Virginia Retirement System Participants - ACT NOW
Is your VRS membership date before July 1, 2010 (Plan 1)? Do you have less than five years of service? If you answered yes to both questions, your retirement plan and other provisions to the Virginia Retirement System will change if you are not vested by January 1, 2013 (www.varetire.org/actnow). You need five years (60 months) of service credit to become vested. You are in Plan 1 if your membership date is before July 1, 2010.
Prior service credit counts toward the five years needed to become vested. If you are in Plan 1 and not vested:
If you are currently in a payroll contract to purchase prior service, only the months of prior service you pay for by December 31 will count toward vesting. If these months are enough to bring you to 60 months of service credit, you will be vested by January 1, 2013.
Optional Retirement Plan Open Enrollment
October is open enrollment month for participants in the Optional Retirement Plans for higher education. Participants may transfer between ORP providers TIAA-CREF and Fidelity during this open enrollment period. Plan changes become effective January 1, 2013.
Human Resources will upgrade our JobLink/PositionLink site to a new platform this fall. As part of this upgrade there are several new features that we hope you will find useful, including the ability to use your back and forward browser buttons and the ability to have multiple windows open at one time. Look for upgrade details in October’s HR Horizons newsletter.
JMU’s Faculty Ombudsperson
Dr. Philip DuBose, longtime faculty member and administrator in the College of Business, has assumed new responsibilities as JMU’s Faculty Ombudsperson. He is available to consult with faculty on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Wine Price Building, Room 3047. Additional meeting times may be arranged as needed. Scheduling appointments is recommended. Contact Phil at
(540) 568-FACO (3226), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect
Effective July 1, any person employed by a public or private institution of higher education is required by state law to report suspected instances of child abuse or neglect within 24 hours to the Department of Social Services, to his/her supervisor, or other university officials. JMU Policy 1406, which is pending approval, includes methods and steps of reporting such suspected abuse or neglect as outlined below:
If you have any questions regarding your requirement to report or matters related to the pending policy, contact HR at email@example.com.
2011 - 2012 Performance Cycle Ends Soon
This year’s annual performance evaluation process for non-probationary, classified employees ends soon. Completed performance evaluations are due in Human Resources, Wine Price Building, MSC 7009, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28.
An overview of the process, forms and applicable policies can be found at http://www.jmu.edu/humanresources/hrsc/performance.shtml.
For assistance with this process, contact your HR Employee Relations Representative.
Promoting Positivity - The Evaluation Meeting
The purpose of the evaluation meeting is to provide the supervisor and employee an opportunity to discuss job performance and the Individual Professional Development Plan during the previous performance cycle and to plan for future performance objectives. The evaluation meeting requires careful planning and preparation on the part of both the supervisor and employee. The supervisor should be prepared to discuss what input/feedback was considered in the employee's evaluation, the rationale for each of the individual and overall performance ratings, future performance expectations and employee development results.
JMU Job Shadow Day
There is still time to join in the fun! Volunteer to chaperone area eighth graders in a department for JMU’s Job Shadow Day on Friday, October 19. Want to take part in this enlightening and energizing event? Contact Natasha Butler, JMU JSD Committee Co-Chair, (540) 568-4115, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Test Your Return to Work Knowledge
Q: I used six weeks of FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) when I broke my leg and had to be off work. My doctor is getting ready to release me to return to work. What do I need to do when I return from this leave of absence?
A: When the leave of absence is due to your serious health condition, you will be required to present a release from your physician, or other qualified health care provider, authorizing you to return to work. Your return to work will be delayed until a release is received.
A Snapshot of Upcoming Training Sessions Offered by JMU Training and Development
Changing Lanes: Getting From Here to There Transitions Seminar
Congratulations! You’re the Supervisor, Now What?
Developing Team Leaders: Aiming for By-In
Developing Team Leaders: Directing the Process
EveryONE Makes a Difference: Emotions
Preparing for Generation Z
Understanding and Using the Grievance Procedure
Understanding the Virginia Sickness & Disability Program (VSDP)