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Many employees are receiving emails from companies with names like “relaxedretirements.com,” “yourretiring.com” and “appreciationnetwork.com.” These emails indicate that it is time to set up an appointment to discuss your retirement benefits, or that they are available to help “public” employees understand their retirement plans or benefits. IT Compliance has blocked several of these sending companies, yet the emails keep coming with “new” company names (same content).

Beware of attempts to gain financial information via unsolicited emails, texts and phone calls from outside “companies” who offer to meet with you to advise on your retirement plans, accounts or benefits.

Your HR Benefits team is here to help you with your employee benefits, including your retirement plan. Legitimate email regarding your benefits will come from HRBenefits@untsystem.edu or an HR professional with an untsystem.edu email address (that you can verify in Outlook). We are your trustworthy support for help with insurance, retirement and anything employee-benefit related, including voluntary retirement savings plans that are part of your benefit options.

More information can be found here:

If you are in the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and/or participating in a voluntary retirement savings plan, you will often receive email communications from the vendor with whom you have an account and business relationship due to that account. These include AIG, Fidelity, TIAA, Voya and, for the Texa$aver 457 plan, Texa$aver@empower-retirement.com.

If you are in the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) for your retirement, you may receive emails from TRS (TRS@public.govdelivery.com) if you have opted in to receive their news emails.

The recent phishing emails indicate that employees can schedule “one free meeting a year” to discuss:

  • What your expected income will be from TRS when you retire.
  • How much longer you will have to work.
  • How you can save more money for retirement, without affecting your take home pay.
  • Which 401(a) options have guaranteed income when you retire.

Please know that:

  • An outside company unaffiliated with the UNT System’s campuses will only be able to help you with such information if you provide them your personal details, including information about your salary. They don’t have this information, nor do they have access to your job record or your TRS account, unless you give it to them.
  • Your HR Benefits team has access to your employment information and can advise on:
    • What your expected income will be from TRS
    • When you are eligible to retire, and what other benefits you’ll be eligible for (like health insurance)
    • Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans you can participate in as an employee. These are employee benefits available to you that can help you save for retirement and reduce taxes on your pay.
  • Scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated about getting your personal information. Familiarize yourself with these tactics and learn what to watch out for – and please report anything suspicious to ITCompliance@untsystem.edu. Always check the sender’s email address. Communications from legitimate UNT System parties will be from emails with @unt.edu, @unthsc.edu, @untdallas.edu, and @untsystem.edu addresses.

To learn more about your retirement benefits, please email HRBenefits@untsystem.edu. And you can find information on our web page

Ready to retire, or wanting to meet to plan for a future retirement? We’ll be glad to setup a video meeting with you. We are here to help you with all of your employee benefits, including health insurance, optional insurances like dental and vision; your retirement plan, and your voluntary savings plans. Reach out to us for help, and we’ll be glad to meet with you, answer questions, and provide assistance so that you can enjoy your employee benefits. And, we won’t try to sell you anything! We’re your trusted resource – let us help you plan for your future and make the most of your benefits today.

September 29, 2020

UNT World Faculty & Staff:

Thank you for your continued focus on our missions and service to students during the COVID-19 threat. Despite the many challenges the pandemic has posed to our universities, we are fulfilling our important missions to a record number of students this fall and maintaining financial stability.

Communications with UNT World employees has never been more important than today, as we find ourselves working remotely and interacting virtually due to the COVID-19 threat. With that in mind, UNT System Vice Chancellor & Chief Financial Officer Dan Tenney will launch a new virtual event series for faculty and staff across UNT World titled “Ask Me Anything” on October 22 at 2 p.m. The series is intended to cover a variety of financial and other related topics.

The first “Ask Me Anything” discussion will include several panelists with expertise in topics of interest that impact employees across the UNT System.

Full details for this virtual panel discussion are as follows:

WHAT: Ask Me Anything: COVID-19 Safety, Finance, Procurement, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

WHEN: Thursday, October 22, 2-3:30 p.m.

PANELISTS: Dan Tenney, UNT System Vice Chancellor for Finance and CFO (HOST) Steve Maruszewski, UNT System Vice Chancellor for Facilities (TOPIC: COVID-19 Safety) Bob Brown, UNT Executive Vice President & CFO (TOPIC: Finance) Ron Brade, UNT System Chief Procurement Officer (TOPIC: Procurement) Wanda Boyd, UNT System Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (TOPIC: EDI)

PARTICIPATE: A link to participate and watch the discussion live will be shared in the near future. Work- related questions on COVID-19 Safety, Finance, Procurement and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion may be sent to communications@untsystem.edu in advance of the virtual event. Questions will also be accepted in the chat function during the event.

Take a quick break with easy stretching techniques while in the office or at home. Learn more on how to use your workspace for exercising.  

Check out fall seasonal offers and other opportunities to save through the Beneplace Discount Program:

  • View auto and home insurance rates from multiple providers with a Quick Quote comparison
  • Stock up on tech supplies for back to school or your home office
  • Check out online resources for students in grades K-12 from SAS Curriculum Pathways.

Is it a cold, flu or allergies? Learn more about the differences and how they may affect your respiratory system, including how and when to seek treatment. A physician is available 24/7 with virtual visits

There are many conditions and treatments that can compromise your immune system. Learn more with these tips on how to keep your body moving with diet, exercise and eating right to improve your overall well-being. 

We’ve got a variety of financial fitness webinars and videos on the calendar for the last week of September and the month of October.

There’s lots going on this month–it’s a great time to refocus on finances.

World Mental Health Day is Oct. 10, a day dedicated to raising awareness. Explore some great resources here. Employees also have mental health resources via health insurance and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Being outdoors is a great way to set your mood, mind and body. Hiking is a low-impact exercise that you can do with your family and friends while maintaining social distancing. With the fall weather upon us, a change of scenery may be just what the doctor ordered. Grab a backpack and head to your nearest trail. Here are some locations in your own backyard for UNT Campus or Discovery Park.

Learn more about the benefits of hiking.

It’s important more than ever to take care of your mental health, especially during our social isolation over the last few months. You may feel stressed with staying indoors and having less interaction with others.  Learn more about how to keep busy and connected to others with your EAP resources.