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  • NEW from MyBenefits Plus: Auto & Home Insurance

    Central Management Services (CMS) announced the addition of group auto & home insurance to MyBenefits Plus, administered by Corestream.  This new program is available to full-time, state benefit-eligible employees as of September 1, 2020.

  • Health Plan Reminder: Out-of-Network Providers

    You are encouraged to use in-network providers to receive the best value from your health plan. No matter which plan you are enrolled in, receiving health care from an out-of-network provider will significantly increase your out-of-pocket medical costs.

  • Have you reviewed your mailing address recently?

    Please make sure your Mailing Address is current and correct so that you receive important information for employment and tax purposes.

    To view and update your Mailing Address, go to My UI Info and follow the steps below.

  • Free Seasonal Flu Shots - Springfield

    Seasonal flu shots will be available at no charge to state benefit-eligible faculty and staff, beginning Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, after your COVID-19 SHIELD Test at PAC Restaurant.

  • Reminder: Verify Your Benefit Choice Elections

    The new plan year for State benefits (health/vision, dental, and life insurance, and flexible spending accounts) started on July 1, and any changes you made during Benefit Choice are now in effect. If you have not already done so, now is a great time to verify your benefit elections and payroll deductions.

  • Free Seasonal Flu Shots - Urbana

    Seasonal flu shots will be available at no charge to state benefit-eligible faculty, staff, retirees, and State of Illinois employees, beginning Tuesday, September 15th, 2020, at various locations on campus. See Urbana Flu Shot Clinic for details.

  • Keep Your Emergency Contacts Updated

    Do you have emergency contacts on file with the University of Illinois System? Are they current? 

    It is important to keep up-to-date emergency contact information on file, so U of I System representatives know who to call on your behalf in the unfortunate event of an emergency or accident.

  • SURS Retirement Savings Plan (RSP)

    SURS transitioned from the Self-Managed Plan (SMP) to the redesigned Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) on September 1, 2020. See the SURS website for the announcement and helpful resources.

  • Update: Civil Service Vacation Leave Accrual Limit

    In April, the Civil Service maximum accrual limit for vacation leave was temporarily lifted due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. As we have begun the start of the new academic year and the gradual process of returning to on-site working, the maximum vacation accrual limit will be reinstated.

  • Coming Soon: State 457 Plan Changes

    Central Management Services (CMS) announced changes to the State 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (Plan) investment options, effective September 1, 2020, to help you meet your retirement and financial goals.

  • Designate and Update Your State Life Insurance Beneficiaries

    If you are eligible for State benefits and do not have a life insurance beneficiary on file with Securian Financial (formerly Minnesota Life), you are strongly encouraged to provide this important information!

  • Returning from Leave - State Benefits Coverage

    During an unpaid leave, Central Management Services (CMS) mails bills directly to State benefit participants, and bills are to be paid in full to CMS. Failing to pay premium bills can result in your coverage being terminated.

  • System Offices COVID-19 Testing

    You may have received an email from the university where you are located regarding COVID-19 testing requirements for the Fall 2020 semester. We would like to answer some questions on how these requirements affect you, as a System Offices employee.

  • University of Illinois System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct

    The updated University of Illinois System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct, which reflects the U.S. Department of Education’s final regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, is now posted. The final regulations were published on May 19, 2020, and are effective as of today, August 14, 2020.

  • Coming Soon! SURS SMP Transition

    SURS announced the transition of the SMP to the redesigned Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) coming on September 1, 2020. See the SURS website for the announcement and helpful resources.

  • MyBenefits: Review/Add Your Email Address

    Receive State-benefits notices from Central Management Services (CMS) faster by providing your email address!

  • IDES Information for Educational Institutions

    Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) provided the following announcent:

    You may have heard that a recent change in Illinois law allows non-professional academic employees at a public or private school, college, or university (custodian, teacher’s aide, cafeteria worker, bus driver, security staff, clerical worker, etc.) to use their academic wages to establish unemployment benefits during the summer months and during vacation breaks and holidays this year. This change in the law is limited to March 15, 2020, through January 2, 2021.

  • Verify Your Benefit Choice Elections

    The new plan year for State benefits (health/vision, dental, and life insurance, and flexible spending accounts) started on July 1, and any changes you made during Benefit Choice are now in effect. If you made a Benefit Choice election, you should have received a mailing from CMS at your home address confirming your elections. If you have not already done so, now is a great time to verify your benefit elections and payroll deductions.

