Human Resources News

Register Now for the 2011 Office Professionals Super Seminar

The 2011 Office Professionals Super Seminar is scheduled for Thursday, October 20. This all-day conference features discussions and presentations aimed at helping UT employees succeed in today’s fast-paced administrative world. Hosted by Employee and Organizational Development, the seminar provides networking opportunities and the chance to evaluate personal and career goals.

State Health Insurance Transfer Appeal Deadline Set for August 31

To remain in the Partnership Promise PPO for calendar year 2012, the State of Tennessee required enrolled employees and spouses to have a health screening and complete a health questionnaire and submit the results to APS Healthcare by June 30. APS Healthcare sent out notifications to employees with an incomplete status in mid-August. If you believe you met the requirements and still received the letter, you may submit an appeal to APS. The deadline for appeals is Wednesday, August 31.

Employees Honored at UT Service Awards Luncheon

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.

Supervisor Training on Compensation Advisory Board

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.

Long-Term Disability Insurance Open Enrollment Begins Monday

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.

Minimum Pay Rate to Rise for Some Regular Employees

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 Managers, Supervisors Graduate From Leadership Certification Program

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.

Enrollment Now Open for Flexible Benefit Plans; Deadline Dec. 15

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.

Group Health Insurance Open Enrollment Ends Friday

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.

Optional Retirement Program Transition Follow-up

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.