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 email@example.com 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.
The UC Davis campus has announced it is offering its Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) again as an opportunity for employees to self-identify their willingness to voluntarily resign their UC Davis employment.
ANR has made the decision to NOT offer the VSP to ANR employees located either on or off campus.
If you have any questions, you may contact Human Resources Coordinator Robert Martinez at (530) 752-3467 or Staff Personnel Executive Director Linda Manton at (530) 752-0495.
A program that allowed faculty, academics, and staff to voluntarily reduce work hours in exchange for a corresponding pay reduction is scheduled to end. The Staff and Academic Reduction in Time program, or START, was enacted as a temporary measure to help the University of California cope with budget shortfalls will end on Dec. 31, 2010.
John Fox, UCOP director of Human Resource Policies, stated, "Although many employees have appreciated the program and it has helped UC save on salaries, this is the right time for it to end."
In 2009 alone, UC achieved salary savings of roughly $16 million through employee participation in START.
Although many employees have appreciated the program and it has helped UC save on salaries, UC administration will not recommend an extension to the START program.