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Jan. 15, 2020

Human Resources News & Information

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Increased retirement contribution limits for 2020

The Internal Revenue Service increased the contribution limits for the University’s 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan and the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan, effective Jan. 1, 2020. The 2020 contribution limit is $19,500 for each plan, up $500 from 2019. The limit increases to $26,000 if you are age 50 or over by the end of the 2020 calendar year. To review or increase your contribution amount, visit the benefits web page and select “403(b) Retirement Log In” in the Frequent Sites box. Once in your account, select 'actions,' 'contribute' and continue through the prompts.

Performance appraisals

The 2020 performance appraisal cycle will begin Feb. 1. Instructions and forms are available on the Talent Development web page. The annual appraisal covers the period from Feb. 1, 2019 through Jan. 31, 2020. For more information, review the Performance Management Overview. Talent Development resources are available in ConnectingU in the HR ATLAS.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) grace period deadline

For employees enrolled in a 2019 FSA through ASIFlex, there is a grace period that allows you to continue incurring expenses into 2020; that period ends March 15. Participants must file any outstanding claims for reimbursement by April 30. Any remaining unused balance from the 2019 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.

TIAA contract transition seminars

TIAA will host additional group seminars and information desks on Jan. 22 and 23 to discuss the recent retirement program changes. Unable to attend a live session? View the recorded webinar or schedule a one-on-one advice session with an on-campus TIAA consultant to learn more about these important changes. Review the Transition Guide and Frequently Asked Questions for additional details.

UDTime – Amending Timesheets

In early February, Payroll will be streamlining the process for amending employees’ timesheets. Timesheet approvers (supervisors and timekeepers) will be able to directly make adjustments to non-union hourly employee timesheets without having to submit the Amended Timesheet Request Form. More information and training details will be coming soon. Learn more about recent additional process improvements introduced within UDTime.


Featured jobs

View this month’s featured UD jobs on the HR Careers site:


Employee Assistance Program

Visit this month’s Health Advocate Member newsletter for helpful tips including making self-care a priority, easy ways to start the new year right and living life in balance.

Inspiration 'wellinar' series

Employee Health and Wellbeing is offering a series of 'wellinars' (wellness webinars) to help spark personal creativity, excitement and joy. Register for each webinar:

Wellbeing workshop

Employee Health and Wellbeing will host “From Stressed to Thriving: A Mindful Approach to Managing Stress” on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Audion of the Tower at STAR. Participants will learn how to use stress as a positive force and will acquire tools and resources to build resilience and stress management skills. This event is free and open to UD employees, spouses and retirees. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required. Contact Laura Gimbutas, Wellbeing Coordinator, with any questions.

Office of Equity & Inclusion Spring Book Club: “Why They Marched”

OEI's book club, in collaboration with UD’s Our Vote Project, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment by reading "Why They Marched," by Susan Ware. “Why They Marched” is a collection of inspiring stories of the many women who worked tirelessly in communities across the nation, out of the spotlight, to fight for their right to full citizenship. Register online.

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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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