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TRS Reporting Change
Effective with the September 1, 2015 paycheck, the timing of reporting to TRS has changed. Per revised TRS Rule 25.28, salaries and deposits are now reported based on check date, rather than pay period. As a result, only 11 months of salaries are included in the 2014-2015 totals. Employees will notice this change on their TRS Statement that was recently mailed to them. If you are approaching retirement, TRS may be willing to work with you to adjust your salaries to reflect a full 12 months. Please contact TRS directly at 1-800-223-8778 or 512-542-6400 to begin this process. You may also find additional information in the “Guide to Reading Your 2015 TRS Annual Statement” on the TRS website.
Same-sex Marriage Benefits Beginning July 1
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Friday, June 26, 2015 regarding same-sex marriage, all benefits eligible UT Austin employees and retired employees will be able to enroll their same-sex spouses, as well as dependent children of these spouses, in health and dental coverages. The plan amendment will take effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. That day, under policies related to mid-year enrollments due to a change in status event, UT Austin will begin enrolling same-sex spouses of benefits eligible employees and retired employees who submit the required application and presentation of a valid marriage certificate. Employees will have 31 days to enroll from this status change event. Benefits eligible employees and retirees who submit the required application and a marriage certificate after July 1 may enroll within 31 days of the marriage. If you are an employee interested in making changes to your benefits options, please contact our HR Service Center at 512-471-HRSC (4772) or by email at HRSC@austin.utexas.edu.
UT Austin’s Student Employee of the Year Wins National Award
Congratulations to Coleman Tharpe, recipient of the university’s 2014-2015 President’s Student Employee of the Year Award and the 2015 National Student Employee of the Year! On April 13, the president of the National Student Employment Association, Desiree Noah, surprised Coleman with his national award at the annual Student Employee Recognition Luncheon hosted by Human Resources and the Division of Student Affairs. At the event, Coleman also received a Student Employee of the Year Award from the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators. Coleman is a senior majoring in Anthropology and Radio, Television and Film, and he was honored for his work as a Senior Student Associate for the Webber Energy Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering. Take a couple of minutes today to watch a video about Coleman’s incredible accomplishments.