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July 15, 2019

Human Resources News & Information

News you need

Changes to 403(b) Retirement Plan vesting

The University of Delaware is offering immediate vesting upon employment for eligible participants in the 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan. Full-time, benefited, 403(b) match-eligible employees not covered by the Delaware State Employees’ Pension Plan are able to participate. This change will apply retroactively to Jan. 1, 2018. This means that all faculty and staff at the University will now be fully vested in their employer matching contributions at all times. Learn more about the University of Delaware 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan.

Vision network expands

National Vision Administrators’ network is expanding. Faculty and staff enrolled in the NVA vision plan will now be able to use their benefit at Pearle Vision, Sears Optical and Target Optical, in addition to the existing locations. Learn more.

Expanded infertility coverage

The State Employee Benefits Committee (SEBC) voted to expand fertility care to the University’s state-sponsored medical benefits. Employees enrolled in the Highmark and Aetna plans can begin to utilize the expanded benefits effective Aug. 1, 2019. These include an increased lifetime maximum benefit, copays and coinsurance aligned with the plan in which the participant is enrolled and an increase in the maximum age to utilize fertility benefits, plus many other enhancements. Read the Frequently Asked Questions on the Statewide Benefits Office website to learn more.


SurgeryPlus, a new, no-cost benefit, is now available to employees, non-Medicare retirees and their covered spouses and dependent children enrolled in an Aetna or Highmark Delaware non-Medicare health plan. SurgeryPlus will provide members with access to a premier network of high-performing surgeons for a wide variety of pre-planned, non-emergency surgical procedures, an advocate and financial incentives. Employees will receive welcome packets and cards at their home address. Lean more.


Featured jobs for UD employees

View this month’s featured jobs on the “Current Opportunities for UD Employees” area of the HR Careers site:

Talent development

Class offerings

To register for a class, click on the links below and choose the session that best fits your schedule.

  • Certificate Programs provide learning paths based on varied roles within the University and include management, financials and HR activities. Participants who complete all the courses will receive a certificate.
    • Complete the three Management Essentials Certificate in-person courses in one day at UD’s Lewes campus. This special session runs on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Join HR and your fellow employees on Aug. 13 for the TED Talk “Forget the Pecking Order at Work.” TED Talk Tuesdays provide opportunities each month to gather, watch and discuss a TED talk on a workplace topic. Seats also remain for the July 23 session, “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers.”
  • Explore time management strategies including tips for setting priorities, organizing information and managing your energy for peak productivity. Seats remain for the July 31 session.

UD Accessibility initiative

The UD Accessibility initiative continues with training opportunities this summer. The initiative, as part of the University’s commitment to inclusive excellence, is helping make the UD experience accessible to all students, faculty and staff and the broader community. HR will be scheduling the following instructor-led training in July and August:

Online training is also available through Access University.


Employee Health and Wellbeing all-access membership

Registration is open for the Employee Health and Wellbeing all-access membership, which includes a full year of employee fitness classes plus well-being and lifestyle improvement programs and competitions. Purchase an all-access membership.

Employee Assistance Program

Visit this month’s Health Advocate member newsletter for helpful tips including common sense rules for summer fun, how to protect yourself from the sun and ways to address substance abuse in the family.

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.

This message has been approved by Wayne Guthrie, Vice President for Human Resources