Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible for a Graduate Assistant to also work as a Student Assistant?
Graduate School does not permit employment outside of the 20 hour per week assistantship without an approved petition waiver. Requests for additional or outside employment are rarely approved.
How many hours can a student work during the summer or holiday break?
In order for students to take advantage of the “IRS” Student FICA Exception Standards, and as an International Student, a student can only work a maximum of 20 hours per week. However, during semester breaks, students can work up to 30 hours per week and still retain their exception status.
Having been a previous employee, do I have to complete a new sign-on?
All employees who have been terminated for more than a year need to complete a Sign On packet in order to be placed on payroll. The complete Sign On packet, employment documents, employment eligibility form (Form I-9), and loyalty oath should be received by the Employee Records department for processing by the appropriate payroll deadline.
How can I update my personal information such as address change, direct deposit, and W-4?
Address Change: You can update your address via Employee Self-Service accessible through the employee tab at my.fiu.edu.
Navigation: MyFIU > Human Resources Self Service > Employee Self-Service > Personal Information > Home and Mailing Address.
Direct Deposit: You can update your direct deposit via Employee Self-Service accessible through the employee tab at my.fiu.edu.
Navigation: MyFIU > Human Resources Self Service > Employee Self-Service > Payroll and Compensation > Direct Deposit.
W-4 Tax Information: You can update your W-4 tax information via Employee Self-Service accessible through the employee tab at my.fiu.edu.
Navigation: MyFIU > Human Resources Self Service > Employee Self-Service > Payroll and Compensation > W-4 Tax Information.
Can my name be different from my Social Security Card?
No, an employee’s name should be as it appears on the Social Security Card.
Am I or my dependent eligible to participate in the FIU/State Group Insurance Program?
Certain State of Florida employees, retirees, and their dependents are eligible to participate in the benefits offered under the State Group Insurance Program. To learn more, please click here.
How much is the Health Insurance Premium Rate?
To view the current Health Insurance Premium Rates, please refer to MyBenefits page on the Department of Management Services site.
I’m turning 65. Do I need to enroll in Medicare even though I’m enrolled in FIU’s health plan?
If you are planning to keep your FIU health plan, you may defer to enroll in Medicare B (which has premiums) and simply enroll in Medicare A (which usually has no premiums). When you leave FIU, you have eight (8) months to sign up for Part B without a penalty, whether or not you choose COBRA or retiree health coverage. To sign up for Part B while you’re employed, or during the eight (8) months after employment ends, contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) directly. Upon separation, you will need the “Request for Employment Information” form from SSA which is provided by the Benefits team upon request.
When is it required to report and follow the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave process?
The employee or department is required to report leave to HR if it consists of the following:
- Leave of four (4) or more consecutive days
- Employee’s conditions requiring an overnight stay in a hospital or other medical care facility
- Conditions that incapacitate the employee or a family member for four (4) consecutive days or longer
- Chronic conditions that cause occasional periods when the employee or employee’s family member are incapacitated and require treatment by a health care provider at least twice a year (Intermittent Leave)
- Maternity/Paternity leave
Is FMLA Paid Leave?
The FMLA is unpaid leave. However, employees at FIU are required to use their accrued sick leave and vacation leave hours. Upon depletion of sick leave, vacation leave hours, and other benefits (sick leave pool, catastrophic pool, if applicable), the employee will be placed on leave without pay status with the option of continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms as if the employee had not taken leave.
What does Workers Compensation insurance cover?
Workers’ Compensation pays hospital and medical expenses that are necessary to diagnose and treat your injury. It also provides disability payments while you are unable to work (typically, about two-thirds of your regular salary), and may pay for rehabilitation, retraining, and other benefits as well.
How long after an accident do I have to report it?
You should report the accident as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days or your claim may be denied. Reference: Section 440.185, Florida Statutes.
Can I go to my personal primary care physician?
No. Personal health insurance will not pay for a work-related injury. Medical treatment for work-related injuries is covered by using medical providers through referral from AmeriSys. Otherwise, you may be responsible for payment of unauthorized medical services.
Does Workers’ Compensation cover injuries that occur going to or coming from work?
No, injuries occurring in route are not compensable. Special rules apply when using a state vehicle.
Will I be paid if I miss time due to the Workers' Compensation injury?
The first 40 hours of missed work will be paid under Workers’ Compensation Administrative Leave, which may also be used intermittently when attending medical appointments. After the 40 hours, two thirds of your pre-injury wages are paid by the State Workers’ Compensation. The remaining one-third may be paid by using your available accrued personal leave (sick, annual, or compensation). This combination allows you to receive a full bi-weekly paycheck. Non-benefit employees do not receive the first 40 hours of Workers’ Compensation Administrative Leave.
The Division of Human Resources
11200 SW 8 ST PC -224
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-2181
Main Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3000 NE 151 ST HL-322
Miami, FL 33181
Phone: (305) 919-5545
- Provides strategic planning and evaluation of the Division’s budget.
- Performs analysis and projections for use in administrative decision making, and oversees audit matters.
- Administers, evaluates, plans, and implements all of the human resources programs and services.
- Provides and administers all of the university’s benefits programs, insurance programs, tax deferred annuities, and retirement programs.
