during your initial enrollment period, you may apply for coverage at any time through evidence of insurability by providing proof of good health (approval is not guaranteed). You may also apply for coverage within 30 days of a qualifying life event. Refer to the Life Events webpage for more details.

How to enroll in coverage.

To enroll or make changes following a qualifying life event, complete the life insurance plan’s paper application and return it to your human resources office within 30 days of the event. To apply for coverage through evidence of insurability, complete the applicable evidence of insurability form and forward it to Securian Financial. The applications and evidence of insurability forms can be found in the Forms & Resources section on each Life Insurance Plan webpage.

No application is required for enrollment in the University Insurance Association Life Insurance. Coverage is a condition of employment (for eligible employees) and you are automatically enrolled in the plan.

How much do I pay for life insurance?

Life insurance premiums vary by plan and depend on your age and the amount of coverage you elect. UW System contributes towards the cost of State Group Life Insurance and you pay the total cost of the premium for any other life insurance plan you may be enrolled in. To review the premiums for each plan, visit the Benefit Premiums webpage.

How do I pay for life insurance?

Most life insurance premiums are deducted from your pay once a month and are for coverage for the upcoming month. See the payroll deduction schedule for more information.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Reminder: 2020 Summer Leave Reports

As summer comes to an end, please remember that leave-eligible, nine-month employees who were employed in either a Summer Session or Summer Service appointment are required to complete a Summer Leave Report, even if no leave was taken during the summer time 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 4, 2020.
As a reminder, failure to complete the summer leave report will result in a sick leave reduction.

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

WRS Webinars Offered in September

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 ETF’s webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement

Thinking about retiring in the next 12 months? We’ll walk you through the process. You’ll learn how to:

  • Choose a termination date.
  • Request a retirement estimate.
  • Read the retirement estimate.
  • Schedule a retirement appointment.
  • Submit a retirement application.

Wed, Sep 9, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Thu, Sep 17, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mon, Sep 21, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wed, Sep 30, 2020 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2737993268999150348

Choosing When to Retire

Did you know that when you retire can change how much money you get in retirement? We’ll discuss how retiring throughout the year can change your retirement benefit. We’ll also answer one of the most common questions we receive: “Should I retire in December or January?”

Wed, Sep 9, 2020 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wed, Sep 16, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Thu, Sep 24, 2020 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tue, Sep 29, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1824556392038414860

How to Use ETF’s Online Retirement Calculator

Curious about how much money you’ll get during retirement? Our most-used online tool, the retirement calculator, lets you see how much money you may get in the future. We’ll discuss:

  • How to get to the calculator
  • What information you’ll need handy when using the calculator.
  • How to use the calculator.
  • What the results mean.

Thu, Sep 3, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wed, Sep 9, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fri, Sep 18, 2020 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tue, Sep 22, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8034399054112763148

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.

Thu, Sep 17, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thu, Oct 8, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tue, Oct 20, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mon, Nov 2, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wed, Nov 18, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thu, Dec 3, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon, Dec 14, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2062561071726664450

HRS System Maintenance on Sunday, September 6th

Employees will not have access to their online timesheet, earnings statements and other related documents and services during a UW Human Resources System (HRS) outage that will occur on Sunday, September 6th at 6:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 pm.  This outage is due to installing technical updates.  The following self-service features that employees access through the My UW System portal will be unavailable during this outage:

  • Online timesheet and web clock
  • Absence reporting
  • Benefits Self-Service
  • Updates to personal information
  • Access to electronic earnings statements, tax statements (W-2, etc.), leave statements and other HR, Payroll and Benefits documents
  • Access to TAM job application service (applicants will not be able to apply for positions during this time)

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

WRS Webinars Offered in August

Additional Contributions

Adding money to your WRS account, via additional contributions, can enhance your eventual WRS retirement benefit. Learn how contributions grow with effective rate interest crediting, how to deposit (payroll deduction or direct pay), and much more.

Thu, Aug 6, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mon, Aug 10, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thu, Aug 20, 2020 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mon, Aug 31, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/3523075356874234379

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.

Fri, Aug 7, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wed, Aug 12, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fri, Aug 21, 2020 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thu, Aug 27, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4268226481646071051

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.

Wed, Aug 5, 2020 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fri, Aug 7, 2020 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thu, Aug 20, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fri, Aug 28, 2020 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3619511322725445392

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.

