DEADLINE EXTENDED – Lecturer – Nursing & Health Studies

The College of Health, Education, and Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay invites applicants for a Lecturer position in Nursing & Health Studies. The primary responsibility of this position is to teach Traditional BSN courses. Depending on the individual’s expertise and background, there may be opportunities to teach in other Nursing and Health Studies programs including RN-BSN Completion, BS Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) and BS Community Health Education. Candidates with teaching experience, preferably in nursing, recent nursing experience in a clinical setting, and who are bilingual are preferred.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Monday, May 4, 2020.

Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account Changes

Pre-Tax Savings Accounts – HSA and Health Care FSA Eligible Expense Changes

Eligible expenses for Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) were permanently changed by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to allow the following items to be reimbursed pre-tax:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and medicines not prescribed by a doctor (aspirin, cough medicine, decongestants, etc.)
  • Menstrual care products (pads, liners, tampons, etc.)

These eligible expense changes are retroactive effective January 1, 2020. ConnectYourCare is working to update their resources and debit card settings to reflect these changes.

  • If you purchase OTC medications and menstrual care products in the near future, you will likely need to submit a reimbursement request. It may take several weeks for ConnectYourCare’s debit card system to be completely updated.
  • Retroactive reimbursement requests must be submitted manually via the member portal or mobile app.

Dependent Day Care Account Elections

The IRS released new guidelines regarding Dependent Day Care Account election changes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. You may be eligible to increase or decrease your 2020 election if you experience one of the following election change events:

  • Change of daycare provider
  • Cost of care changes (unless care provider is a relative)
  • Need for care changes due to a job change or change of work hours
  • Qualifying life event

You have 30 days from the date of the election change event to submit an Election Change Request Form. Please contact your employer payroll and benefits office for more information on how to request an election change.

Questions?  Please email payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu

Source: Department of Employee Trust Funds

WRS Annual Statement of Benefits Available

UW employees covered by the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) in 2019 can now view their January 1, 2020 WRS Annual Statement of Benefits on the MyUW portal.

To access your statement, Log into your UW System portal. Launch the Benefit Information module (click Launch full app) and click on the Statements tab. Choose “ETF Annual Statement of Benefits (WRS) Issued 2020”.

Understanding Your Statement

Your statement includes your:

    • 2019 earnings and service
    • Years of creditable service as of January 1, 2020
    • Retirement benefit projections, separation benefit, death benefit
    • Primary beneficiary designation(s) for your WRS account

The UW System contributes to your WRS. For the 2019 plan year, the UW System contributed 6.55% of your eligible earnings (for Protectives w/ Social Security the UW System contributes 10.55%). Your WRS Annual Statement of Benefits shows your contributions as well as the UW System contributions to the plan. For the 2020 plan year the UW System contributes 6.75% of your eligible earnings (for Protectives w/ Social Security the UW System contributes 11.65%).

Resources

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) has resources available to assist you in understanding your Statement of Benefits. Review and verify each section of your statement using these resources as a guide.

    • An Introductory Letter which highlights important information on the statement.
    • The Explanation of Annual Statement of Benefits.
    • The ETF Statement of Benefits web page which includes many resources including a sample statement.
    • Live Webinar: Topics include WRS contributions, vesting status, years of service, and what happens to your account if you die before taking a benefit. Registration is required for the webinar dates below:
        • April 22, 2020, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
        • April 30, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
        • May 7, 2020, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
        • May 13, 2020, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Review Your Beneficiaries

It is important to review the primary beneficiary(ies) listed on your WRS statement. If there are no beneficiaries listed, you either don’t have a beneficiary designation on file, or your designation was made before 1998 (beneficiaries added before 1998 are not listed on your statement). It is recommended that you complete a Beneficiary Designation Form if a beneficiary is not listed on your statement.

Death benefits are paid according to the most recent valid beneficiary designation form on file with ETF prior to your death. If no beneficiary designation is on file, death benefits will be paid according to the statutory standard sequence in effect on the date of death. Your beneficiary information does not automatically change when a significant life event occurs, such as a divorce or a marriage. To add, change or remove beneficiaries complete a Beneficiary Designation form (ET-2320) or Beneficiary Designation-Alternate form (ET-2321). Mail your completed beneficiary designation directly to ETF at the address listed at the top of the form.

