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HR Staff Policy Update Series: Family and Medical Leave Policy

Human Resources has issued the Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) policy to serve as the framework for employees wishing to take a leave of absence for certain qualifying events under the FMLA. This policy provides staff with detailed information about their leave rights, the process for requesting FMLA leave, and the process for returning to work. It also includes the development of new forms that will enable a thorough and timely assessment of FMLA-leave requests. This, coupled with the designation of HR leave coordinators for each campus, will support and streamline the management of FMLA leave for all University staff. If you have any questions, please contact your human resources representative at Coral Gables/RSMAS or the Miller School of Medicine.

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Mind and Matter, FSAP’s Spring Edition eNewsletter, Now Available

The spring edition of Mind and Matter offers valuable information on overcoming procrastination with self-compassion and the mental health benefits of exercise. Mind and Matter is the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program’s quarterly newsletter and features articles on health and well-being, helpful tips on maintaining work-life balance, and other valuable resources such as free wellness seminars for faculty and staff. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter or seminar announcements via email, please visit the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program website or contact Caliope Bootle at cbootle@miami.edu.



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Staff Performance Appraisal Period Now Open

The University of Miami’s Staff Performance Review period is now open for all campuses, including the University of Miami Hospital. Annual staff performance reviews provide supervisors with the ideal opportunity to set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely), developmental, and training goals, clarify job responsibilities, and review performance standards and expectations. It is also important to remember that performance should relate directly to merit increase planning. As you begin the performance review process, please remember to reflect fully on the 2014 calendar year, focusing on key competencies and career objectives, while making note of strengths and opportunities. View key dates and reminders here.





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HR Updates Staff Policies

Human Resources has updated the policies for Employment Separations, Eligibility for Rehire, and Discipline. The Employment Separations Policy outlines the procedures for managing voluntary and involuntary separations, considerations for re-employment at the University, and the payment of accrued vacation balances. The Eligibility for Rehire Policy states that former employees may be considered for re-employment at the University if their last performance appraisal reflected a rating of “Meets Standards/Performance Expectations Met” or higher, and at least 12 months have passed between their date of separation and date of application. The Discipline Policy is a new policy designed to provide guidelines for supervisors needing to address misconduct and/or behaviors that conflict with the University’s Values and Behaviors. If you have any questions, please contact your human resources representative at Coral Gables/RSMAS or the Miller School of Medicine.

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Save More on Prescriptions in 2015

If you are a UM/Aetna member, you can save money and avoid out-of-pocket costs by choosing the right medications in 2015 through two new programs. The Generic Choice Incentive Program encourages you to use generic drugs. Most generics are covered under the UM/Aetna plan with a $10 copay. If you fill a brand name medication when a generic is available, you will pay the copay of either $45 or $75 for the brand name drug, plus the difference in cost between the generic and the brand name. Through Rx Step Therapy you have the option to try lower-cost, but equally effective alternatives to your UM/Aetna-covered medications. If the less expensive medication has not been tried, the plan may not cover the more expensive medication. Click here to learn more about the programs and to view the 2015 Rx list. Now is a great time to talk with your doctor about the best medication choices for you. If you have questions, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or www.miami.edu/benefits/ask.


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