News for Employees
Re-Enroll to Continue Certain Benefits in 2020
The Annual Benefits Enrollment period is currently underway and will end on October 25, 2019. Even if you do not want to make any changes in your benefits elections for 2020, some plans require that you enroll each year to continue your participation. Be sure to enroll if you wish to participate in the Flexible Savings Account (FSA) in 2020, including Health Care FSA, Limited Purpose FSA, and Dependent Day Care FSA. You must enroll in a Health Savings Account (HSA) each year if you choose a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). If you wish to decline health insurance, you must opt out every year to participate in the State Group Health Insurance Opt-Out Incentive Plan. Visit www.wisconsin.edu/abe for details, or watch a recorded benefits seminar at benefits.wisc.edu/2020.
Registration for Wellness Symposium Closes Friday
The registration deadline is this Friday, Oct. 11 for the UW–Madison Wellness Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at Union South. At this event, employees can explore different aspects of well-being at work, find tools and resources for stress management and resilience, define their wellness goals, and connect with others who are interested in wellness. Free, 30-minute credit report reviews will be available by appointment. Attendees can come and go throughout the day. The $35 registration fee for UW–Madison faculty and staff includes breakout sessions, the keynote presentation, and lunch. For details, visit hr.wisc.edu/wellness-symposium.
Workplace Workouts Offer Lunchtime Fitness
Recreation & Wellbeing (Rec Well) is offering 45-minute lunchtime workout classes to UW–Madison employees. Classes meet once a week for seven weeks at Memorial Union, Union South, and the Space Science and Engineering Center. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome, and you do not need to be a Rec Well member to participate. There is a $35 fee for each class series. Registration is now open for sessions starting at the end of October.
Upcoming Fair Serves Those Involved in Research
The Researcher Regulatory Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Union South. The fair will bring together a number of campus departments that help researchers navigate regulatory and compliance issues. Anyone involved in research, including faculty, post-docs, graduate students and administrators, is welcome to attend. Free refreshments will be available, and Bucky Badger is scheduled to appear. Advance registration is not required.
Employee Benefits and Resource Fair Helps You Understand Your Options
The Employee Benefits and Resource Fair will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at Union South. All UW–Madison employees are encouraged to attend. You can attend a seminar to learn about your benefits options for 2020 and meet with benefits representatives. Get help enrolling in benefits using Self Service (eBenefits). A variety of campus resources will be featured at the event, and presentations on personal finance and retirement topics will be offered. On-site flu shots will also be available for UW–Madison employees; remember to bring your insurance card. The event is free and on a drop-in basis, so you may come and go throughout the day as your schedule permits. No leave needs to be taken to attend this event.
TTC Project to Host Open Q&A Sessions
The Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Team is holding open question-and-answer sessions at the Employee Benefits and Resource Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 8. TTC representatives will be available in the Marquee Theater on the second floor of Union South from 11 a.m. to noon and 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Employees are invited to drop in and get answers to their questions regarding the TTC project. TTC is a campus-wide initiative to attract, reward and retain university employees by creating a market-informed pay and benefits structure. To learn more about the TTC project, visit go.wisc.edu/ttcproject.
Weekly Labs Help Instructors Enhance Learning
At weekly Active Teaching Labs, instructors discover ways to integrate learning technologies, share research-infused techniques, and discuss topics such as learning analytics and incorporating the Wisconsin Experience into courses. Labs are held on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. The labs are provided by DoIT Academic Technology.
Wisconsin Union Dining Options Now Available through Grubhub
The campus community and visitors can now order many Wisconsin Union food and beverages, including Strada, Sett Pub and Rathskeller menu items, for pick-up or delivery through Grubhub. The Wisconsin Union’s previous order-ahead and delivery vendor, called Tapingo, has been acquired by Grubhub. Effective immediately, Wisconsin Union dining options are available through the Grubhub website and app.
Annual Benefits Enrollment Period Begins Next Week
The Annual Benefits Enrollment period is September 30–October 25, 2019. 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 each year. Learn about your benefits options for 2020 at upcoming seminars on October 2, 3, 7 and 8. Also, mark your calendar for the Employee Benefits and Resource Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at Union South. At the fair, you can attend a benefits seminar, meet with benefits representatives, and get help enrolling in benefits. Advance registration is not required to attend these events, and no leave needs to be taken. Review your current benefits elections in MyUW. Visit benefits.wisc.edu/2020 for more information.
Leadership Conference Invites Session Proposals
The Leadership and Management Development Conference is designed to help faculty, staff, and community members develop the skills they need to lead and manage more effectively, whether they are in formal positions of leadership or not. Those who wish to present at the conference are invited to submit session proposals by Friday, Oct. 4. Registration is also open for the conference, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. at Union South. The $125 attendance fee includes workshops, the keynote session, and lunch. Presenters who are selected will receive free registration for the conference.