  • Your Flexible Spending Account: Verify Deductions and Reminder

    At the beginning of a new benefit year, it’s a good idea to review your payroll deductions to ensure the appropriate amounts are being withheld. You should view the benefit deductions on your Earnings Statement to ensure your FSA deductions and other benefit deductions are correct.

  • Election Day Holiday

    Under legislation signed last month by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the University of Illinois System will observe a state holiday on this year’s Election Day, November 3, 2020.

    The holiday declaration and other new initiatives such as expansion of mail-in voting are intended to enhance opportunities to vote and to promote voter safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Review your Fidelity Beneficiary Designation

    Control where your University of Illinois Fidelity 403(b) inheritance goes! Life changes, and so do your wants and needs. If something happens to you, make sure your beneficiary information reflects your current wishes.

  • SURS Self-Managed Plan Redesign

    SURS announced enhancements coming on September 1, 2020. See the SURS website for the announcement, member materials, and webinar schedule.

  • Saving For Your Future? Supplemental Retirement Plans Can Help!

    Are you contributing to a supplemental retirement and investment plan?

    If not, now may be a good time to start!

    As a University of Illinois System employee, two supplemental retirement plans are available to help increase your retirement savings opportunity. Enrollment is voluntary and available at any time.

  • System Offices Returning to the Workplace Guidelines

    On Tuesday, June 23rd, System HR hosted a webinar for supervisors and managers to discuss the President’s Management Council guidelines for a very gradual and flexible return to the workplace for system-level employees, unless work responsibilities require office presence.  The first and foremost concern in all of our planning has been the health and safety of employees, students, and broader university communities. These Guidelines were recently approved by the president and vice presidents and will be executed over the next few months.

  • Fall Semester Plans

    We are very pleased to announce that on-campus educational activities will resume this fall at the University of Illinois System’s three universities, with a hybrid mixture of in-person and online classes. Of course, our collective decision assumes that Illinois stays on track to meet Phase 4 requirements established by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan that allow reopening of classrooms.

  • Dental Visits – Infection Control Fee

    We want you to be aware that due to COVID-19, you may see an infection control fee for personal protective equipment (PPE) used when visiting your dentist.

  • Financial Update

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the University of Illinois System and on each of us. We are so proud of the dedicated efforts by our faculty and staff to ensure that our missions of teaching, research, public service and economic development have continued with excellence during these challenging times. And despite these stresses, we have taken on new work to combat the virus – pioneering research on medical devices and drug treatments, providing epidemiological modeling to state leaders, issuing data-rich policy analyses, and most importantly, caring for vulnerable patients at UI Hospital and clinics. 

  • Academic Vacation Leave Rollover

    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant changes to our current work and living environments, thus affecting our ability to use vacation leave at this time. To enable employees to utilize their earned vacation leave time, vacation leave eligible academic employees (faculty, academic professional, and post docs) will be allowed to rollover five (5) accrued but unused vacation leave days from AY 2019/2020 to be used in AY 2020/2021. The maximum rollover of vacation leave in August 2020 will be 53 days (424 hours). Any days accrued in AY 2019/2020 (up to five (5)), rolled over to AY 2020/2021, must be used on or before August 15, 2021. The maximum vacation leave rollover of 48 days will be reinstated for AY2021/2022. As a reminder, floating holidays must be used by June 30th; unused days do not rollover to the new fiscal year.

  • Last Chance: Benefit Choice Ends Monday, June 1!

    Benefit Choice ends Monday, June 1! This is your final reminder to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year on https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov. Elections will be effective July 1, 2020.

  • Flexible Spending Re-Enrollment and Reminders

    The end of Benefit Choice is June 1. If you haven’t re-enrolled in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program for the plan year beginning on July 1, 2020, you have until June 1 to do so at https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov.

  • State Budget Update

    State appropriations for the University of Illinois System would remain at current levels for the coming year under a budget approved over the holiday weekend by the Illinois Legislature that will be sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is expected to sign it into law.

    Like many things amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed $42.8 billion budget is contingent on a number of factors, including how the state rebounds from the crisis and on access to federal relief funding.

