As the University of Pittsburgh continues to build the foundation for a culture of wellness, a free biometric screening will be offered to faculty and staff covered by the University's medical plans (Panther Gold, Panther Advocate, Panther Plus, and Panther Basic). This screening is part of the Take a Healthy Step program and the incentive is $50. More details about the screening are described in the screening event flyer. To make an appointment, call a UPMC Health Plan Health Care Concierge at 1-888-499-6885 or log on to my.pitt.edu > My Resources > UPMC Health Plan > Better Health & Wellness > Biometric Screening Registration.
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.
With over 60 courses, including three certificate programs, the Faculty and Staff Development Program offers numerous workshops to grow the career skills and personal development of University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff.
All faculty and staff, as well as their dependents, are encouraged to obtain a flu shot. In particular, faculty and staff who work in health sciences or have any type of exposure to patients should consider the vaccination.
Listed below are the flu shot clinic schedules (subject to change):
Pittsburgh Campus Flu Shot Clinics
Regional Campus Flu Shot Clinics
214 Chambers Hall
Cambria Room Student Union
219 Student Union
If you are unable to attend one of the flu shot clinics listed, you can attend one at Falk Pharmacy. Clinics will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 13-Nov. 29 from 9:30am to 3:00pm.
Starting on Dec. 1, Falk Pharmacy will be administering the vaccines on a walk-in basis during the regular business hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
What to Bring When Attending an On-Campus Flu Shot Clinic
If you attend an on-campus flu shot clinic, you will need to bring your University ID card, as well as, your UPMC Health Plan insurance card. Individuals who participate in the Panther Advocate plan can receive $25 in HIA credits for obtaining a flu shot.
If you do not carry the University's medical insurance plan, you can still obtain a flu shot on campus for a $25 out-of-pocket charge.
Can't Make it to an On-Campus Flu Shot Clinic?
UPMC Health Plan members may obtain a flu shot from a participating provider at no out-of-pocket cost. Members also may obtain a flu shot with no out-of-pocket cost at CVS, Giant Eagle or Rite Aid pharmacies. Simply present your UPMC Health Plan member ID card at the time you receive your flu shot and you will not have to submit a receipt or any other additional paperwork to UPMC Health Plan.
If you obtain a flu shot at a clinic or pharmacy that does not participate with UPMC Health Plan, then you will need to pay for the flu shot at the time of service and file a claim for reimbursement. Reimbursement forms can be downloaded from UPMC Health Plan at www.upmchealthplan.com, under "Commonly Used Forms ' at the bottom of the page.
Cheryl L. Johnson, vice president for human capital services at Kansas State University, has been appointed vice chancellor for human resources at the University of Pittsburgh. She will join the University in September.Cheryl L. Johnson
“Cheryl is a highly experienced and respected global human resources expert, and we are confident she will inspire the human resources staff and elevate the department to a best-in-class organization that will add strategic value to the entire institution,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “She will play a key role in positioning human resources to support the University’s new, five-year strategic plan.”
“I'm excited to join one of the premier research universities in the nation. The University of Pittsburgh is a special community with an extraordinary history of building better lives,” said Johnson. “I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the professionals in human resources as we together serve faculty, staff, and students to realize the shared ambition of offering superior educational programs, advancing frontiers of knowledge and creative endeavor, and sharing expertise with private, community, and public partners.”
Johnson will lead Pitt’s human resources department and will be responsible for designing and administering employee benefits, compensation management, employee and labor relations, recruiting, talent acquisition, and organization development, as well as the University Child Development Center.
“The addition of Cheryl Johnson to our University’s leadership group is the result of a process that began in May,” said Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations Gregory Scott. “We are confident that we’ve found the best person available to lead the growth and development of our human resources department.”
Let’s Move Pittsburgh, a program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, has announced its 2016 Champion Schools grant recipients, providing 40 Allegheny County education centers with a total of $40,000 in grants to support new and existing health and wellness projects that will affect more than 7,500 local children. These awards were generously funded by the Heinz Endowments.
Pitt's University Child Development Center (UCDC) was named a 2016 Champion School. Under the theme of "Teaching Kids to Grow and Cook Food," the UCDC plans to use the funds to implement additional new and innovative gardening techniques on their playground and in the classrooms. All children at the Center will participate in growing, taking care of, harvesting and cooking the variety of vegetables and herbs that they will plant. The UCDC staff is honored and excited to implement their vision with the children and hope for great results that will encourage healthy eating and excitement for working together in our garden.
Champion Schools applicant projects were judged according to need, sustainability and impact. Projects are related to the following themes: Bag the Junk — Increasing Healthy Food and Nutritional Education in Schools, Getting Kids Moving, and Teaching Kids to Grow and Cook Food. The highest scoring applications received up to $1,000 in grant funds to back efforts ranging from the creation of learning gardens, Zumba nights, rollerblading fitness programs and many more creative and exciting initiatives.
On May 18, 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the approval of a change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new law will become effective on December 1, 2016.
The update is intended to provide greater clarity for workers and employers, including higher education institutions, and is expected to extend protections to over 4.2 million workers nation-wide.
The Office of Human Resources has been working to analyze and prepare for this update since its initial proposal in July 2015 and continues to work to understand and assess the impact of the new legislation.
Chancellor Gallagher has introduced a sexual misconduct training for Faculty and Staff. You should already have received an introductory email from Workplace Answers with instructions on how to access this training. If you have deleted that email, you can still access the training through the my.pitt.edu portal community by just clicking here... (portal login required)
This course defines key Federal statutes and regulations related to gender discrimination, sexual misconduct and sexual violence in an academic environment; incorporating Pennsylvania state specific definitions on domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. It provides information to individual members of the campus community regarding their rights to safety, dignity and respect; while promoting bystander intervention, explaining reporting obligations and other compliance responsibilities.
Health insurance and its associated terminology can be confusing! In addition, with all of the various plan features, how do you know that you’re getting the most out of your premium? The Benefits Department is happy to assist you in navigating the world of health insurance! A brief presentation on the University’s health insurance, terminology and plan features will take place, followed by an opportunity to ask questions. We look forward to seeing you there!