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2020 Flu Shot Resources

PEHP members can receive their annual flu shot at no cost! YOU decide when and where is the most convenient for you and your family:

1. Visit your pharmacy, clinic or doctor’s office; if it’s part of the PEHP network, the vaccine is FREE!

2. PEHP will also pay for the UPEA coordinated onsite flu clinics, which are available at some state agencies. To sign-up for an appointment, and to learn more, visit Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA).

From Vacation to Staycation…

Due to the current pandemic, it is likely your Hawaiian vacation, or fabulous trip to Europe was postponed or cancelled. While it may not be the trip of your dreams, there is still time to make the most of your well-deserved vacation time, be it one day or one week at a time. 

Here are a few additional websites to help you explore your adventures during these COVID times:

Safe Outdoor Activities During the Pandemic 

Things to Do at Home During Quarantine

 Fun Activities To Keep You Busy During COVID-19

 30 Creative Ways to Spend Your Free Time During

Online activities for kids, teens, families, and adults

Expanded Mental Wellness Benefit

If your job exposes you to traumatic events, you may qualify for expanded mental wellness resources. These resources are specially designed for those who work in some of the Public Safety and Fire Fighter jobs, as well as many DCFS jobs.

Learn more about how you and your family can receive the enhanced assistance you need at no cost to you.


Plan for Retirement

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Utah Retirement Systems one-on-one Retirement Planning Sessions will only be available via telephone or Webex video conferencing. These sessions will be identical in format to the in-person sessions that have previously been offered at locations throughout the state. These Planning Sessions are designed for ALL career stages: beginning, middle, end.

To register for an appointment:

1.       Go to www.urs.org.

2.       Log into your myURS account.

3.       Click on the Education Tab.

4.       Click on “Individual Retirement Planning Sessions”.

5.       Find the date and time that works best for you.  

Although the URS offices are located in Salt Lake County, feel free to sign up for any telephone or Webex session wherever you live in the state.

6.        Complete the Investor Profile Questionnaire. (You will be directed to the online questionnaire as you register for your appointment.)

Please have the following with you for your appointment:

–  your current gross pay rate,

–  any retirement plan balances outside of URS,

–  your URS account log in information (user ID and password)

–  and your Social Security statement (get yours at www.ssa.gov).

We will call you at the phone number listed on your myURS profile at the time of your appointment. Be sure to check this number for accuracy in advance of your appointment.

Please note:  These sessions are NOT to apply for retirement.

To apply for retirement, contact the URS Retirement Benefits Department at (800) 695-4877.

Student Loan Forgiveness

State employees with student loans may have access to repayment assistance.

  • The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. For a list of frequently asked questions regarding the PSLF program click here.
  • There are several loan forgiveness programs you may be eligible for. For more information on all federal loan forgiveness programs, click here.
  • You may also contact your student loan servicer directly or use the PSLF Help tool to help determine your eligibility for loan repayment.

You’re receiving this email in accordance with HB213 passed in 2019.

Organ Donor Leave Options

In recognition of April’s National Donate Life Month, DHRM would like to remind state employees about the special leave offered to donors of bone marrow or a human organ. A state employee who serves as a bone marrow or human organ donor will receive:

  • 7 days of paid leave for donating bone marrow
  • 30 days of paid leave for donating a human organ

Please work with your supervisor and the Department of Human Resource Management to make the necessary arrangements prior to making plans to donate bone marrow or a human organ. In compliance with HB 267(2017); Utah Code: 67-19-14.5(3); DHRM Rule: R477-7-12

2020-2021 Benefits Info

To help you navigate through the enrollment process, and to gain a better understanding of your health care benefits, PEHP provides you with the following documents:

2020-2021 Benefits Summary The Benefits Summary should be used in conjunction with the PEHP Master Medical and Master Dental Policies.

You may also log in to the PEHP Website to access these documents and more in the PEHP Benefit Information Library

Please AskHR or call the Employee Resource Information Center (ERIC) at (801) 538-3742 for assistance with your benefit questions.

2020-2021 Plan Rates

Check out the expanded medication lists for the STAR HSA plans.

Professional Development

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The State of Utah is a great place to develop your skill set and grow your career — while doing work that matters for Utah’s citizens. Whether you plan to spend just a few years with the State of Utah or desire to work until retirement, opportunities for career development and professional growth are plentiful.

Education is Highly Valued

State jobs are complex, challenging and demand a highly competent workforce. On average, the State of Utah workforce is more educated than Utah’s population as a whole, which creates terrific opportunities for employees to learn from one another.

The State of Utah values its highly skilled and highly educated workforce and encourages the ongoing development of its employees. Some State of Utah departments offer tuition assistance and others have internal training programs to facilitate professional development.

Due to its highly-educated and highly-skilled workforce, Utah has frequently been cited as one of the Best Managed States in the nation. Employees are encouraged to use their education and skills to improve the state’s systems, services, and processes.

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Employees have Diverse Career Paths Available

Opportunities for rewarding entry-level and advanced jobs and career growth exist in many areas, including: the sciences; engineering; public safety; health care and public health; administration and management; the helping professions; customer service; and natural resource management.

Employees grow within their chosen career fields through on-the-job learning and formal training. State jobs are often part of larger job families, which permits competent and motivated employees to pursue options within their chosen career areas, such as by moving up to positions involving supervisory or managerial responsibilities, or by becoming more technically proficient in advanced duties and career paths. Promotion from within is common in the majority of State of Utah agencies. The State of Utah has invested extensively in its equipment and technology infrastructure; so in many cases these resources are state of the art, allowing employees to develop valuable skills with contemporary equipment, methods, and applications.

