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Throughout the academic year, DePaul University updates its policies, and below is a listing of all such updates adopted from March 10, 2023, to the present.
If you are still figuring out how to manage your household's summer schedule, now is the time to investigate what your Bright Horizons benefit has to offer.
In recognition of the hard work and dedication of our full-time staff employees, DePaul provides additional time off during the summer. Through the Summer Hours Program, full-time staff employees can leave early on Fridays at 3 p.m., and those whose jobs cannot accommodate early departures are able to use three summer floating holidays.
As summer nears, so do preparations for the end of the annual performance appraisal period for full- and part-time staff employees. This annual process provides an opportunity for formal performance discussions and documentation to capture the hard work, important contributions, and professional development of each individual staff member.
The month of May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, serving as a reminder for all of us to pause and assess our well-being.
With the federal government set to end the public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, certain health insurance benefits will return to pre-COVID levels, beginning May 11.
DePaul University highly recommends that you periodically review your beneficiary designations for university-provided life insurance and 403(b) benefits. Beneficiary recipients can be individuals, an organization, a trust or your estate.
In these sessions, self-paced learning modules combine with a collaborative skills lab alongside other DePaul managers. Participants will strengthen skills and practices in goal setting, goal maintenance, completing the performance appraisal process, ongoing coaching and feedback.
Throughout the academic year, DePaul University updates its policies, and this lists all such updates adopted from Jan. 1, 2023, to the present.
If you have not already sat down with your manager to informally discuss progress toward your 2022/23 performance, now is a great time to do so.
Through the HR and Payroll Help Center, employees will find knowledge articles that can assist with common questions and inquiry forms to highlight their specific needs.
The series will cover a variety of mental health topics, each webinar will be presented by an expert from ComPsych GuidanceResources, DePaul’s Employee Assistance Program, and offered exclusively for employees at DePaul.
DePaul’s Bright Horizons Back-Up Care benefit now includes pet care and live, virtual camps for children. Benefits-eligible employees have access to 15 days of back-up care per calendar year.
DePaul PPO and CDHP health plan members now have access to services provided by RUSH Physical Therapy at two locations on the Lincoln Park Campus.
DePaul's Open Enrollment period for choosing 2023 benefits is now open. Any desired changes to your benefit elections must be made by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, Nov. 4, and will take effect Jan. 1.
From flu shots to earning points toward the Wellness Program incentive, all benefits-eligible employees are encouraged to take full advantage of everything that this year’s in-person Health and Benefits Fair has to offer.
If you are a staff employee at DePaul, have you input your performance goals for the 2022-23 Staff Performance Appraisal period?
Benefits-eligible employees: mark your calendars for this year’s open enrollment period. From Monday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Nov. 4, you’ll be able to make benefits elections that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023.
Full-time employees with at least one year of service are now eligible to apply for a scholarship at participating "host" schools through the tuition exchange program.
There is less than one month left to complete the 2021-22 performance appraisals for full- and part-time staff employees. Performance appraisal documentation is completed in BlueSky and should be submitted to Human Resources by Sept. 1.
You might be saving for retirement, but are you saving for an unplanned event? This summer, Fidelity’s financial experts will offer several workshops where you can learn how to take control of your budget and understand your financial options after an unforeseen event.
Full-time employees of DePaul may qualify for student loan forgiveness through the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Now through the end of October, a limited PSLF waiver is in place that allows borrowers to submit prior years of public service that may not have been credited.
Do you know someone who is qualified for an open full-time staff job at DePaul? If so, you might be eligible to receive a $1,000 bonus for referring an
external candidate who is hired and successfully completes six months of
employment within a full-time staff position at DePaul.
It is mid-year and time for benefits-eligible employees to calculate how to use vacation hours now through the end of 2022.To check your... read more
If you are a current DePaul employee and applying for a new staff job at the university, you'll need to apply through BlueSky.
As summer nears, so do preparations for the end of the annual performance appraisal period for full- and part-time staff employees.
DePaul's Summer Hours Program for full-time staff employees, not currently on a continuous leave of absence,... read more
Whether help is needed to get through everyday life or deal with a major crisis, DePaul has benefits to support the mental health needs of you and your family.
Have questions about your personal finances and investments? Then take advantage of the resources available from Fidelity... read more
Do you have a 5- to 18-year-old who could benefit from a tutor? Explore Bright Horizons' virtual tutoring that can assist children and teens with reading, math and more than 300 other subjects.
