Human Resources News

It’s Open Enrollment Season for UT Health, Dental and Flexible Benefits

By now you should have received all the information you need to make decisions for you and your family about UT’s health, dental, and flexible benefit plans for next year. The annual enrollment transfer period for UT’s health insurance program is October 1 through November 1. Open enrollment for UT’s Flexible Benefits Plan is open until November 30.

The Autumn in Knoxville Fall Festival is Today

The fun kicks off at 11:30 a.m. today for the thirty-fourth annual Autumn in Knoxville Fall Festival at the TRECS complex. Each year, thousands of Knoxville-area faculty and staff attend this employee appreciation event for fun, food, and giveaways.

The Autumn in Knoxville Fall Festival is Next Week

The annual Autumn in Knoxville Fall Festival is just one week away. Each year, thousands of Knoxville-area faculty and staff attend this employee appreciation event for, food, and giveaways. This year’s event will focus on little-known perks and benefits available to UT employees. The fun kicks off at 11:30 a.m., Friday, September 30, at the TRECS complex. The event ends at 3:00 p.m.

Join us Sept. 30 for Autumn in Knoxville

Each year the Autumn in Knoxville fall festival provides our Knoxville-area faculty and staff with the opportunity to kick back and enjoy a day of fun and camaraderie with co-workers. Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer Linda Hendricks invites Knoxville-area faculty and staff to the 34th year of this UT tradition on Friday, September 30.

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.