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Feeling Overwhelmed?

CARS is Here to Help!

Did you know that as an employee of the University you can get free services through Counseling Assistance & Referral Services (CARS)?

All regular full-time or part-time employees (as described in Employee Classification Policy 3200, UAPPM) are eligible to use CARS services.  In addition, their spouses/domestic partners and retirees are eligible to receive services through CARS.

CARS clinicians can help you by providing up to eight sessions of individual or couples counseling, as well as supervisory consultations, referrals to other resources for assistance, Faculty/Staff training, workshops, presentations, critical incident debriefing, and crisis intervention.

For more information, read the newsletter article.

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2015 OPEN ENROLLMENT AND VEBA OPT-OUT

APRIL 29, 2015 – MAY 15, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: Open Enrollment and the VEBA Opt-Out Period have been EXTENDED. The new end date is FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015.

Open Enrollment and VEBA Opt-Out for all benefits-eligible employees is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 2015 through Friday, May 15, 2015.  Changes made during Open Enrollment are effective July 1, 2015.  You will not be able to make changes to your health benefits after Open Enrollment unless you experience a Qualifying Change of Status event. Additionally, opting-out of VEBA is only available once a year during Open Enrollment.

Read the full article for more information. 

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FY 2015 Non-UNM Student Hire Program

Internship Opportunities for Youth Employees

The Division of Human Resources is pleased to offer the Youth Summer Worker (YSW) and Academic Internship (AI) Programs again in FY 2015.  These Programs were developed to provide UNM departments with the ability to engage high school and non-UNM college students through internship opportunities.  Both the Youth Summer Worker Program and the Academic Internship Program provide student recruitment opportunities by highlighting UNM as an employer and higher education institution of choice.

Read the full article for more information. 

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New EOD Customer Service Class

Customer Care… A Service YOU Provide

On April 30, 2015, EOD is rolling out a new, revised customer service class replacing the current EOD class, Treating Customers Right. The new class, Customer Care… A Service YOU Provide, takes a look at many aspects of customer service... Read the full article for additional details.

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New EOD Classroom Usage

The EOD classrooms in the Business Center have undergone some renovations and changes in availability. Room 1019 is no longer an EOD classroom, as it is now part of an IT office. The computer lab formerly in room 1019 is now in room 1007. It is a multi-purpose computer lab, and a meeting room that can accommodate small groups of 6-10 people.

Read the full article for more information. 

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Training Calendar - May 2015

Take a look at the May 2015 Training Calendar to explore what Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of May.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555

See the calendar in this month's newsletter.

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Wellness Events – May 2015

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing

When:             May 7, 2015 (First Thursday of the Month)
Time:              7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where:           Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnon Center, B-143
Cost:               Cholesterol test $20 (full lipid panel), glucose test is $12, and HbA1C is $22 (cash or check only).
Instructions:  No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before Cholesterol and Glucose testing. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

 

Recreational Services Fitness Classes

The WOW pass is now prorated at $50 for the spring semester! Visit the Recreational Services website for the Spring fitness schedules.

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Get Smart with your Mental Health

Are you ready to take charge of your mental health? Staying mentally healthy allows us to cope better with life’s ups and downs. Increase your vitality by taking advantage of the summer months to put yourself in a better state of mind. 

While making healthy changes can sometimes feel expensive, protecting your mental well-being is relatively cheap.  Below are a few easy ways you can support your mental health. Read the full article for tips that will ultimately help keep your well-being rich and not leave you out of pocket.

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3-Minute Leg Stretching Routine on Mat

This video will help you stretch your lower body without any equipment. Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of four different stretches that target your thighs (quads, hamstrings, inner thighs) and glutes. You can perform these stretches lying on the floor, just make sure your muscles are warmed up first!


If you are interested in more ideas, customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15.

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Upcoming Bicycle Events

Take advantage of the wonderful spring weather and hop on your bicycle. Here are two upcoming events to help you stay motivated while you ride!

National Bike Challenge
Track your miles traveled and compete against other universities and workplaces! Sign up on the National Bike Challenge website, and join the “University of New Mexico” group. It’s free, fun, healthy, and easy. Will you ride with us?

