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Employee News

May 12, 2021

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Gradual Reopening Includes Select Campus Facilities

Some UW–Madison facilities are reopening on a limited basis, with new safety requirements such as masking and physical distancing in place. Facilities that are now open in a limited capacity, by reservation/appointment, include Allen Centennial Garden and Memorial Library. The Chazen Museum of Art will reopen to the public with limited hours on July 14. In addition, all child care facilities on campus are now open, including Eagle’s Wing, UW Child Development Lab, Waisman Early Childhood Program, and Little Chicks Learning Academy. Per campus guidelines, all visitors, students and employees at all campus locations must wear masks or face coverings and practice physical distancing of 6 feet.

The reopening of these facilities is part of a plan known as "Smart Restart," aimed at fully reopening campus for a hybrid of face-to-face and remote instruction beginning on Sept. 2. The gradual reopening process is being coordinated by campus leaders and public health experts. All UW employees should wait for instructions from their dean, director or supervisor before reporting back to campus. Information about the Smart Restart plan is available online at smartrestart.wisc.edu.
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Flexibility Added to FSA and Dependent Child Care Accounts

UW–Madison employees who are currently enrolled in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Dependent Day Care Account now have the flexibility to make a mid-year change to either of these accounts without a qualifying life event (such as marriage or birth of a child). From July 1, 2020, until August 31, 2020, employees have a one-time opportunity to increase or decrease their annual contribution to an existing FSA or Dependent Day Care Account. Employees who wish to make a mid-year change must complete an Election Request Form. In addition, the amount employees may carry over for healthcare FSA has increased by $50 effective January 1, 2021. Employees may now carry over up to $550 from the 2020 plan year to the 2021 plan year. These changes were made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Support for Working Remotely

Instructors can take advantage of a variety of professional development opportunities to enhance their remote teaching this summer. These include a weeklong essentials bootcamp, TeachOnline@UW, self-guided materials, and support for recording lectures.
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