“Check. Change. Control.” Program from AHA Encourages Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring

January 17, 2018

The North Carolina State Health Plan has partnered with the American Heart Association to offer state worksites, schools, and universities Check. Change. Control®, a free evidence-based blood pressure monitoring program available from Feb. 2 until June 1, 2018.

The goal of the program is to achieve and maintain a healthy heart by increasing employees’ awareness of their blood pressure levels by:

  1. Checking for high blood pressure
  2. Changing lifestyle and seeking treatment
  3. Controlling hypertension by taking preventative measures

The Program uses an online tracker, educational materials, as well as direct portal messaging and optional text and email alerts and is free for all UNC employees to participate in.

By participating in the campaign, you commit to:

  • Entering in 2 blood pressure readings in the Check. Change. Control. platform each month fromFeb. 2 until June 1, 2018.
  • Opt in for text and/or email alerts
  • Explore the resources available in your participant portal

Where to check your blood pressure?

There will be at least four blood pressure stations throughout the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Additional blood pressure cuffs are available for interested divisions and schools. Find a blood pressure cuff closest to you.

  • Campus Recreation—1st floor
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health—Michael Hooker Research Center
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School—Gym
  • AOB located at 104 Airport Drive

Each month of the program, UNC participants with at least 2 recorded blood pressure readings will be entered into a drawing to win a prize.

Sign up today at www.ccctracker.com. Use UNC campaign code: SHP57


Contact Jessica Pyjas, Work/Life & Wellness Manager at jessica_pyjas@unc.edu.

National Wear Red Day: Friday, Feb. 2

January 17, 2018

If there should be a day to wear red at UNC-Chapel Hill, let it be Friday, Feb 2.  The first Friday of February marks National Wear Red Day – a day we set aside our rivalries to create awareness that heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women.

Mark your calendar to wear red on Feb. 2 to show your commitment to knowing your numbers: total cholesterol, HDL “good” cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose (sugar) and body mass index – in 2018, and encourage the women in your life to do the same. It could save a life.

Connect with the movement on social media usinghashtags #UNCjobperks #totalWELLbeing #WearRedandGive

and say why you wore red.

To learn more, visit: www.goredforwomen.org

2017 W-2 now available in ConnectCarolina

January 12, 2018

Your tax year 2017 W-2 form is now available for viewing via the SelfService menu on the ConnectCarolina home page. Remember that 2-Step Verification is required for online W-2 access (see 2-Step instructions below). In late January 2018, all employees will also receive a printed W-2 for tax year 2017.

Accessing online W-2s offers the following advantages:

  • Accessing your W-2 form online allows you to print and use it sooner than the paper version issued in late January by Payroll Services.
  • Active employees can access and print their W-2s at any time, 24 hours a day. The functionality can be especially useful for employees who need to access their W-2 information quickly when applying for personal loans.
  • The electronic W-2 is just as official as the paper version you normally receive from Payroll Services – no special paper is needed.
  • Former employees will continue to receive paper W-2s via U.S. Mail and also have the option of accessing W-2s via a guest account in ConnectCarolina. Instructions can be found athelp.unc.edu/help/onyens-guest-ids/.

Instructions for accessing your W-2 online using 2-Step:

Visit onyen.unc.edu and click “Register & Manage 2-Step Verification.” The registration process for 2-Step takes just 10 minutes. Have your PID available and your mobile device or landline phone with you. Follow the steps to select and confirm your preferred 2-Step method (a text message, landline phone call or a “push” notification). Then visit ConnectCarolina to access your online W-2 via the SelfService menu.

Already registered for 2-Step but have a new device?

Are you already registered for 2-Step, but need a refresher on how to activate a new device? Click the “New Devices” tab on this help document: help.unc.edu/help/duo/ for step-by-step instructions.

Want to learn more? 

You can visit its.unc.edu/2-step to learn more about 2-Step on our campus, why it’s important and how it keeps you and Carolina secure.

Questions or problems?