Bike to Work Day (May 15)
Join in as people around Albuquerque ride their bike to work! Stop by any of the ten Cycle Stops located conveniently across the city to grab some free goodies and meet other riders. For more info and a complete list of Cycle Stops, visit the Bike to Work ABQ website.

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Catastrophic Leave Opt-Out for 2015 (FY 2016)

The Catastrophic Leave Program provides financial assistance to eligible employees when they (or an immediate family member) experience an approved catastrophic illness/injury.  A catastrophic illness or injury is an acute or prolonged illness or injury that is considered life-threatening, or has the threat of serious residual disability which results in the employee’s inability to work.  Each request to receive benefits is evaluated under the program guidelines and includes a medical review and determination. 

Read the full article for more information. 

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Annual VEBA Opt-Out Period Coming Soon

The annual VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association) Opt-Out period will be Wednesday, April 29 – Wednesday May 13, 2015. This period aligns with health, life, and disability insurance Open Enrollment.  

During this period, you will have the opportunity to opt-out of participating in the VEBA plan. If you decide to opt-out, your changes will be made effective July 1, 2015. Opting-out of VEBA participation is only permitted during this period.

Read the full article for more information. 

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Wellness Events – April 2015

Blood Testing and Fitness Classes

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
When: April 2, 2015 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).
Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before Cholesterol and Glucose testing. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works passes are available to purchase now! Visit Recreational Services for the spring fitness schedules.

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Walkout of Work Wednesday

National Walking Day is Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Employee Health Promotion (EHP), Healthy U Ambassadors, and Main Campus Wellness Committee would like you to Walkout of Work! EHP is asking for volunteers/coordinators to lead groups in your area. Each person who signs up and participates will receive a sticker.

For more information, read the full article. 

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10-Minute Pilates

Learn how to work your core with proper form in this short, easy-to-follow excerpt from Kristin McGee's DVD, "Pilates for Beginners." A regular Pilates practice will help you sculpt a more toned midsection. The only pieces of equipment you'll need are a mat and an open mind!

If you are interested in more ideas, customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15.

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Lose Weight, Gain Money

Last year our employees lost a ton of weight during the HealthyWage Matchup Challenge. We are working again with HealthyWage to bring you Jackpot!

The goal remains the same, but this year we're also offering new social features, online tools, and achievement ribbons to help keep you and your team on track toward achieving your weight loss goals. Team sizes are also now flexible, between 3 and 5 members - you decide what works best!

Read the full article to learn more. 

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Affirmative Action and New Responsibilities

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a division of the United States Department of Labor, recently released its final rules for changes in the regulations pertaining to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). These rule changes mean increased affirmative action requirements relating to individuals with disabilities and veterans, and require UNM to make significant changes to its applicant tracking, self-identification, self-assessment, training, and record keeping efforts. 

For more information, read the ful article. 

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Training Calendar - April 2015

Take a look at the April 2015 Training Calendar to explore what Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of April.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555

See the calendar in this month's newsletter.

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2015 University Closures

Guidelines for Handling Time Entry

As the winter months approach, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify the process for University closures and time entry for regular staff working .50 or above.  As per University Administrative Policy (UAP) #3415, “Paid Time,” Section 3.1 University or Branch Closure, “Eligible employees use leave with pay on those occasions when the University is declared closed by the University President… In instances where the President declares the University closed, employees should follow the procedures discussed in UAP #3435, Inclement Weather." 

See the full article for more information. 

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Dependent Eligibility Verification

The rising cost of health care and the need to contain costs continues to be at the center of discussions to balance UNM’s budget. This spring, the Division of Human Resources is partnering with Aon Hewitt Dependent Verification Services to verify eligibility of dependents enrolled in the UNM Medical Plan. All benefits-eligible employees with dependents (spouse, domestic partner, and/or children) enrolled in a UNM Medical Plan with any of the Third Party Administrators will be asked to take an active role in the verification process. 

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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March 2015 Training Calendar

Take a look at the March 2015 Training Calendar to explore what Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of March.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555

See the calendar in this month's newsletter. 

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Wellness Events – March 2015

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing and Recreational Services Fitness Classes

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
When: March 5, 2015 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).
Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before Cholesterol and Glucose testing. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works passes are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for current fitness schedules.

