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Jodi Anthony
Benefits Specialist
benefits@uwosh.edu
(920) 424-2070

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Employee Assistance Program
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Workplace Wellness

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Employee Benefits and Insurance

Annual Benefits Enrollment Period
Sept. 28–Oct. 23, 2020
Learn more about Annual Benefits Open Enrollment

COVID-19: Benefit Insurance, FSA, and Incentive Updates

The Group Insurance Board (GIB) approved limited mid-year changes to address the pandemic impact. This includes opportunity to change FSA medical and dependent day care accounts, carryover limit increase, and new health screening options for the StayWell wellness incentive. Find more details here. 

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) has information available regarding common questions during this pandemic time.  You can find many answers to frequently asked questions and resources available via ETF’s website. This includes information on health insurance impacts as well as flex spending account options.

NOTE: New Health Screenings options to earn $150 wellness incentive

Well Wisconsin participants can now complete the health screening requirement with a dental cleaning, one health coaching call with StayWell, or an at-home screening test. These new options are in addition to the biometric health screening or health care provider form. This is intended to help members earn their $150 wellness incentive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees would also still need to complete the health assessment and one StayWell activity via the StayWell portal to receive the incentive.

Family and Medical Leave (FMLA/WFMLA)

Family & Medical leave (Federal and Wisconsin) provides you with the right to take job-protected leave with continued benefits when you need time off from work to care for yourself or a family member who is seriously ill, care for a newborn or newly adopted child, or to care for a family member who is called to active duty in the military.  You can find out the eligibility rules, forms and publications, entitlement period, and substitution of paid leave.

In order to be paid while on FMLA/WFMLA you may use any earned paid leave you have available to you. If you do not have enough earned leave to cover the period, you will need to go without pay. If you go without pay, be sure to work with HR to ensure your payroll and benefits are managed correctly.

W/FMLA Forms and Important Information:

If you require to be off for a period of time to care for a child due to no childcare being available during the time of the COVID pandemic, you may qualify for the Interim FMLA Expansion. More information on the Interim FMLA Expansion can be found here.

Based on the eligibility requirements, if your situation does not qualify you for Federal FMLA and/or WI FMLA, please refer to the Leave of Absence (paid or unpaid) section for more details.

W/FMLA Steps for Employees

  1. Employee requests W/FMLA (Employee Request for Medical Leave) and has their health care provider complete a certification for the medical leave reason (whichever certification form is applicable to the employee’s request). Employee is also responsible for reading over the “Other Responsibilities and Information” sheet that is linked.
  2. Once HR learns of an employee’s request for FMLA, HR will send the employee a notice of their eligibility and rights under FMLA.
  3. Forms are submitted to the Office of Human Resources for determination (HR will reach out to employee if they are missing forms or need additional information). Forms can be submitted in person or:
  4. After all necessary paperwork is received, HR will send the designation notice (approval or denial letter) to the employee and provide the supervisor of notification.
  5. It is the employee’s responsibility to enter in their own leave and indicate “FMLA” in the requester comments section of the absence request.
  6. Return to Work Instructions:
    • An employee who is out for their own serious health condition is required to provide HR and their supervisor with a return to work slip from their health care provider, preferably 2 days before the return date. NO WORK CAN BE DONE UNTIL THIS IS RECEIVED.
    • An evaluation of the restrictions, if any, is required to determine if modifications to the employees duties is possible.

You may set up a benefits one-on-one appointment with Jodi Anthony to answer any questions you may have or feel free to email Jodi at benefits@uwosh.edu or call 920.424.2070.

Leave of Absence (paid or unpaid)

A Leave of Absence (paid or unpaid) may be requested if the reason you need to be off does not qualify you for FMLA/WFMLA or you do not meet the eligibility criteria for FMLA/WFMLA.