This message is sponsored by: Payroll Services

Coming Soon: IRS Form 1095-C and 1095-B

January 11, 2018

In the coming weeks, you may receive one or two Federal income tax forms — Form 1095-C and Form 1095-B.

Why are these forms important?

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), when you complete your 2017 tax return, you will be required to indicate whether or not you (and your eligible dependents) had qualifying medical coverage for all of 2017. The University will send you a tax form, Form 1095-C, which includes information about the health coverage offered to you by the University. In some instances, our insurance carriers will be sending you Form 1095-B. You may receive one or both of these forms. (See “Who Will Receive a Form 1095-C or 1095-B” to determine which form you will receive.)

It is not necessary for you to wait until you receive these forms to file your tax return. While the information on the forms may assist you in preparing your return, the forms are not required. Similar to last year, you can prepare and file your return using other information about your health insurance. Also, if you are not considered a full-time employee under the ACA rules, you may not receive these forms, or you may only receive one form.

What information does the form 1095-C contain?

  • Your name, Social Security number and address
  • Your Employer’s name, Employer Identification Number (EIN) and address, and

Information about health coverage that the University offered you and your dependents during 2017 and that you were enrolled in during 2017.

What information does the form 1095-B contain?

  • Your name, Social Security number and address, as well as your dependent’s names and Social Security numbers or date of birth, and

Information about the health coverage you and your dependents, if applicable, were enrolled in during 2017.

Who will receive a form 1095-C or 1095-B?

The following individuals will receive a Form 1095-C from the University:

  • Employees eligible for health coverage under any of the following health plans offered by the University:
    • Enhanced 80/20 Plan
    • Traditional 70/30 Plan
    • Consumer-Directed Health Plan
    • High Deductible Health Plan
  • Former employees who were eligible and/or enrolled in University-sponsored health coverage during 2017, either as active employees and/or COBRA participants
  • Other employees determined to be a full-time employee under the ACA rules
  • Retirees under age 65 enrolled in the Enhanced 80/20 Plan, Traditional 70/30 Plan or the Consumer-Directed Health Plan
  • Retirees 65 or older enrolled in the Traditional 70/30 Plan
  • Retirees enrolled in the State Health Plan Medicare Advantage Plan will receive a 1095-B from the Medicare Advantage Insurer (either Humana or United Health Care)
  • Students enrolled in the UNC Student Health Insurance Plan will receive a 1095-B from Blue Cross / Blue Shield of North Carolina

The following will receive a Form 1095-C from the University and a Form 1095-B from Blue Cross / Blue Shield of North Carolina:

  • Postdoctoral fellows eligible for health coverage under the UNC Postdoc Medical Insurance Plan

When will I receive the forms?

The form(s) will be mailed to your home address at the end of January.

What do I need to do?

When you receive the form(s), save them with your other important tax records. You will not need to attach or file the forms with your Federal income tax return.

If you (and your eligible dependents) were enrolled in the health plan provided by the University for all of 2017, you can indicate on the appropriate line of the IRS Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ that you (and your eligible dependents) had qualifying medical coverage.

If you (or your eligible dependents) did not have health coverage for all of 2017, you may be assessed a tax penalty unless you qualify for an exemption. Note: Under passage of tax reform legislation at the end of 2017, the requirement for each individual to obtain health coverage or pay a penalty will no longer be in effect beginning 2019. The individual mandate will continue to apply for 2017 and 2018.

If I cover my dependents under the health plan provided by the University, will they receive a separate form 1095-C or 1095-C?

Generally no. Coverage for both you and your eligible dependents will be included on the form(s) sent to you.

Note: If your eligible dependents file separate tax returns, they will need to provide information about their medical coverage when completing their tax returns. You can provide a copy of the form(s) to your eligible dependents; however, they do not need the form(s) to complete their individual tax returns. They can prepare and file their returns using other information about their health insurance.


