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Are you wondering about the results of the Work Environment Assessment conducted in 2012? Survey results have now been tabulated and analyzed, and they will be made available to you in a series of six workshops this spring. Workshops will be held around the state and location specific survey data will be presented at each one. Register for the workshop in your area at http://ucanr.edu/weworkshop.
The objectives of the workshops are to
- share results of the 2012 Work Environment Assessment
- engage in discussion about what it means to have a welcoming and inclusive work environment
- conduct a participatory dialogue on ANR values and how they might translate into Principles of Community. Identify 2 or 3 academic/staff employees to serve on a committee that will direct the process for finalizing ANR's statewide Principles of Community
- clarify the purpose and benefits of having a Staff Assembly for ANR. Identify 2 or 3 staff employees to serve on a committee that will develop a process for forming a statewide ANR Staff Assembly
All academics and staff (including county-paid staff) have been invited to participate in discussion of data from the Work Environment Assessment along with additional insights gleaned from prior listening sessions. Although the assessment data we have does not include campus-based CE specialists (they received the campus version of the survey), they have been invited to participate in our workshops along with the rest of their ANR colleagues.
Because we will be reviewing data specific to each regional grouping, attendance at each workshop is limited to those employees in that specific grouping. Please note that the administrative units in Oakland and Davis and at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (BOC-K) have their own joint workshop on May 20.
Dates and locations for each workshop are listed below. For more information, check the website at http://ucanr.edu/sites/wesurvey/.
- South, San Diego – Monday, March 2
- Central Valley, Kearney REC – Monday, March 9
- Sacramento Valley, Davis – Tuesday, March 31
- North, Redding – Wednesday, April 15
- Administrative Units (UCOP, Davis, BOC-K), Davis – Wednesday, May 20
- Coast, San Luis Obispo – Wednesday, May 27
Please plan to attend — a positive and welcoming work environment is important to all of us. Register today for the workshop in your area at http://ucanr.edu/weworkshop.
Do you know the difference between an HMO and a PPO? Do the terms copay, coinsurance and deductible confuse you? Are you looking for ways to keep your medical costs in line?
If so, take a look at four new videos UC Human Resources is offering to help you make the most of your medical benefits.
Medical benefits are complex, and these new short videos will help you make the most of your medical benefits by explaining terms and concepts, showing you how to use your benefits wisely, and more.
HR is launching four videos during Open Enrollment:
- A comparison of UC's six medical plans
- An explanation of medical terms and concepts
- Some advice on how to make the most of your medical benefits
- An explanation of disability benefits
The medical plan comparison video is also available in Spanish.
Each video is six to eight minutes long and can be viewed online and on mobile devices. You can view the videos at https://uc.a.guidespark.com.
The University of California has revised PPSM 62 Corrective Action for employees in the Professional & Support Staff personnel group.
The revisions are intended to clarify and define the corrective action process the University may use when an employee fails to meet acceptable conduct or work performance standards. New definitions and the concept of progressive discipline have also been added to the policy.
The proposed policy is posted at http://ucop.edu/human-resources/_files/ppsm-62.pdf.
Employees covered by this policy who wish to provide comments may submit them to Robin Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 2, 2014.
Have you always wanted to learn about Latin American history? Does your high school senior want to get some calculus or computer science credits before heading off to a UC in the fall? Or maybe you want to hone your writing skills.
Consider a UC Online class. Nine classes will open for registration on March 3, and you and your family members get a 33 percent discount on tuition.
UC Online Education (UCOE - http://uconline.edu), in partnership with systemwide Human Resources – Employee Relations, is offering the discount on UCOE courses for the term beginning April 2014. Faculty, staff and their spouses or domestic partners and tax dependents are eligible for the discount, provided they are not current UC students.
Registration opens March 3 for the following courses:
- Terrorism & War (Science and Society 7V)
- Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences (Science and Society 25V)
- Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric (Writing 39A)
- Diversity, Disagreement & Democracy: Can't We All Just Get Along? (Political Science 115D)
- Introduction to Computer Science for Science, mathematics, and Engineering I (Computer Science 10V)
- Introduction to Latin America (History 75V)
- Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (Math 19A)
- Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (Math 19B)
- Introduction to Fresh Water: Processes and Policy (Environmental Science 65)
Students in UC Online Education classes will not just be watching videos, but instead will be taking advantage of a robust online community, including active discussions where students interact with each other and with instructors on a regular basis. UC instructors teach the classes and students get UC credit.
The UCOE employee discount is a pilot program and is in addition to, and not a substitute for, the current employee-only tuition discount program for staff admitted to the university provided for in regents' policy 7502.
Participation by represented employees is subject to collective bargaining. Please check with your representative to ensure your eligibility prior to beginning the registration process.
Registration closes March 30, but spaces in some classes are limited so don't wait until the deadline to register.
Classes begin March 31.
On Dec. 23, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011. Included in the Act was a provision that temporarily reduced the OASDI (Social Security's Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) withholding rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent for the first two months of 2012.
This change was effective with paychecks (and direct deposit) issued on or after Jan. 1, 2012. Because the law was enacted so close to the end of the calendar year, the IRS allowed employers until Jan. 31, 2012, to implement this withholding change.
For monthly paid UC employees, the change could not be implemented in time for the Jan. 1, 2012, pay due to the late issuance of the IRS instructions implementing the new tax rates. UC employees paid on Feb. 1, 2012, received a 2 percent refund in their Social Security tax because the Jan. 1 paycheck (or direct deposit) they received was subject to withholding at the old rate (6.2 percent). As a result, the net Social Security withholding for the Feb. 1 pay is 2.2 percent.