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Get Fit, Make Friends, Get Rewarded

UNM has partnered with HealthyWage to offer a team weight-loss challenge this spring. Your team of three – five people can compete to get fit and get rewarded!

How big will the bank get? Sign up and find out! Encourage your coworkers, family, and friends to join in so you can help each other along the way. The more teams that enter, the more fun and support for you, and the bigger your share of the jackpot!

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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10-Minute Creative Core Workout

Get ready to feel the difference with this fast and effective core workout from the ''Xtend Barre: Lean & Chiseled'' DVD! This Pilates-inspired workout targets your entire midsection for tight and toned abdominals.

If you are interested in more ideas, customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for $15.

 

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Spring Clean Your Body with Hydration

March is National Nutrition Month, so while you’re spring cleaning your home, why not do the same for your body by increasing hydration!  Drinking water is something that is often overlooked, but it’s just as important as getting essential nutrients from food. Staying well-hydrated is an excellent way to boost your health. It can help you maintain concentration, reduce fatigue, and prevent afternoon headaches. 

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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Update Your Disability and Veteran Information

As a federal contractor, UNM is subject to recent amendments to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). These rule changes mean increased affirmative action requirements relating to individuals with disabilities and veterans, and require the University to make significant changes to its applicant tracking, self-identification, self-assessment, training and record keeping efforts.  

Read the full article for more information.  

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UNM Professional Development Series Certification Program

The UNM Professional Development Series Certificate is a self-paced, personalized program designed for those who would like to further develop their expertise in Organizational Effectiveness and/or Personal Effectiveness.

Courses offered with a focus on Organizational Effectiveness will give you what you need to be industrious – working smarter and getting more done with less effort and stress. Personal Effectiveness courses are designed to empower participants with insights and tools to improve their working relationships.

Read the Newsletter article to learn more. 

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EPAF Email Notifications

Previously, emails were not generated for staff EPAFs when users had work pending, but that all changed on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. 

Sending electronic notifications to users will allow approvers, originators, and HR consultants to know the status of their EPAF and what action needs to be taken so they can act on the EPAF in a more timely manner.

Read the newsletter article to learn what emails will be generated.

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New Employee Development Classes for 2015

Explore the Latest Opportunities

Don’t forget: Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has added seven new classes to Learning Central for 2015. Four new classes were added to the Professional Development Program and three new classes to the Passport to Leadership Program.

Read the newsletter article to learn more about the classes being offered. 

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February 2015 Training Calendar

Take a look at the February 2015 Training Calendar to explore what Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of February.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555

See the calendar in this month's newsletter

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Wellness Events - February 2015

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
When: February 5, 2015 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.


Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works pass are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for the Fall fitness schedules.

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Employee Health Promotion is Now on Facebook

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is proud to announce our Facebook page is up and running!

“Like” us on Facebook for tips, articles, and to stay on top of upcoming EHP and wellness events across the UNM campus. Visit: facebook.com/UNMemployeehealth or search for “UNM Employee Health Promotion” on Facebook.

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11-Minute Cardio Workout

Raise Your Heart Rate at Your Desk!

Do you sit at a desk all day? Are you confined to a chair? Do you struggle with mobility issues? Then this workout is for you! This short and simple cardio workout will elevate your heart rate to burn calories and fat in just minutes!

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15.

Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15.

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Update to Sick Leave and FMLA

On January 8, 2015, President Frank approved the changes to UAP 3410 ("Sick Leave") and UAP 3440 ("Family and Medical Leave") that authorize staff to use sick leave for bonding with a child after childbirth, adoption, or a foster care placement. Previously, only annual leave could be used for bonding with a child. Please see the links above for specific information.

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December 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the December 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of December.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555

See the calendar in this month's newsletter

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Wellness Events - December 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing

When: December 4, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)

Time:   7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143

Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works pass are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for the Fall fitness schedules.

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Wellness Champions and Winners of Ola Ala

Congratulations to “The Hawaiian Hula Hotties” for winning first place in the Employee Health Promotion university wide lifestyle campaign, Ola Ala!

From Monday, September 15 through Friday, November 7, 2014, participants tracked their minutes of physical exercise and virtually travel through the Hawaiian islands.

“The Hawaiian Hula Hotties” tracked 26,096 exercise minutes.  The “CS Lanakila” came in at a close second with 20,181 minutes and “Alaka’I” came in third with 18,314 minutes.

