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Weight Watchers at Work Sessions Begin January 12

A new Weight Watchers at Work session will begin on Thursday, January 12 in the Gables One Tower sixth-floor conference room, starting with a 12 p.m. weigh-in, followed by a 12:15 meeting. Meetings held thereafter will take place at noon on Wednesdays at the same location. As part of Well ’Canes, this taxable employee benefit provides first-time attendees with 100 percent reimbursement for complete attendance and continuing participants with 50 percent reimbursement for complete attendance. All members also will receive free eTools vouchers, an online program companion.

The cost is $156 for a 12-week session, or $186 for a 17-week session. Members may pay via cash, check, or credit/debit card and can take advantage of a three-check split payment method. Existing monthly pass or online Weight Watcher members can transfer their memberships by calling 866-204-2885 and telling the operator that he/she is joining an At Work Meeting Series (pre-payment required prior to transfer of membership). Payments will be collected during the first meeting, and pre-registration is not required.

The cornerstone of the Weight Watchers program is nutrition, coupled with exercise advice and an effective behavior modification program, which leads to new eating management skills, safe weight loss, and the ultimate goal of maintenance. For more information, click here or email Sheri Virok.




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Coral Gables Registration Opens for Take Our Children to Work Day

takeourchildrento-workRegistration for the Thursday, February 2 Take Our Children to Work Day on the Coral Gables campus is now open through Friday, January 13, space permitting. The event is offered on a first-come, first-served basis to 100 children, ages 8 to 14. The cost is $10 per child and $10 per parent and must be paid by check. Parents are required to fill out the registration and model release forms and deliver them in a timely fashion to Thierry Bien-Aime at the Patricia L. Frost Building (School of Music, North Wing) 5499 San Amaro Drive, Suite 303, Coral Gables, FL 33146, Locator: 7610. Original forms and payment must be received to be registered for the event; emails will not be accepted. The last day to register your child is January 13.

Planned activities include a look into a variety of career fields at the U, encouraging children to explore new pathways to opportunity and success. Gables campus employees are expected to accompany their children to a luncheon from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Shalala Student Center – Grand Ballroom, where they can enjoy a surprise visit by Sebastian the Ibis and other special guests. At the conclusion of the luncheon, parents will return to their offices while their children participate in career activities.

For more information about the Coral Gables event and volunteer opportunities, contact Lisi Carreno no later than Friday, January 20. Please obtain supervisor approval prior to volunteering for the entire day.

For more information pertaining to the Medical Campus Take Our Children to Work Day registration, contact Cristy Salgado.


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Experience I Am the U, UM’s New Employee Orientation Program, at a Pilot Session This Week

i-am-the-u-name-tags2Current faculty and staff are invited to experience I Am the U, a redesigned global orientation program, at a pilot session this week. Debuting later this month, I am the U will give newly hired faculty and staff an interactive and exciting introduction to the University of Miami’s purpose, history, values, and culture on their first day of work. Hosted by Talent and Organizational Development, the pilot sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, but attendees need not stay the whole day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for the session of your preference by clicking on the dates below.

January 9, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Watsco Fieldhouse

January 11, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Watsco Fieldhouse

January 12, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Watsco Fieldhouse

For any questions or concerns regarding this program please contact iamtheu@miami.edu.

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2016 FLSA Overtime Regulation Changes Put on Hold

A federal court in Texas has issued a temporary injunction of the Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations that were scheduled to go into effect on December 1. While the temporary injunction was issued in Texas, the order applies nationwide. As a result of the court’s order, the changes required by the revised regulations are now on hold.

The University is working on evaluating the temporary injunction in order to determine the impact on the University and previously communicated changes. The University will provide additional information prior to December 1. If you have any questions, please contact Cristina Elgarresta at celgarresta@miami.edu.



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UM Strikes Gold, Recognized for Wellness for Sixth Year In a Row

Fit Friendly Gold

Jessica Hershberger, senior Heart Walk director, presents Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources, with the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Gold Award.

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Miami has been named a Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. “We recognize employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health,” said Jessica Hershberger, senior Heart Walk director with the Miami Heart Walk. “We want to reward organizations for their progressive leadership and concern for their staff.”

The Fit-Friendly Gold Award honors the University for its continued progress in promoting workplace wellness programs and facilities. “Receiving this award gives us something to strive for each year,” said Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources. “It challenges us to continue to raise the bar on our wellness programs.”

The University’s wellness programs include an annual Week of Well-Being; wellness centers on the Coral Gables and Miller School of Medicine campuses; a wellness incentives program in which employees can earn up to $300 cash; Walking ’Canes, Be Smoke Free, and Weight Watchers at Work programs; and free preventive care benefits for faculty and staff who are on a UM health care plan.

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