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Annual Benefits Enrollment

The annual benefits enrollment period for UT Dallas benefits-eligible employees ended July 31, 2020. Elections made during annual enrollment will become effective for the plan year beginning September 1, 2020.

Your Oct. 1 paycheck will reflect benefit deductions for the coverage you selected during the 2020-2021 annual benefits enrollment. New hires, newly-benefits-eligible employees’ benefits enrollments, or life event changes made after enrollment may not be reflected on your October paycheck. If applicable, you may have retroactive contributions on your November paycheck.

The Office of Human Resources strongly recommends that you compare your paycheck’s benefits deductions with your benefits confirmation available to be printed or viewed through My UT Benefits.

You must report any discrepancies to the Office of Human Resources — Employee Benefits Services by Oct. 31, 2020. Discrepancies due to clerical/administrative errors that are reported by this date will be reviewed and possibly changed in accordance with the UT System administrative policy and requirements. The UT institution benefits offices are not permitted to approve any error reported beyond 31 days. All error correction requests beyond the 31-day period will be forwarded to the UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) with appropriate explanation and documentation from the employee. If approved, OEB will determine the effective date based on the specific circumstances. All OEB decisions are final.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact members of the HR Benefits Team directly via Microsoft Teams, or email questions to [email protected].

Managing Your Retirement

Visit the UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) website for information about retirement and log on to the UTRetirement Manager to review your retirement savings. You may use “My Retirement Overview” to project how much you may need to save for retirement.

Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) State Contribution Change

Effective September 1, 2020, the Texas State contribution rate toward the TRS Pension plan will remain at 7.5% and the employee/member contribution will remain at 7.7%.

Future contributions approved by the Texas Legislatures are as follows:

Effective Dates State Contribution Rate Member Contribution Rate
9/1/2021 7.75% 8.0%
9/1/2022 8.0% 8.0%
9/1/2023 thru 9/1/2024 8.25% 8.25%

For more information, visit the TRS Website.

UT FLEX

The IRS recently released new guidance around COVID-19 (Notice 2020-29) for Section 125 Cafeteria Plans, including the UT Benefits program. In accordance with this guidance, UT FLEX participants will have some additional flexibility with using their UT FLEX Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts (DCRA).

Extended Deadline to Use 2019-2020 UT FLEX HCRA and DCRA Funds

  • Expands the time period in which participants may incur new eligible expenses for the 2019-2020 plan year through December 31, 2020.
  • Previously, the deadline to use DCRA funds was August 31.
  • Previously, the deadline to use HCRA funds was November 15.
  • Effective December 31, 2020, any unclaimed HCRA or DCRA funds from the 2019-2020 plan year will be forfeited.
  • The claims filing deadline for 2019-2020 HCRA and DCRA claims will be January 15, 2021.
  • Contribution amounts elected for 2020-2021 can be used throughout next plan year, with the regular deadlines for eligible expenses of August 31, 2021 (DCRA) and November 15, 2021 (HCRA).

For more details, please visit the UT System Office of Employee Benefits Website.