Linda Hendricks Harig

The fall semester is in full swing. Open enrollment is underway. And now is a great time to update you on several important topics.

This issue includes a comprehensive summary of health, dental, vision and other benefits that are part of the annual open enrollment and transfer period, which runs through Oct. 14. We also have information about the new overtime regulations taking effect Dec. 1, a new FranklinCovey training opportunity, ideas for recognizing retiring colleagues and much more.

I encourage you to spend a few minutes reading the newsletter and to contact us with feedback or questions at

Linda Hendricks Harig
UT System Vice President for Human Resources

Fall 2016 Issue

Open Enrollment for 2017 Insurance Programs Set for Oct. 3-14

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During the state of Tennessee’s open enrollment period from Oct. 3-14, UT faculty and staff have the opportunity to sign up for or make changes to health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care and optional special accident programs.

What’s Important for 2017:

  • Changes in Premiums, Deductibles, Copays and Coinsurance
  • Combined Medical and Pharmacy Out-of-Pocket Maximums
  • More Health Plans (5 Total) and Insurance Networks (3 Total)
  • Less Health Coaching
  • New Telehealth Option for Virtual Visits
  • New ID Cards
  • New Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse and Employee Assistance Program Vendor
  • New Copay Installment Plan for 90-Day Maintenance Medications

Read our Open Enrollment Guide

Staying or Switching: Feedback about the Low Premium / High Deductible HealthSavings CDHP Introduced in 2016

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Trying to decide if the HealthSavings consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) is the right plan for you? 625 UT employees gave it a try this year, and we asked for their feedback.

Read what UT employees had to say

Update on Overtime Regulations: Changes Take Effect Dec. 1

Over the past several months, campus and institute leaders and human resources departments have been working to implement the U.S. Department of Labor’s changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which take effect Dec. 1.

The changes, announced in May, apply to all private and public employers in the nation. UT staff members who are paid less than $47,476 become non-exempt employees on Dec. 1. The rule change is intended to provide employees with important wage and hour protections.

Read how these changes may affect you

Special Advisor Noma Anderson Talks Diversity and Inclusion

Raised in a small, racially segregated city in the 1950s and 60s, Noma Anderson draws from personal experience, including when she enrolled at a predominately white university in 1966, when talking about the importance of embracing diversity and inclusion

In her new role as special advisor on diversity and inclusion, Anderson is assisting UT President Joe DiPietro on system-wide efforts to enhance diversity among faculty, staff and students and to promote inclusion in UT’s living, learning and working environments.

Read the interview

Celebrating Retiring Co-Workers

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You likely have had a valued co-worker or friend retire and you may have experienced the mixed emotions that accompany such news. On one hand, there’s joy and excitement for your co-workers as they embark on new journeys in their lives. On the other, sadness as your daily interactions and relationships change. But one thing is for certain, we want our retiring co-workers to be celebrated.

Three ideas from recent retirees

UT Road Trip: Quad City

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On any given week, UT Martin hosts a variety of events—performances, sports, lectures, concerts and many more. But one fall event allows guests to experience the full flavor of this friendly fun campus: Quad City.

Quad City occurs every fall in conjunction with homecoming weekend and is a fun event for the whole family. Clubs and organizations set up tents and tables in the University’s quadrangle and offer food, carnival games and gifts to guests. There’s also live music, a petting farm and demonstration areas.

Read about Quad City and see some photos

2017 President’s Awards: New Category Added, Nominations Underway

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While the bar has been set high, we’re excited to begin the nomination process for the 2017 awards program and to announce the addition of a fourth award category. The Support Award recognizes contributions by staff employees in support of UT’s three-part mission to educate, discover and connect. Nominations are due Jan. 4.

Learn more about the President’s Awards

New FranklinCovey Leadership Training Available to All Departments

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Leading at the Speed of Trust focuses on five areas of trust: self, relationship, organizational,
market and societal, and guides participants to an understanding of how these areas impact professional and leadership effectiveness. The course covers valuable information on ways to boost credibility with self and others and teaches participants 13 behaviors to develop to build trust with other people.

More about this training

Annual Reminder: Check the Code and Report Concerns

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Thee code of conduct outlines basic expectations, highlights policy requirements, includes training resources and provides instructions for reporting concerns and violations.

Learn more about the code of conduct and reporting options

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Facts & Figures: Fall 2016

A snapshot of HR activities and priorities in fiscal year 2015.

Download the Infographic