Ho’omaika’i’ana (Congratulations) Hawaiian Hula Hotties!

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10-Minute Crunchless Core Workout

This workout will help you strengthen (and stretch) your abdominals, obliques and lower back--without performing a single crunch or sit-up!  Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of Pilates-style exercises (plus stretches) for a complete core challenge.  If you’re new to Pilates, we recommend that you watch our short Intro to Pilates video first. 

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15.

Read the Full Article

New Employee Development Classes Offered in 2015

EOD is adding seven new classes to Learning Central in 2015.  Four new classes will be added to the Professional Development Program and three new classes will be added to the Passport to Leadership Program.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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Raise Your "Paw" If You're In!

UNM Staff Council Community Service Project

“The Staff Council is participating in a community service project benefitting the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico and invite you to join in the experience. They are recruiting volunteers to help out at the Food Bank on Monday, December 29, 2014 for one of the following shifts: 8:00 am - 11:00 am, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, or 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Friends and family are welcome to join in on the fun.

Please RSVP to Mark Reynolds at reynolds@unm.edu no later than Friday, December 19, 2014. Please indicate what shift you prefer and include names of all volunteer participants in your party.”  

 

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UNM Staff Engagement Survey

November 17, 2014 - December 5, 2014

For the first time in our history and across all campuses, we are tapping into the UNM benefits-eligible staff employee (staff working 20 hours per week or greater) knowledge base, for input on what we are doing well and how to make things even better.  Please Note: UNM temporary and on-call staff are not benefits-eligible.

Read the newsletter article for more information.

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REMINDER: University-Wide Required Training

The 2014 University-Wide Required Training has been loaded to all staff and faculty learning plans. The following are the 2014 courses (many employees may have additional training that is required): 

• Preventing Sexual Harassment 2014
• Basic Annual Safety Training 2014 

Although employees have until the end of the year to complete the training, we encourage employees to complete all the required training as soon as possible. The 2014 training will no longer be accessible after December 31, 2014.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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The 2014 Performance Review Schedule

It is time to begin developing self-assessments and scheduling performance discussions. The Performance Review Form is used for self-assessments, annual, and probationary reviews.

Read the newsletter article to learn more.

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Mark Your Calendar for the UNM Staff Engagement Survey

November 17, 2014 – December 5, 2014

When the UNM2020 goals were announced, President Frank spoke about UNM becoming a destination university, a place where everyone wants to be. This is complex a goal, and it means more than just being one of the best places to learn. It also means being one of the best places to work. People are more successful in their careers when they enjoy what they do and where they work.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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Tips for Accessing the LoboCare Network

If you are enrolled in UNM’s Medical Plan through the Presbyterian Health Plan (PHP) or BlueCross BlueShield of New Mexico (BCBSNM), you may access the LoboCare Network to receive the highest level of benefit. The LoboCare Network includes all UNM Health Sciences Center physicians and clinics, UNM Hospitals, Sandoval Regional Medical Center, and ABQ Health Partners. This article provides several tips to assist you when scheduling an appointment with a LoboCare provider. 

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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Obtaining 90-Day Prescriptions

At Retail Pharmacies

UNM respects the need for employees to be able to choose where they fill their prescriptions in the most convenient way, in addition to the opportunity to save money. If you prefer to go to a retail pharmacy to pick up your prescription rather than using mail order, there is an option to fill some prescriptions, particularly maintenance medications, at retail pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, and other in-network pharmacies for the same co-pay as mail order. This means you can receive three months of prescriptions for the cost of two months co-pays, saving you money!

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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November 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the November 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of November.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter.

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Update on Section 503/VEVRAA

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a division of the US Department of Labor, recently released its final rules for changes in the regulations pertaining to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). These changes mean increased affirmative action requirements relating to Veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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The 2014 Performance Review Cycle

The 2014 Performance Review cycle is upon us. It is time to begin developing self-assessments and scheduling performance discussions. The Performance Review Form is used for self-assessments, annual, and probationary reviews.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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Wellness Events - November 2014

Glucose, Hemoglobin A1C, and Cholesterol Testing Recreational Services Fitness Classes

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing

When: November 6, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)

Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143

Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works Fall passes are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for the Fall fitness schedules.

