Employee Benefits Legislative Update

To All USF System Employees:
As you all know, the Florida Legislative Session is once again underway. The Legislature’s Regular Session began January 10 and is anticipated to end on March 9. The USF System has a team in Tallahassee that is actively involved and is closely monitoring the activities and any potential impacts on USF and our employees.
Both the House and Senate have proposals that would impact employee benefits to some degree, including certain retirement plans and health insurance changes. However, please remember that the legislative process is lengthy, and proposed legislation undergoes many changes before becoming a law. As these bills are still in the discussion stages and not yet agreed upon, I encourage you to stay informed on the proposed legislation and to be patient as the process unfolds.
The State of Florida Division of Management Services has set up a 2012 Legislation page that includes a summary of all proposed bills that could impact state employees. I encourage you to check their site periodically to stay informed of all changes as the bills move through the legislative session. Like all citizens of the State of Florida, you have a voice and can communicate your concerns about any proposed legislation to the lawmakers in your area. If you plan to contact your representatives, it’s important for you to know that, by State law, your communication must be done during off-work hours and cannot be made using university equipment (phones, email, Internet, etc.). Your communication should be made as a citizen of the State and not based on your affiliation with a public employer.
We are watching very carefully any bills that could affect USF employee benefits or plans. Should legislation pass and be signed into law by the Governor, we will communicate the impact of the changes to the university community with as much notice as we can provide before those changes take effect. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns that you would like to discuss, please contact the Benefits Representative for your HR Service Center on the Tampa campus or your HR Department at the St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Manatee, or Polytechnic campuses.
Theresa A. Drye
Associate Vice President
(813) 974-5711 | Fax: (813) 974-5227
4202 E Fowler Ave, Mailstop
Tampa, FL 33620
tdrye@usf.edu | usf.edu/hr