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Human Resources News & Information

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Performance appraisals due

Completed performance appraisals are due March 31. For more information, review the Performance Management Overview. Employee development resources are available in ConnectingU on the HR Atlas under Employee Relations & Performance.

Changes to UD retirement criteria

Effective July 1, 2021, the University of Delaware retirement eligibility criteria will change. The new criteria, known as the Rule of 80, require that age and service years combined must equal 80 for employees to be eligible for the University’s retirement benefits. Minimum age and service criteria apply and are detailed on the Retirement page of the HR website. Faculty and staff impacted by this change have received communication from Human Resources. Information sessions will be held March 19-21. Learn more.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) deadline today

For employees enrolled in a 2017 FSA through ASIFlex, today marks the end of the grace period to continue incurring expenses. 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.

Resources for search committees

Search committees play a vital role in evaluating and recommending the most qualified candidates for employment by the University. Committee members are often the first employees that a candidate will meet. Each has an opportunity to represent UD as a diverse and welcoming community while carrying out the search in accordance with University procedures. All staff search participants should review the online Search Committee Training. The UD ADVANCE Institute offers resources and workshops specifically for faculty hiring committees. Both HR and UD ADVANCE are available for consultation, to answer questions and offer recommendations.


FMLA compliance

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave for recovery of a personal illness and to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition. For more information about FMLA visit the Time Away From Work web page or contact your office’s HR partner.


Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Save the date: UD will celebrate the 25th-year anniversary of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day program on Thursday, April 26. This year’s national theme is Service Force: Agents of Positive Change! Registration will become available in early April.

Employee Assistance Program

Visit this month’s Health Advocate Member newsletter for helpful articles including “How to keep safe from medical mistakes”; “Healthy food, healthy you!”; and “Overcome burnout.”

Learning Opportunities

Leveraging equity and diversity

The Office of Equity and Inclusion offers a LEAD (Leveraging Equity and Diversity) Ally Certificate. Upon completing the three-part workshop series you will become a diversity ally and a part of the diversity network, enhance your professional development, and broaden your holistic view and understanding of multiculturalism. Register on ConnectingU.

Certificate programs

HR now offers two certificate of completion programs: Management Essentials and UD Financials. So far, over 100 employees have enrolled in a program. Register by logging into ConnectingU and clicking on Certificate Programs.


The Appendix of Training Learning and Systems (ATLAS) is your resource for many HR-related activities. To access the ATLAS, log into ConnectingU and click on the HR ATLAS tab. You can find documentation, job aids and training about activities ranging from onboarding to retirement. If you can’t find what you need or would like to request custom training for you unit, send an email to

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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.

This message has been approved by Darcell Griffith, interim chief human resources officer

March 15, 2018