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November 15, 2018

Human Resources News & Information

News you need

Flexible spending account enrollment

Open enrollment for 2019 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) ends Monday, Nov. 19. Eligible employees may set aside pre-tax dollars to cover out-of-pocket health care and day care expenses. Prior participants must re-enroll. Review eligible expenses.

Commuter benefit

The University provides parking on campus for all students, faculty, staff and visitors at rates designed to cover the costs of providing and maintaining parking facilities and operation. As we communicated in July, due to new federal tax laws, employee parking deductions are now withheld on a post-tax basis, rather than pre-tax. The commuter fringe benefit was not impacted by these laws. Employees may still utilize the commuter benefit program to set aside up to $260 per month on a pre-tax basis by enrolling though ASI Flex.

Minimum wage increase

The state of Delaware minimum wage is increasing to $8.75 per hour effective January 1, 2019. Employees under the minimum will automatically be adjusted to the new minimum rate. Departments do not need to complete a JED form. See the State of Delaware website for more information.

W-2 forms now online

Active University of Delaware employees can now access their W-2 forms online any time. Download 2014-2017 W-2 forms via UD Web Views. 2018 forms will be available in January 2019. The payroll department will continue to mail original forms to homes each year. For more information please visit the payroll website.


Retirement workshops and information booth

TIAA will be hosting one-hour retirement workshops on the Newark campus today, Nov. 15. Topics include managing income and debt and retirement planning. TIAA will also host a general information booth for questions and assistance with accounts, no appointment necessary. Learn more and register for a workshop.

United Way employee campaign

The 2018 United Way employee fundraising campaign at the University of Delaware kicks off Monday, Nov. 26, and will run through Friday, Dec. 21. United Way of Delaware (UWDE) supports more than 100 agencies that provide early education success, college readiness and financial stability. Get involved by volunteering or donating directly to UD’s fundraising efforts. Learn more.


New employees are invited to Winterfest, a UD welcome celebration, on Dec. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Trabant University Center Multipurpose Room. Look for an invitation in your inbox with registration details.

Employee Development

Administrative Assistant Conference

Due to popular demand, HR will once again sponsor a one-day conference for UD administrative assistants, on Dec. 10. Topics include communication, customer service, organization and time management. Please register by November 30. Participation is limited to those in administrative assistant roles, by title. There is no cost to attend.

Relocation of employee training classes

Be sure to check the location of the training session you are scheduled to attend. Locations have changed due to the closing of room 261 in the HR building (413 Academy Street.)


UDeserve It

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond in their position and made a real difference at UD? Show your support and recognize their superior performance, outstanding contributions or innovative ideas--nominate them for a UDeserve It employee award. This quarter’s nominations are due December 15. View criteria and access a nomination form.

Employee Assistance Program

Visit this month’s Health Advocate Member newsletter for helpful articles including information on healthy activities, diabetes prevention and anger management.

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