As an employee of DePaul, you receive regular pay for the work you perform. The other part of your total compensation is the value of the... read more
Did you know benefits-eligible employees have access to high-quality caregiving services for children and adults? This spring, usual nominal copays will be waived from March 1 – April 30.
Do you have a plan for how you will use your vacation hours in 2022? If not, now is the time to take out your calendar and figure out a plan for your time off.
DePaul's medical plan pharmacy benefits, which are provided through BCBSIL/Prime Therapeutics, now cover over-the-counter diagnostic tests for COVID-19. This coverage is per new federal guidance and is effective through the end of the federal public health emergency.
Although we just started a new calendar year, we are already halfway through the current staff performance appraisal period. The 2021-22 performance appraisal cycle officially ends on June 30, and the due date to submit your completed performance document to Human Resources via BlueSky is Sept. 1.
Before the end of the calendar year is a great time to make sure you are making the most of your DePaul benefits. While some DePaul benefits are specific to employees who are benefits-eligible, there are others that apply to most employees at DePaul.
As shared via email before Thanksgiving and proposed by DePaul's Staff Council in recognition of a challenging year which has made it difficult to take time away from work, DePaul is increasing the maximum amount of carryover vacation hours from 5 to 10 days this year. Employees may carry over a maximum of 10 days of accrued vacation past Dec. 31 to be taken in 2022.
Through the end of 2021, benefits-eligible faculty and staff have access to enhanced benefits for caregiving services offered through Bright Horizons.
Benefits-eligible employees who want to make changes to their 2022 benefits elections must do so through BlueSky by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 5.
Benefit-eligible employees have two weeks to make any changes to their DePaul benefits. Benefits elections will be made through BlueSky. New elections and changes for 2022 benefits must be made by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, and will take effect Jan. 1, 2022.
Benefits-eligible employees, it is time to start planning your benefits needs for open enrollment, set for Oct. 25 through Nov. 5. To help, the virtual Health and Benefits Fair offers information about the 2022 benefits available to you.
The annual Health and Benefits Fair will launch Monday, Oct. 18, in advance of the open enrollment period that will take place Oct. 25 through Nov. 5.
With the 2020-21 performance appraisal process completed, you can now enter into BlueSky your 2021-22 performance goals that you developed with your manager and are currently working on. The timeframe for these goals is July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
Every year, benefits-eligible employees have the opportunity to enroll in or make changes to their DePaul benefits during the open... read more
Do you still have unused vacation hours? If you do, now is the time to figure out how you will use your vacation time and discuss it with your manager. Any vacation time in excess of five days that is not used by Dec. 31, 2021, is forfeited.
If you are interested in viewing and/or applying for a staff position as an internal candidate at DePaul, BlueSky is your resource.
Through the end of 2021, benefits-eligible faculty and staff have access to enhanced benefits for caregiving services offered through Bright Horizons.
In BlueSky, state tax withholding are based on the home address. Therefore, Payroll is asking all employees to check their home address in BlueSky to make sure it reflects the state from which the employee is providing services for DePaul.
In preparation for DePaul students returning to campus this fall, more employees will begin returning to work on campus starting Monday, July 19. While some employees may perform their work fully on-site or fully off-site, many employees will work a hybrid of on-site and off-site during their work week.
With the 2020-21 staff performance appraisal period having ended on June 30, now is the time for employees and managers to ensure that the performance appraisal is completed by Sept. 1 and to set goals for 2021-22.
The Stress Relief Days Program provides two days of paid time off for full-time, benefits-eligible employees, to be used between June 20 and Sept. 22, 2021. These hours must be used as whole days and must be recorded.
The Talent Acquisition team in the Office of Human Resources is including a training for all managers within the staff employee hiring process, beginning in June.
As with other human resources applications, the university's annual performance appraisal forms are now in BlueSky. If you haven't already, you can enter your goals now through the "Career and Performance" tile on your BlueSky homepage. Your performance appraisal form will be available on June 1 and should be submitted by Sept. 1.
As shared previously via email, DePaul's Summer Hours Program for full-time staff begins on Friday, June 18 and runs through Friday, Sept. 3. For the College of Law, the Summer Hours period will extend from Friday, May 28, through Friday, Aug. 20, due to the college's semester schedule.
