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April 15, 2020

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Benefits open enrollment: May 4-20

The 2020 flexible benefits open enrollment period begins May 4 and runs through May 20. During this time, benefit-eligible employees may review or change their benefits online, including adding or removing dependents, changing coverage for health, dental or vision insurance, or changing to a different level of disability and/or life insurance. Learn more.

Responding to COVID-19

University officials continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus situation and are providing daily updates on the website about its current status and the impact on the UD community. The site also has the latest faculty and staff FAQs with guidance on healthcare coverage, pay protocol, child-care provisions and remote working.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting new and unique challenges in work and life that may cause added anxiety and stress. This employee resource PDF provides benefits, resources, and tools to support your mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time.

Resources to support Delaware’s children, teachers, families and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has sparked much conversation throughout the world and has created opportunities for schools, teachers and families to respond in meaningful ways. A group of UD faculty members have compiled and vetted a list of external resources for teachers, schools and families to help facilitate these conversations to ensure the science is not lost in translation. Learn more.

Performance appraisals

The deadline for faculty and staff performance appraisals is April 30. For more information and to get started, review the instructions and forms on the Talent Development web page, and talent development resources are available in ConnectingU on the HR ATLAS tab under Performance.


ASI Flex expands over-the-counter coverage

The CARES Act permanently reinstated coverage of over-the-counter drugs and medicines without a prescription. The change is effective for expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2020. Learn more.

TIAA counseling sessions

Our on-campus TIAA representatives have gone virtual to suit your needs. Access virtual counseling by phone or on any device, and get advice and education about your retirement savings, managing debt and your investment strategy. Both are highly secure and private. Take advantage and schedule a virtual counseling session today.


Telemedicine is available to active faculty and staff enrolled in the Highmark and Aetna health plans. Physician consultations are performed via telephone or online for non-emergency medical issues. For more information, visit Highmark (Amwell and Doctor on Demand) or Aetna (Teledoc).

Talent development

New professional learning opportunities are now available. Virtual learning resources cover topics like management and supervision, professional effectiveness, technology and conducting UD business. Also, the Career Influencer Program is a new six-module certificate program offered through ConnectingU. Faculty and staff will be equipped with tools to support students’ career readiness and will become part of a community of career influencers across campus. Learn more about the Career Counseling Influencer Certificate.

Coming Soon: new time and attendance system

In October 2019, the University of Delaware contracted with WorkForce Software to upgrade the current time and attendance System, UDTime. Set for launch on Aug. 2, 2020, UD WorkForce will provide University employees with a better user experience and introduce system enhancements and new features. The Payroll Office is working with stakeholders across campus to gather valuable input during the system rollout. Learn more.

New 2020 Form W-4

Payroll has recently implemented an electronic version of the new IRS 2020 Form W-4. Learn More.


Employee Health and Wellbeing

A variety of virtual health programs are now available through Employee Health and Wellbeing, including a three-part series on financial wellbeing April 15 through April 29. The sessions will be moderated by Garry Johnson, Founder of KnowCapp, and will feature community experts on personal finance, retirement, budgeting and investing. Register for one or more sessions.

Nutrition and fitness

Scroll through the Employee Health and Wellbeing Physical Wellbeing page to learn new recipes and workouts, tips and resources for healthy eating and exercising. Subscribe to the mailing list to stay in the know on new content.

Diversity & Inclusion education and resources

The Office of Equity & Inclusion is providing a number of professional development and personal resources to support your work-from-home experience. Also, join OEI via Zoom every Tuesday at noon for TED Talk Tuesdays, exploring innovative diversity, equity, and inclusion ideas. All TED discussions are available on the Talent Development webpage. Subscribe to the OEI newsletter to receive regular updates on diversity and inclusion resources and events.

Football season ticket discounts

Delaware Football season tickets for the 2020 season are on sale now. UD faculty and staff members can get a 20% discount on any bleacher seats, with discounted sideline tickets for the season by using code UDSTAFF20. Family Packs are also available, with General Admission season tickets just $54 per ticket when you purchase four or more (Family Pack price increases on May 1).

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