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Changes in the State’s Workforce Provide Opportunities

The State of Utah values and encourages diversity within its work force and continues its efforts to attract, retain, and utilize a diverse and highly qualified work force by providing equal access to hiring, promotion, and training opportunities. It is the policy of the State to adhere to fair employment practices to ensure that hiring, compensation, benefits and other terms or conditions of employment are conducted on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Discrimination based on any of these criteria is unlawful and will not be tolerated. The State of Utah maintains an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan.

Work/Life Balance

How can someone earn a good living in a meaningful career while also enjoying family life, outdoor recreation, and other pursuits? Many State of Utah employees believe they have found the way to achieve a balance between their work and non-work lives. The following are three aspects of many State jobs that allow state employees to achieve this.

Overtime Demands

While State employees may be required to work overtime, overtime requirements are not generally an ongoing aspect of State of Utah jobs. Most state employees work a regular Monday-Friday, morning through afternoon schedule, except employees who work in institutional settings and some who work in public-safety related jobs.

Holiday, Vacation & Sick Leave

State employees who receive benefits also receive pay for time not worked under the State’s holiday, vacation and sick leave policies.

Holiday Leave: State employees receive holiday leave pay for the following eleven federal and state holidays:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Presidents’ Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Pioneer Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans’ Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year’s Day

If an employee is required to work on a holiday, the employee accrues eight hours of leave to be used on another date.

Vacation Leave: State employees earn vacation leave (we call it annual leave) based on their years of service. New employees will start accruing four hours of annual leave each pay period. The accrual rate will increase to a max of seven hours per pay period depending on years of service.

The pay period is a two-week period of which there are 26 per year; therefore, a new benefitted employee accrues 104 (4 x 26) hours of annual leave per year. While taking annual leave use must be pre-approved by an employee’s supervisor, the employee may be able to use it as soon after it is awarded on the employee’s pay records.

Sick Leave: In a similar manner as annual leave, all benefitted state employees earn 4 hours of sick leave per pay period, which employees can use when they themselves are ill, or to care for an ill spouse, child, or parent who resides in their home. Sick leave may also be used for preventative care, such as dental exams, cancer screenings, physical exams, and well-baby care.

Many full-time State of Utah employees enjoy flexible start and end times; and some state agencies permit their employees to “flex” a day during the week, such as by working four ten-hour shifts and taking Friday’s off. All such flexible work schedule arrangements require supervisory approval.

Veterans’ Preference

The State of Utah recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of men and women who have served in the United States armed forces and provides veterans’ preference points to qualified veterans.

On November 8, 2013, Governor Gary Herbert proclaimed:

“Our veterans have freely given their time, sweat and blood to serve this great state and nation. Each and every veteran deserves an opportunity to continue that service through employment opportunities here at home. The State of Utah will serve as a model employer for our veterans.”

The State of Utah provides employment preference to U.S. armed forces veterans in two ways: 1) Through the traditional Veterans’ Preference point system; and 2) through the new Veteran Employment Opportunity Program. Each of these programs is described below.

Who can claim Veterans’ Preference?

As a veteran of the armed services, you may be entitled to preference when seeking initial employment with Utah state government (Utah Code 71-10-1). For state jobs open to the public veterans’ preference is provided to applicants who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Any individual who has served on active duty in the armed forces for more than 180 consecutive days, except active duty for training purposes such as initial basic and advanced individual training or active duty to attend a military course, and who was separated under honorable conditions.
  • A member or former member of a reserve component who served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized and who was separated from active service under honorable conditions.
  • A veteran with a disability, regardless of the percentage of disability.
  • The spouse or unmarried widow or widower of a veteran.
  • A Purple Heart recipient.
  • A retired member of the armed forces.

How do I claim Veterans’ Preference?

To receive veterans’ preference points, click “yes” on the Veteran status indicator when applying for specific positions. Then you will select the basis upon which you should be awarded veteran preference points. 

In your job seeker profile please upload a copy of your DD 214, or your spouse’s DD 214 in the event you are requesting veterans’ preference on the basis of your spouse’s service. If you do not have the ability to upload a scanned copy of your DD214, you should contact the position’s recruiter to ask how you can get a copy of your DD 214 to them so that it can be added to your profile.

How is Veterans’ Preference Awarded?

Preference will be awarded as follows (Utah Code 71-10-2):

  • Five points or five percent of the total possible score (whichever is greater), if the preference eligible applicant is a veteran;
  • Ten points or ten percent of the total possible score (whichever is greater), if the preference eligible applicant is a veteran with a disability or a Purple Heart recipient; or
  • In the case of a preference eligible spouse, widow, or widower, the same percentage the qualifying veteran is, or would have been, entitled to.

Veteran Employment Opportunity Program (VEOP)

The Veterans’ Employment Opportunity Amendments (HB327) became law effective May 13, 2014. This law found in Utah Code 67-19-15(2)(b)(ii) allows for veterans of the U.S. armed forces to be hired into designated career-service positions with a 6-month on-the-job examination period in lieu of a competitive hiring process. Recruitments eligible for the VEOP will be determined at the time the recruitment is initiated. To opt in, veterans must meet the veterans’ preference criteria specified above, upload their DD214 to the Job Seeker website, and indicate that they would like to be considered for hire under this program. Hiring officials may choose to interview and hire a qualified veteran who has opted into this program separately from other candidates. Ultimately, a qualified veteran or another candidate may be selected for the position depending on candidate qualifications and the hiring manager’s specific needs.

If you are a disabled veteran you may also qualify for the Alternative State Application Program (ASAP), which is designed to appoint qualified persons with disabilities through an on-the-job examination period rather than through a traditional competitive process.

If you have any questions about veterans’ preference points or the new Veteran Employment Opportunity Program, please feel free to contact the position’s recruiter. We are grateful for the service our veterans have provided to our nation and wish you well in the hiring process.

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