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Performance appraisals begin

The 2018 performance appraisal system will be available starting Jan. 23 for managers and employees to begin the annual evaluation. Completed appraisals are due March 30. For more information and to get started, review the Performance Management Overview. Employee development resources are available in ConnectingU on the HR Atlas under Employee Relations & Performance.

Retirement guidance

Representatives from TIAA, the administrative service provider for the University of Delaware Retirement Program, will be available to meet with employees and answer questions Jan. 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Perkins Student Center concourse. No appointment is necessary. Learn more about the retirement program transition on the webpage.

Aetna lab changes for 2018

Aetna has extended lab coverage services to include LabCorp (in addition to Quest Diagnostics) for State of Delaware Group Health Insurance Plan participants. This will allow University of Delaware employees carrying Aetna HMO and CDH Gold plans the option to choose either provider for lab services. (LabCorp continues to be the only preferred lab for Highmark Delaware.) Learn more about UD health care plans.

Weather closings

When severe weather strikes the area, UD employees have several options to find out if the University will be closed, open late or close early. Please remember that safety is UD's highest priority, and no one should put themselves at risk. Employees who expect difficulty traveling should contact their supervisors. Visit UDaily for more details.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) deadline

For employees enrolled in a 2017 FSA through ASIFlex, there is a grace period that allows you to continue incurring expenses into 2018; that period ends March 15. Participants must file any outstanding claims for reimbursement by May 1. Any remaining unused balance from the 2017 plan year will be forfeited at the end of the grace period, per IRS regulations. Learn more about FSAs including eligible expenses and how to submit a claim.


UDeserve It

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond in their position and made a real difference at UD? Show your support and recognize their superior performance, outstanding contributions or innovative ideas--nominate them for a UDeserve It employee award. This quarter’s nominations are due March 15. View criteria and access a nomination form.

Reach your wellness goals

A new year means new potential. In the month of resolutions, let the Employee Health and Wellbeing team help you focus on a healthy goal. The team can work with you to think beyond weight loss and apply a holistic approach. Learn more on the web or by emailing for information.

Employee assistance program

UD offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide work-life services to employees and dependents enrolled in a non-Medicare state of Delaware health insurance plan. Health Advocate (previously called Human Management Services) is the selected provider, offering numerous free resources. Access the January newsletter to read “18 Tips to Improve Your Well-being in 2018”; view a free webinar for maintaining financial wellness; and find information for Cervical Health Awareness Month. Learn more about the EAP and Health Advocate. (Enter “State of Delaware” on the HMS home page to log in.)

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In keeping with the University of Delaware's commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus, Human Resources works in close collaboration with the Vice Provost for Diversity and the Office of Equity and Inclusion to ensure our services meet the needs of our diverse community.

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