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Benefits & Rewards

Treating our faculty and staff right starts with a total rewards approach to benefits.

Hard work may be its own reward, but we think your mind should be at ease while you’re doing it. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a diverse benefits package, generous leave and ample opportunities for growth.

Take care of your health

Medical, dental and vision care
Whether you are a new hire, preparing for open enrollment or just want to learn more about what UF has to offer, explore your options.
Talk to a benefits counselor
Access our online benefits scheduler to set up a time to talk to one of our benefits specialists about your insurance, leave or retirement questions.
Emotional support for you and your family
UF employees and each member of their household may request up to six free counseling visits with highly trained clinicians per person, per event, per calendar year through the UF Employee Assistance Program.
Wellness programs
Discover an array of programs, events, classes and resources designed to support your wellness journey through UFHR Wellness.

Enjoy discounts and perks

GatorPerks
Get exclusive discounts at both local and national businesses and retailers.
GuidanceResources Perks
Our Employee Assistance Program offers preferred pricing through Working Advantage and other national vendors.
Gator1 ID
Your Gator 1 ID Card provides free access to the RTS bus service, UF library services, prepaid vending, Gator Dining and more.
Stay informed
UF offers free online subscriptions to both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Care for your family

Parental leave
UF guarantees six months of parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.
Marital and family changes
When changes happen, get the help you need to ensure your insurance is up-to-date.
On-campus child care
Three on-campus Baby Gator Child Development Centers offer quality care to children ages six weeks to five years.
Child and elder care referral
The UF Employee Assistance Program provides referrals customized to your family’s unique needs.

Continue your education

Employee Education Program
Receive tuition assistance for up to six credits of instruction per semester at UF or the state university closest to your work location.
Professional development
UF Training & Organizational Development offers a range of courses designed to help you be your best.
Leadership development
Begin or continue your leadership exploration at a level most compatible with your career stage and aspirations.
University Libraries
The most comprehensive knowledge resource system in the state crossing all disciplines and formats is at your fingertips.

Plan for the future

Retirement plans
Participate in one of three retirement plan options offered through the State of Florida.
More savings options
Our voluntary savings plans, available via payroll deduction, can help you save even more.
Life insurance
Basic and term life insurance plans are available for you and your dependents.
Financial consultation
Through the UF Employee Assistance Program, you can connect with a financial consultant for advice on retirement planning, taxes, budgeting, debt and more.
Preparing to retire
Our detailed checklists will help assist you in your transition from an active employee to a retiree.
Financial Literacy and Education
Our FLARE (Financial Literacy and Education) program offers classes and online resources to illuminate your journey to financial security.

Get connected

New faculty and professionals
Experience UF is our year-long program designed especially those who have recently relocated to the Gainesville area.
Affinity groups
Find support, networking and like-minded people through a variety of .

Find balance

Time off
UF provides a variety of leave programs, including vacation, sick leave, holidays, personal leave days and family and medical leave.
Flexible time and work arrangements
UF supports the use of flexible scheduling and of employee work hours and alternate work location agreements, at departments’ discretion.
Worklife support
We know the quality of our life and the quality of our work are interdependent, placing a high value on worklife programs and support.

Find support when you need it

Access to legal consultation
Through the Employee Assistance Program, you can talk to an attorney for practical assistance with your most pressing legal issues.
Relocation and home repairs
Specialists with the Employee Assistance Program can help you find a mover, refer you to home repair contractors and more.
Campus food pantry
The Pantry supports students, faculty and staff who are experiencing food insecurity, offering non-perishable food, toiletries and fresh produce.
Aid-a-Gator
UF created the Aid-a-Gator program as an emergency fund to provide limited assistance to faculty and staff experiencing a temporary financial hardship.
Sick Leave Pool
UF’s Sick Leave Pool enables employees to combine a portion of their individually accrued sick leave for collective use.

Meet Alex

UFHR is pleased to present Alex, an online, virtual benefits counselor designed to make exploring and choosing the best benefits options for you and your family less of a chore

Learn more

Latest Benefits News

Benefits Open Enrollment: Keep Current. Stay Current.

Open Enrollment for 2020 benefits will take place Oct. 14 through Nov. 1. During Open Enrollment, employees may elect or change state and UF benefits plans through the appropriate online portals. Learn more about how to prepare for Open Enrollment.

Upcoming change to state employees’ prescription drug plan

Beginning in January 2020, the Division of State Group Insurance (DSGI) is implementing formulary management in the State Employees’ Prescription Drug Plan (RX plan). Certain drugs will be excluded under the RX plan and will require prior authorization approval to be covered.

State Deferred Compensation Plan changes: T. Rowe Price and Empower no longer available

In an effort to respond to the changing retirement savings industry, provide a better value and simplify options for State of Florida employees and participants, the state has decided to decrease the number of investment providers. The Deferred Compensation Plan will not be renewing contracts with T. Rowe Price and Empower. Learn more about what you can do if you have funds at T. Rowe Price or Empower.

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