blog posts Offer for U of I System Employees: AAA on Us Nov 28, 2023 8:30 am303 views For a limited time, AAA is offering a one-year free membership to University of Illinois System employees who sign up for a new membership. To take advantage of this offer: Review your TIAA Beneficiary Designation Nov 16, 2023 11:00 am10 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. 403(b) and 457 Plan Contribution Limits Increasing Nov 16, 2023 9:00 am51 views The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the supplemental retirement plan contribution limits will increase for 2024. As a 403(b) or 457 plan participant, the following information and reminders may be helpful to you. Review your Fidelity Beneficiary Designation Nov 6, 2023 8:00 am36 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. Keep Your Personal Information Updated Oct 26, 2023 1:00 pm31 views Have you reviewed your personal information on file with the University of Illinois System, such as your address and phone number? Live Retirement and Investment Webinars Available Oct 4, 2023 3:00 pm54 views Are you saving for your future?To help you learn more about your retirement planning and investment options using the University 403(b) Plan, Fidelity Investments and TIAA are offering live retirement education webinars this fall. Are You Retiring or Separating from the University of Illinois System? Oct 3, 2023 8:00 am83 views You may be eligible to defer unused vacation leave into the University 403(b) or State or SURS 457 retirement plans. 2024 SURS Board of Trustees Election Oct 2, 2023 8:00 am20 views SURS announced that they will be holding an election to fill four vacant seats on the SURS board of trustees. The voting period will be April 1 – May 1, 2024. All SURS participants are encouraged to consider running for a board position. Professional Staff Leadership Academy Applications Open for 2024 Cohort Oct 2, 2023 8:00 am20 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. The program includes a robust group of dynamic speakers, engaging and interactive leadership activities, facility tours, state legislative education, relevant literature reviews, system-wide networking, and a mentor program. Free Flu Shots for State Health Plan Participants Sep 25, 2023 10:00 am67 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 21, 2023 11:00 am17 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. Get Started with the U of I 403(b) Sep 21, 2023 8:30 am39 views Even small contributions to the University of Illinois 403(b) Retirement Plan could make a big difference for your future. Did you know that if you take advantage of your 403(b) Plan, you can enhance your overall retirement savings? That’s why the University offers this supplemental Plan as part of your benefits. University of Illinois System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct Sep 19, 2023 11:00 am8 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. Deadline September 30: Submit FSA Claims for FY2023 Sep 19, 2023 8:00 am10 views Only a couple weeks remain to submit your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) claims for the FY2023 plan year! You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you participated in an FSA during FY2023. Any remaining claims for services from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, must be submitted by September 30 for reimbursement. Designate or Review Your Beneficiaries: State Life Insurance Sep 14, 2023 2:00 pm27 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. Review/Update Your Mailing Address Sep 14, 2023 8:30 am17 views Please make sure your Mailing Address is current and correct so that you receive important information for employment and tax purposes. Returning from Leave - State Benefits Coverage Aug 17, 2023 8:30 am29 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. Your Flexible Spending Account: Verify Deductions and Reminder Jul 13, 2023 8:30 am79 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. 2023 Salary Program Jun 22, 2023 10:30 am944 views It’s our pleasure to share the news with you that a 4% merit-based salary program across the University of Illinois System will take effect Aug. 16 for faculty members and academic professionals, and Aug. 20 for civil service staff. This represents an increase from last year and continues to be an important priority in our budgeting process. Verify Your State Benefit Elections Jun 22, 2023 9:00 am91 views The new plan year for State benefits (health/vision, dental, and life insurance, and flexible spending and health savings accounts) starts on July 1, 2023. 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, 2023. Illinois Family Bereavement Leave Act Jun 14, 2023 9:00 am73 views Earlier this year, we communicated the leave provision changes due to the Illinois Family Bereavement Act. The University of Illinois System Human Resources website has been updated to reflect these changes and may be viewed on the Family Bereavement Leave webpage. Saving For Your Future? Supplemental Retirement Plans Can Help! Jun 8, 2023 8:00 am47 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. System Access Removal after Employee Separation May 31, 2023 4:15 pm60 views Removing system access in a timely manner for applications such as Banner, HRFE, iBuy, Chrome River, and the EPIC system at the University Hospital is critical to help ensure our data and resources are secure. Removing access to critical systems when an employee separates is necessary to maintain good internal controls over appropriate access to our university systems. Last Chance: Benefit Choice Ends Wednesday, May 31! May 30, 2023 8:00 am39 views Benefit Choice ends Wednesday, 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, 2023. Flexible Spending Re-Enrollment and Reminders May 26, 2023 8:00 am34 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, 2023, 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! Be Cautious: Retirement and Pension Meetings Email May 25, 2023 9:00 am46 views We are aware that University of Illinois System employees may have received an email