Learn more about the new tax forms

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Check Your Check: Review Benefit Deductions

January 11, 2018

All UNC-Chapel Hill employees should review their first paycheck of 2018 for accuracy across their benefit plan deductions. For questions regarding benefit plan deductions, please contact UNC Benefits at 919-962-3071 or benefits@unc.edu.

Employees Paid Bi-Weekly

Your paycheck on Jan. 5 reflects new NCFlex & UNC Benefit Plan Rates.

Employees Paid Bi-Monthly

Your paycheck on Jan. 31 reflects new NCFlex & UNC Benefit Plan Rates.

Ready. Set. Goal: How UNC can help you keep your 2018 resolutions

January 11, 2018

We’re all looking for ways to be our best selves in 2018. Some of the most popular new year’s resolutions include eating healthier, getting more exercise, saving money, and learning new skills. At UNC-Chapel Hill, we’re committed to helping you keep – and exceed – those resolutions. From professional development to financial stability, we’ve got lots of (free!) ways to make 2018 your best year yet.

Add to your professional toolkit

If you never stop learning, you never stop growing. At UNC-Chapel Hill, there are many ways to learn new skills for the workplace and beyond.

Professional development opportunities at OHR

All UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff are invited to attend classes hosted by the Office of Human Resources Organization and Professional Development. Courses change each month, and cover areas in professional development, work-life and wellness, and UNC policies and procedures. See what courses we’re offering in February, or search through the entire Spring 2018 catalog.

Green Zone Training

Green Zone training is for faculty and staff that wish to learn more about the military affiliated student experience. Its goals are to train members of the Carolina community to know more about the issues and concerns faced by military affiliated students and to identify individuals who are available to assist this population.

Register: Green Zone Training

Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone is a program designed to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the diverse LGBTIQA+ community. The UNC LGBTQ center offers a four hour educational session that provides information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Register: Safe Zone Training

HAVEN Training

HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) is a collaboration between the Equal Opportunity & Compliance Office, the Carolina Women’s Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, and Student Wellness. It provides students, faculty, staff and Post Doctoral Fellows with tools to be an ally to someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal (relationship) violence or stalking. The three-hour training emphasizes the importance of listening, responding compassionately, and connecting survivors to resources on campus and in the community.

Register: HAVEN Training

Improve your health

Every year, millions vow to lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more. UNC-Chapel Hill provides employees with many ways to improve and maintain good health. After all, your best you is your healthiest you.

Hit the gym

UNC-Chapel Hill offers campus recreation membership to university and hospital faculty and staff at a discounted rate. Membership includes access to two fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools, multiple gymnasiums, as well as outdoor recreation spaces. Not sure if an employee campus recreation membership is right for you? Sign up for a trial membership! UNC Campus Recreation offers a one-week free trial membership for permanent employees.

Learn more about Employee Recreation

Eat smart, move more, weigh less

Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is a 15-week adult weight management program that uses strategies based on evidence for weight loss and/or weight maintenance. Online interactive Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less classes focus on the 12 evidence-based eating and physical activity behaviors for weight management. Rather than providing a prescriptive diet plan, this program teaches small lifetime changes, including mindfulness as a strategy to become more aware of eating and physical activity.

Learn more about Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less

UNC Mindfulness Program

The UNC Mindfulness-based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers training in meditation and mind-body awareness. In these courses, you will learn how to slow down, set priorities, stay calm, focused and relaxed, and improve your ability to meet life’s challenges. The Mindfulness practice will enhance your body’s natural adaptive healing ability and will cultivate the mind’s clarity and insight.

Learn more about the UNC Mindfulness Program

Give up tobacco

If you are a tobacco user, one of the best things you can do for yourself in 2018 is to quit – and UNC will help. The UNC School of Medicine’s Nicotine Dependence Program will provide you with the information and tools you need to become tobacco free.

A treatment specialist will work with you to make a plan that works for you and your lifestyle including dealing with withdrawal, using tobacco cessation medications, and strategies for changing behaviors that are linked to your tobacco use. They will follow-up with you for adjustment of the treatment plan and medications, as needed, and give you on-going support to stop smoking and prevent relapse.

