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September, 2006

Open Enrollment Reminders
Employee Benefits Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd in the Student Union Ballroom from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Register at the Human Resources table and pick up your 'Passport' to find out how to become eligible to win one of many fabulous door prizes.
Open Enrollment ends at 5:30 PM on October 18, 2006.
Current Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contribution amounts will be continued at the same annual amounts for Plan Year 2007 unless you elect to change your annual contribution amount or cancel your FSA participation during Open Enrollment.

Open Enrollment Guide and Benefit Brochures
An Open Enrollment Guide and Benefits Brochures for all supplemental coverages and HMOs have been sent via interoffice mail. For information on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO Plans, please click here.

 


Dental Premium Changes
Premiums listed are biweekly amounts.

AmericanDental Plan - PrePaid
 
Employee
Employee +1
Family
 
$6.13
$10.43
$14.27
AmericanDental Plan - Indemnity
 
Employee
Employee +1
Family
 
$7.37
$11.04
$14.73
Cigna Dental - Prepaid
 
Employee
Employee +1
Family
 
$11.50
$21.66
$28.63
Oral Health Services- Prepaid
 
Employee
Family
 
$6.01
$15.82
Oral Health Services - Indemnity
 
Employee
Family
 
$14.68
$33.44
 


Blood Drive

The next FGCU Blood drive will be held in conjunction with the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, October 3rd, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Click here for additional information and for instructions on how to sign up to donate blood.


Sick Leave Pool Open Enrollment
The annual Open Enrollment period to join the University Sick Leave Pool began on September 19, 2006 and runs through November 3, 2006.
All Faculty, A&P and USPS employees with at least one year of employment and a minimum of 64 hours of unused sick leave may enroll during the Open Enrollment period. At the time of enrollment, each employee contributes eight (8) hours of sick leave to the Pool.

The FGCU Sick Leave Pool provides an extra measure of protection for an employee who may suffer an illness or injury that exhausts all of their personal accrued leave. Without the Sick Leave Pool, such an employee could be facing a medical leave of absence without pay. Instead, members may apply to utilize sick leave hours from the Pool, up to a maximum of 480 hours, thereby continuing to receive their regular biweekly paycheck.

Eligible employees will receive an e-mail notification and should complete and submit the Sick Leave Pool Enrollment form attachment.

Those employees may also stop by the HR table at the Benefits Fair on October 3rd to enroll.


Your University ID Number
Your University ID Number (UIN) can be found on your Eagle ID. It is the 9 digit number that begins with the number '8'.

Please use your UIN instead of your social security number on forms such as USPS timesheets and A&P Application for Leave forms.

Except in the case of new hires, departments should use the UIN on all appointment forms.


Three Paydays in September
Your paycheck on September 29th is the third paycheck this month so there will be no payroll deductions taken for certain benefits, including State Health and Life, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts and Long Term Disability.

2006-2007 Salary Increases
Click here to view the General Information Summary of the 2006-2007 Salary Increase for Out-of-Unit Faculty, A&P and USPS Employees.

The General Information Summary provides the criteria for determining an employee's eligibility to receive the increase, the effective date and the guidelines for implementation of the base salary adjustment.


Staying Healthy This Flu Season

Source: www.pandemicflu.gov

Flu Terms Defined
Seasonal (or common) flu is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted person to person. Most people have some immunity, and a vaccine is available.
Avian (or bird) flu is caused by influenza viruses that occur naturally among wild birds. The H5N1 variant is deadly to domestic fowl and can be transmitted from birds to humans. There is no human immunity and no vaccine is available.

Pandemic flu is virulent human flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness. Because there is little natural immunity, the disease can spread easily from person to person. Currently, there is no pandemic flu.

Prevention
These steps may help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses such as the flu:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze-throw the tissue away immediately after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based (60-95%) hand cleaner.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • If you get the flu, stay home from work, school, and social gatherings. In this way you will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs often spread this way.
  • Get a flu vaccine -
    The supply should be ample this year with the following recommendations for who should get a shot:
    • Children, 6 months to 5 years old
    • People ages 2 - 64, with chronic medical conditions
    • Pregnant women
    • Healthy people ages 50-64
    • Nursing home residents
    • People 65 and older
    • Healthy family members and others who live with people in the high risk groups
    • Health care workers

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 5 - 20% of the US population will get the flu which will send about 200,000 to the hospital. Approximately 36,000 will die of the flu. Vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu.


Annual Health Fair
Counseling and Student Health Services' Annual Health Fair will be held on October 18th in the Student Union Ballroom. The flu vaccine will be available at the Health Fair to Faculty & Staff for $15. (This is based on anticipated delivery of the flu vaccine prior to October 18th.)