It is with great sadness that we inform the UNT World of the passing of Gary Finney. Gary had been a valued member of our Human Resources team since 2013 and will be deeply missed. Please keep Gary’s family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.
A UNT Dallas scholarship fund will be created in Gary’s honor. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to contribute to the fund may do so through the UNT Dallas Foundation.
Any colleagues that feel overwhelmed by grief may visit with counselors through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Our free, confidential, EAP is available to help employees at all UNT System locations with family, legal or financial issues, substance abuse or other stressful events. EAP programs are available to retirement-eligible employees, retirees, household members and dependents, and may be accessed at https://hr.untsystem.edu/EAP.
Employees may self-refer to EAP, or managers may refer an employee. EAP consultations (up to six per year per personal session) are free and confidential.
Memorial details for Gary Finney are as follows:
June 19, 2020
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Chamberland Funerals & Cremations
333 West Avenue D
Garland, TX 75040
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
June 20, 2020
First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park
300 East Phillips Street
Richardson, TX 75081
June 20, 2020
Restland Memorial Park
13005 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75243
If you have received an estimate to purchase service credit under TRS, the estimated cost will no longer apply if you do not begin the purchase by September 1, 2020. After that date, the cost to purchase service credit will increase.
TRS members have the option to purchase Service Credit, in addition to earning membership service credit for employment with a TRS-covered employer. Examples of eligible service purchase include:
Withdrawn Service Credit
Withdrawn service credit occurs if you left TRS covered service and withdrew your contributions. Withdrawing contributions cancels all TRS service credit and cancels your membership. To reinstate withdrawn service credit, generally you must resume membership in TRS — have an active account and account balance with TRS — and pay all costs for the withdrawn service credit to TRS.
Unreported service is service that should have been reported to TRS but was not reported at the time the service was rendered. This includes service that would not be eligible by itself but becomes eligible when combined with eligible service performed for another TRS-covered employer during the same school year. Service on or after Sept. 1, 2011, must be verified within five years after the end of the school year in which the unreported service and/or substitute service was rendered and/or the compensation was paid. Unreported service prior to September 2, 2011 is not eligible.
Out-of-State Service Credit
If you have out-of-state service in a public school system or college and you have at least five years of TRS membership service credit, you may be eligible to purchase out-of-state service credit.
You may purchase one year of eligible out-of-state service credit for each year of service credit with a TRS-covered employer, up to a maximum of 15 years.
Military Service Credit
If you have at least five years of TRS membership service credit for actual service with a TRS-covered employer, you may purchase up to five years of service credit for active duty federal military service in the U.S. armed forces. Both voluntary and draft service is eligible. Service as a reservist or member of the National Guard who was ordered to active duty under the authority of federal law is also considered eligible military service.
For more service credit options, cost, rules and more, see TRS Service Credit Brochure (pdf).
Effective September 1, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas will begin managing your mental health and substance use benefits for HealthSelect participants, replacing Magellan Healthcare. With this transition, your benefit deductibles, copays and coinsurance will not change. Most providers who are in-network with Magellan will also be in the HealthSelect plan. If your current provider is not, a separate letter will be mailed to you in early July with additional provider options.
For additional information regarding this change, including Frequently Asked Questions, visit the “Mental Health” page under the “Medical Benefits” tab at BCBSTX. New insurance cards will arrive during the month of August. If you have any questions or need assistance regarding mental health, call the BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant at 800-252-8039, Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday between 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Marisa Clabby, human resources business manager at UNT System, has been selected to participate in the 2020-21 College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Wildfire program, a 12-month leadership development experience designed for early-career higher education human resources professionals. Clabby is one of 12 chosen for the honor. Clabby and the other program participants will have the opportunity to develop their professional skills through tailored learning experiences including mentorship, learning events and courses, and the completion of a year-end project highlighting the insights they gain throughout the year.
CUPA-HR’s Wildfire program is made possible in part thanks to support from HigherEdJobs. This year’s program received more than 120 applications; participants were selected based on their HR strengths and areas for development identified on the program application as well as their interest in and commitment to the program.
Yes! Benefits-eligible employees will automatically receive a $5,000 basic life insurance policy when they enroll in the medical plan. Employees can elect additional optional life insurance coverage up to 4 times their base annual salary, to a maximum of $400,000, whichever is less. Employees have the option to elect Dependent Life Insurance, which will provide each covered individual with a $5,000 life insurance policy.
Employees can elect coverage during Summer Enrollment or when they experience a mid-year Qualifying Life Event.
During Summer Enrollment, you may apply for Optional Term Life and/or Dependent Term Life by electing the benefit and providing evidence of insurability (EOI).
EOI is a simple process of confirming for the insurance company that you are in good health. After applying for coverage online, you will be sent a form to complete.