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Operation Gratitude 2014

Halloween Candy Collection

To honor our United States service men and women, Employee Health Promotion (EHP) in collaboration with UNM Staff Council, would like to invite you to support Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude sends care packages, containing donated items, to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who are deployed in remote regions around the world.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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12-Minute Lower Body Workout with Band

This workout will help you strengthen (and stretch) your abdominals, obliques, and lower back--without any equipment. Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 11 Pilates exercises (plus stretches) for a complete core challenge. If you're new to Pilates, we recommend that you watch our short Intro to Pilates video first.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15.

 

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Coming Soon! Lifesteps 2015

Want to learn how to improve your overall health and wellness? LIFESTEPS is designed for individuals who are committed to taking positive steps toward increasing physical exercise and making quality nutritional choices in an effort to manage their weight and improve their health.

Attend one of the orientation sessions coming soon, and consider using tuition remission to engage in this life changing program. Keep an eye on the Employee Health Promotion Current Initiatives web page and the HR Newsletter for more information! 

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Open Enrollment for 2015 Medicare Advantage, Supplement plans, and Dental plans

The 2015 UNM Medicare Open Enrollment will begin on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 and end on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. During this Open Enrollment period you can:

  • Change Medicare medical carriers
  • Upgrade or downgrade your medical or dental plan
  • Drop your Medicare medical or dental plan
  • Add or drop a Medicare eligible spouse, domestic partner, or legal dependent(s)

The University will be offering the following medical and dental plans to retirees for 2015:

  • Change Medicare medical carriers
  • Upgrade or downgrade your medical or dental plan
  • Drop your Medicare medical or dental plan
  • Add or drop a Medicare eligible spouse, domestic partner, or legal dependent(s)

The University will be offering the following medical and dental plans to retirees for 2015: 

  • AARP Medical Plan “F” Medicare Supplement Plan
    • 1 (800) 545-1797 8 am – 8 pm EST UNM Group Number 776
  • AARP “Preferred” Prescription Plan
    • 1 (800) 545-1797 8 am – 8 pm EST UNM Group Number 76
  • Lovelace Senior Standard Plan and Lovelace Senior 
  • Enhanced Plan-administered by BCBS of New Mexico
    • 1 (888) 731-7503
  • Presbyterian Senior Select or Premier Plan
    • 1 (800) 347-4766
  • Delta Dental PPO or Premier Plan
    • 1 (800) 999-0963

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Welcome Dorothy T. Anderson

Vice President, Human Resources

Effective September 12, 2014, the University of New Mexico named Dorothy Anderson as the vice president for Human Resources. 

Anderson brings 24 years of service in public education and human resources, including over 12 years of directly related HR experience and seven years in higher education. Her most recent appointment was as the director of Human Resources Administration at New Mexico State University (NMSU). 

“I am honored to be selected as the University of New Mexico’s next vice president of Human Resources,” Anderson said. “New Mexico is my home and I am excited to continue working in higher education in this great state.” 

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October 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the October 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of October.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter.

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Wellness Events - October 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing

When: October 2, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)

Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143

Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works Fall passes are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for the Fall fitness schedules.

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Don't Miss Preventive Health Days 2014

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is proud to host UNM’s annual Preventive Health Days. Services are available to all UNM faculty/staff, their spouses, and dependents 18-26 years of age. During Preventive Health Days you can participate in a variety of screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose testing, and many more.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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8-Minute Lower Body Workout with Band

In this workout, Coach Nicole will lead you through a series of 5 exercises (plus stretches) that will work your entire lower body. Perfect for travelers or home exercisers, the exercises in this workout require very little space and can be done virtually anywhere! 

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15. 

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Healthy Halloween 2014

Fall is in the air and the holiday season is quickly approaching. As the days become shorter and the temperatures cooler, it can be tough to stay motivated with activity and healthy eating.

Read the newsletter article for tips to combat the sugar rush of Halloween and start the holiday season nutritionally strong.

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Wellness Champion - Cynthia Layton

If sports teams can have #1 fans, why not departments? Employee Health Promotion (EHP) unofficially declares Cynthia Layton as our #1 fan and Wellness Champion for the month of October. 