Questions?

If you have questions about your statement, please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu.

General information on the WRS can be found on the UW System Employee Benefits WRS web page.

Source: UW-Shared Services, Service Operations

Assistant Controller

This position reports to the Controller and is responsible for coordinating the overall management of campus accounting services and performs the highest level of accounting activities.  This position will function as the campus Assistant Controller. The position has administrative responsibility for the following business functions:  Accounts Payable & Receivable, Cash Management, Grants & Contracts Accounting, General Ledger Accounting and Capital Equipment Inventory, to include hiring of staff, staff development and training, performance evaluation, implementation of corrective measures as deemed appropriate, and cross training within departments and across functional lines.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.

COVID-19 Related FMLA Expansion

In accordance with SYS 1200-Interim 03, FMLA Expansion, additional paid family and medical leave for a qualifying need related to a public health emergency is provided.  It also expands the eligibility criteria for this specific type of Emergency Family and Medical Leave in compliance with the provision of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020.

Employees who have worked in the 30 days prior to claiming leave and have a qualifying need related to a public health emergency are eligible for this expanded FMLA.  A qualifying need related to a public health emergency means the employee is unable to work (or telework) due to a need for leave to care for their son or daughter under 18 years of age if the school or place of care has been closed, or the childcare provider is unavailable due to a public health emergency.

Employees with a qualifying need related to a public health emergency may take up to twelve (12) weeks of Public Health Emergency Leave subject to supervisory approval and the following provisions: 

    • The first ten (10) days of leave are unpaid
      • If the employee has sufficient accrued vacation, personal or sick leave, then the employee may elect to utilize any of these paid leave options to remain in paid status during these initial ten days.  An employee may also elect to use COVID-19 leave during this period, pursuant to SYS 1200-Iterim 02, COVID-19 Leave Policy.
    • After the first ten (10) days, the remainder of the leave is paid at 2/3 (66.67%) of the employee’s normal pay, or $200/day, whichever is less.
      • An employee may use any available paid leave during this period to remain at 100% of the employee’s normal pay.
  1. The expanded FMLA is not provided in addition to current FMLA provisions. The total time available to an employee for any combination of FMLA leave and Public Health Emergency Leave is twelve (12) week.  In order to be in compliance with the expanded FMLA provisions, the Office of Human Resources is requesting that all employees who are unable to work (or telework) due to childcare reasons related to COVID-19 reach out directly to hr@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2390.

Please see the COVID-19 Leave & FMLA Expansion – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.

 

Updated COVID-19 Leave Policy & Reporting COVID-19 Leave

In a recent update to SYS 1200-Interim 02, COVID-19 Leave Policy, up to 272 hours of COVID-19 leave (prorated by % FTE) may be made available to employees who cannot perform their assigned duties due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the period of March 16, 2020 (3/16/20) through May 1, 2020 (5/1/20). This emergency policy implements leave provisions and workplace flexibility options to prioritize the health and safety of the UW System community and provide additional leave for certain UW System employees to be used during the COVID-19 pandemic if employees cannot work. This leave category expires on May 1, 2020 (5/1/2020).

Reporting COVID-19 Leave

Biweekly employees will record COVID-19 leave on their timesheet in the MY UW Portal in the same manner as other eligible leave types.  A new Time Reporting Code of EMRGY – COVID Emergency Leave will be available to select under the Time/Absence Code Field.  Employees should indicate the reason for COVID-19 Leave (illness, unable to work remotely, childcare, etc.) in the Comments field on the timesheet.  Please see the Tipsheet for additional details. 

Monthly employees will record COVID-19 leave by utilizing the March COVID-19 Leave Report and/or the April COVID-19 Leave Report.  The COVID-19 Leave Reports shoud be completed and sent via email to supervisor for approval  (cc:payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu)  The payroll and benefits team will process once all approvals have been received.

Please see the updated COVID-19 Leave & FMLA Expansion – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for information about eligibility, reporting requirements, and other details.