HR Update

May 2014 HR Update

Modified Summer Schedule

The university’s Modified Summer Schedule began Monday, May 12 and ends Friday, August 15, 2014. University business hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – noon on Friday. See the Announcements link on HR’s web page for FAQ’s.

Benefits Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Deadline Quickly Approaching
As a reminder, open enrollment for health insurance, flexible benefits, and AFLAC ends Friday, May 23. During open enrollment you may enroll in or change your health plans, keep your current plan, consider optional buy-ups, add/remove eligible family members, or waive health insurance.

Make sure you're saving on your monthly premium while tracking your health. Just complete an online health assessment at and a biometric screening to earn a premium reward. If you are not sure you're getting the premium reward, log onto EmployeeDirect or contact our office to check your reward status.

Also, keep in mind with flexible spending accounts you must re-enroll each year. Think paperless and make open enrollment changes 24/7 with EmployeeDirect. You may check your current benefits profile, update personal information, and make your open enrollment changes. Successful open enrollment changes are approved, confirmed, and displayed immediately on an updated health benefits profile, which you should review for accuracy and keep a copy for your record.

David Cook, JMU's AFLAC representative, will be on campus during open enrollment so you may add, change, or cancel coverage. David will be available on campus during open enrollment informational sessions, or you may email him at

We encourage you to attend informational sessions to assist in answering questions regarding health insurance coverage and flexible spending accounts. In addition, David Cook will be here to answer AFLAC questions for those in attendance.

Informational Sessions (no pre-registration needed to attend):

Monday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. to noon, Taylor, Room 404
Thursday, May 22, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Festival Conference and Student Center, Allegheny Room

Administrative & Professional Faculty Performance Evaluations

June 1 through August 31 is the time for supervisors to formally provide performance feedback to administrative & professional faculty members. The appropriate form, links to applicable policies, and an overview of this process can be found at A&P Faculty Job Description and Performance Evaluations.

Contact your HR Consultant with any questions you may have about the process or to schedule a personalized informational session.

NEW! HR Alerts for Admins ListServ

Administrative Assistants, this is for you. Watch your inbox for ePAR process updates; leave announcements; annual performance evaluation timeline reminders…essential HR information for you in your administrative role.

Champions of Disability Employment

JMU and Deanna Glass and Michelle Small, who serve in Facilities Management and HR, received recognition for partnering with the Department of Rehabilitative Services to employ people with disabilities. On Wednesday, May 14, during the Champions of Disability Employment Awards event at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA, Deanna and Michelle were recognized for the strong relationship they have built with the DRS program, and for their responsiveness, friendliness, professionalism and compassion in their efforts to employ people with disabilities.

Promoting Positivity - Alcohol Roundtable

Picture a substance abuse prevention toolbox available to JMU students. One of the tools in that toolbox is an alcohol roundtable.

The Office of Residence Life provides interactive discussions at least twice a month with on-campus students about bystander intervention around alcohol abuse and its effect on the community, specifically within the residence hall. Students found in a room with alcohol present, but not drinking, are required to attend. The roundtables are facilitated by trained graduate students and hall directors who engage small groups (5-10) of residents in conversations about decision-making regarding alcohol.

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.

A Snapshot of Upcoming HR-Related Workshops Offered by JMU Training and Development

ACA and JMU: The Impact, the Responsibility and the Activity!
Dealing with Distressed, Disruptive and Dangerous Students
Ending Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct: What You Need to Know About Discrimination, Harassment, and Title IX
JMU JobLink
Positive Politics
Understanding and Using the Grievance Procedure

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

The University Policy Committee website is a resource to research policies that have a broad impact on the university's people and processes. The most recently implemented/updated policies may be reviewed at

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