For Your Benefit – Fall 2020
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In the Fall 2020 Issue:
Dear UT System Employees
Greetings from UT System Human Resources! We are excited about this issue of For Your Benefit, which promises to provide you timely information regarding open enrollment, any potential changes in our healthcare benefit plan offerings and general updates from the UT System.
Annual Enrollment 2020-2021
Each year, annual enrollment is your chance to choose benefits or make benefit changes that will be effective the following Jan. 1. The annual enrollment period for state and higher education employees is Oct. 1 – Oct. 16. Even if you don’t make changes during annual enrollment, it’s good to review your enrollment selections each year.
UTC Safety and Wellbeing Resources
Since the start of 2020, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has ramped up resources to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the campus community. The UTC CARE (Case Assessment, Review and Evaluation) Team has become a vital resource, acting as a liaison between students in need and the campus services available to them, especially during this unique start to the fall semester.
UTHSC Hosts Community Dialogue on Structural Racism
In June 2020, the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center hosted a free, virtual community dialogue titled, “Why Aren’t We All Mad? A Dialogue on Racism in the Health Care System.”
More than 400 people joined Zoom for the dialogue to better understand the role of the college to make necessary changes to improve a system of structural racism that has created inequities in health care.
UT Martin Continues to Make Campus Safe and Inclusive
From the renewed fight against racism to a worldwide pandemic threatening the health and welfare of people everywhere, UT Martin has continued to serve its students, faculty, staff and community through its dedication to safety and inclusion.
Compassion, Flexibility, and Creativity During a Pandemic
Compassion. Flexibility. Creativity. Those are the three principles UT Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman has used to lead the university during the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when everyone is under additional stress and uncertainly, providing resources to help faculty and staff cope during the pandemic is especially important.
A Place Where All Can Thrive
UT’s Institute for Public Service realizes its unique role in serving Tennesseans, and it is committed to doing so despite the many challenges the country is facing.
With increasing racial tensions, IPS Vice President Herb Byrd III reminded employees of their role in promoting diversity throughout the Institute as well as the state.
UTIA Takes Action Against Racism Through New Council and Director Position
The UT Institute of Agriculture is committed to a unified, integrated approach to enhancing diversity and inclusion throughout the institute. As a result, a new UTIA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council has been formed that will include representation from all departments and units.
EOD / Human Resources Spotlight
The UT System Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) Office advances the mission of the UT System by providing employees with the resources for professional and personal development.
The UT System Human Resources Office works to ensure compliance with federal, state and University labor standards and policies.