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March HR Update

Benefits Open Enrollment Coming Soon

2013 Benefits Open Enrollment dates are Wednesday, May 1 – Friday, May 24 for health insurance benefits, Flexible Reimbursement Accounts (FRA), and AFLAC supplemental insurance. Enrollment information will soon be communicated to employees.

2013 Summer Work Schedule Update

In response to your concerns and suggestions regarding the proposed 2013 summer work schedule, the following adjustments have been made:

  • The university will adopt a modified summer schedule for Monday, May 6 through Friday, August 16, 2013.
  • JMU’s business hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday.
  • JMU’s business hours will be 8:00 a.m. – noon on Fridays.
  • Employees may work past noon on Fridays to fulfill their 40-hour work week.
  • Alternate or flexible work schedules that meet the 40-hour work week are acceptable with supervisory approval.
  • Supervisors who have employees working an adjusted schedule after noon on Fridays will determine the department’s service expectations.

The program is being piloted in 2013 and will be evaluated to determine if work schedules will be modified during future summers. If you have questions or need clarification regarding 2013 summer work schedules, please contact Dianna Jarrell, Human Resources, at (540) 568-3974, or jarreldl@jmu.edu.

Summer Job Opportunities

Facilities Management is hiring temporary summer workers for landscape and various trades positions. Applicants must be 16 years or older. Landscape positions start as early as April 22, and with others starting on May 6. All positions end by August 23. Applicants must apply through JobLink. Please contact Deanna Glass, FM HR Assistant, at (540) 568-6422, or glassdl@jmu.edu for additional information.

Test Your Wage Employment Knowledge

Q: I was hired as a wage employee in February, 2013. I need to work 29 hours per week now to get my work done, but my supervisor says I won’t need to work as many hours in May and June. In July, I expect to be a lot busier. If I work 15 hours per week in May and June, will I have the option to then work 40 hours per week in July?

A: It sounds as if your department needs your services at peak times of business, and not so much other times. Wage employees work an average of 29 hours per week, with some exception depending on departmental needs. As long as your yearly average (based on the calendar year, not your anniversary year) does not exceed 29 hours per week, you are free to meet these fluctuations in work load by adjusting hours worked accordingly in the following weeks so that the 29 hour average is maintained.


A Snapshot of Upcoming Training Sessions Offered by
JMU Training and Development

Hiring @ JMU
Injured at Work – What Next? Understanding Workers Compensation
Life Insurance Overview
Optional Retirement Participants – What to Expect When you Retire
Pre-Retirement Planning II
Understanding and Using the Grievance Procedure
Understanding the Virginia Sickness & Disability Program (VSDP)

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

Disability Awareness Week Begins March 25

The Office of Disability Services will host Disability Awareness Week at JMU, beginning Monday, March 25. Mr. Kyle Maynard, a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete will be the Keynote Speaker on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium. Other events include an open house and panel discussion with ODS, an Adapted Sports Showcase, and two movie nights featuring “The Hammer” and “Ray.” For more information about JMU’s 4th Annual Disability Awareness Week, please visit The Office of Disability Services' website.

Diversity Roundtable Discussions

The Diversity Task Force will host two more Roundtable discussions to provide you the opportunity to share in small groups your ideas, thoughts and suggestions around a specific topic of diversity: socio-economic status and background, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, ability, veteran/military service status, or any combination.  

Please attend a Roundtable discussion and share your thoughts and ideas:  

Wednesday, March 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Festival Highlands Room
Thursday, March 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Festival  Ballroom B/C

The Diversity Task Force appreciates your participation and considers your feedback crucial to their work.