HR Connection: Financial Planning Fair, employee evaluations, retiree benefits info, and more

Financial Planning Fair April 29

Human Resources Benefits is hosting the annual Financial Planning Fair Wednesday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Highland Business Center.

The fair and workshops give employees an opportunity to evaluate their long-term financial plans. Look for posters and fliers with details about individual sessions and room locations.

Employees should be granted time off to attend and should coordinate with their supervisors. Professional development credit is not available; however, employees who attend at least two sessions will be provided breakfast and/or lunch.

Register here for the Financial Planning Fair sessions.

Performance Excellence Program (PEP)

The FY15 Performance Excellence Program (PEP) process is rapidly approaching. Employees are able to anonymously evaluate their direct supervisors with Upward Evaluations starting April 20. Please be professional and candid in your constructive feedback for your immediate supervisor. PEP employee evaluations run May 11 through July 31.

A few reminders with the online PEP form:

  • Make sure all your certifications (ADA & SHP) are up-to-date as your supervisor cannot submit evaluations if you are out of compliance.
  • All supervisors must complete their direct report evaluations before they can complete their own evaluation.
  • Save your work every 20 minutes or the system will terminate your session.

Detailed instructions on how to use the online system can be found online. If you have any questions, contact Cameron Keel, staff evaluation coordinator, at or 512-223-7984.

Employee Discounts for April

Check out this month’s featured discounts from the ACC Advantage Discount Program:

  • Save nationwide at Reebok Outlet Stores.
  • Protect your pets with Veterinary Pet Insurance.
  • Refinance your car and save every month with rateGenius.
  • Protect your home with a Frontpoint Security system.

Start saving today. Access the ACC Advantage Discount Program or go to the HR Benefits page and click Employee Discounts.

ersretirelogoReady, Set, Retire webinar for higher education

Get the information you need to make informed decisions about benefits in retirement at the Ready, Set, Retire webinar presented by the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) Monday, April 27, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Learn how your ERS Group Benefits Plan (GBP) health, Medicare, dental and life Insurance coverages work when you retire.

Participants need access to a PC with high-speed Internet and a phone. You will be able to type in questions or simply observe and listen to the online presentation.

Register here for the ERS Ready, Set, Retire webinar.

Are you prepared for Medicare? 

Learn about Medicare and how it works with your ERS Group Benefits Plan at an ERS Medicare Preparation Seminar. In-person and webinar options are offered. Details follow:

Webinar:  Monday, May 11, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Access to a PC with high-speed internet and a phone is necessary. Participants can type in questions or simply observe and listen to the online presentation.

medicareseminarcompRegister for the ERS Medicare Preparation webinar.

In Person: Monday, May 11, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Employees Retirement System of Texas
200 East 18th St., Austin
(Free parking is available on the top floor of Garage B at 1511 San Jacinto Blvd.)

Register for the Medicare Preparation Seminar – In person session.

Unable to attend the ERS webinar or seminar on May 11? Visit the ERS Events calendar for additional dates and times of webinars and seminars.

Learn new skills or complete mandatory training at April sessions

See some of the staff development opportunities available in April.

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