blog posts Updated Federal Employment Poster: Know Your Rights Dec 2, 2022 11:00 am3 views The U.S. Department of Labor recently updated their Know Your Rights labor law poster that outlines important information regarding workplace discrimination. You may access and review this poster on the System Human Resource Services Required Federal and State Posters webpage. Your HR office also has this information posted so it may be reviewed when working on-site. Keep Your Personal Information Updated Oct 26, 2022 11:00 am88 views Have you reviewed your personal information on file with the University of Illinois System, such as your address and phone number? It is important to regularly review and update other information such as address, phone number, gender, ethnicity, marital status, and disability status to ensure your information on file is current and accurate. Your information is kept confidential and emergency contact information is accessed only in the case of a personal emergency and will never be made publicly available. Suspicious Email: Retirement and Pension Meetings Oct 19, 2022 1:30 pm39 views We are aware that many University of Illinois System employees may have received a suspicious email this morning urging employees to schedule a retirement consultation. That email is NOT from an approved retirement plan vendor, and you should exercise caution. Please be cautious whenever you receive email from unknown sources. Review/Update Your Mailing Address Sep 16, 2022 10:00 am93 views Please make sure your Mailing Address is current and correct so that you receive important information for employment and tax purposes. Deadline Approaching: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Limited Waiver Aug 26, 2022 3:00 pm264 views This is a general reminder of interest to employees with student loans. The Biden-Harris Administration recently made an announcement about a new student debt relief plan. To be notified when the new process has officially opened, sign up at the Department of Education site. However, please remember that a different existing loan forgiveness program has an upcoming deadline on October 31, 2022. The New Training and Development Resources Website is Live Aug 18, 2022 9:30 am118 views I am excited to announce that the new Training and Development Resources website is now live. Coming soon! New Training and Development Resources website Aug 11, 2022 8:30 am52 views I am excited to announce the upcoming release of the Training and Development Resources website, launching Thursday, August 18. The new site will centralize all training materials owned and managed by System Office units into a single location. Federal and State Employment Posters Aug 3, 2022 1:00 pm56 views Each state and U.S. Department of Labor provide labor law posters that, by mandate, must be posted so that all employees, including those working remotely, may access pertinent labor law information. These posters serve the important purpose of notifying workers of certain rights under employment laws. You may access and review the posters on the System Human Resource Services Required Federal and State Posters webpage. Be Alert for Unemployment Fraud and Phishing May 20, 2022 9:00 am80 views The Illinois Department of Employment Security website continues to note that they are aware of phishing schemes targeting Illinoisans. Urbana: Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund Drive Spring 2022 Apr 14, 2022 8:00 am33 views The Emergency Fund needs your help! State of Illinois Budget Update Apr 13, 2022 8:00 am5 views Dear faculty, staff, students and friends: The new state budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly and expected to be signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker will provide $655.2 million in general operating funds to the University of Illinois System for the coming fiscal year, as well as a $122 million increase for the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the state’s primary student financial aid program. The state budget for the 2023 fiscal year, which begins July 1, will increase the U of I System appropriation by 5 percent over the current year. The budget passed also applies an additional $28.1 million supplemental appropriation to the current fiscal year’s $622 million in state operating funds, essentially providing the fiscal year 2023 increase a year early. This marks the third consecutive year that legislators and the governor have maintained or increased U of I System funding. These increases signal continued recognition of the value the U of I System provides not only to our more than 94,000 students, but also to the state as a whole, and we are grateful to our legislators and governor for their investment in higher education. Highlights of the budget include: A $122 million increase for the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP), which provides financial aid to Illinois students, including more than 22,000 across our U of I System universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. $1.36 billion in total capital re-appropriations across the system, of which $496.7 million will support continued planning and construction of the U of I System's Discovery Partners Institute and the statewide Illinois Innovation Network. Additionally, $862.5 million of re-appropriated capital funds will support a number of ongoing construction projects across our three universities. $3 million in new funding for the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield, part of a national program that works to exonerate wrongfully convicted people and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. $2 million in new funding for the creation of a Climate Jobs Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, to provide data, research and information that will help the state and its workforce transition to a clean-energy economy. In addition to the budget, the legislature also approved regulatory measures that streamline and improve procurement, allowing the university system to more effectively engage minority vendors and conduct business in the state. The measures also establish a taskforce to report on further procurement reforms needed to legislate in the fall veto session. We thank our U of I Caucus for its hard work and dedication during this budget process, and we appreciate the support of all of you in making the U of I System a powerful engine of progress for the state. We are grateful to Gov. Pritzker and the legislature for their ongoing partnership, reflected in this budget which makes vital investments in higher education. We look forward to further collaboration as we work to ensure our universities have the financial backing to continue to deliver for the people of Illinois. Sincerely, Tim Killeen, President, University of Illinois System Robert Jones, Chancellor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois Chicago Karen Whitney, Interim Chancellor, University of Illinois Springfield Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Limited Waiver Feb 21, 2022 1:30 pm386 views As a University of Illinois System employee, you may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. PSLF is a federal program that forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Keep Your Emergency Contacts Updated Feb 8, 2022 7:00 am95 views 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. Update Your Mailing Address and Consent for Online Tax Forms Dec 8, 2021 7:30 am4927 views This is a general reminder to all faculty and staff: please review and, if necessary, update your Mailing Address on file with the University of Illinois System for benefits and/or tax purposes. Update Your Profile on My UI Info Oct 28, 2021 7:30 am477 views Have you earned a degree or advanced degree recently? Earned or renewed a certification? Or moved to a new address? Please review your profile on My UI Info and update with any changes to ensure your information is current. Free Seasonal Flu Shots - Urbana Sep 28, 2021 10:15 am448 views Seasonal flu shots will be available at no charge to state benefit-eligible faculty, staff, retirees, and State of Illinois employees, beginning Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at various locations on campus. See Urbana Flu Shot Clinic for details. Keep Your Personal Information Updated Sep 9, 2021 7:30 am268 views 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. Unemployment fraud, phishing on the rise via text, email, social media Jun 28, 2021 12:30 pm1126 views Following is a general notice and reminder to all University of Illinois System faculty and staff to be aware of an increase in identity theft-related unemployment fraud and phishing schemes. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) issued a press release urging citizens to be on high alert for phishing schemes attempting to impersonate and exploit IDES and unemployment systems across the country. Note: IDES will never send a text message seeking your personal information, such as your social security number or driver’s license number. Reminder: Be Alert for Phishing Attempts Jun 24, 2021 4:15 pm127 views Be cautious of unexpected messages or emails asking you to urgently log in to a website or service. Please protect your personal information.