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September 1, 2016

STAFF MATTERS / Questions? Answered.

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Curious if you’re on track for a comfortable retirement? Uncertain about how to advance your professional development? Wondering if there is a Pitt discount available for a large purchase you’re considering? This column aims to answer your Pitt Human Resources questions. Since our first column is appearing in this first fall term issue, we thought these questions would be timely.

Are flu shots covered/offered by the University?

Now is a great time to start thinking about seasonal flu shots. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Flu activity usually peaks between December and March, although activity can last into May.

Preventative-related benefits, including the flu vaccine, are covered at 100 percent for individuals who participate in the University’s medical plans, with no co-payment or deductible. Flu shot clinics are offered to UPMC Health Plan members by the University and Falk Pharmacy annually each fall.

The 2016 Pittsburgh campus flu shot clinic locations, dates and times are:

• Sept. 13: WPU ballroom, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Sept. 19: Salk Hall commons, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Sept. 26: S123 BST, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Oct. 4: 342 Craig, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Oct. 12: 503 Bridgeside Point II, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Oct. 24: 102 Benedum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Nov. 16: Posvar galleria, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Flu shot clinics at the regionl campuses are:

• Oct. 4: Bradford, Mukaiyama-University Room, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Oct. 4: Greensburg, 214 Chambers, time TBD.

• Oct. 27: Johnstown, Cambria Room Student Union, 7-11 a.m.

The date/time for the Titusville clinic, which will be held in 219 Student Union, has not yet been determined.

Although it won’t be offering flu shot clinics, the on-campus MyHealth@Work health and wellness clinic is available to help treat everything from coughs and colds to headaches and skin rashes. You don’t need an appointment and the clinic is conveniently located in the Medical Arts Building on Fifth Avenue. Plus, it’s free for faculty and staff regardless of insurance coverage. Learn more about the clinic:

My spouse and/or children are arriving soon in the U.S. How do I add them to my insurance coverage?

International staff, faculty and students whose family members are relocating and arriving in the U.S. for the first time may add dependents to their insurance coverage through a qualified status change. To enroll, the employee will need to complete a qualified status change form and enrollment form, which can be found on the HR forms page: When adding a dependent to coverage, documentation of the relationship must be presented. International documents must be accompanied by official English translations. The enrollment request must be completed within 60 days of the event. When an event date occurs on the first day of a month, the coverage becomes effective the first day of that same month. For all other dates, the coverage becomes effective the first day of the following month.

When can I register for faculty and staff development program (FSDP) courses?

You will be able to access the schedule and registration for fall term FSDP courses starting the first week of September at There are more than 60 courses offered each fall and spring term in areas such as Technology; Leadership Development; University Business and Finance; Human Resource Administration; and Diversity and Inclusion.

For more information, contact Organization Development, 412-624-8044.

Have a question you’d like Human Resources to answer in an upcoming issue? Email your questions to Employees’ names will not be published.

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