Benefits Department Wins HR Award for Employee Health Care Center

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Pitt Benefits Department Wins Human Resources Award for Launch of Employee Health Care Center

PITTSBURGH—The innovative new employee wellness center developed by the Benefits Department in Pitt’s Office of Human Resources has won the attention of colleagues in higher education—and the department will be honored in April for its successful project.

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The department will be awarded the Fred C. Ford Award by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) at its Eastern Region conference.

CUPA-HR awards an individual or team that has made the most significant creative or innovative contribution to the profession in the previous year. Pitt’s Benefits Department was selected based on the launch of the UPMC MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. Facilitated by UPMC health care providers, the Center addresses acute conditions at no cost to the employee, regardless of insurance coverage. The Center is within walking distance of most campus locations and is open weekdays with no appointment necessary, allowing faculty or staff members to visit a clinician quickly and avoid disrupting their workday.

Since its April 2016 opening, the Center has had more than 1,300 visitors, and initial qualitative data shows positive results, with 97 percent of faculty and staff patients rating the care provided as “excellent.”

“I’m extremely proud of the efforts of our benefits team both in implementing and marketing the Center. UPMC also did a great job in the Center’s design and construction,” Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources John Kozar said. “In a world of continuing escalation of health care costs, the ability to provide a lower cost alternative that is both convenient and free to faculty and staff is a win-win situation for the University community.”

Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Cheryl Johnson added, “the Center is another of the innovative programs we strive to implement for the University community. The Benefits Department is cultivating a wellness culture, which will provide an additional incentive for all of us to become more involved in making healthy choices.”

To learn more about the UPMC MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center at the University of Pittsburgh, visit:

It's America Saves Week!

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America Saves Week is a national effort to set a savings goal, make a savings plan, and save automatically. Join millions of others who are taking time this week to start or grow their savings.

America Saves Week is a national effort to set a savings goal, make a savings plan, and save automatically. Join millions of others who are taking time this week to start or grow their savings.America Saves Week graphic

It all starts when you make a commitment to yourself to save. Take the first step today and learn what you can do at the University of Pittsburgh!

  • Maximize Your Savings!*
    • Did you know that the University matches 100% on retirement contributions for non-vested employees and 150% match for vested employees? Get started today, no need to wait for open enrollment!
    • That’s it! You also have the option to adjust your contribution method, choosing to contribute on a pre-tax, ROTH, and after-tax basis. Once your elections are set, click ‘Continue’, ‘Confirm Elections’ and ‘I agree’ until you reach a confirmation screen. Note: you should see that there is an employee and employer contribution. If you do not see this, contact the Benefits Department.
  • Enroll in Auto-Save!
    • If you are contributing less than 8% to the retirement plan, you may elect the automatic savings option. This will increase your contribution by 1% annually on the date you choose. Since the University typically processes annual increases in the month of September, employees may choose to increase their retirement in September to minimize the impact on their take-home pay. For detailed instructions on changing your contribution, visit: You will be asked during the enrollment process about electing the auto-save option. Auto-save will stop once your contribution reaches 8%.
  • Check Your Beneficiary Elections!
    • During the transition of retirement accounts that occurred in February 2015, beneficiaries for one or more of your accounts may have converted back to the Plan’s default (spouse, if married or estate, if single). Take a moment to review this information carefully and update your beneficiaries, if necessary. For detailed instructions, visit:

*Detailed instructions on how to make a change can be found at: All changes made for ‘First Available Paycheck’ will be effective the following month. For example, if you make a change March 1st, you will see the change reflected in your April 28th paycheck.
You may contribute more than 8% of your salary on an unmatched basis. The IRS allows you to put up to $18,000 into your retirement account ($24,000 if you are over the age of 50) on Pre-tax/Roth basis annually.

Learn more about America Saves, a campaign to motivate, encourage, and support all households on how to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.


Want to learn more about the retirement plan at the University of Pittsburgh? TIAA is the University's Retirement Plan recordkeeper. They offer individual consulting appointments on the Oakland and regional campuses. They also have licensed representatives available at their call centers. Ready to start saving or have a question about your contributions? Contact TIAA:

Telephone counseling: 800-682-9139
Schedule a personal appointment via telephone: 412-365-3000
Schedule a personal appointment via website
TIAA website

Biometric Screening - March 15

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UPMC will hold another biometric screening event on March 14 and 15 at WPU Lower Lounge.

Did you miss out on the biometric screening offered in the fall? You’re in luck! UPMC Health Plan is offering another free biometric screening to all faculty and staff members who are covered by one of the University’s medical insurance plans. If you complete a biometric screening by June 30, 2017, you can earn $50 in your September 2017 paycheck or $50 in Reward Dollars if you participate in the Panther Advocate plan, as part of the Take a Healthy Step program. For more information or to register for the on-campus biometric screening offered on March 14 (filled) and March 15:

In addition to the biometric screening, UPMC Health Coach Taelor Vetica will discuss how long it takes to burn off the calories of your favorite foods. Did you know that it’s much easier and faster to consume calories than it is to burn them? Taelor’s demo and discussion will be on Wednesday, March 15 just outside of the biometric screening at the WPU Lower Lounge. Feel free to stop by anytime between 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.! * Participants in the Weight Race will also be able to weigh-in for the race midpoint at the same time!