Thu, Aug 6, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mon, Aug 17, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tue, Sep 1, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 17, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thu, Oct 8, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tue, Oct 20, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mon, Nov 2, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wed, Nov 18, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thu, Dec 3, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon, Dec 14, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2062561071726664450

Register for a webinar

More Ways to Earn Your $150 Wellness Incentive

We have two pieces of good news to share with you today:

  1. You still have time to complete your Well Wisconsin activities to earn $150*.
  2. You now have more options for completing the health check portion of the program.

NOT SURE WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT?
This is the Well Wisconsin program. We offer you tools and resources to help you achieve better well-being.

And you can earn $150 by completing three activities by October 9, 2020:

  • Take the 10-minute StayWell health assessment.
  • Complete a well-being activity through StayWell.
  • (UPDATED!) Complete a health check.

ALREADY EARNED YOUR $150?
Nice! Feel free to give yourself a high-five, and go about your day.

ABOUT THAT UPDATED HEALTH CHECK ACTIVITY …
If you haven’t already earned your incentive, you now have multiple options for completing the health check portion of the program. Just complete one of the following:

  • Biometric screening: Click “SCHEDULE NOW” on the Quest Diagnostics slider on the wellwisconsin.staywell.com homepage to get started. You’ll have two options:
    1. At-home test kit: Request a kit by registering and clicking “Order Materials.” To meet the October 9 deadline, please request your kit by September 25.
    2. Onsite screening event: Find an event near you by registering and clicking “Make an Appointment.”  There will be an onsite health screening event at the UWGB Sheboygan campus on Friday, September 18th, and at the Green Bay campus on Thursday, September 24th.  The August 12th event on the Green Bay campus has been cancelled.
  • Health Care Provider Form: Download the fillable form here.
  • Dental cleaning: Complete a routine dental cleaning visit between January 1 and October 9. Report your completion on the My Incentives tab of the portal.
  • One coaching call: Call 800-821-6591 to schedule a call, or schedule a video meeting on wellwisconsin.staywell.com or on the My StayWell app.

REMEMBER: YOU HAVE UNTIL OCTOBER 9 TO EARN YOUR $150!
Go to wellwisconsin.staywell.com to get moving.

There, you’ll find a full list of well-being activities, plus a trove of information to help you improve your overall wellness!

QUESTIONS? Contact the StayWell HelpLine at 800-821-6591 or wellwisconsin@staywell.com.

*The Well Wisconsin incentive program is a voluntary program available to employees, retirees and spouses enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, excluding Medicare Advantage participants who have incentives available through their health plan. The Well Wisconsin incentive will automatically be issued to eligible participants upon completing the applicable activities. All wellness incentives paid to participants are considered taxable income to the group health plan subscriber and are reported to their employer, who will issue a W2. In some cases, the Wisconsin Retirement System acts as the employer. Retirees, continuants and their spouses will have some taxes withheld from the incentive amount earned.

Source: The StayWell Company, LLC

WRS Contribution Rates for 2021 to Remain Stable

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) recently announced the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employee and employer contribution rates effective January 1, 2021. WRS rates are evaluated and adjusted annually.

Positive investment returns in 2019 were offset by the effect of salary and demographic experience resulting in no change in rates for the general, executive, and elected category. There will be a small increase in rates for the protective categories.

Contribution increase and decrease fluctuations are considered normal for retirement systems like the WRS that pre-fund retirement benefits.

UW System employee contribution rates are determined by employment category. Most UW System employees are in the General/Teacher/Executive category. Employees with law enforcement or public protection duties (police officers, fire fighters) are in the Protective category.

WRS Contribution Rates
Employee Category General, Teacher and Executive Protectives with Social Security
Year 2020 2021 2020 2021
Employer Contribution 6.75% 6.75% 11.75% 11.65%
Employee Contribution 6.75% 6.75% 6.75% 6.75%
Total Contribution 13.5% 13.5% 18.5% 18.4%

The 2021 rates will apply to all paychecks paid in 2021; beginning January 4, 2021 for Faculty/Academic Staff and Limited Appointees paid monthly, and January 14, 2021 for University Staff paid bi-weekly. As a reminder, WRS contributions are taken on a pre-tax basis for state and federal tax purposes.

For more information visit the WRS webpage on the UW System Employee Benefits website.

Source: UW System Human Resources