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The University of Wisconsin–Madison can be a big place, with more than 21,000 faculty, staff, and graduate assistants contributing to our campus. With so many people working to support the Wisconsin Idea, employee communication is vital to our success.

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News for Employees

  • Annual Benefits Enrollment Begins Sept. 26

    The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period is Sept. 26–Oct. 21, 2022. This is the only time you can make changes to certain benefits without having an eligible life event (for example, marriage, birth, or divorce) or qualifying employment changes during the year. Certain benefits require re-enrollment every year. There will be a limited number of benefits plan changes for the 2022 calendar year. WEA Trust will no longer be available as a health insurance plan carrier. If you are currently enrolled in a plan with WEA Trust, you must choose a new network to use in 2023. For details, visit wisconsin.edu/abe. You can prepare for Annual Benefits Enrollment by reviewing your current benefits elections in MyUW. Additional resources, including helpful checklists and presentations, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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  • Important Leave Deadlines Coming Up on Sept. 30

    The deadline for Faculty, Academic Staff, and Limited Appointees (who have or had an active leave-eligible appointment) to submit missing leave reports for fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021‒June 30, 2022) is Sept. 30, 2022. Leave reports must report either leave usage or “No Leave Taken” for every month of the fiscal year. If missing leave reports are not entered in MyUW by the Sept. 30 deadline, the employee will have their sick leave balance permanently reduced. Employees can check for any missing leave reports by going to MyUW > Time and Absence > Leave Reports. In addition, Faculty, Academic Staff, and Limited Appointees with 12-month appointments who are eligible to bank unused vacation time must enter any banked leave in MyUW by Sept. 30. Employees who have questions should contact the human resources department in their school, college or division.

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  • Deadline Approaching to Earn Well Wisconsin Incentive

    The Well Wisconsin program supports participants in meeting their health and well-being goals. Those who complete the program steps by the Oct. 14, 2022, deadline will earn a $150 incentive. UW employees, retirees, and their spouses who are currently enrolled in the Wisconsin State Group Health Insurance plan are eligible to participate. Participants must complete a health assessment, health check, and one well-being activity. There is also a simplified process for people who do not have computer access, need language support, or find the online steps challenging to complete. For details about the Well Wisconsin program and links to information about the simplified process in multiple languages, visit hr.wisc.edu/well-being/health-screenings.

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  • Lunchtime Yoga for Employees via Zoom

    A free, virtual lunchtime yoga session will be offered by University Recreation & Wellbeing (RecWell) on Thursday, Sept. 22 from noon‒12:45 p.m. This activity can count as an employee’s Well Wisconsin well-being activity — one of three steps that must be completed by Oct. 14, 2022, to earn the Well Wisconsin $150 incentive. All participants must sign an assumption of risk form prior to participating in the yoga session. Please go to Welcome to Connect2 to complete the form. The event is co-hosted by the CALS Wellness Committee and the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Employee Well-Being.

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  • COVID-19 and Staying Healthy This Fall

    The university is providing support to enhance campus public health while maintaining instruction, programs, and services this fall. This includes offering — at no cost — COVID-19 vaccines, high-efficiency masks, and COVID-19 testing. UHS will soon begin offering updated booster shots that protect against both the original strain of virus and newer Omicron variants. Check MyUHS at myuhs.uhs.wisc.edu for appointments. Everyone is strongly encouraged to use these tools as needed to limit the spread of the virus. Please continue to monitor covidresponse.wisc.edu for updates.

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  • Academic Staff Professional Development Grants Offered

    Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2022 Academic Staff Professional Development Grant program. The program is offered to academic staff members who meet the eligibility requirements and hold at least a 50 percent appointment. Grants are for activities beginning between January 1, 2023, and June 30, 2023. There will be informational sessions offered virtually on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and Wednesday, Sept. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. The deadline to submit completed applications to one’s department chair or unit head is Monday, Oct. 24, 2022.

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  • Student Employment Supervisor Series Begins

    The Student Employment Supervisor Series: Lead, Develop, Grow will begin on September 20, 2022, and will meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. This virtual professional development series engages student employment supervisors across campus to discuss various topics that impact UW‒Madison students and the student employment experience. The series will focus on timely topics that ensure best practices and enhance student employment at UW‒Madison.

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  • Retreat Looks at Reducing Linguistic Bias in Education

    The Teaching Academy will host a hybrid Fall Retreat, with in-person sessions held at Gordon Commons and virtual sessions held via Zoom, on Friday, Sept. 30, 9‒11 a.m. This year’s theme is “Addressing Linguistic Bias to Support All Learners.” The retreat will explore and address linguistic bias to better support learners for whom a language other than English is their first language, as well as learners for whom academic standard varieties of English are not their dominant language. Doors and Zoom open at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and light refreshments will be served at Gordon Commons. Register in advance.

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  • Flu Shots Available on Campus This Fall

    University Health Services flu shot clinics will open on September 13. Everyone should be vaccinated annually. Getting vaccinated helps protect each of us in addition to limiting the spread of influenza. Flu shots are available at no cost through December 8 at multiple campus locations and various times of day. Appointments are encouraged but not required. Employees should bring their insurance card to the clinic for drop-in appointments. Employees without proof of insurance will still receive a flu shot at no cost. To view the list of available dates, times, and locations, and to schedule an appointment, go to uhs.wisc.edu/medical/flu-shots.

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  • University Roundtable Offers Lunchtime Learning

    The University Roundtable will be hosting monthly luncheons featuring speakers from the UW‒Madison community. All programs will be held in Varsity Hall at Union South from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fall sessions are scheduled for October 26, November 16, and December 14. Advance registration for each event is required. The sessions are open to all members of the university community and their guests.

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