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May 2005

Internal Posting Announcement

FGCU's Search & Screen Guidelines have been updated and now include an option that hiring officials can request vacancies be recruited internally to FGCU employees with EEO approval.

The internal announcement option offers opportunities to qualified FGCU employees and takes into consideration the skills and knowledge gained by such individuals through their service at FGCU.

Positions that have been approved to recruit internally will be posted for a minimum of seven (7) days on the SOAR site (, bulletin board outside the Human Resources office, and other appropriate internal communications.

You may review this Internal Announcement process in Section C of the Employment Process in the Search & Screen Guidelines which can be downloaded at

SOAR Training
(Self-Managed Online Application Resource)

The Department of Human Resources would like to encourage faculty and staff to attend SOAR training in the Campus Support Complex training room on one of the dates listed below.

Tuesday, May 31; 9:00 - 11:00
Friday, June 3; 2:00 - 4:00
Tuesday, June 7; 9:00 - 11:00
Friday, June 10; 2:00 - 4:00

SOAR is FGCU's Self-Managed Online Application Resource system. SOAR was successfully implemented in December 2004. All positions recruited at FGCU are advertised and processed through SOAR at SOAR is an electronic resource for applicants, hiring officials and search committee members.

Please email Beth Redding at and identify the session you would like to attend. If you have any questions about the system, please contact Susan Baurer at x1441.

We look forward to seeing you at training!!

Paystub Copies
Do you need an official copy of your paystub for employment verification purposes (e.g. mortgage application)?

Please contact either Andrea Davis at ext. 1225 or adavis or Noyra Valentin at ext. 1415 or to request a copy.


Minimum Wage Increase
Effective May 2nd

To comply with Florida’s minimum wage increase, which became effective May 2, 2005, all employees--including OPS, Student Assistant, and Federal Work Study Students--must be paid at least $6.15 an hour.

Departments do not need to take any action to increase the pay of current employees who are below this new minimum. Human Resources has identified all affected employees and has automatically increased their pay rate to $6.15 effective May 2nd.

Direct Deposit of
Medical and/or Dependent Day Care Reimbursement Funds

Would you like to receive your Medical and/or Dependent Day Care Reimbursement via direct deposit?

If so, please complete the State of Florida Direct Deposit Authorization form available here. The form can be faxed or mailed as per the instructions on the bottom right corner of the form.

Please be aware that FGCU cannot update your direct deposit information with the State. Changes to your FGCU direct deposit will not be forwarded to the State's Direct Deposit Section. It will be your responsibility to notify that office of any direct deposit changes by submitting a new form. (NOTE: You are not required to have your payroll and Medical and/or Dependent Day Care Reimbursement direct deposited to the same account.)

Additionally, the State purges direct deposit records for which there has been no activity in a 6 month period and requires submission of a new Direct Deposit Authorization form.

Medical Reimbursement Account Program Update

Effective January 1, 2005, People First became the administrator of all State sponsored insurance benefit programs which includes the Medical Reimbursement Account (MRA).

People First requires that a Letter of Medical Need be submitted with your MRA Reimbursement Request if the expense can be provided for both a medical purpose and a cosmetic, personal, living and/or family purpose. For recurring expenses that continue for more than one plan year, such as orthodontia, you must submit a new Letter of Medical Need at the start of each plan year you intend to request reimbursement for the expenses. For orthodontia reimbursements, a copy of the patient's contract with the dentist/orthodontist for the orthodontia treatment also needs to be provided.

Please visit the HR Benefits Provider Contact Information web page for the Letter of Medical Need form and for additional information.

Qualified Status Change Events
Employees experiencing or expecting to experience a “qualifying status change” should contact Human Resources soon as possible to ensure they receive the appropriate benefits. Employees have only 31 days after a qualifying event occurs to make coverage changes. A status change includes any of the following:

• Marriage
• Birth or adoption of a child
• Eligibility/ineligibility of a dependent
• Court order pertaining to children (i.e., legal guardianship or a divorce decree)
• Change in FTE
• Gain or loss of other coverage
• Eligibility for Medicare or Medicaid
• Change in spouse's employment

This list is not all inclusive, so please contact Dee Byran, Benefits Representative, at extension 1422 anytime you believe you have experienced or will be experiencing a qualifying status change event.

Estate Planning:
Protecting Your Family

The Florida Retirement System (FRS) invites you to participate in this FREE informative employee workshop. Attend and get valuable, objective financial planning information – NO SALES PITCH!
  • Estate Planning is for all ages. Debunk the myths.
  • Get a plan, so you can make sure that your wishes are met!
  • It is NEVER TOO EARLY to start protecting your family.
  • Where can you go for FREE help in making your goals a reality?

This exciting workshop is being sponsored by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners and will be offered on the following dates and times::

Tue. May 24 10 am – 12 noon or 1 – 3 pm
Lee County Training Center
3434 Hancock Bridge Pkwy – Training Room B (3rd Floor)

Wed. May 25 10 am – 12 noon or 1 – 3 pm
Lee County Commissioner’s Chambers
2115 2nd Street - Old Courthouse – 2nd Floor

For Reservations and Information call 1.866.44MyFRS (866.446.9377)

Editor's Note

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