yesterday asking employees to schedule a “retirement and pension meeting.” That email was NOT sent by the university nor SURS, and is NOT from one of our approved retirement plan providers. Please exercise caution whenever you receive email from unknown sources. Deadline Approaching: Benefit Choice Ends May 31! May 19, 2023 8:00 am75 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, 2023. Benefit Choice: Submit Your Documentation May 12, 2023 8:45 am180 views If you made a Benefit Choice change that requires supporting documentation, please remember to provide your documents by the deadline! Benefit Choice: Make Your Choices by May 31 May 12, 2023 8:00 am54 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, 2023. For help registering and logging in to MyBenefits, see the MyBenefits FAQs. MyBenefits Plus Voluntary Benefit Programs May 4, 2023 8:00 am45 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. Schedule of Approved Holidays for FY24 Apr 27, 2023 8:45 am225 views The schedule of approved holidays for fiscal year 2024 is below. FY 2024 Benefit Choice Announcement Apr 25, 2023 8:00 am351 views The State Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Benefit Choice enrollment period will begin May 1 and end May 31, 2023. Benefit Choice: Save on Taxes with a Flexible Spending Account! Apr 19, 2023 8:00 am116 views Have you considered participating in the State of Illinois Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Plan? If you spend $265 or more per year on recurring eligible medical or dependent care expenses, then you may save money by paying for them with an FSA. Urbana: Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund Drive Spring 2023 Apr 13, 2023 8:00 am29 views The Emergency Fund needs your help! COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave Ends May 11, 2023 Apr 12, 2023 2:00 pm97 views Effective May 11, 2023, the COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave offered in accordance with Illinois Public Act 102-0697 is expected to end. After May 11, 2023, you will need to use your own accrued sick leave or other appropriate paid or unpaid leave for time needed for COVID-19 reasons. Designate or Review Your Beneficiaries: State Life Insurance Apr 12, 2023 8:00 am46 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. MyBenefits: Review/Add Your Email Address Apr 6, 2023 8:00 am41 views Receive State-benefits notices from MyBenefits faster by providing your email address! Health Plan Reminder: Out-of-Network Providers Apr 5, 2023 8:00 am38 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. SURS Webinars and Recordings Available Apr 4, 2023 8:00 am50 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. Live Retirement and Investment Webinars Available Mar 20, 2023 4:00 pm42 views Fidelity Investments and TIAA are offering live retirement education webinars this spring. These webinars are designed to help you learn more about your retirement planning and investment options as a University 403(b) Plan participant. SURS Updates: Spring Stakeholders Meeting Mar 13, 2023 8:00 am26 views SURS participants are invited to attend the SURS Virtual Spring Townhall and Stakeholders Meeting on April 13th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST. This semi-annual webinar, offered each Spring and Fall, is an opportunity to hear updates from SURS about SURS benefits, investments, legislation, and funding. Are You Retiring or Separating from the University of Illinois System? Mar 8, 2023 8:00 am83 views You may be eligible to defer unused vacation leave into the University 403(b) or State or SURS 457 retirement plans. My UI Info Race/Ethnicity Designation Mar 1, 2023 10:15 am31 views The University of Illinois System strives to be an inclusive environment, which includes giving you the opportunity to specify your race/ethnicity to the university. A new option has been added to My UI Info which will allow you to indicate Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) as your race/ethnicity if you identify as such. America Saves Week Feb 23, 2023 10:00 am22 views Next week marks America Saves Week, an opportunity to focus on your savings strategy. University of Illinois System approved 403(b) retirement plan investment companies, TIAA and Fidelity Investments, offer tips and resources to help you get into a saving mindset. LTD Plan Open Enrollment Begins February 20 Feb 20, 2023 9:00 am344 views Open Enrollment for the University Supplemental Long Term Disability (LTD) Plan is available now through March 10, 2023! Know Your Approved Retirement Plan Representatives Feb 16, 2023 10:00 am57 views Be wary of callers attempting to discuss financial investments. Only a few representatives from investment companies are approved to discuss retirement planning. Coming Soon: Open Enrollment for University Long Term Disability Plan Feb 13, 2023 9:00 am41 views You may be eligible for the University Supplemental Long Term Disability (LTD) Plan. This voluntary plan is a supplement to the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) disability benefit and may provide additional coverage if you become unable to work due to sickness or injury. Keep Your Emergency Contacts Updated Feb 8, 2023 7:00 am87 views Do you have emergency contacts on file with the University of Illinois System? Are they current? It is important to keep up-to-date emergency contact information on file, so U of I System representatives know who to call on your behalf in the unfortunate event of an emergency or accident. Family Bereavement Leave Act Feb 3, 2023 8:45 am248 views The State of Illinois Family Bereavement Act, effective January 1, 2023, includes leave provisions allowing eligible employees to take up to ten days of unpaid leave following a qualifying event involving a covered family member. February 2023 Wellness Connection Feb 1, 2023 1:00 pm0 views The February 2023 Wellness Connection Newsletter is now available! In this issue: Heart Health, Chupe de Camarones (Peruvian Shrimp Chowder), Cancer Doesn't Wait and Neither Should You, and Interview with Ann Marie Jack Haluzak.