What do I do if I am a new employee?

New Employee Orientation For Regular Status Staff

You must contact the Benefits Specialist through email or phone (866-957-1589) to set up a one-on-one new employee orientation. You must enroll in most benefits within the first 30 days of employment; therefore, it is important that you attend orientation as soon as possible. You will also receive an employee ID card from the Department of Public Safety and can sign up for a parking permit, if needed.

If your classification is something other than regular status, you may not be eligible for benefits other than those prescribed by law, or your benefits may be limited. Please contact the Benefits Specialist for more information

New Employee Orientation for University Faculty

Your dean or another representative of the division of Academic Affairs will notify you when and where your orientation will be held. A portion of this orientation will be about benefits. If you do not attend this orientation, please contact the Benefits Specialist through email or phone (866-957-1589). You need to enroll in most benefits during the first 30 days of regular status employment, which for most faculty appointments begins August 16th.

New Employee Orientation for Teachers

Your dean or another representative of the division of Academic Affairs will notify you when and where your orientation will be held. A portion of this orientation will be about benefits. If you do not attend this orientation, please contact the Benefits Specialist through email or phone (866-957-1589). You need to enroll in most benefits during the first 30 days of regular status employment, which for most faculty appointments begins August 16th.

Health Insurance

If you are a regular status employee, you have 60 days from your date of hire to enroll in one of the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plans. There is no waiting period; enrollment is effective the first pay period after receipt of your enrollment form. The cost for health insurance is shared by you and the University. Plan booklets and enrollment forms are available on www.opm.gov/insure/health.  Enrollment forms are also available in the Benefits Office, College Hall, Room 106 or 114. If you do not enroll during the first 60 days, your next opportunity to enroll will be during open season.

Please check Health Insurance for additional information.

Dental Insurance

If you are a regular status employee, you have 30 days from your date of hire to enroll in a dental plan. The university offers two dental programs, one through a private insurer and the other through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). Please evaluate both plan information before making a selection. You may select only one. Plan and enrollment information for both programs are available here. You may also see the Benefits Specialist in the Benefits Office, College Hall, Room 114.

Life Insurance

The University offers two separate life insurance plans, one through a private insurer and the other through the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program. Please carefully evaluate the plan information before making a selection. You may select only one. If you are a regular status employee, you are automatically covered by FEGLI. You have 30 days from your date of hire to enroll into the private life insurance plan instead. There is no waiting period; enrollment is effective the first pay period after receipt of your enrollment form. Plan information is available here. Plan booklets and enrollment forms are also available in the Benefits Office, College Hall, Room 114, and in the main HRS Office, Room 106.

Long-Term Disability

If you are a regular status employee, you are automatically covered by long-term disability insurance. There is no cost to you. Coverage is in effect after 30 days of active employment from your date of hire.

Tax Forms and I-9 Form

State and Federal tax forms and an I-9 form must be on file before you can receive your paycheck. You may fill these out during orientation or in the main HRS Office, College Hall room 106.
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