A Leave of Absence (LOA) may be requested for the following reasons:

  • Medical (requires physician certification – reference the FMLA/WFMLA certification forms)
  • Educational
  • Exceptional Personal Reasons
  • Maternity, Paternity, or Adoption
  • Filling Another UW Position
  • Other

 

It is important to be specific in providing an explanation for the leave as it will assist with the determination of approval or denial. Note that approval of a leave of absence is not guaranteed.

LOA (paid or unpaid) Steps for Employees

  1. Employee requests (Leave of Absence Request found under General Forms on the HR Forms Page) and has their health care provider complete a certification for the medical leave reason (whichever FMLA certification form is applicable to the employee’s request). Physician certifications should be faxed directly to HR at 920.424.2021.
  2. Employee request should be submitted directly to the supervisor for review and HR should be copied on the request.
  3. Once the signed form is submitted to the Office of Human Resources a review will be conducted (HR will reach out to employee if they are missing forms or need additional information). Completed, and signed forms can be submitted in person or:
    1. Emailed to: benefits@uwosh.edu
    2. Faxed to: 920-424-2021
  4. After all necessary paperwork is received, HR will send the approval or denial letter to the employee and provide the supervisor with notification.   
  5. It is the employee’s responsibility to enter in their own leave and indicate “LOA” in the requester comments section of the absence request.
  6. Return to Work Instructions:
    1. An employee who is out for their own serious health condition is required to provide HR and their supervisor with a return to work slip from their health care provider, preferably 2 days before the return date. NO WORK CAN BE DONE UNTIL THIS IS RECEIVED.
    2. An evaluation of the restrictions, if any, is required to determine if modifications to the employees duties is possible.

You may set up a benefits one-on-one appointment with Jodi Anthony to answer any questions you may have or feel free to email Jodi at benefits@uwosh.edu or call 920.424.2070.

Planning to Retire or Resign?

If you are retiring or resigning, it is important that you share your retirement or resignation letter to your supervisor and copy Human Resources (hroffice@uwosh.edu) prior to your departure. The sooner we know, the more we are able to ensure your payroll and benefits are processed correctly.

When writing your letter, be sure to indicate whether you are retiring or resigning (mean different things for benefits) and your last day employed.

Information for all departing employees

Information for retiring employees

Benefit Impacts upon Retirement

Benefit Impacts upon Resignation/Termination

You may set up a benefits one-on-one appointment with Jodi Anthony to answer any questions you may have or feel free to email Jodi at benefits@uwosh.edu or call 920.424.2070.

Health Insurance/Dental/Vision

Health Insurance

General information

How to choose your group health insurance plan

Comparison of health and pharmacy benefits

It’s Your Choice Decision Guide – includes information on health, dental, vision, accident insurance

Dental and Vision Overview

Dental Insurance

Uniform dental coverage is ‘hooked’ to the state health insurance premium. If you choose the health plan you may enroll in the uniform dental plan for preventative and diagnostic dental at a low additional cost that is added onto your health insurance premium.

Preventative Dental coverage provides the same coverage as Uniform dental at a higher cost and is for those that do not enroll in a state health plan.

Supplemental dental is in addition to uniform/preventative dental premiums and coverage major services and some orthodontia at any age if you choose the plan that includes that coverage.

Vision Insurance

Eye exams are covered under the health insurance plan with a co-pay. Eye wear is the most common reason to enroll in the vision insurance plan.

Life insurances

Accidental Death and Accident Insurance

Disability and Income Continuation

Spending & Savings Accounts

Retirement Plans – WRS retirement, Tax-Sheltered Annuities (403b), Wisconsin Deferred Compensation (457)

Career-Related Educational Reimbursement (Tuition Reimbursement)

Other Benefits – EdVest, Lifestyle Benefits Program, Long-Term Care Insurance

Leave Benefits

Miscellaneous Leave Provisions – jury duty, voting, bereavement, faculty sabbatical, etc.        

 

  Phone:  (920) 424-1166

  Fax: (920) 424- 2021

  Email: hroffice@uwosh.edu

Monday - Friday 7:45AM - 4:30PM

  Dempsey Hall 328
800 Algoma Blvd. 
Oshkosh, WI 54901