For Your Benefit is a newsletter addressing the benefits offered to you as a UT employee. This newsletter provides an opportunity to communicate information and issues that directly affect you. You will receive this newsletter twice a year. Because of the important nature of the content, it is being mailed to your home address. View the Spring newsletter, that addresses the total compensation (pay + benefits) offered to you as a UT employee with information on how to prepare for retirement at any age and the advantages offered to employees.
As part of the new contract between the state and Minnesota Life, state and higher education employees will be offered a one-time open enrollment opportunity to enroll or increase coverage in the optional group term life insurance program. Everyone who had Unum coverage has already been transferred to Minnesota Life and can take advantage of this opportunity to increase coverage. Eligible employees not already participating in this plan may enroll during this one time open enrollment period without providing proof of good health. This is an open enrollment period which will also allow your spouse to apply for coverage and you can add coverage for your children to your policy. Enrollment will be online from April 15 – April 28. If you need help enrolling, Minnesota Life’s Customer Service Center is open M-F from 7 am to 6 pm CT at 1-866-881-0631. View the brochure, which describes the benefits available to you, the premiums, and the online enrollment process.
Have you ever thought about what would happen if you had an unexpected illness or injury that caused you to be unable to work? You still need to a paycheck, but you can’t work… then your sick leave and annual leave are used up? Are you in the Sick Leave Bank?
The UTC Sick Leave Bank is a common pool of hours to which staff and 12-month faculty donate some of their accumulated leave. The sick leave bank shall provide emergency sick leave to member employees who have suffered disability due to an unplanned personal illness, injury, or quarantine and who have exhausted their compensatory time and personal, sick, and annual leave balances.
Employees may join the Sick Leave Bank during the enrollment period (April 1 – June 28). Any regular staff or 12-month faculty member, who accrues sick leave and has a current sick leave balance of at least 48 hours on June 30, is eligible to join for a donation of 24 hours. The sick leave balance requirement is prorated for part-time employees. Read MORE..
Memorial Health Care System (Memorial) will join the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of TN Network “S” starting March 27, 2013. Memorial includes Memorial Hospital (main campus), Memorial Hospital Hixson and the Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center.
Doctors with Memorial Health Partners and Beacon Health Alliance are in Network “S” now. Memorial Mission Surgery Center will be in Network “S” March 27, 2013, and the Chattanooga Heart Institute joins Network “S” April 1, 2013. If you are making plans to receive care at a Memorial Hospital facility, please note the date they will join Network “S”.
The University of Tennessee is committed to facilitating a workplace culture that promotes responsible and ethical behavior. A new code of conduct, applicable to University of Tennessee employees, has been revised for two purposes:
- To better facilitate a UT workplace culture that promotes responsible and ethical behavior
- To better facilitate University compliance with standards established by federal guidelines
The code does not replace existing University policies but supplements and clarifies procedures and rules in areas such as respecting others, reporting violations and avoiding conflicts of interest.
To learn more about the code, please visit www.tennessee.edu/code
To view HRO 580 Code of Conduct, please visit University Policies