Congratulations are in order to the 121 UT Knoxville-area employees recognized on Tuesday for twenty-five years or more of service to the university. During the luncheon held at the University Center, UT President Joe DiPietro and UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek thanked the employees for their continued contributions and loyalty to the university and its statewide mission of education, research and public service.
Human Resources News
Human Resources staff began training this week to inform supervisors about the Compensation Advisory Board (CAB). Supervisors in every college, department, and office will be asked to attend. An e-mail with the schedule will be sent to all supervisors. Training will focus on CAB’s purpose and upcoming initiatives, including implementation of the minimum starting pay rate increase for regular full- and part-time employees to $8.50 an hour, effective July 1.
The open enrollment period for the long-term disability (LTD) insurance plan offered through UT begins Monday, March 28. Recent changes have resulted not only in improved benefits, but also lower premiums for current participants and for eligible employees who wish to join the plan during the enrollment period, which ends May 2. Knoxville-area employees may take advantage of information sessions on Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5.
The University of Tennessee system has adopted a recommendation to increase the minimum starting pay rate for regular full- and part-time staff. The new rate of $8.50 per hour will become effective July 1. The increase in the minimum starting pay rate was a recommendation from the university’s Compensation Advisory Board and is a first step in a long-term process to address compensation at the university.
UT Knoxville is implementing programs to improve leadership and management processes within the university’s departments. The Leading at UT: Part 2 Certification training program recently graduated 15 managers and supervisors from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Facilities Services and Housing, among other university departments.
All employees should have received their annual enrollment packet for the Medical and Dependent Flexible Benefits Plan and the new Transportation and Parking Flexible Benefits Plan for calendar year 2011. Plan packets were sent to faculty and staff campus mail addresses in the last two weeks. The Transportation and Parking Flexible Benefits Plan is a new benefit for regular UT employees.
This year’s group insurance annual/open enrollment period ends on Friday, Oct. 15. All completed insurance enrollment forms must be received in the Payroll Office at P115 Andy Holt Tower by 5 p.m. on that day. Online enrollment through the Edison Self Service website will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15.
Representatives of the Optional Retirement Program providers will be on campus in the University Center beginning Tuesday, Oct. 12, through Thursday, Oct. 14. In addition to their ongoing service to university faculty and staff, they will be following up on the recent ORP transition to provide information, answer questions and assist employees.
The State of Tennessee health insurance annual and open enrollment period for calendar year 2011 coverage ends Friday, Oct. 15. For employees in the Knoxville area, completed forms must be returned to the payroll office at P115 Andy Holt Tower prior to 5 p.m. on that day. Employees may also enroll using the Edison Employee Self Service feature.
The 33rd annual Autumn in Knoxville fall festival is right around the corner. Linda Hendricks, vice president of Human Resources and chief human resources officer, invites each of you to join in a day of fun and camaraderie on Friday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the TRECS complex on the Knoxville campus.