For more information about the Take a Healthy Step program, including additional incentive opportunities, please visit:

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New Director of Compensation Welcomed

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Maureen Kendall, Director of Compensation, started in the Office of Human Resources on February 15, 2017.

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) is pleased to announce the hiring of Maureen Kendall as Director of Compensation.

Maureen brings a wealth of compensation knowledge and experience to the role, having worked in both the insurance and health care industries for over twenty years. Most recently, She worked as the Director of Compensation for Highmark where she provided leadership, design and administrative oversight for a number of their compensation plans.

At Pitt, Maureen will not only be playing a role in the day-to-day operations of the compensation department, but also will play a key role in designing and deploying a number of initiatives with University-wide scope, that will be occur over the next 18 to 24 months. OHR looks forward to Maureen’s involvement and contributions during this exciting time for the University.

2016 Form 1095-C Tax Document

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The 2016 Form 1095-C tax document will be mailed in February 2017.

In the coming weeks, you may receive a tax document called the Form 1095-C that will contain detailed information about your health care coverage if you were eligible in 2016. While you will not need to include your 1095-C with your 2016 tax return or send it to the IRS, you may use information from your 1095-C to help complete your tax return.

For additional information about the Form 1095-C, visit You may also visit or to learn more.

New Staff Employee Separation Guides Available

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Please review the two new tools to assist in managing the voluntary separation process for staff employees.

We are pleased to announce two new tools to assist in managing the voluntary separation process for staff employees:

  • Separation Guide for Staff: Give this guide to staff that are leaving the University or transferring to other departments within the University. The checklist addresses items including the return of University property, technology-related items such as phones, email protocol and system access, ID cards, as well as pay and benefits information.
  • Staff Separation Guide for Supervisors: Utilize this guide when a staff employee gives notice of voluntary separation. The guide is intended to assist supervisors and/or department administrators in planning for the pending separation of a staff employee, as well as, provide steps that need to be taken on or before the employee’s last day of employment.

Please take time to review these items at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your cooperation and attention to the matter.

2017 Weight Race is Here!

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Looking to lose weight or maintain your current weight? The Weight Race is a fun way to encourage and motivate you through the beginning of the new year! This 12 week weight management campaign will challenge you to reach or maintain your goal weight while providing you with support and structure along the way.

Ready to lose weight? The 2017 Weight Race is Here!

The University of Pittsburgh challenges you to the 2017 Weight Race, a campaign encouraging participants to achieve better health and wellness. Set a weight goal for the next 12 weeks and let Pitt provide resources and support to help achieve a healthier you! Boost your efforts with special sessions and offers including a meeting with a Health Coach, free "Fitness Fridays" classes, Weigh to Wellness onsite classes, and more! Join the Race as an individual or as part of a team.

To register: Log on to and follow this path: MyResources > Human Resources > MyHealth Access > 2017 University of Pittsburgh Weight Race

FLSA Update

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The time and compensation changes to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that were expected to go into effect on December 1st have been halted by a federal judge’s injunction.

As was shared on November 23rd, a federal judge has issued an emergency injunction blocking implementation of the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rule that was to go into effect on December 1, 2016.

In anticipation of the December 1 implementation, the University of Pittsburgh had already executed the necessary salary changes for certain positions and communicated these changes to the affected employees. The University will continue to honor these commitments and will make the prescribed salary changes effective December 1. However, all other aspects of implementing the new overtime rule, including transitioning certain positions from exempt to non-exempt status prior to November 27, 2016, will remain unchanged pending the resolution of the injunction.

If you have any questions, please contact the HR Compensation team at or your department administrator.

Policy on Extreme Weather Conditions

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As we approach another winter season, please become familiar with University Policy 07-04-02, Extreme Weather Conditions which can be found in the Faculty/Staff section of the University’s Policy and Procedure Manual and/or accessed through the University’s home page at:
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As we approach another winter season, please become familiar with University Policy 07-04-02, Extreme Weather Conditions. Please also be aware of any additional procedures that may be implemented by your respective area/department.

Also be aware that the University offers an Emergency Notification Service (ENS) which is used to communicate with subscribers through voice, text, and email messages, as deemed appropriate in the event of an emergency. For instructions on how to register, please refer to the CSSD website:

Review full memo on extreme weather conditions.

For more information or questions concerning an official University closure, please contact the Office of Human Resources’ Customer Service Center at 412-624-7000 and select Option #3; or, by email at

University Offers New Identity Theft Protection

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Pitt is proud to offer identity theft protection with InfoArmor. An introduction and overview of features and coverage will be given on October 4th in a Benefits-hosted brown bag info session.

The University is proud to offer InfoArmor, an industry leader in identity theft protection, to all faculty and staff members. View invite letter and plan comparison for information on the comprehensive protection and rates. Additional details will be discussed during a brown bag information session hosted by the Benefits Department. The session will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., and will be presented by Holly McCulloh, a representative of InfoArmor.

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