Human Resources to Hold Town Hall Meetings on New University Staff Plan

October 9, 2008 — The Department of Human Resources at the University of Virginia will hold three town hall meetings across Grounds to provide information and a question-and-answer period about the new University Staff Plan, which debuted Oct. 1.

Employees have the option of signing up between now and Dec. 31 for the new plan, which combines state-of-the-art human resources practices while retaining policies that reflect the University's core values and make it a stable employer. Key components are enhanced career development, innovative performance management and competitive, market-based compensation.

The town hall meetings will be held Oct. 14, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Susan Carkeek will present features of the new plan, made possible by the state's Higher Education Restructuring Act. The times and locations are:

Oct. 14 - 3 to 4:30 p.m., Jordan Hall Auditorium

Nov. 5 - 3 to 4:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Ballroom

Dec. 3 - 3 to 4:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Theater

In addition, peer advisers will be on hand to discuss the University Staff plan at the Fall Resource Fair in Newcomb Hall Ballroom on Nov. 13.

In the beginning of October, Human Resources mailed to eligible employees a customized, side-by-side comparison of their current status (Classified Staff or Administrative and Professional Faculty) and what would happen if they changed to University Staff. University Staff (hired after July 1, 2006) also received a welcome package.

All employees hired after July 1, 2006 are automatically University Staff.

No one will be forced to make the switch to University Staff. By law, the University must offer open enrollment at least every two years.

A new leave program for University staff is also in the works. It would take effect no earlier than January 2010, and a proposal is available for public comment at

Supervisors are encouraged to accommodate employee requests to attend one of the town hall meetings. Attendance is considered work time and is not charged to leave.

— By Anne Bromley