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President Napolitano issues guidance to address bullying


To improve the working climate for UC staff, you may recall that earlier this year President Napolitano formed a working group to help address abusive behavior and bullying. In the attached letter, President Napolitano reminds us that the University does not tolerate abusive conduct or bullying.

To clarify what bullying is and how to address it, she has developed Presidential Guidance. UC has adopted the state Legislature's definition of bullying and abusive conduct. Assembly Bill 2053, which requires training on the prevention of abusive conduct, defines abusive conduct as “conduct of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an employer's legitimate business interests.”

In addition to clarifying policies regarding bullying, the Presidential Guidance provides best practices with regard to bullying prevention, the identification of abusive conduct in the workplace, and the resources available to staff when such incidents arise.

Please read President Napolitano's letter, which is attached, and the attachment containing her Presidential Guidance and the working group's report.

If you experience abusive conduct or bullying, please contact the ANR Human Resources Employee and Labor Relations team: Robert Martinez, at (530) 752-3467 or, or Mary Roberts at (530) 750-1321 or

John Fox
Executive Director of Human Resources

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

July 29 ANR town hall webinar on staff performance and merit pay

Human Resources invites you to join an ANR town hall webinar on the staff performance appraisal process and the 2016 staff merit pay program. The session will include opening remarks from VP Glenda Humiston followed by an update from John Fox, ANR Human Resources.

Who: Open to all ANR staff, supervisors and directors.

When:  10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Friday, July 29. 

The update will be delivered as a webinar. To access the webinar go to

  • Dial: 866-740-1260 You'll need to dial in to hear the audio
  • Access code: 7520495

Lines are limited so please view the webinar in groups, if possible. If you are in the ANR building in Davis, please gather in the Valley Room for the webinar.

For those unable to participate live, the session will be recorded and available for viewing on the ANR HR website.

John Fox
Executive Director of Human Resources

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Tags: John Fox (12), merit (2), pay (1), Staff Personnel (16)

Staff merit-based salary program begins for 2016-17

I am pleased to announce the University will implement a merit-based salary increase program for policy covered (non-represented) staff employees for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Implementation of this salary program is part of a UC-wide effort to move toward consistent delivery of pay programs that reward individuals for their performance and contribution.

In the coming days, ANR Human Resources will communicate details about the annual performance appraisal process to Unit Directors, including changes to promote consistency and to support a merit-based salary program. For ANR non-represented staff employees, the salary increase program will be effective July 1, 2016, for monthly paid employees and June 19, 2016, for biweekly paid employees. 

We have not received information from UCOP regarding an academic salary program. We will share that information when it becomes available.

General questions about staff performance appraisals and the staff salary program can be directed to John Fox, Human Resources executive director, at


Glenda Humiston
Vice President


Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM

UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training


On January 29, ANR VP Humiston announced revisions to the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment and a new training requirement for UC employees. The training for non-supervisory employees is now available through the Learning Management System. The course should take about 50 minutes to complete.

For ANR employees paid through UC Davis payroll, technical difficulties delayed UC Davis' planned February launch of this training. As a result, the deadline for completion has been extended to May 9.

If you are required to take the course, you should have received an email message from with the subject line: UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Non-Supervisors assigned to [your name].  The message includes hyperlinks and instructions to complete the requirement. Please look for the announcement and complete the training. 

If you didn't receive the email from, and you are not a supervisor or an academic, please send a message to

If you supervise other ANR employees, please talk to your employees and make sure they are aware of this requirement.

This is a new training for staff who do not have supervisory responsibilities. “Non-supervisors” will be required to take this training annually. 

We understand some employees may not be able to fulfill the training requirement through the Learning Management System, due to language, limited Internet/computer access, or other legitimate reasons. If you or an employee who reports to you is unable to complete the training online, notify HR immediately by emailing

Thank you for your cooperation in fulfilling this important training requirement, and for your part in preventing and responding to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

John Fox
Executive Director, Human Resources


Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 1:48 PM

New retirement benefits for future UC employees

This is to update you on UC efforts to develop new retirement benefits for future UC employees as a result of last year's 2015 budget agreement between UC and state leaders.

After months of discussion and analysis, the task force President Napolitano convened last summer to recommend options for retirement benefits for future UC employees has concluded its work and presented her with its recommendations. Once final, the new retirement benefits will apply only to UC employees hired on or after July 1, 2016 — retirement benefits for current employees and retirees will not be affected. Retirement benefit changes for union-represented employees will be effective upon completion of the collective bargaining process.

Community input on the recommendations

With the task force's work complete, President Napolitano is asking the UC community for feedback on the recommendations. As part of UC's principles of shared governance, the Academic Senate will formally review the recommendations and provide feedback to the president. In addition, webinars with senior UC officials will be held on Feb. 1 and Feb.  10 to discuss the recommendations and solicit questions and comments from interested employees. Faculty and staff also are invited to submit comments through a dedicated website. All comments received will be reviewed and considered.

President Napolitano will use the input from the university community to help inform the proposal she is expected to bring to the regents in March.

To join the 1 p.m. Feb. 10 webinar:

  • Go to and enter the participant code: 5854736
  • And call 1-877-256-8282 and enter the access code 21804895 to listen to the webinar.

The task force report, along with a timeline, answers to frequently asked questions, and instructions to submit comments are available at

John Fox
Executive director, Human Resources

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 8:12 AM
Tags: benefits (9), Human Resources (20), January 2016 (16), John Fox (12)

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