blog posts Are You Retiring or Separating from the University of Illinois System? Mar 8, 2023 8:00 am83 views You may be eligible to defer unused vacation leave into the University 403(b) or State or SURS 457 retirement plans. My UI Info Race/Ethnicity Designation Mar 1, 2023 10:15 am32 views The University of Illinois System strives to be an inclusive environment, which includes giving you the opportunity to specify your race/ethnicity to the university. A new option has been added to My UI Info which will allow you to indicate Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) as your race/ethnicity if you identify as such. America Saves Week Feb 23, 2023 10:00 am22 views Next week marks America Saves Week, an opportunity to focus on your savings strategy. University of Illinois System approved 403(b) retirement plan investment companies, TIAA and Fidelity Investments, offer tips and resources to help you get into a saving mindset. LTD Plan Open Enrollment Begins February 20 Feb 20, 2023 9:00 am346 views Open Enrollment for the University Supplemental Long Term Disability (LTD) Plan is available now through March 10, 2023! Know Your Approved Retirement Plan Representatives Feb 16, 2023 10:00 am69 views Be wary of callers attempting to discuss financial investments. Only a few representatives from investment companies are approved to discuss retirement planning. Coming Soon: Open Enrollment for University Long Term Disability Plan Feb 13, 2023 9:00 am43 views You may be eligible for the University Supplemental Long Term Disability (LTD) Plan. This voluntary plan is a supplement to the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) disability benefit and may provide additional coverage if you become unable to work due to sickness or injury. Keep Your Emergency Contacts Updated Feb 8, 2023 7:00 am87 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. Family Bereavement Leave Act Feb 3, 2023 8:45 am278 views The State of Illinois Family Bereavement Act, effective January 1, 2023, includes leave provisions allowing eligible employees to take up to ten days of unpaid leave following a qualifying event involving a covered family member. February 2023 Wellness Connection Feb 1, 2023 1:00 pm0 views The February 2023 Wellness Connection Newsletter is now available! In this issue: Heart Health, Chupe de Camarones (Peruvian Shrimp Chowder), Cancer Doesn't Wait and Neither Should You, and Interview with Ann Marie Jack Haluzak. 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan - 2023 Universal Availability Notice Jan 26, 2023 10:00 am187 views 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan - 2023 Universal Availability Notice Announcing the 2023 Professional Staff Leadership Academy Cohort Jan 26, 2023 10:00 am122 views We are delighted to announce the selected participants for the 2023 Professional Staff Leadership Academy (PSLA). PSLA is designed to foster a culture of dynamic and transformational leadership for academic professional and professional civil service staff throughout the University of Illinois System. 2023 System Office DELTA Program - Nominations are now being accepted! Jan 17, 2023 10:00 am50 views Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Distinguished Employee Leadership and Team Award (DELTA). Update Your Mailing Address and Consent for Online Tax Forms Dec 8, 2022 1:00 pm2192 views Have you moved this year? If you receive your tax forms (e.g., W-2, 1042-S) via Postal Mail, it’s important to update your Mailing Address before December 31, 2022. Foreign National employees will also have to update their address with the Foreign National Service Center by submitting a ticket at UPB Service Portal. Designate or Review Your Beneficiaries: State Life Insurance Dec 8, 2022 8:00 am208 views Ensure your life insurance benefits are distributed according to your wishes by designating or reviewing your beneficiary designations for your State of Illinois Life Insurance coverage Annual Update to Long Term Disability (LTD) Premiums Dec 6, 2022 8:00 am107 views Participants in the University LTD Plan may notice a change to your payroll deduction amount. The deduction is calculated annually and is effective for the period of December 1, 2022 - November 30, 2023. Updated Federal Employment Poster: Know Your Rights Dec 2, 2022 11:00 am61 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. System Offices November/December/January (2022 - 2023) Year-End Calendar Nov 21, 2022 3:15 pm145 views As we approach the December/January (2022-2023) year-end calendar, please refer to the System HR tool that outlines work days, paid holidays and gift days, how to report leave time, and timesheet/payroll deadlines. COVID-19 Restored Sick Leave and Retroactive Paid Administrative Leave Nov 10, 2022 9:00 am312 views You may be eligible to request the restoration of certain leave or unpaid time taken for qualifying COVID-related reasons. In accordance with Illinois Public Act 102-0697 the University of Illinois System offers COVID-19 Restored Sick Leave and Retroactive Paid Administrative Leave to eligible employees. 