- Current Students
- Faculty & Staff
In this November 2015 issue:
There will be NO PARKING allowed in Commuter (yellow) only lots from midnight to 6:00 a.m., during November 1st to April 1st.
In the event of snow during a time in which parking is allowed, a SNOW EMERGENCY may be declared, at which time there will be NO PARKING in designated lots. Signs will be posted in designated lots. Faculty, staff and students will be notified by email and other means when possible. It will be the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle to watch weather conditions and take appropriate steps.
Snow removal lots will be enforced during all the breaks.
Annual NUFlex Benefits Enrollment and Health Risk Assessment will begin Monday, November 2nd and end Friday, November 20th, 2015. Employees will be able to enroll, update, or end participation in their benefits plan. If you contribute to the Health Care Flexible Spending Account and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, you will need to enter amount(s) – even if those amounts are the same as last year.
There will be computer labs available to complete the Annual NUFlex Benefits Enrollment and Health Risk Assessment on the following dates:
Thursday, November 5th from 1:30 – 3:30 in the Library, East-Lower Level Computer Lab
Tuesday, November 17th from 9:30 – 11:30 in the Library, East-Lower Level Computer Lab
For any questions, please call 8516.
Mark your calendar! The UNK Employee Health and Wellness Fair will be on Monday, November 9th from 11:30 to 2:30 in the Ponderosa Room. Join us for various healthcare and benefit options available to you.
You can designate your Life Insurance Beneficiary Designation via Employee Self Service (ESS) – Life Insurance Beneficiary Designation. This application will allow you to electronically manage your life insurance beneficiaries. For more information, review the Life Insurance Beneficiary Designation help documentation.
Allocation of tuition remission credits for the Spring Semester can now be entered and final submission is Friday, February 5th, 2015. Allocate credits via Firefly/ESS, under Benefits, click “Employee & Dependent Scholarship”. For employees utilizing KSC forms, please visit the link below. For questions, please call 8516.
Effective immediately users participating in Firefly's Employee Self Service (ESS) Create Leave Request process will be able to request vacation or sick leave for the 2016 calendar year. For the remainder of 2015, employees will be limited to requesting up to 40 hours of vacation leave and up to 40 hours of sick leave for 2016.
When viewing the remainder balance, the information will not reflect your correct balances. This is because your balance will not reflect requests submitted for 2016 until the carry forward balance is moved to the new year in January 2016. The warning message shown below is legitimate because the leave balances are not yet recognized in 2016, but will not impact the processing of your request.
For those not participating, the Create Leave Request process allows an employee to submit a leave request to a designated approver. The employee receives an email notification when the leave is approved or rejected; if approved, the request is posted to SAP. Once approved, the employee and the approver are able to add the requested leave to their Outlook calendar.
Contact your Human Resources department for questions about the 2016 leave requests or to learn more about the process.
An added layer of security has been implemented to protect your personal direct deposit information within Firefly Employee Self Service (ESS). In order to view or change your Bank Information (which includes direct deposits to your account) you must be on a computer connected to your secure campus/college network. Typically this will be from your campus work location.
This security will reduce the risk we face from external phishing schemes designed to compromise employee credentials and use those credentials to remotely log into your Firefly account. The additional security applies only to Bank Information, other Firefly applications are unaffected.
If there are circumstances that require you to view or change Bank Information from a remote location, please contact your campus/college help desk for assistance.
Note: Without a secure connection, only a blank page will be displayed.
For your planning purposes, the Thanksgiving Holiday begins on Wednesday, November 25th for students and faculty. For staff members, the Thanksgiving Holiday is November 26th and 27th.
December Holiday closedown for 2015 begins on Thursday, December 24th and concludes on Sunday, January 3rd. Staff will return to work on Monday, January 4th. Classes begin on January 11th, 2016. Staff can enter their floating holiday requests after November 11th (Veterans Day – the last floating holiday to accrue for 2015) and will also need to enter one day of vacation. The vacation day that will need to be submitted will be December 24th. Paid holidays will be December 25th and January 1st. Floating holidays will be December 28th through December 31st. If you have questions or you do not have enough leave time to cover this time period, please contact Human Resources at 865-8426.
The University of Nebraska system allows all employees to opt to receive their W-2 through Employee Self Service (Firefly). Please consider opting for the electronic version to save paper and distribution time. Those that choose to receive an electronic W-2 through Firefly will receive their W-2 statement about a week earlier than those who receive paper W-2 forms. Only employees who elect an electronic W-2 will be able to view their W-2 form throughout the year. To enroll, log into Firefly>Employee Self Service>Payment>Enroll for 2015 Tax Year W-2 Online Delivery. Please contact Human Resources at 865-8426 with any questions.
This is also a good time to review your address listed in Employee Self Service (Personal Information>Address & Emergency Contact) to confirm that your contact information is current. The address listed in an employee’s “permanent address” is where all benefit and payroll related information is sent, so it is important that the information is correct.
The following tips are intended to help us prepare for winter at home, work or travel. At home or work primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service. Also included are suggested list of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.
Suggestions on What to Have Available:
Suggestions on What to Have in your Vehicle:
Keep your gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. If you become stranded in your vehicle, stay in your vehicle. If your exhaust pipe is not blocked run the motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat and open the window just a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Tying a bright colored cloth to your antenna or door will help to draw attention to you. Move your arms and legs from time to time to keep blood circulating.
The Employee Achievement and Recognition of Excellence award nomination forms have been updated and are now available as electronic forms, using the following links. These forms are also available as links on the UNK Staff Senate webpage.
As we gear up for another exciting academic year, please consider nominating a staff member or group who has demonstrated excellence. It’s time to show our colleagues how much we appreciate what they do and why we’re so very proud to be Lopers!!
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