Learn more about the Nicotine Dependence Program

Find financial peace of mind

Plan for retirement

Representatives from both Fidelity Investments and TIAA Investments will be on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to meet one-on-one with UNC-Chapel Hill employees throughout the first half of 2018. Advisors can help you make sure you are planning adequately for retirement, investing in the right mix of investments to reach your goals, and show you how to access income from your retirement account once you stop working. These meetings are free to UNC employees, but require an appointment.

Learn more about retirement planning with Fidelity & TIAA

Join the State Employees Credit Union

As an employee of UNC-Chapel Hill, you and your immediate family are eligible to become member-owners of State Employees’ Credit Union. A $25 share account (your membership account), allows you to take advantage of SECU’s excellent rates and services. SECU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by the state and public school employees of North Carolina and their families. Services include checking with no balance requirement, mortgage and vehicle loans, and more.

Learn more about SECU

Take advantage of UNC employee discounts

Working at Carolina gets you more than a paycheck. Expand your horizons through a variety of discount programs that provide you access to some of the region’s best arts and entertainment, intercollegiate athletics action and other jewels – indoors and out. There’s a rich array of programming available to University employees and their families. In addition to the discounts and perks you can find on our website, check out the WeSave State Employee Discount Program, which provides discounts for travel, theme parks and more.

Learn more about employee discounts

Reach new heights

Get back in the classroom

UNC-Chapel Hill provides employees with various ways to take courses at no cost. The Tuition Waiver Program provides an opportunity for an eligible employee to have the tuition waived for a course taken at any of the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina System. Participation is voluntary and courses may be taken for career development or for personal interest.

UNC also has an Educational Assistance Program for workforce planning and development. It provides a tool for managers and employees to support academic activities that directly relate to the organization’s identified knowledge, skills, and behaviors (organizational competencies), and which support the mission, vision, and values of the organization.

Learn more about educational assistance

Learn online

Another way to learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals is through Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a UNC Chapel Hill licensed online video-training library that has more than 2,400 software, career development, and technology training titles that you can access from anywhere using an internet browser and your Onyen login.

Lynda’s video courses are taught by industry experts, working professionals, and veteran teachers. The library features software from Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Blackboard, Facebook, Google, HTML, Microsoft, Open Source, SPSS, Twitter and many more that allow users to learn the latest tools and techniques in business, digital media, design and development.

Learn more about Lynda.com

Give back

Join the UNC “Food for All” Campus Food Drive

Join the UNC Employee Forum in fighting hunger in North Carolina through the Food for All Campus Food Drive, benefitting the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and the Carolina Cupboard. This drive will also contribute to Harris Teeter’s Million Meals Challenge, which is a competition between UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest University to raise the most food throughout the course of the 2017-2018 athletic season. Donations will be accepted at several special events throughout the year, as well as throughout campus.

Learn more about the Carolina Campus Community Garden

UNC Campus Community Garden

It may be winter, but spring in Carolina is right around the corner. Get outside and give back to our community by volunteering at the Carolina Campus Community Garden. Part of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, the garden aims to grow vegetables and fruit so that all UNC employees have access to fresh, sustainably grown produce through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty, and local residents and to serve as a learning community for developing gardening skills, healthy living, social responsibility, and interdisciplinary academic pursuits.

Learn more about the Carolina Campus Community Garden

Donate Blood or Platelets

The UNC Health Care Blood Donation Center was founded in 1997 to help supply UNC Medical Center patients with blood products, such as plasma and platelets, from volunteer donors. Currently, the UNC Health Care Blood Donation Center specializes in the collection of platelets and plasma by apheresis. Patients of all ages, from birth to the elderly, may benefit from a blood donation. These donations may be used for a variety of reasons, including surgery, inherited bleeding disorders or the treatment of cancer.