As was shared previously, effective July 21, 2021, Fidelity will become the single service provider for receiving contributions and providing plan services for DePaul's 403(b) Retirement Plan. The university will host two more virtual meetings on May 11 and 13 where faculty and staff can learn more.
Beginning May 1, usual co-pays that apply to back-up care services provided by Bright Horizons will be waived, meaning you can reserve care for your child or adult loved one at no cost. As a reminder, you have access to 15 days/uses of back-up care per year.
DePaul will transition to a more focused approach for the university's 403(b) plan this summer. The university will host informational webinars to support employees through this change in April and May.
Employees receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, or who experience side effects from the vaccination, can use paid time off.
Effective on or around July 1, Fidelity will become the single service provider for receiving contributions and providing plan services for DePaul’s 403(b) retirement plan. All future contributions to the plan will be made to accounts at Fidelity, including employee pre-tax deferrals as well as the university matching contributions.
If you think you may be interested in a new opportunity within DePaul, take the time now to complete the skills and qualifications section within BlueSky. This "talent profile" creates an internal resume viewable to you and your manager. It also will serve as your internal application for any jobs you apply to at the university.
DePaul was recently informed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security that overpayment notice letters were sent in error. These letters went to anyone who has recently reported fraud or is in the system but has not applied for or received unemployment benefits recently.
Although you've been working toward your 2020-21 performance goals since July 1, now is the time for staff to enter those goals into... read more
The best way to ensure you maximize your vacation benefit is to make a plan early in the calendar year on when you will take time away from work. Managers are encouraged to ask their employees early in the year about vacation plans to get a general idea of workforce availability.
Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic and increase in unemployment, there has been a significant rise in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims being filed across the country and in the State of Illinois.
The university is now two weeks into the transition to BlueSky, DePaul's new system for all finance and human resources applications.... read more
Accessing information and completing tasks related to human resources and finance at DePaul have officially transitioned from PeopleSoft to BlueSky, a cloud-based system that offers employees improved self-service, increased mobile access and more customized data for decision making.
Over the past several weeks, the entire university community has been taking action to support DePaul's system upgrade to BlueSky,... read more
The end of the year can be hectic. Unexpected realities brought on by COVID-19 can make it even more challenging when it comes to... read more
Now is the time to plan with your manager and use any vacation hours you may have. Any vacation time in excess of five days that is not... read more
All benefits-eligible faculty and staff have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, to make desired changes to their benefits elections. Changes will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.
DePaul observes the Illinois procedural voting law that allows employees two paid hours off work to vote in person. In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DePaul will expand the paid hours for in-person voting in the 2020 election.
There is a new online form to record your activities for the Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program for the 2020 program year.
Each year, DePaul's Office of Human Resources holds the St. Vincent's Health Fair to support the annual benefits open... read more
The BlueSky team -- including Information Services, Finance and Human Resources -- have continued to make progress and are on target to have the new system in place in January 2021.
The program offers a solution in this difficult time where the university has slowed down its hiring for positions due to the financial impacts of the current pandemic; and where some current staff have had their schedules reduced because of remote operations.
It is important that all members of the DePaul community are familiar with the basics of COVID-19, as well as the current safety protocols implemented at the university. To this end, DePaul has created an interactive online training course.
Since many of our employees are parents of school-aged children, DePaul realizes the significant impact this decision will have for our workforce. DePaul's leadership team is encouraging managers and employees to partner in the development of workable solutions -- many of which will be temporary arrangements during this pandemic.
The deadline for the 2019-20 staff performance appraisals has been extended to Oct. 1. This decision was made in collaboration with Staff Council and in response to hearing that pushing the due date back to Oct. 1 for one more year would help alleviate some stress given our current situation.
As part of gathering research and recommendations to support DePaul's approach to re-opening campus, the university administered a survey in June. The purpose of the survey was to engage our faculty and staff so their perspectives could inform the university's planning efforts.
DePaul's window for completing annual staff performance appraisals for the performance period of July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, is now in progress. Completed forms are due to the Office of Human Resources by Sept. 1.
DePaul's Summer Hours Program beganins on Friday, June 19, and will continue through Friday, Sept. 4, for eligible employees.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the majority of our university operations to remote work, some areas of DePaul have been experiencing a very high or normal volume of work while others have experienced a reduction in work. In an effort to address these different impacts on workloads, the Office of Human Resources recently launched the DePaul Talent Share Program.