Cynthia works as an HR Administrator for the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences, and before that she worked for the pediatric department. No matter where Cynthia works, she is always involved with EHP programs and a great motivator for her coworkers.

Read the newsletter article for more about Cynthia's wellness success. 

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Title IX Obligations for Faculty and Staff

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 has been traditionally known as a law that protects females in athletics. However, this law encompasses much more than just women in sports. In recent years, there has been a push to combat sexual assault and harassment on college campuses through Title IX. 

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2014 Required Training

Available in Learning Central

The 2014 calendar year is half over.  Have you completed your required training?  This year there are two University-Wide required online courses:

Preventing Sexual Harassment 2014
Basic Annual Safety Training 2014

You have until December 31, 2014 to complete the training, however, we encourage all employees to complete the required training as soon as possible.  You can access the training in Learning Central. Read the newsletter article for instructions and more information.

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Wellness Events - September 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing

When: September 4, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)

Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143

Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works Fall pass will be available to purchase Mid-August! Visit the Recreational Services website for the Fall fitness schedules.

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Preventive Health Days 2014

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is pleased to announce our annual Preventive Health Days screenings and activities. UNM encourages every employee at each participating campus to engage in these events and discover new ways to be healthy. Screenings include mammograms, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and more. Participants will have the opportunity to receive wellness giveaways and other prizes. 

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12-Minute Pilates Abs Workout

This workout will help you strengthen (and stretch) your abdominals, obliques and lower back--without any equipment. Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 11 Pilates exercises (plus stretches) for a complete core challenge. 

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15.

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Employee Health Promotion Presents Ola Ala

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New and Updated FMLA Resources Available

Departments/Frontline Managers

These FMLA Resources are available to assist Departments/Frontline Managers with the proper administration of FMLA Requests, helping them remain compliant. The resources will also provide three key components to FMLA Administration.

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Look for the New Healthy U Graphic

In keeping with the goal of staying lean and fit, EHP updated the Healthy U graphic, giving it a sleek new look! So when you see the Healthy U stamp of approval, remember that it’s synonymous with EHP’s mission of helping to promote a Healthier You!

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Wellness Events - August 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
When:            August 7, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time:              7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where:           Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost:               Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C                               costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions:  No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information. 

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works Fall pass will be available to purchase Mid-August! Visit the Recreational Services website for the upcoming fall fitness schedules.

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EHP Offers Individual Nutrition Counseling

Are you looking to improve how you eat? EHP can help you achieve your nutrition goals! Whether you want to lose weight, control diabetes, or just add healthier foods to your life, our individual consulting services can get you there. You’ll meet with one of our registered dietitians who will help you develop your own personal eating plan.

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12-Minute Low Impact Cardio Workout

Boost your metabolism and burn calories in this quick, 12-minute cardio excerpt from the three-DVD set, ''Keeping Fit: Cardio, Strength, Pilates.'' Andrea Metcalf guides you through low-impact exercises to help you maintain your figure and preserve bone and muscle health at any age.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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Wellness Champion - Tina Otero

Ever have the feeling of being a prisoner in your own body? Or not having the energy to do the things that you want? Tina Otero had enough of feeling trapped by her health struggles. She was tired of her lower back and knees aching, felt exhausted just from walking, and didn’t want to be “big” anymore. Tina knew she needed to make a change, and felt motivated by the need to be a role model for her 4-year-old son. With the support of her family, she was able to break free and take charge of her body.

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Medical Plan Representatives on Campus

BlueCross BlueShield, Presbyterian, and UNM Health

BlueCross BlueShield NM, Presbyterian, and UNM Health representatives will be available on campus to meet with individuals one-on-one. If you are an active employee with questions about your insurance plan, claims issues, and/or future service, this is your opportunity to speak personally with an insurance representative. For more information, please read the full article.

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Changes in Effect as of July 1, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 begins next week, and many key changes will go into effect as of July 1, 2014. Read the newsletter article for details on these important updates.

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Union MSU Updates

US-UNM: Effective the pay period beginning July 26, 2014, all US-UNM bargaining unit employees who were in an active status with continuous employment prior to January 1, 2014, who are in active status on July 1, 2014, and who have completed their probationary period, will receive a two-and-a-half percent (2.5%) increase to their hourly rate.