Learn more about the Blood & Platelet Donation

Get involved with TABLE

Almost one-third of Chapel Hill-Carrboro preschool, elementary school, and middle school kids are on subsidized school breakfasts and lunches. These children are at risk for hunger on weekends and holidays when they do not have access to their free school meals. TABLE seeks to meet the nutritional needs of the children ages 3 through 14 where the school system cannot reach.

Learn more about TABLE

Have more fun

Cheer on the Tar Heels

UNC-Chapel Hill employees and family members can attend many Tar Heel sports events at no cost. As an employee, you and up to four members of your immediate family can gain entry to many regular season home games at UNC just by showing your OneCard. Sports include men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and baseball. UNC also offers discounted employee tickets for men’s football and basketball.

Learn more about faculty & staff athletic tickets

Attend world-class theatre and music productions

PlayMakers Repertory Company is the LORT-D professional theatre company in residence at UNC-Chapel Hill. PlayMakers strives to produce entertaining, relevant, and courageous work that tells stories from and for a multiplicity of perspectives. Called “the best live theater company in the Triangle” by The Independent Weekly, PlayMakers offers UNC Faculty and Staff 10% off full-priced single tickets.

Learn more about PlayMakers Discounts

Explore our beautiful campus

Each academic year, the UNC Visitors’ Center hosts a special series of campus tours – the Priceless Gems – in addition to its daily tours about Carolina’s mission and history, traditions, legends and landmarks. These on-campus walking tours are led by experts on specific aspects of Carolina History. The tour is free, open to the public, and lasts about an hour to an-hour-and-a-half. Tours begin at UNC-Chapel Hill Visitors’ Center, located in the West Wing of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, located in downtown Chapel Hill at 250 East Franklin Street.

Learn more about Priceless Gem Tours

New Vision Provider for 2018

January 10, 2018

EyeMed Vision Care is the new vision care provider for UNC-Chapel Hill employees beginning Jan. 1. Employees will receive welcome packets and cards from EyeMed in the mail.

If you did not receive a card, please call EyeMed at 1-866-248-1939. UNC Benefits also encourages you to visit the EyeMed Vision Care online employee portal to find a provider and review benefit plan details.

Fidelity, TIAA Retirement Planning on Campus

January 4, 2018

Fidelity Investments

A representative from Fidelity Investments, Cleo Morgan, will be on campus throughout the first half of 2018 to meet with UNC-Chapel Hill Employees regarding their plans for retirement and investing.  Available by appointment only, Ms. Morgan will be at the Administrative Office Building (104 Airport Drive) on the following dates:

  • January 16
  • February 6
  • February 27
  • March 6
  • March 27
  • April 3
  • May 8
  • June 19

Make an Appointment

If employees would like to schedule a free one-on-one appointment, they can do so by either calling (800) 642 – 7131 or by visiting http://www.getguidance.fidelity.com/.

To make the most out of their time together, Fidelity asks that employees consider bringing relevant account statements and any paperwork to your appointment to help address specific questions and needs.

View Flyer

TIAA Investments

A Senior Financial Consultant from TIAA, Logan Sharpe, will be on campus throughout January, February and March to meet one-on-one with UNC employees regarding their retirement planning. Topics to be covered include:

  • Investing in the right mix of investments to help employees reach financial goals
  • Planning for an adequate retirement income
  • How to take income from retirement accounts once employees stop working

These advisory sessions are free of charge, but employees who wish to meet with Mr. Sharpe will need to make an appointment. He will be at two different locations – Bondurant Hall (School of Medicine) and the Campus Y. Below are dates and times for both locations:

Bondurant Hall, Room G021 or G022

  • Jan. 11, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.
  • Jan. 18, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.
  • Jan. 25, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 1, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 15, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.
  • March 1, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.
  • March 8, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.
  • March 15, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.

Campus Y, Room 103

  • Jan. 9, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.
  • Jan. 10, 9:00 –  3:00 p.m.

Make an Appointment

To schedule a one-on-one appointment with Logan Sharpe, please follow this link and choose a time that works best for you.

View Flyer: Bondurant Hall View Flyer: Campus Y