Please take a moment to read through the information below for important HR news and information. As always, you may contact your HR Service Center Representative with questions. You may also contact your Employee Ombudsperson, Cathy Thomas, at 8-3967 or email@example.com.
2009 - 2010 Annual Performance Cycle Ending Soon
The process for evaluating non-probationary, classified employees is quickly coming to a close with the evaluation deadline to HR being Thursday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m.
As an important reminder, please include the employee’s Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP), along with the completed performance evaluation.
Your HR Service Center Representative is available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have regarding performance management and the evaluation process.
Campus Directory is Now Electronic
A little over a year ago, Dr. Rose announced that the paper JMU Directory would be eliminated. Since that time, team members from Information Technology, Human Resources and University Marketing have worked to develop the new online JMU Campus Directory. The new directory launched September 1.
Publishing an electronic version of the directory has saved over 1,770,000 printed pages which positively impacts our commitment to environmental stewardship. It also provides a convenient, interactive process for finding the contact information you need.
Since the ‘go-live’ date, we have received valuable feedback from faculty, staff and students. We greatly appreciate your help as we enact continuous improvements. We’ll keep you up to date as work continues to make it even more useful.
September 21: Optional Retirement Participants – What to Expect When You Retire
Presented by Julie Byers, Assistant Benefits Manager
October is open enrollment month for optional retirement plans. Faculty wishing to change ORP companies (Fidelity or TIAA-CREF) may do so during this open enrollment period. Plan changes become effective January 1, 2011.
Test Your Knowledge
My primary job on campus is selling tickets to university events, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The ticket office is expecting me to volunteer for a special university fundraiser by selling tickets on campus Saturday afternoon for a performance at the Forbes Center. Is this appropriate?
Answer: 2 Although the Fair labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides specific exemption for individuals who volunteer services to public agencies, the worker will be considered a volunteer only if the following requirements are met:
In the question above, since the employee sells tickets as his/her primary job, he/she must be compensated for the work performed on Saturday, including any overtime worked beyond the 40 hour work week.
Contact your HR Service Center Workforce Representative for answers to your FLSA, classification and compensation questions.
You’ve been told that a coworker is ill. Some thoughtful ways to express your concern without fear of prying:
Free Staff/Faculty Training Sessions Offered by Training and Development Department
September 27: 2010 Professional Etiquette Series begins
September 30: New Diversity workshop - Ouch! That Hurts: Speaking up or Staying Silent, the Choice is Yours
October 21 Developing Team Leaders Series begins
A complete list of training opportunities can be found at JMU’s Training and Development Department’s web site.
For additional information or to arrange customized sessions for your department, contact Suzanne Vance, Training Coordinator, at 8-4101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.