CWA: Effective July 1, 2014, all CWA bargaining unit employees who were in an active status with continuous employment prior to January 1, 2014, who are in an active status on July 1, 2014, and who are no longer on probation, will receive a two-and-a-half percent (2.5%) increase to their hourly rate.

POA: Effective July 1, 2014, all POA bargaining unit employees who were in an active status with continuous employment prior to January 1, 2014, who are in an active status on July 1, 2014, and who have completed their probationary period, will receive a two-and-a-half percent (2.5%) increase to their hourly rate. Employees eligible for this increase must not have received a Performance Review rating of “Improvement Needed” for 2013.

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15-Minute Abs Workout

This workout will help you strengthen (and stretch) your abdominals, obliques, lower back, and hips without any equipment. Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 10 exercises (plus stretches) for a complete core challenge.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15.

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Wellness Champions - Tom and Celeste Cole

Working on healthy behaviors at work can be a little easier if your coworkers are on board, but what about when you’re home and have outside influences such as your spouse, children, family and/or roommates? Tom and Celeste Cole are proof that having support both places can really help accelerate lifestyle change.

Read the newsletter article to learn more about Celeste and Tom's journey. 

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Employee Referral Program

Did you know that UNM offers the option of an Employee Referral Program? Your department can work with HR Client Services to develop a customizable program that will help with employee recruitment. 

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Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor2.0 Program

A UNM Volunteer Initiative

In 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters launched a new mentoring program that President Frank identified as a great fit for faculty and exempt staff at UNM.  The program is called mentor2.0 and focuses on high school students.

The mentor2.0 program is working to place mentors with 9th grade students at South Valley Academy located on Coors and Blake SW and Amy Biehl High School in downtown Albuquerque.  The goal is to match every incoming freshman in these two schools with a mentor, in order to increase graduation rates.

We understand that you may be hesitant to volunteer for a program that you don’t know that much about.  Here is a video describing a similar program in New York City called iMentor.  This is the program upon which Big Brothers Big Sisters is building their mentor2.0 program.

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2014-2015 Catastrophic Leave Program

Information for Fiscal Year 2015

What is the Catastrophic Leave Program?
The Catastrophic Leave Program provides financial assistance to eligible employees when they or their immediate family member experiences an approved catastrophic illness/injury.  A catastrophic illness or injury is an acute or prolonged illness or injury that is considered life threatening, or with the threat of serious residual disability, which results in the employee’s inability to work.  Each request to receive benefits is evaluated under the program guidelines and includes a medical review and determination.

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Salary Planner Update – Fiscal Year 2015

The FY2015 HR Guidelines for Salary Planner will be published on March 26, 2014.  These guidelines will incorporate any Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) directives from the Board of Regents. Check the Human Resources website for latest information on Mass Salary Update Guidelines.

Read the newsletter article for some points to keep in mind during the Salary Planner refresh period.

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Fire Prevention

The focus for this year’s Fire Prevention is all about kitchen fires, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) cites some stark statistics that showcase why the kitchen is a great place to begin your home fire prevention strategy.

Dealing with Burn Injuries
Burns can inflict serious physical damage to the body. Often caused by close exposure to high temperatures, chemical reactions, or electrical current, burns vary in severity. The NFPA offers several downloadable resources and fact sheets to help you prevent fires and burn injuries in your own home.

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HR Office Hours at HSC

The HR commitment is to continue our collaboration and strategic involvement with our constituents, and provide partnership to assist you while you navigate through complex HR issues.  Therefore, effective February 1, 2014, the HSC HR Team will establish office hours on North Campus. The new office space will be inside the HSLIC conference room located on the 1st floor.

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The HR Transaction Center

In the interest of streamlining staff employment services for enhanced support and efficiency, the Division of Human Resources has created the Human Resources Transaction Center. The new center consolidates the processing of HR-related transactions, such as:

  • New hire processing
  • EPAFs, EPANs
  • E-verify
  • Banner testing
  • Vital Error corrections
  • Data clean up
  • UNMJobs applicant support
  • Entering hiring proposals

This does include UNMTemps transactions, but does not include benefits-related transactions.

The Transaction Center eliminates the need for the involvement of two different departments when handling employee transactions, thereby increasing efficiency and saving time. The HR Transaction Center staff will increase their body of knowledge related to transactional data, and they will be physically closer to HR Consultants for easier access to essential information.

