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February 2014

HR News

Learning and Development Opportunities

Tuition waiver update

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – University Hall, room 306
If you have a child who is planning on attending DU using the tuition waiver, please join HR and Financial Aid for a lunch session on the ins and outs of the tuition waiver. We will be addressing the process of the tuition waiver for dependent children, how it can be combined with financial aid, and answering any questions you may have. Please RSVP to Mary Dolson at mary.dolson@du.edu.

Tuition waiver reminders:

  • Tuition waiver must be applied online by the 100 percent drop deadline for all courses each academic period.
  • Tuition waiver is only available to employees and spouses/partners/dependent children after six months of employment.
  • Tuition benefits will be based upon the employee's status at the beginning of each term.
  • If a course is changed, the waiver must be reapplied to the new course - even if it is just switching sections.
  • Graduate coursework is subject to taxation.

If you have any questions about the tuition waiver, please review the policy and guidelines. You may also contact totalrewards@du.edu or Molly Boland x14287 or molly.boland@du.edu.

TIAA-CREF new automation enhancements

(Feb. 11, 2014) The University of Denver has just completed an important project with TIAA-CREF that will now permit DU employees to enroll or change contribution levels online by going to www.tiaa-cref.org/du. Now you can manage contribution levels, select investment options and update designated beneficiaries all in one online session with TIAA-CREF. View details about the online navigation. If you have questions, call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-842-2252.

Employee discount for Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic

(Feb. 11, 2014) University of Denver employees can receive 20 percent off tickets for Disney on Ice at the Denver Coliseum March 27-30. Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster using promo code 40PPI.

FSA reimbursements of same-sex spouses' expenses

(Feb. 4 2014) The latest IRS guidance confirms that a flexible spending account (FSA) under a cafeteria plan like DU's plan – including a health, dependent care or adoption-assistance FSA – may reimburse qualifying expenses of a participating employee's same-sex spouse. The guidance confirms that, after the Windsor decision on June 26, 2013, same sex couples having a marriage license from a state that recognizes same sex marriage may be reimbursed for applicable FSA expenses incurred after the date of their marriage.

Please contact Total Rewards at totalrewards@du.edu or 303-871-7420 if you have any questions regarding FSA reimbursement.

Learning and Development opportunities

The DU Learning and Development program offers opportunities to support individuals and teams at all levels of the University. Resources and workshops focus on offering topics that have an impact on the workplace environment including but not limited to compliance, retention, engagement and individual growth. Browse the full calendar of events via the webCentral Training channel, and see the select events below.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and DU policies

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. - University Hall, room G01 (lower level)
This interactive course will provide you with an overview of common wage and hour laws that apply to managing people, DU policies and procedures and scenarios to help understand how it applies in the workplace. Topics covered include: exempt and non-exempt status, use of volunteers and interns, training time, work-time vs. non-work time, and time recording processes. This session is perfect for those who supervise staff or student employees or who want to know more about wage and hour applications. RSVP to Mary Dolson at mary.dolson@du.edu.

Change management: Managing your emotions and expectations (NEW)

Tuesday, March 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Nelson Hall conference room
Change is something that we face on a daily basis. Change comes in many forms and we may not anticipate it. This session will provide an overview of why people tend to resist change, reactions to change and ways to cope with change in a positive manner. Register via webCentral, Employee tab, Training, Professional and Career Development.

DU employee campus tour

Thursday, March 13, 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Mary Reed building, south entrance, first floor
Grab your walking shoes for a 60-minute tour throughout campus highlighting history, facilities and campus life. Please arrive at least five minutes early as the tour will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. Register via webCentral, Employee tab, Training, Orientation and Employee Experience.

DU EMPLOYEE MENTORING PROGRAM (NEW!)

To help promote career, professional and personal development, Human Resources has launched the DU Employee Mentoring Program. If you're interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, or just want to learn more, visit the mentoring program site. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 7. Please spread the word about this exciting opportunity! Please contact Aimee Neu at aimee.neu@du.edu should you have questions.