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December 2014 HR Update

As the year ends, we reflect on all we are grateful for. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

Human Resources wishes you a happy holiday season and joy, meaning and success in the New Year.

New Year, New Roles, New Website

The university’s winter holiday break begins on Monday, December 22. As we approach the holiday season, please keep in mind that in accordance with Department of Human Resource Management Policy 4.25-Holidays, classified employees must either work on, or be on paid leave, the workday before and the workday after the holiday in order to be paid for holiday time.

Classified employees should review their current vacation balance with their supervisor and plan to use vacation hours that will exceed their maximum carry-over limit. Excess vacation hours and the 2014 Personal Day (taken in its full eight-hour increment) must be used on or by January 9, 2015 with the exception of the vacation hours accrued on January 9 for the final pay period (12/25/14 through 1/9/15). These hours will be credited and available for use January 10, 2015, the beginning of the new leave year.

Official University Closings and Holiday Schedule

Many new, exciting changes are occurring within Human Resources. We have familiar people in new HR roles and one new addition to our team:

  • Meghan Schaeffer, Benefits team Leave Coordinator
  • Raven King, Benefits team Administrative Assistant
  • Kristi Moon, Tara Roe, and Becky Sanford, all Benefits Specialists, assisting customers with the VA Sickness & Disability Program, Workers’ Compensation, FMLA, and ADA concerns
  • Amber Lam, HR’s PAR/ePAR Coordinator
  • Samantha Day, Consulting team Administrative Assistant
  • HR welcomes Denise Lough, former Football Operations Manager in the Athletics Department, to her new role as Administrative Assistant to the HR Director.

HR’s Organizational Chart

Check out HR’s new website with enhanced information and features. Please update your content that may link to HR’s website, as the link has changed to

The most recent Affordable Care Act (ACA) Part-time Employment Clock-Hour Guidance


The Office of Risk Management wishes all JMU employees a safe winter holiday break. Please review the December Safety Tips

The Office of Risk Management wishes all JMU employees a safe winter holiday break. December Safety Tips

Picture a substance abuse prevention toolbox available to JMU students. One of the tools in that toolbox is syllabus planning around high-risk drinking periods.

The right column under the faculty tab on MyMadison encourages academic rigor in course planning around high-risk drinking periods in the academic year by complementing the list of high-risk dates with scheduled assignments and assessments.

Why is this important to you? Increasing awareness among faculty and staff about the substance abuse prevention tools and resources available for students can help in two ways:

  • Increase awareness in the community about JMU’s substance abuse prevention efforts for its students
  • Empower faculty and staff to be involved and serve as points of access for students in need of referral

Please bookmark to see more substance abuse prevention tools and resources available to students. Download and print a toolbox reference sheet to keep handy. And contact the University Health Center at or 540-568-3317 for more information.


Workshops Offered by JMU Training and Development

For additional information or to arrange customized sessions for your department, please contact Suzanne Vance, Training Coordinator at or (540) 568-4101.


The University Policy Committee website is a resource to research policies that have a broad impact on the university's people and processes.


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