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Be sure to register “Volunteers” in IRIS

The University of Tennessee recognizes the valuable contributions of those persons giving freely of their time and talents for the benefit of the University without compensation. These persons are “VOLUNTEERS” in every sense of the word. Thus, it is important that departments follow their campus/institute policies and guidelines to ensure that these individuals are properly registered.

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Conflict of Interest Disclosure for regular faculty and staff due October 31st

Conflict of Interest Disclosure for regular faculty and staff due October 31st, 2014. The Office of Human Resources is offering several open sessions to provide individualized assistance with the online process and to answer any questions you may have about the procedure. These sessions will be offered on October 9th from 9:00 – 10:30 and October 10th from 11:00 – 12:00 in the University Center computer lab. Computer stations will be available and HR staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer support.

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Background checks to include newly hired temporary employees and adjunct instructors effective July 1, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, pre-employment background checks will be required for new hires in all temporary positions (including adjunct instructors), as well as regular positions.

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Affordable Care Act Marketplace Notices

Starting January 1, 2014, if someone does not have a health plan that qualifies as minimum essential coverage, he or she may have to pay a fee. This change also affects new term or student employees.

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Graduate Assistant – Taxability of Tuition Waiver

Teaching and research graduate tuition remission is tax exempted by IRS Code Section 117. Graduate assistantships that are not involved in teaching or research were specifically excluded from this exemption thereby making the tuition remission related to these assistantships taxable. However, the tuition remission for these assistantships may be tax exempted under IRS Code Section 132 and Treasury Regulation 162(a) which allows education benefits from employers to be tax

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