  • Important MCAP and DCAP Announcement for FY20/21

    If you participate in a Flexible Spending Account, you’ll want to read this MCAP and DCAP Announcement, which may provide help with spending your current funds and/or estimating your expenses for next year!

  • Benefit Choice: Flex Spending Re-enrollment is not automatic!

    Re-enrollment in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is not automatic! To continue participation, you must re-enroll! For more information, see the FSA Program.

    The deadline to enroll or re-enroll is June 1, 2020. Go to https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov now!

     

  • Deadline Approaching: Benefit Choice Ends June 1!

    The last day to make Benefit Choice changes will be here soon! Remember, you only have until June 1 to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year on https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov, including health, dental, life insurance, and flexible spending account (MCAP/DCAP) enrollment. Elections will be effective July 1, 2020. For help registering and logging in to MyBenefits, see the MyBenefits FAQs.

  • Benefit Choice: Make Your Choices by June 1

    We’re half way through Benefit Choice at https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov! Remember, you have until June 1 to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year. Elections will be effective July 1, 2020. For help registering and logging in to MyBenefits, see the MyBenefits FAQs.

  • Benefit Choice: Submit Your Documentation

    If you made a Benefit Choice change that requires supporting documentation, please remember to provide your documents by the deadline!

  • Schedule of Approved Holidays for FY21

    The schedule of approved holidays for fiscal year 2021 is below.

  • Gift Days 2020

    We are pleased to announce that a program providing additional paid days off during our December/January holidays has been extended to a fifth straight year, reflecting in real terms just how much we appreciate everything you do.

  • Urbana: Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund Drive Spring 2020

    The Emergency Fund needs your help!

  • NEW MyBenefits Plus Voluntary Benefits Available

    Did you know that full-time State benefits-eligible employees may enroll in new voluntary benefit programs? With MyBenefits Plus, you have the option to enroll in the following programs through a post-tax payroll deduction.

  • State 457 Deferred Compensation Plan Changes

    Did you know that as a University of Illinois System employee, you’re eligible to participate in the State 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (Plan)?  This optional investment Plan offers you the ability to invest pre-tax and/or Roth (after-tax) compensation into the Plan to help supplement your retirement planning.

  • Benefit Choice Virtual Benefit Fairs

    Are you looking for more information about your benefit choices or new plan options available for the FY2021 Benefit Choice period? The State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has moved their Benefit Choice Vendor Fairs to a virtual format this year.

  • FY 2021 Benefit Choice Enrollment Period

    The State Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Benefit Choice enrollment period will begin May 1 and end June 1, 2020.

  • Fall 2020 Planning

    I write to inform you that I have created a system-wide coordinating committee to support our universities as they begin planning for the reopening of campuses in the fall and examining the changes that will be required to ensure both safety and excellence.

  • Benefit Choice Begins May 1

    The annual Benefit Choice Period will begin on May 1, 2020 for the State Employees Group Insurance Program. The State of Illinois Department Central Management Services (CMS) has shared some important announcements and reminders to help you prepare for making your FY2021 benefit elections.

  • Benefit Choice: Save on Taxes with a Flexible Spending Account!

    Have you considered participating in the State of Illinois Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Plan? If you spend $240 or more per year on recurring eligible medical or dependent care expenses, then you may save money by paying for them with an FSA. You can reduce your taxable income when you contribute to this plan.

  • 2-Factor Authentication for My UI Info

    Beginning April 21, 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) will be required for all My UI Info applications, including the Earnings Statement, Direct Deposit, and My Profile, when logging in from both on- and off-campus. At the same time, the My UI Info PIN will no longer be used.

  • Deadline Extended: State Health Insurance Audit

    Due to challenges associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, CMS is extending the deadline for submitting documentation for the State of Illinois health insurance audit. If you were identified to participate in this audit, you must submit proof of eligibility of all dependents listed on your audit letter by June 18, 2020.   

  • Health Plan Reminder: Out-of-Network Providers

    You are encouraged to use in-network providers to receive the best value from your health plan. No matter which plan you are enrolled in, receiving health care from an out-of-network provider will significantly increase your out-of-pocket medical costs.

  • Decrease in Prudential LTD Premiums

    We are very pleased to announce a premium rate decrease of 15%, effective April 1, 2020.