At DePaul, the opportunity for formal performance discussions and documentation take place during the university's annual performance appraisal process, which begins June 1. The process is the same as last year, although your review meetings will now be held virtually.
It may seem strange to ask for time off when many of us are now at home all the time. However, the need for down time during the week is still needed. Although the university is in a remote operations mode, eligible employees are still accruing vacation time.
assistance program offers convenient, confidential
support for personal issues that affect your work, health and family. This
resource is also available to your immediate family members.
Join the Office of Human Resources and the Division of Mission and Ministry for a virtual brown bag discussion on April 22 to explore what works, what's challenging and your creative solutions to managing like Vincent in our current remote work reality.
With uncertainty about the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, DePaul wants to make sure faculty and staff have support in place to meet their healthcare and caregiver needs.
To offer guidance and best practices to help you navigate the unique situations that you may encounter over the coming weeks, DePaul's Employee Assistance Program provider, ComPsych Guidance Resources, has designed several webinars., beginning March 31.
Faculty and staff can now access their 2019 pay and benefits statement. This tool is a personalized and confidential statement that communicates the overall value of the compensation and benefits package you have received while working at DePaul during the 2019 calendar year.
Through the Staff Career Development Workshop set for April 16, full- and part-time staff will gain knowledge, skills and coaching to empower participants to achieve their career goals at DePaul. Participation is limited to 25 participants, and RSVPs are required.
If these dark and dreary days of Chicago’s winter have you dreaming of warmer locations, now is the time to start plotting a course for using your 2020 vacation time.
We all need a little encouragement when it comes to making healthy decisions. When you work at DePaul, you have the advantage of the Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program to keep you on track.
The Office of Human Resources is launching a “DePaul Loves SMART Goals” Challenge. All areas of the university that achieve a 100 percent rate of completion for entering and approving 2019-20 performance period goals into the ePerformance tool by Friday, Feb. 7, will receive a sweet surprise in February from the Office of Human Resources.
As we enter into a new decade, it is a great time to make sure that you are making your DePaul benefits work for you.
It is time to start entering your goals for the 2019-20 performance season. We encourage you to enter your goals into the ePerformance tool as soon as you can and no later than the end of January 2020.
Given the scope and complexities of converting DePaul's customized PeopleSoft system, the original Jan. 1, 2020, "go-live" date for the new Blue Sky project has changed. A revised "go-live" date will be announced in the near future.
For many of us, November means planning Thanksgiving menus or booking flights to visit family and friends. Even if Thanksgiving is not a holiday that you celebrate, the reminder this holiday offers to give thanks is valuable for all of us. We encourage you to think about how you can express an "attitude of gratitude" in your workplace at DePaul.
The annual benefits open enrollment period begins today, Oct. 28. Benefits open enrollment is a once-a-year opportunity for faculty and staff to evaluate their needs and enroll for benefits. New elections and changes must be made by Friday, Nov. 8.
The 2019 St. Vincent’s Health Fair will take place from Oct. 21 – 24. It's a one-stop shop for many of your health and wellness needs, including flu shots and biometric screenings. Information also will be available at the fair, ranging from 403(b) retirement accounts to discounted gym memberships.
School is back in session. While Blue Demons return to the classroom and younger children once again hop on the bus, perhaps - as a DePaul employee - you should take advantage of the learning and development options available to you. The university offers a variety of courses and training.
Eligible DePaul faculty and staff can take advantage of the summer months to earn points in the Healthy Vincent’s Wellness Program. The wellness program is part of an ongoing initiative to promote the health, safety and productivity of DePaul’s faculty and staff. All eligible employees can earn a $300 incentive for accumulating 100 points through participation in healthy activities through Oct. 31, 2019.
Over the next few months, DePaul will transition its human resources and finance PeopleSoft applications to a cloud-based system called Oracle Cloud. Currently, PeopleSoft is the system for financial and human resources transactions for the university.
While the process remains largely the same as last year, the Office of Human Resources made several changes to the performance appraisal form that employees should know about. Each of these updates are a result of employee feedback HR has received over the last several years.