- Ensures all programs meet employees’ needs, comply with legal requirements, and are cost effective.
- Researches and recommends new benefits programs.
- Processes biweekly and monthly payments as required to various benefits vendors.
- Maintains employee and retiree benefits database.
Biscayne Bay Campus Office
- Manages the recruitment and onboarding process of all BBC employees.
- Identifies and facilitates professional development opportunities to employees at BBC.
- Identifies, promotes, and facilitates wellness initiatives for all BBC employees.
- Provides compensation related information, tools, and training to HR Liaisons and department managers.
- Provides advice and guidance to HR Liaisons and managers in the processing of HR transactions.
- Assists employees and supervisors with the resolution of issues, concerns, or difficulties they may be experiencing in the workplace.
- Provides assistance to employees and supervisors in the Performance Management process.
- Develops compensation programs, policies, and procedures to meet the needs of the university administrators as they attract, retain, motivate, develop, and organize their diverse workforce.
- Ensures compliance with federal and state compensation laws, statutes, and regulations.
- Balances the need for internal equity while recognizing the desire to be market competitive.
- Evaluates positions consistently and classifies them into appropriate job titles ensuring that they are internally equitable while recognizing the need to be market competitive.
- Develops and maintains the classification and compensation structures.
Employee and Labor Relations
- Develops and implements university Policies and Procedures.
- Coordinates and administers the complaint/grievance/arbitration processes.
- Reviews and approves Nepotism Disclosures.
- Administers the Work/Life Balance Programs.
- Manages the Separation of Employment/Exit Review Process.
- Maintains all employee records to ensure compliance and confidentiality.
- Works with General Counsel in responding to subpoenas and records requests when releasing employee information.
- Provides written and verbal employment verification.
- Processes unemployment claims and other employment related inquiries.
- Screens all new hires and existing employees on federal contracts via E-Verify.
Equal Opportunity Programs and Diversity
- Investigates complaints of unlawful discrimination against men and women on the basis of any federally protected category including sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, physical or mental disabilities, pregnancy discrimination, and veterans of the United States military.
- Provides guidance regarding policies and mediates disputes between FIU personnel and/or students.
- Communicates the university’s commitment of inclusivity by conducting trainings in a number of key areas including Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policies, Affirmative Action (AA) legislation, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and amendments, sexual harassment, as well as diversity policies, procedures, programs, and initiatives.
- Assists with the coordination of reasonable and appropriate accommodations for employees with documented disabilities.
- Manages the university’s Access and Equity Committee and its efforts.
Human Resources Information Systems
- Identifies, plans, and implements HRIS changes and updates in order to meet the strategic needs of the Division.
- Implements new procedures and or applications to simplify time-consuming transactions through the automation of administrative tasks and departmental workflows, while fostering a paperless and more efficient working environment.
- Provides production support activities such as technical data analysis, upgrade testing, and documentation of human resources processes.
- Ensures timely and accurate delivery of all required interfaces and/or reporting to university internal departments, state and federal government agencies.
- Acts as the liaison between the Division of IT and functional end users to bridge the gap between technical and functional requirements of the Division.
- Merges the different parts of human resources, including payroll, labor productivity, and benefit management into a less capital-intensive system.
Human Resources Service Center
- Responds in a timely manner to all incoming human resource inquiries via our main number.
- Identifies areas of enhancement to increase customer service satisfaction and overall Division efficiency.
- Verifies eligibility and approves Tuition Waiver requests for employees and/or their eligible dependents.
- Provides information and support with Division services pertaining to employee health, dental, life, supplemental, and retirement programs; Payroll inquiries; Policies and procedures; and HR communications.
- Serves to develop and promote programs and services that foster a positive and enriching work environment.
- Plans and manages university events such as the Employee Picnic, Employee Recognition and Service Awards, and President Holiday Celebration among others.
Office of Employee Assistance
- Provides confidential professional assistance, without charge, to help employees and their families resolve personal problems that affect their personal lives or job performance.
- Enhances the quality of life of FIU faculty and staff.
- Creates a healthier campus community by providing mental health assessments, brief interventions and/or referrals, small group facilitations, crisis responses, and customized educational and training programs.
- Provides cost-effective payroll processing that is accurate, timely, and in compliance with university policy and all state and federal agencies.
- Ensures all deductions, benefits, and taxes are correctly deducted and reported timely to the appropriate agency.
- Attains the most current understanding of state, federal, and university regulations regarding payroll in order to provide accurate information.
- Provides assistance to the university community with the resolution of operational problems related to employee salaries.
- Advises HR Liaisons and managers in payroll related matters including processing of salary payments, time and leave reporting, and related accounting and reporting.
- Maintains a high-level of involvement and quality communication with the departments to ensure that service is responsive and supportive to their needs and goals.
Talent Acquisition and Management
- Administers the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding process for FIU employees.
- Manages the relevant background checks for faculty, staff, and volunteers.
- Conducts the new employee orientation and collaborates with the Office of the Provost on the new faculty orientation.
- Provides professional development opportunities to faculty and staff both in-person and online.
- Develops talent through leadership development, organizational consulting, succession planning, and talent reviews.
- Oversees the performance management process for all administrative and staff positions.
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