403(b) and 457 Plan Contribution Limits Increasing Nov 7, 2022 4:00 pm1483 views The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the supplemental retirement plan contribution limits will increase for 2023. As a 403(b) or 457 plan participant, the following information and reminders may be helpful to you. November 2022 Wellness Connection Nov 3, 2022 1:00 pm4 views The November 2022 Wellness Connection Newsletter is now available! In this issue: Caring for Yourself as a Caregiver, Gallo Pinto (Rice and Beans Costa Rican dish), Take a Proactive Approach this Winter to Combatting SAD, Having the Talk, Interview with Marcy Kujawski, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Counselor, Faculty Staff Assistance Services. Keep Your Personal Information Updated Oct 26, 2022 11:00 am139 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. Review your TIAA Beneficiary Designation Oct 24, 2022 10:00 am54 views Control where your University of Illinois TIAA 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. Review your Fidelity Beneficiary Designation Oct 24, 2022 10:00 am78 views 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. Suspicious Email: Retirement and Pension Meetings Oct 19, 2022 1:30 pm51 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. Election Day Holiday Oct 12, 2022 4:00 pm505 views Everyone is encouraged to vote during the upcoming general election. Following is a general reminder about time off to vote. Live Retirement Education Webinars Available Oct 12, 2022 3:45 pm74 views Fidelity Investments and TIAA are offering live retirement education webinars this fall. These webinars are designed to help you learn more about your retirement planning and investment options as a University 403(b) Plan participant. Are You Retiring or Separating from the University of Illinois System? Oct 4, 2022 8:00 am150 views You may be eligible to defer unused vacation leave into the University 403(b) or State or SURS 457 retirement plans. Professional Staff Leadership Academy Application for 2023 Cohort Oct 3, 2022 8:30 am27 views The Professional Staff Leadership Academy is a system-wide leadership program for academic professional and professional civil service employees meant to foster and sustain a culture of exceptional, dynamic, and transformational leadership at all levels throughout the University of Illinois System. SURS Webinars and Recordings Available Oct 3, 2022 8:00 am94 views Are you interested in learning more about the State Universities Retirement System (SURS)? SURS offers webinars for members at different stages of their careers. Recorded sessions are available to play on-demand, or you may register to attend a live session. Reminder: Verify Your Benefit Choice Elections Sep 29, 2022 8:00 am142 views 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 Flu Shots for State Health Plan Participants Sep 26, 2022 4:00 pm149 views Seasonal flu shots are available at no charge to faculty, staff, and retirees that are state health plan participants. Health Plan Reminder: Out-of-Network Providers Sep 22, 2022 8:00 am300 views 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. University of Illinois System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct Sep 16, 2022 11:00 am33 views The University of Illinois System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct is available on the System HR website. Please take a few minutes to review this important information. Review/Update Your Mailing Address Sep 16, 2022 10:00 am103 views Please make sure your Mailing Address is current and correct so that you receive important information for employment and tax purposes. Deadline September 30: Submit FSA Claims for FY2022 Sep 15, 2022 8:00 am66 views Only a few weeks remain to submit your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) claims for the FY2022 plan year! You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you participated in an FSA during FY202. Any remaining claims for services from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, must be submitted by September 30 for reimbursement. Deadline Approaching: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Limited Waiver Aug 26, 2022 3:00 pm297 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 am137 views I am excited to announce that the new Training and Development Resources website is now live. Returning from Leave - State Benefits Coverage Aug 17, 2022 11:00 am74 views 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. Coming