Health Plan Dependent Audit – Since the University health plan is self-insured, all employees bear the burden of medical claims incurred by any individual covered by the plan. As part of our ongoing effort to control costs, the University has engaged Willis Towers Watson, a benefits consulting firm, to conduct a dependent eligibility audit to confirm that all dependents currently enrolled in the health plan are eligible for coverage. This step is being taken to eliminate claims costs for ineligible dependents, allowing the University to continue to provide a comprehensive and affordable plan to eligible employees and dependents.
During the third week of January, employees hired prior to Jan. 1, 2011, who currently have dependents enrolled in the health plan, will be receiving correspondence from Willis Towers Watson outlining the dependent audit steps. While providing the dependent documentation may be burdensome for some, it is critical that all impacted employees respond in a timely manner. Identifying ineligible dependents will reduce health plan costs and enable the University to better maintain the benefit levels the plan provides.
You can review the dependent eligibility definitions and documentation requirements at http://hr.ua.edu/benefits-eligibility-details#1.
Teachers Retirement System News
- For articles about RSA’s low investment cost and how to feather your retirement nest, read the January Advisor.
- Register now for a Retirement Preparation Seminar Tier 1 only. Dates have been released for 2017.
- For members not eligible for a Retirement Preparation Seminar, register for a Mid-Career Seminar called “Control Your Money Game.”
- The Regular Session starts on February 7. Stay abreast of bills affecting your retirement and healthcare benefits at the Alabama Legislature website and RSA Legislation webpage.
- Plan a spring getaway or a weekend around Valentine’s Day at the RSA hotel member discount webpage.
FLSA Implementation UPDATE – As a result of the Nov. 22 injunction that temporarily delayed implementation of the 2016 FLSA regulations, UA employees identified as Professional Nonexempt will not begin tracking their time on Thursday, Dec. 1. Human Resources will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate with employees and their supervisors when the issue is resolved. If you have questions, please contact the HR Service Center
Voluntary Self-Identification of Protected Veterans form – The Office of Human Resources annually files the Vets100 report to the United States Department of Labor, which details a count of the University’s employees who are identified as protected veterans. In order to capture this information in Banner, the University invites employees who believe they are protected veterans to identify themselves by completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Protected Veterans form. Completion of this form, which is completely voluntary, will allow UA to capture employees’ status as a veteran so that reports to federal agencies are accurate. The form is available on the Employee tab in MyBama under Employee Services. If you have questions, please contact Amy Heatherly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 348-6081.
The University of Alabama Acts Of Kindness Employee Relief Fund is available to provide appropriate relief to eligible faculty and staff of the University of Alabama who experience a qualifying event or emergency. Applicants of the Fund must have a documented event or emergency situation that has caused a financial hardship. To begin the application process, an employee must contact Angie Dickey in the Department of Human Resources at 348-6690 or email@example.com.