The UI has recently expanded the number of vendors offering Tax-Deferred Retirement Plan options from three to eight vendors. Approved vendors and their representatives are authorized to directly contact employees regarding their retirement plans. This authorization, however, does not extend to vendors making initial contact with employees at the workplace, either by phone or in person. The specific guideline communicated to vendors is as follows: "Company contacts cannot be initiated by sales representatives during university office hours or employees normal work schedules. Faculty, academic professional and staff may initiate meetings with company representatives on campus providing it does not interfere with their assigned responsibilities and is not in conflict with university regulations." Vendors may extend offers to unit heads to conduct group presentations at departmental meetings. Since departments may be approached by numerous vendors, such activities are discouraged. In order to provide employees the opportunity to gather information concerning the various TDRP options available, the eight vendors will be invited to participate in a "Benefits Fair" which will be scheduled in the next few months. Questions or concerns regarding the conduct of any TDRP vendor and/or its representative should be directed to Carol McClure, Benefits Center manager, at 244-1041.