blog postsMinimum Wage Increase Effective July 1, 2008Jul 2, 2008 12:15 pm33 views The Illinois minimum wage will be increased to $7.75 per hour effective July 1, 2008.2008 Benefit Choice EnrollmentJul 2, 2008 2:30 pm23 views The State Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has announced that there will be two Benefit Choice Enrollment periods this year.New Required Minimum Wage PostingsAug 1, 2008 12:15 pm54 views All Illinois employers are required to display information on the State of Illinois wage and hour laws as well as information on the Federal Minimum Wage.Investment Environment - University 403(b) PlanSep 23, 2008 11:00 am10 views In this volatile financial environment, and in light of the recent developments on Wall Street, 403(b) participants may have some questions about their investments.2008 Benefit Choice Enrollment - Period 2Sep 23, 2008 2:30 pm9 views The State Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has announced Benefit Choice Enrollment Period 2.Read the December 2008 SURS Advocate OnlineDec 8, 2008 11:00 am19 views Read the Advocate newsletter online for current information of interest to SURS members.New FMLA ProvisionsJan 27, 2009 12:30 pm24 views New regulations for the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) have been published and were effective January 16, 2009. Two new leaves, Covered Servicemember Leave and Qualifying Exigency Leave, are now available. Please note the changes to the necessary forms.Revised Form I-9 required as of April 3, 2009Apr 1, 2009 1:00 pm18 views A revised version of the Form I-9 has been issued by USCIS. The revised Form I-9 must only be used on and after April 3, 2009.Important Changes to 403(b) Plan Hardship Distribution ProvisionsMay 5, 2009 10:45 am26 views Effective on and after January 1, 2009, hardship distributions are available only through Fidelity. For a TIAA-CREF participant, hardships will be available to the participant by transferring his or her plan investments to Fidelity.University 403(b) Plan and State Deferred Compensation Plan ComparisonMay 5, 2009 11:00 am49 views Compare the similarities and differences between the University 403(b) Plan and the State Deferred Compensation Plan.Important Changes to 403(b) Plan Loan ProvisionsMay 5, 2009 11:00 am35 views Effective on and after January 1, 2009, loans will no longer be available through TIAA-CREF and are available only through Fidelity.Important Information about Beneficiary DesignationsMay 5, 2009 2:45 pm100 views Important reminder for employees to update their beneficiary designation(s) under University benefit plans when they experience a life event.Important Changes to 403(b) Plan Loan ProvisionsMay 5, 2009 2:45 pm37 views Effective on and after January 1, 2009, loans will no longer be available through TIAA-CREF and are available only through Fidelity.Events Planned for Savings Bonds ProgramMay 14, 2009 2:45 pm9 views US Savings Bonds Program ChangesNotification of Change to SURS 6% Bill CalculationEffective May 2009May 21, 2009 11:00 am26 views Vacation and collectively bargained sick leave no longer automatically removed by SURS on initial SURS 6% billsE-Verify PreparationJun 24, 2009 1:00 pm91 views A University workgroup has been convened to monitor Executive Order 12989 and prepare for implementation, if necessary.Lower Advertising Rates through CareerBuilderJun 24, 2009 1:15 pm38 views The University recently finalized an agreement with CareerBuilder to provide a one-month job posting for $200, which is a discount of over $200 per posting.Interim University Furlough PolicyJul 27, 2009 1:00 pm43 views President and Chancellors issue an Interim University Policy on Furloughs, which will allow the University to require employees to take unpaid furlough days, if needed.New Version of Form I-9 IssuedAug 27, 2009 1:00 pm10 views A new version of the Form I-9 dated 8/7/2009 (expires 8/31/2012) is now available.Furlough FAQs UpdatedAug 27, 2009 1:15 pm15 views The Furlough FAQs have been updated based on information received through the online question/comment form.Savings Bonds Enrollment OpportunitySep 4, 2009 8:30 am11 views Savings Bonds Enrollment OpportunitySavings Bond Enrollment OpportunitySep 17, 2009 8:30 am6 views A representative from National Bond and Trust will be available on the Urbana campus to answer questions and assist with enrollments.QCHP and QCDP Claim Payment Delay NoticeOct 6, 2009 8:30 am33 views Please see the CMS website for information regarding claim payment delays with the Quality Care Health Plan (QCHP) and the Quality Care Dental Plan (QCDP). University Furlough Program AnnouncedJan 5, 2010 12:30 pm27 views On January 5, 2010, President Ikenberry announced the implementation of a furlough program.Voluntary Pay Reduction Program offers an Alternative to FurloughsJan 22, 2010 12:15 pm42 views The University is offering employees a choice between taking furlough days or voluntarily electing to take a temporary pay reduction.Voluntary Pay Reduction Authorization Form Now AvailableJan 26, 2010 12:15 pm25 views Individuals who wish to take a temporary pay reduction in lieu of furloughs, have until February 8, 2010 to elect this option through completion of the Online Voluntary Pay Reduction Authorization Form.Furlough Timesheet for Academic ProfessionalsFeb 24, 2010 12:15 pm15 views An academic professional