Join the Sick Leave Bank through June 30th

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 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 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 30). Read MORE…


Blue Ribbon Winners, 2016

Has a UTC employee gone the extra mile to help you?

You can show your appreciation by nominating that person for the Blue Ribbon Award. A committee appointed by the chancellor will select monthly an award winner who exhibits outstanding service to others. Nominations should be specific in identifying incidents or situations that show the nominee has served his/her customers with special distinction.

If you have a nominee to be considered at an upcoming meeting, please e-mail your nomination to Melanie Sadler (Melanie-Sadler@utc.edu), Human Resources Administrative Assistant, or mail to Dept. 3603.

All non-faculty staff (full or part-time) with at least one year’s regular service are eligible for the award. Any UTC faculty, staff, student, alumnus, or member of the community are invited to submit nominations.

Blue Ribbon Winners, 2016

January

Faith Garner, Administrative Specialist, Safety and Risk Management, is a true team player. She not only handles her job duties with grace and a smile, but is there for her colleagues as well. She’s also commended for her take-charge attitude as she manages new, large projects. And all of this while she pursues her Bachelor’s.

“Faith is reliable, dedicated, and always upbeat. Her patience is unparalleled,” explained Kellie Karaky, Administrative Assistant, Department of Public Safety.

Karaky continued, “Anyone who has worked with her can see Faith’s team player mind-set and enthusiastic embrace of change.”

February

Chris Howard, Associate Director, Network Engineering, Information Technology, was a key asset when it came time for the library’s relocation to the new building. He was constantly available for support (even responding to emails while on his honeymoon) and is still a vital partner to the new library as they’ve settled in.

“Christopher has been of significant help and frankly, the move to the new library would not have gone smoothly without his assistance,” said Theresa Liedtka, Dean, Library.

Liedtka continued, “His round the-clock availability is indicative of a tremendous work ethic and care for his university colleagues.”


New Tax Form for 2015 Tax Year

Between now and March 31, you will receive a new tax form, 1095-C, that contains important information about your 2015 health care coverage. You will receive the form if you were enrolled in health care coverage provided by the University at any point during 2015 or were considered eligible for coverage during 2015 under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

You should keep the form 1095-C for your records, although you do not need to have the form to file taxes.

If you and your family members participated in the University’s health insurance plan for the whole year, simply check a box on your tax return to indicate that you had qualifying health coverage and no further action will be required.

Contact the UT System Administration Payroll Office at (865) 974-5251 for questions about information on the 1095-C form. For information on how to report health care coverage on your tax return, visit http://www.irs.gov/aca or talk with your tax professional.


2015 Service Award Honorees

For the past 34 years staff and faculty have been celebrated for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Recipients will be honored at the Annual Service Awards Program with a luncheon on November 24 at 11:30 in the Tennessee Room of the University Center. View a list of the 2015 Service Award Honorees.


2016 Flexible Benefits enrollment ends October 15, 2015

Enrollment is online at www.healthhub.com. You will need your personnel number, which is located underneath your name on your pay advice. Even if you participated in Flexible Benefits last year, you must enroll each year you wish to participate.

Flexible Benefits Plans permits the University to exclude, from both Federal Income and Social Security taxes, premiums paid by you for group medical insurance, dental insurance and amounts you contribute to a medical and/or dependent care reimbursement account. By enrolling in the Medical Reimbursement Plan or Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan or both plans, you can designate a fixed dollar amount to be set aside annually for dependent care and/or medical expenses. View a list of eligible medical and dependent care expenses. As expenses are incurred, the University reimburses you for those expenses. Payments can be made via the card provided or you can make the payments and request reimbursement from the funds in your account. Employees may enroll when first eligible or during the Flexible Benefit Enrollment period, with an effective date of January 1st. Keep in mind that if you enroll in the new CDHP (Consumer-Driven Health Plan) and choose an HSA (Health Savings Account) you cannot enroll in a full scope medial FSA (Flexible Savings Account) and your spouse cannot have a full scope FSA either.


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