soon! New Training and Development Resources website Aug 11, 2022 8:30 am65 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 pm78 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. August 2022 Wellness Connection Aug 3, 2022 1:00 pm0 views The August 2022 Wellness Connection Newsletter is now available! In this issue: Color Your Plate, Tostadas de Pollo (Chichek Tostadas), Healthy Boundaries are a Form of Self-Care, Wellness and Wellbeing for Pets, Interview with UI Stride Know Your System Individual & Team Winners. Saving For Your Future? Supplemental Retirement Plans Can Help! Jul 19, 2022 8:00 am131 views Are you contributing to a supplemental retirement and investment plan? If not, now may be a good time to start! The University 403(b) Plan is one of three supplemental retirement plans available to help you start or increase your retirement savings. Enrollment is voluntary and available at any time. State Deferred Comp Plan: Empower Now Live Jul 15, 2022 2:00 pm316 views The State of Illinois Deferred Compensation 457 Plan recordkeeping transition from T. Rowe Price to Empower is now complete. You can log into the Empower site to view your account. Your Flexible Spending Account: Verify Deductions and Reminder Jul 13, 2022 8:00 am109 views 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. Verify Your State Benefit Elections Jun 23, 2022 8:00 am238 views The new plan year for State benefits (health/vision, dental, and life insurance, and flexible spending accounts) starts on July 1, 2022. If you made any changes during Benefit Choice, you should have received or will soon receive a mailing from CMS at your home address confirming your Benefit Choice elections. Any changes you made will be in effect July 1, 2022. Celebrating Juneteenth 2022 Jun 8, 2022 3:00 pm133 views As a reminder, the University of Illinois System will observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 17, 2022. The first observance of the Juneteenth holiday, which falls on a Sunday this year, will occur on the preceding Friday to accommodate academic scheduling. Going forward, it will be observed on the date of June 19 when it occurs on a weekday, or following forthcoming state guidance for observance when it falls on a weekend. Recordkeeper Change: State Deferred Compensation Plan Jun 1, 2022 3:00 pm945 views The State of Illinois Deferred Compensation 457 Plan recordkeeping is transitioning from T. Rowe Price to Empower, effective July 1, 2022. A transition guide was sent to your mailing address via postal mail from Central Management Services (CMS) last week. You may also view details on the Empower transition website. 2022 Salary Program May 31, 2022 3:00 pm6 views In consultation with university leadership, including university chancellors and vice presidents, I am pleased to announce the authorization of a 3.5% merit-based salary program for faculty, academic professional and civil service staff across the University of Illinois System, effective Aug. 16, 2022. This program remains a top priority in our budget planning to enable much-deserved recognition for employees. To help offset current economic challenges our nation is facing, this year's program is larger than last year's. Each of our three universities have also been asked to apply their own guidelines for separate programs to address compression, market, equity and retention issues. Commitments for existing contractual agreements, promotions and equity adjustments will also be honored as part of this program. Pay adjustments for faculty and staff in bargaining units will be determined by negotiations with the bargaining representative and/or applicable contract settlements and are not subject to unilateral adjustments unless authorized or permitted pursuant to the collective bargaining process. We continue to value your many contributions to the U of I System. You are the foundation of our excellence – of our ability to advance world-class teaching and research and create transformational impact – and in doing so, make us an increasingly recognized and respected model for the nation. I am deeply grateful for your hard work, your dedication and your loyalty. Sincerely, Tim Last Chance: Benefit Choice Ends Tuesday, May 31! May 27, 2022 8:30 am221 views Benefit Choice ends Tuesday, May 31! 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, 2022. Flexible Spending Re-Enrollment and Reminders May 26, 2022 8:30 am157 views The end of Benefit Choice is May 31. If you haven’t re-enrolled in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program for the plan year beginning on July 1, 2022, you have until May 31 to do so at https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov. No action is required if you are not re-enrolling in an FSA or making any other Benefit Choice changes!