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May 16, 2018

Human Resources News & Information

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Benefits & Wellness Fair - today

The Benefits & Wellness Fair is being held today from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Trabant University Center. Benefits providers and health agencies will be on site to share information, and Employee Health & Wellbeing will provide free biometric health screenings and other wellness assessments. Register for your screenings at

Benefits open enrollment underway

The 2018 flexible benefits open enrollment period is underway through May 25. 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.

Georgetown and Lewes enrollment sessions

On May 23, HR staff will be at UD’s Georgetown campus (9 a.m.-noon) and Lewes campus (1-4 p.m.) to discuss the 2018 benefits open enrollment. Representatives from TIAA will also be available for individual counseling sessions. Learn more.

Save the date: Employee Appreciation Week June 4-8

Join your fellow UD employees in a week of celebration for all our individual and collective achievements! Employee Appreciation Week will kick off with the UDid It Picnic on Monday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on The Green. Alan Brangman, executive vice president and University treasurer, will give a presentation on Wednesday, June 6 at 2 p.m., location to be determined, on his experiences related to leadership and management, and initiatives to assist and engage UD employees. The event launches HR's new speaker series, which will give employees the opportunity to hear from internal and external experts on key topics including management, organizational psychology, emotional intelligence, diversity and more.

The weeklong employee celebration will also include Self Care Day, Movie Night on The Green, Spirit Day, and a night at the Blue Rocks game. Access the Employee Appreciation Week schedule.

Update your 403(b) contribution by July 1

The University’s 403(b) match rates are changing effective July 1, 2018. Employees who are eligible for UD matching contributions must now contribute 5 percent in order to receive UD’s match of 11 percent. Contributions can be changed today or future-dated for July 1. For employees who continue to contribute 4 percent, the UD match will decrease to 8 percent. To change or view your current contribution amount, login to your account, and select My Account -> Actions -> Change your contribution -> Manage my contributions.


HR mission & values

Human Resources aims to promote excellence, integrity and knowledge through delivery of our services to the University of Delaware. This enables us to attract, develop, reward and engage the institution’s most valuable asset—its people. To guide our work, we have developed four core values: Competence, Customer focus, Communication and Respect. Details are posted on our website.


Parental leave policy update

The UD Parental Leave Policy has been updated to include a new certification requirement. An employee seeking parental leave for pregnancy-related conditions or bonding leave after childbirth, adoption or foster care placement must submit certification substantiating the need. The policy applies to all benefited employees and runs concurrently with FMLA leave, where applicable. Review the policy.

Mental Health Month

May is national Mental Health Month, and Employee Health & Wellbeing is spotlighting it with a series of weekly emails and web content on topics including stress, burnout, and work-life balance. Each area will include resources and tips for self-care. Visit

Employee Assistance Program

Visit this month’s Health Advocate Member newsletter for helpful articles including information on managing stress, avoiding costly medical bills and strengthening families.

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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