For further information about the life insurance program as well as tools like a video and calculator, visit LifeBenefits.com/plandesign/ers
Individuals enrolled in TexFlex Health Care or Limited FSA must use their 2020 funds no later than 08/31/2020 if they do not plan to re-enroll in these benefits during Summer Enrollment. For those who plan to re-enroll in TexFlex Health Care or Limited FSA, you may carry over up to $500 into the 2021 plan year.
Employees enrolled in TexFlex Dependent Care are eligible for a grace period. This means that employees have an additional 2 ½ months to incur eligible expenses and use their 2020 DCRA funds remaining in their account. Claims for expenses uncured during the grace period must be submitted no later than 11/15/2020 otherwise, your funds will be forfeited.
As a reminder, ALL TexFlex benefits are a use-it or lose-it benefit. This means that any funds not used will be forfeited, so you want to make sure that you use all your funds before the end of the plan year or end of the grace period.
UNT World Employees:
As departments begin to resume on-campus operations and prepare for the return of employees to the workplace, we expect that some individuals will have requests for leave or other needs related to COVID-19, particularly those who are considered high risk as defined by the CDC.
All requests for temporary work environment or job modifications for employees in a high risk category as defined by the CDC must be facilitated through Human Resources.
Upon receipt of the required forms, Human Resources will facilitate the request with the employee and supervisor to determine appropriate temporary modifications to enable the employee to complete the essential functions of the job while also minimizing the direct threat of contracting the COVID-19 virus in the workplace.
Please note, this process excludes those employees who are seeking reasonable accommodations due to a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All disability accommodation requests will continue to follow the normal procedures.
Please contact your Campus HR office with any questions related to employee leave, the high-risk temporary modification request or disability accommodation processes.
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Most insurance companies and group health plans must provide participating members with easy-to-read summaries of common services that are covered—and some that aren’t—by the health insurance plans. It’s the law. These documents are meant to help us compare the features of different plans and can help with decisions about which health plan to choose. The Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) also has information about what we can expect to pay, if anything, for medical services and prescription drugs. Each of our health plans has an SBC on the ERS website. Consider reviewing the SBC for your health plan before Summer Enrollment.
When signing up for health insurance, a lot of us are familiar with the most common types of plans: preferred provider organizations (PPOs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). But HealthSelect of Texas is a point-of-service plan, what’s the difference?
The HealthSelect of Texas (in state) plan is a statewide point-of-service plan. A point-of-service plan provides both in-network and out-of-network benefits, but requires the designation of a primary care physician (PCP) and referrals to see specialists. In other words, your PCP should be your primary point of service for getting the care you need. Your PCP is responsible for helping direct you to the appropriate specialists for treatment and obtaining referrals for you to see those specialists. HealthSelect of Texas participants pay less out of pocket if they designate an in-network PCP and get referrals from that PCP if they need to see a specialist, such as a dermatologist or cardiologist. Using a PCP to help decide the most appropriate care helps keep plan costs in check while ensuring members get the care they need.
The Consumer Directed HealthSelect plan is a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) with a health savings account (HSA) and PPO network. This plan is available to people not enrolled in Medicare. The PPO network means that participants have both in-network and out-of-network benefits, but don’t have to designate a PCP or get referrals to see specialists. However, there is a high deductible that must be met each calendar year before the plan will begin to pay for any covered health services (other than preventive care) and prescription drugs. To help offset the cost of the high deductible, the University contributes funds to a HSA, which can be used to pay for qualified medical expenses.
The HealthSelect Out-of-State plan is a PPO that provides coverage outside Texas. This plan is available only to active employees, retirees not enrolled in Medicare and their eligible dependents living or working outside Texas. As a PPO, this plan offers both in-network and out-of-network benefits, but does not require a PCP or referrals to see specialists.
Human Resources continues to enhance the PeopleAdmin System, and will soon launch a new module, “Performance Management,” to allow for electronic processing of staff performance evaluations. Faculty evaluations will be processed using established campus processes. UNT Dallas and UNT System Administration will launch their staff performance evaluation programs on June 1, followed by HSC on July 6. UNT will initiate their annual staff performance evaluation program later this year. The UNT Campus HR team will communicate once a timeline is established.
Employees and supervisors can access the performance management system via the employee portal: https://my.untsystem.edu; navigate to the PeopleAdmin section and select the link for Performance Management.
Benefits of the new Performance module include:
• Transitioning to an electronic performance management system that provides automatic notifications and management of program steps
• Creating a more efficient and less manual evaluation process
• Improving employee and supervisor experiences in the evaluation process
• Maintaining a central location for storage of employee goals, position responsibilities, performance notes and evaluation results
Training for each of the UNT World organizations will be scheduled through UNT World Learning.
Email HRcomp@untsystem.edu with any questions.