blog posts 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan - 2023 Universal Availability Notice Jan 26, 2023 10:00 am40 views 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan - 2023 Universal Availability Notice Announcing the 2023 Professional Staff Leadership Academy Cohort Jan 26, 2023 10:00 am14 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 am40 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 pm2124 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 am187 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 am93 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 am49 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 pm131 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 am271 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 pm374 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 am130 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 am42 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 am59 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 pm47 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 pm298 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 pm61 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 am117 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 am19 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 am80 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 am133 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 pm136 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 am76 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 am29 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 am99 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 am61 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 pm274 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 am123 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 am67 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 am58 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 pm61 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 am119 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 pm186 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 am94 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 am228 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 pm119 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 pm858 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 am216 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 am115 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! Deadline Approaching: Benefit Choice Ends May 31! May 20, 2022 1:00 pm145 views The last day to make Benefit Choice changes will be here soon! Remember, you only have until May 31 to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year on https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov, including health, dental, life insurance, flexible spending account (MCAP/DCAP) enrollment, and health savings account (HSA) enrollment. Elections will be effective July 1, 2022. Be Alert for Unemployment Fraud and Phishing May 20, 2022 9:00 am110 views The Illinois Department of Employment Security website continues to note that they are aware of phishing schemes targeting Illinoisans. Benefit Choice: Submit Your Documentation May 13, 2022 9:00 am274 views If you made a Benefit Choice change that requires supporting documentation, please remember to provide your documents by the deadline! COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave May 13, 2022 8:30 am218 views Effective April 5, 2022, the University of Illinois System offers COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave time to eligible employees in accordance with Illinois Public Act 102-0697. The expanded leave benefits of COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave provided under Public Act 102-0697 replaces the University’s previously provided temporary coronavirus-related paid leave. Benefit Choice: Make Your Choices by May 31 May 13, 2022 8:00 am149 views We’re halfway through Benefit Choice at https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov! Remember, you have until May 31 to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year. Elections will be effective July 1, 2022. For help registering and logging in to MyBenefits, see the MyBenefits FAQs. Schedule of Approved Holidays for FY23 May 9, 2022 3:30 pm794 views The schedule of approved holidays for fiscal year 2023 is below. SURS Money Purchase Factors Change July 2, 2022 May 4, 2022 2:30 pm130 views Reminder: If you are considering retirement in the next 2 years, remember that the factors table used to calculate SURS retirement benefits under the Money Purchase calculation will change effective July 2, 2022. This change is a result of a study required by state statute. View the resources listed below to determine if you are impacted by this change, and for important considerations if you are thinking about retirement. May 2022 Wellness Connection May 4, 2022 1:00 pm0 views The May 2022 Wellness Connection Newsletter is now available! In this issue: UI Stride Spring Campaign - Know Your System; Ground Turkey Taco Skillet; Yes, Meditation Can Help With That!; Food Safety During Summer Months, Interview with Dena Lawrence, Ed. M. MyBenefits Plus Voluntary Benefit Programs May 4, 2022 8:00 am333 views Did you know that as a full-time State benefits-eligible employee you have access to MyBenefits Plus, a voluntary benefit program? MyBenefits Plus, administered by Corestream, offers a variety of services available to you through payroll deduction.