U.Va. Human Resources to Hold More Town Hall Meetings on New University Staff Plan

October 29, 2008 — The Department of Human Resources at the University of Virginia will hold two more town hall meetings, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3, to provide information and a question-and-answer period about the new University Staff Plan, which was unveiled Oct. 1.

Employees may sign up for the new plan until Dec. 31. The plan incorporates 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 include enhanced career development, innovative performance management and competitive, market-based compensation.

At the meetings, Susan Carkeek, vice president and chief human resources officer, will present features of the new plan, made possible by the state's Higher Education Restructuring Act. Human Resources staff, including benefits counselors and peer advisers, will be on hand to provide assistance to attendees after the Q&A session. The times and locations are:

• 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, scheduled for Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Ballroom.

Human Resources recently 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 hired before that date 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, where other details of the University Staff Plan are also available.

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.