 

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UNM Staff Recruitment Goes Social

The Division of Human Resources has partnered with UNM Marketing and Communications to build a robust UNM Staff Careers social media plan. The primary goals are to reach and connect with large and diverse audiences to advertise open staff positions, event happenings, and tell the UNM story.

In mid-October UNM Staff Recruiting Services established a consistent presence on three of the largest social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  

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Changes to University Administrative Policies 3430 and 3600

On August 12, 2013, President Frank approved a minor, but significant, change to UAP 3430 ("Catastrophic Leave Program")

With the University of New Mexico’s implementation of a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) finalized July 1, 2013, we want to remind you of a few important changes to University Administrative Policy 3600.  

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Fourth of July 2013

Holiday Schedule

The University will observe Independence Day on Thursday, July 4. Here is a complete list of other holidays observed throughout the year. For more information about holidays, visit University Business Policies and Procedures #3405 (Holidays).

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Tuition Remission - Opportunity at Your Fingertips

The University of New Mexico recognizes the importance of an educated and competent workforce. To encourage the continued growth and enrichment of employees, UNM offers a variety of Tuition Remission benefits.

Tuition Remission can be used for classes at The University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, UNM Continuing Education and/or University departments for professional development.

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Retirement Representatives on Campus

TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, VALIC, MetLife, and ING

Representatives from TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, VALIC, MetLife, and ING will be available to meet with staff and faculty who would like more information about 403(b), 457(b), and/or ARP plans offered through UNM.  Remember, an employee does not need to be benefits-eligible to participate in a supplemental retirement plan.   For more information on services offered and how to schedule an appointment, read the full article.

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Accessing LoboWeb for Up-to-Date Info

View Pay Information, W-2 Form, Benefit Statements, and Leave Balances

LoboWeb is a great tool that is accessible 24/7, where you can view your Pay Stubs, W-2 form, Benefit Statements, and Leave Balances. By reviewing the information available on LoboWeb, you can ensure your Pay Stubs and Benefit Statements are accurate. Read the full article for more information.

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Fiscal Cliff Impact Update

College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has released information about the Fiscal Cliff and the American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R. 8).  Read their article to understand the impact to your benefits and paycheck at:
http://www.cupahr.org/news/item.aspx?id=9627 

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Changing Your Insurance Benefits

Opportunities to make changes to your medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending accounts (FSA) outside of an Open Enrollment period are allowed only when you or your dependents experience a Qualifying Change of Status or Special Event.

Read the full article for important information regarding a Qualifying Change of Status and Special Events.

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Accessing LoboWeb

View pay information, W-2, benefits statements, and leave balances

LoboWeb is a great tool that is accessible 24/7, where you can view your Pay Stub, W-2, Benefits Statement, and Leave Balances. By reviewing the information available on LoboWeb, you can ensure your Pay Stub and Benefit Statements are accurate. To access LoboWeb: 

  1. Click here: https://my.unm.edu  
  2. Enter your UNM NetID and Password
  3. Click the “Employee Life” tab   
  4. Click the LoboWeb logo in the center of the screen

For instructions on how to view your Pay Stub, W-2, and Benefit Statements, please read the full article.

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University Closure

Guidelines for Handling Time Entry

As the winter months approach, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify the process for University closures and time entry for regular staff working .50 or above.  As per Policy 3415 “Paid Time,” University Business Policies and Procedures Manual (UBPPM), Section 3.1. University or Branch Closure, “Eligible employees use leave with pay on those occasions when the University is declared closed by the University President… In instances where the President declares the University closed, employees should follow the procedures discussed in Policy 3435 - Inclement Weather."  For specific time entry information and frequently asked questions, please read the full article.   

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Educational Retirement Board Contributions

Attention On-Call & Temporary UNM Employees

State statute and University policy for Educational Retirement Board (ERB) contributions state that employees who work .25 FTE or less are excluded from participation in the system.  The specific exclusion of temporary/on-call staff and temporary faculty from participation in the Educational Retirement Board system until they exceed a .25 FTE in a fiscal year was identified by the President’s Strategic Advisory Team as a cost containment strategy.  Read the full article to learn more.  

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