The 2019 Healthy Vincent’s Wellness Program is designed to encourage good habits that promote overall health and well-being. Let spring be the time to schedule appointments and plan for a year of healthy living. Get your teeth cleaned. Set up a DePaul 403(b) financial planning session. Set up that annual checkup with your doctor. DePaul Human Resources is committed to helping you achieve a healthy lifestyle. Read on to learn more about how to earn your wellness points.
In honor of Valentine's Day, the Employee Engagement team asked various employees across the university to share why they love DePaul. Read on to see some of the team's favorite responses.
Winter in Chicago often provides motivation for planning your next getaway. Each January, the Office of Human Resources likes to remind faculty and staff about the university's vacation policies in hopes of employees getting the most out of their vacation benefit.
As we approach the end of 2018, the Office of Human Resources would like to highlight some upcoming changes in benefits and compensation, including match increase and updates on the salary planning process.
As we approach the holiday season and look forward to spending time with loved ones, the Office of Human Resources would like to remind faculty and staff to enter their goals into the ePerformance system before leaving for the winter break.
Over the last few months, the Office of Human Resources reviewed feedback from surveys and focus groups, and discussed strategies to increase efforts on non-monetary recognition at DePaul. Read one to learn some key takeaways and what HR has planned for the coming months.
Are you thinking about the next steps in your career at DePaul? If so, the Office of Human Resources invites you to participate in the sixth Staff Career Development Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 13.
To ease holiday travel, the university will close early for the Thanksgiving break at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Read on to learn more about time reporting for the holiday break.
The Open Enrollment period for 2018 will take place from Oct. 29 - Nov. 9. Changes made during this time will become effective Jan. 1, 2019. Read on to learn about important updates to DePaul medical plans.
It’s time again for the St. Vincent’s Health Benefit Fair. Taking place Monday, Oct. 22 through Thursday, Oct. 25, the fair is a one-stop shop for many of your health and wellness needs. Available at the fair will be everything from information regarding 403(b) retirement accounts to discounted gym memberships to flu shots.
Performance Appraisals for all full- and part-time staff are due to HR by Monday, Oct. 1. Members of the Office of Human Resources are available to help with any questions and concerns staff may have about the process.
Following a recommendation from a recent organizational review, the university formed the Employee Engagement and Equal Employment Opportunity office, housed in the Office of Human Resources, on July 2, 2018.
Wellness is a year-round activity, but warmer weather makes it easier to get outside and get active. As we approach the warmer months, plan some outdoor activities to earn points toward your wellness incentive.
Although fluctuations in our work environment can be disconcerting, adjusting to change doesn't need to be daunting. As DePaul faculty and staff, our continued capacity to adapt to change will help to ensure the university's ongoing success in the coming years.
Faculty and staff - the Healthy Vincent's Wellness Program is back again in 2018 and better than ever. There are more ways to earn points and more chances to be proactive about your health. Learn more about how to get on the fast track to earning your 100 points.
The Office of Human Resources is working with fellow DePaul staff members to find the best ways to recognize good work. A non-monetary recognition survey will be distributed to all staff on Feb. 9.
As we settle into the winter quarter, it's a good time to start planning ahead for vacation. Perhaps 2018 is the year to escape to a far-off land or find relaxation somewhere close to home. The Office of Human Resources can help you make the most of your vacation benefit.
The Office of Human Resources is holding a holiday photo contest. All DePaul faculty and staff are encouraged to submit holiday-themed photos through Jan. 4. The winner will receive a $25 gift card to the DePaul Barnes and Noble bookstore.
Internal applicants at DePaul have some distinct advantages, but it's important not to take your candidacy for granted. Read on to learn HR's tips on how to prepare for a new position or promotion at the university.
In an effort to learn what types of recognition DePaul employees would appreciate most, the Office of Human Resources will host a focus group sessions for staff on Nov. 16 and 17, and Dec. 5 on DePaul's Loop Campus.
The Open Enrollment period for 2017 will take place from Oct. 30 – Nov. 10. Changes made during this time will become effective Jan. 1, 2018. Now is a great time to review your benefits prior to this year’s Open Enrollment period.
From flu shots to earning points toward the Healthy Vin-cent$ Wellness Program incentive, the Office of Human Resources encourages employees to take full advantage of everything the fair offers.
A new academic year is a good time to consider taking a class or obtaining a certification. DePaul makes it easy for its faculty and staff to continue learning with a variety of affordable and convenient ways to prepare for an ever-changing professional landscape.