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February 8, 2023

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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 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
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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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