employee is required to track all hours worked and furlough hours during the weeks of the furlough only through completion of the Academic Professional Furlough Timesheet.2010 Contribution Limits to the Supplemental 403(b) Retirement Plan, per IRS RegulationsMar 19, 2010 11:15 am10 views Basic Elective Contribution Limit - $16,500Age 50+ Catch-up Contribution - $5,50015 Years of Service Catch-up Contribution - $3,000 FINALIZED - SURS Process for Making Up Contributions for Furlough DaysApr 29, 2010 1:00 pm32 views The process for making up SURS contributions for furlough days has been finalized.Pre-Tax vs. Post-Tax Make Up Contributions for Furlough DaysApr 29, 2010 1:00 pm25 views Employees have asked how to make up contributions for furlough days on a pre-tax basis to SURS. Payroll Deduction Info for University Life Insurance PlanMay 17, 2010 8:30 am15 views Employees who participate in the University Life Insurance Plan with ING/ReliaStar may notice a change in their payroll deduction. ELECT NOW to Make Up SURS Contributions for Furlough DaysJun 1, 2010 12:30 pm23 views If you wish to make up SURS contributions for furlough days, a SURS special leave election form is available on the SURS website now through June 30, 2010.Holiday Schedules 2010-2011Jun 11, 2010 12:45 pm18 views The 2010-2011 holiday schedules for the University are now available. SURS Benefit EstimatorJun 28, 2010 11:15 am744 views Did you know that you can use the SURS Benefit Estimator, an online calculator, to get a "ballpark figure" of your retirement benefit under differing scenarios?SURS Benefit Changes - Public Act 96-0889Jun 29, 2010 11:00 am88 views An amendment to the Illinois Pension Code, enacted on April 14, 2010, will change certain SURS benefits for new employees hired on or after January 1, 2011.New Dental Claim FormJul 22, 2010 8:30 am12 views A new Humana/CompBenefits Dental Claim Form is available for immediate use. Please note that the claim filing address has changed. You may wish to notify your provider or provide them with a copy.Retail Maintenance Pharmacy Network Changes effective 9/20/2010Aug 31, 2010 8:30 am33 views The Retail Maintenance Pharmacy Network for the Quality Care Health Plan, Health Alliance Illinois, Humana-Winnebago and HealthLink OAP will be changing significantly effective 09/20/2010. Important MCAP RemindersSep 10, 2010 11:00 am15 views Central Management Services (CMS) would like to share a few important reminders with FY2010 and FY2011 participants in the Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP).Free Seasonal Flu Shots at University of Illinois at ChicagoSep 21, 2010 11:00 am53 views Seasonal flu shots will be available at no charge to eligible State of Illinois employees and retirees on October 12 and October 19, 2010 on the UIC campus. University Administration (UA) Employee Recognition ProgramOct 6, 2010 1:15 pm22 views Would you like to show your appreciation to a colleague or recognize a team who has accomplished exemplary work over the last academic year? Submit a DELTA nomination now. Flu Shot Clinic at Urbana-Champaign CampusOct 18, 2010 11:00 am85 views Eligible employees may receive free Flu Shots (influenza vaccine) at McKinley Health Center and other campus locations. Fall 2010 Dependent Certification Period ExtendedNov 3, 2010 11:00 am10 views Eligible dependents can be reinstated if the Fall Certification deadline of October 31, 2010 was missed. Did you know you can defer vacation and/or compensable sick leave payouts to your 403(b) or 457(b) account upon separation/retirement from the University?Nov 5, 2010 11:00 am198 views Contact your campus UPB Benefits Services office on or before 60 days prior to your last day of employment to submit an election form.UA ARR WebinarNov 11, 2010 1:30 pm16 views A University Administration webinar about Administrative Review and Restructuring (ARR) Recommendations was held on November 3, 2010. If you were unable to attend, the recording... SURS Pension ReformNov 15, 2010 11:00 am101 views This article includes information on the changes to the State of Illinois Pension Code (Public Act 96-0889) that impact the State Universities Retirement System (SURS), effective January 1, 2011. Rush Health AssociatesNov 19, 2010 12:00 pm21 views HMO Illinois participants who have selected Rush Health Associates #332 (Rush) as their medical group provider: Please be aware of possible contract changes effective January 1, 2011. Holiday Schedules/Reduced Service DaysNov 22, 2010 12:45 pm96 views The holiday season is rapidly approaching. Please review the holiday schedules, which include a period of Reduced Service Days. SURS Contributions for Furlough DaysDec 2, 2010 11:15 am27 views Does the recently passed State of Illinois furlough law impact me?2010 Annual Update to Prudential Long Term Disability PremiumsDec 3, 2010 11:00 am14 views Employees who participate in the University LTD Plan may notice a change in their payroll deduction on their first paycheck in December.Federal Health Care Legislation Required Notice - FYI OnlyDec 6, 2010 11:00 am9 views You will soon be receiving a federally mandated announcement from The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) related to a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It is a "for your information" announcement and does not require you to take any action.