Division Employee Benefits

At the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture (UADA), we value our employees and recognize them as our organization’s greatest asset. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual and a retirement program with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

New benefits-eligible employees of UADA have 31 days from their benefits-eligible appointment dates to enroll in their retirement and insurance benefits. Your insurance benefits and voluntary retirement contributions will be effective the first day of the following month following the date you complete the enrollment process within Workday.

All appointed (non-student) employees working 50% time or greater are eligible for most benefits.

To review benefit information related to UADA click the “See all Benefit Information” link below.  At the right hand top of the screen click the “change campus” button and select “Division of Agriculture” and then click “Let’s Go”.  Detailed information regarding the UADA benefits packet can be found under the appropriate drop down tabs. For example, for information related to Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, and Critical Illness plans, click on the Financial Protection drop down tab.  For Medical, Dental, Vision, and Flexible Spending plan information, click on the Health & Wellness drop down tab.

See all Benefit Information


Benefits Enrollment

Benefits enrollment will take place within Workday.  As a new hire, once the Hiring Process Tasks are completed, (direct deposit, W-4, State Tax form, and I-9) the Benefits Elections Task will appear in your Workday inbox by your second day of employment.  Follow the prompts to complete the Benefits Election Task.  In the event you have completed the hiring process and do not receive the Benefits Election Task notification, or have questions concerning enrollment options contact yourbenefits@uada.edu

For employees experiencing a qualifying event (marriage, divorce, death of covered dependent, birth, adoption, loss of other coverage, or gain of other coverage) within 31 days you may edit your benefit elections within Workday under the Benefits Application Icon.  In the event you need assistance, contact yourbenefits@uada.edu.

You will need the following to begin the enrollment and/or qualifying event process:

  • Covered dependents' names, dates of birth, genders and Social Security numbers
  • Beneficiaries' names, dates of birth, genders and relationship to you. If you are naming a trust as your beneficiary, the name of the trust and the trust date. 
  • Documentation of Dependent Eligibility (government issued marriage licenses, divorce decree, birth certificates, etc.) is required to enroll/cancel any dependents on UA health, dental and vision insurance plans.

Additional Benefits

UALR Affiliate Membership
If you are a benefits-eligible employee, the Division provides an affiliate membership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock that includes:

  • Access to the Ottenheimer Library and the Donaghey Student Center
  • 10% discount at the bookstore (some items excluded)

To gain access to the Donaghey Student Center, you must complete the Donaghey Student Center Membership form to receive an ID card. You may download and submit the completed Donaghey Student Center Membership form to the DSC Administrative Offices (room 101) in person or send by fax to 501.569.8295. For membership questions, please contact UALR directly at (501) 569-8284.

CES Federal Credit Union
Employees of the Cooperative Extension Service have the option of joining the CES Federal Credit Union (CESFCU) by opening an account with at least $5 and paying the membership fee of $10. CESFCU offers competitive loan rates, online access, direct deposit, notary services, and a variety of other service options.  

To become a member or for additional information, contact 501-671-2038 or visit cesfcu.org   

Professional Memberships
Division Employees may request to have membership to professional organizations paid through their department. For detailed information on this, please visit the Division’s Procurement page.

U of A Campus Benefits
Current UADA employees on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus or at the Milo J. Shult Research & Extension Center will have access to the current benefits and discounts applicable to U of A employees.   

Retired UADA employees who held joint appointments between the U of A and UADA will receive benefits and discounts customarily awarded to retirees who work on campus. The U of A will maintain these customary benefits and discounts as long as they are also being provided to retired employees with 100% U of A appointment and as long as the UADA retirees otherwise meet the U of A’s guidelines for retiree benefit eligibility. 

For more information, email yourbenefits@uada.edu 
Additional details: https://vcfa.uark.edu/fayetteville-policies-procedures/hmrs/4120.php