Human Resources News

Have a Question? Ask the Human Resources Call Center

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On average, phones in the Human Resources Call Center ring about 20,000 times a year—or seventy-seven times a day—and callers frequently have questions about benefits, retirement, policies, and employment. Dan Trentham leads the center, and chances are he’ll be the one who answers when you call.

Changes to Retirement Plans for New Hires Take Effect July 2014

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Some large-scale changes to the retirement plans administered by the State of Tennessee and offered to UT employees will take effect on July 1. The changes will not impact existing UT employees. But all faculty and staff involved in recruiting and hiring new employees should understand the changes.

HR Employees Spread Joy with Donated Balloons

Shannon Bruce, right, and Bonnie Frank load up the balloons.

Two Human Resources employees helped to generate many little smiles last week through a random act of kindness. Shannon Bruce, Employee and Organizational Development, and Lindsey Raymer, Compensation, helped out with the Chancellor’s Spring Thank-You Lunch, which hosted 1,300 faculty and staff members last Tuesday. With help from their colleagues, they donated balloons from the lunch to the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley.

Enroll in the Sick Leave Bank

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The university’s Sick Leave Bank provides members who are experiencing serious illnesses or injuries an opportunity to request additional paid leave from the bank after exhausting all accrued personal leave. The enrollment period opened this week and ends on Monday, June 30.

University Increases Minimum Starting Pay Rate

The university has announced a plan to increase the system-wide minimum pay rate for regular full- and part-time employees to $9.00 an hour effective January 1. A second increase will follow on June 30 to $9.50 per hour. The increases will impact approximately 223 current employees across the UT system; 171 Knoxville campus employees and eighteen employees from the Institute of Agriculture will benefit. Student workers are not included in the minimum pay increases.

Employee Self-services Now Available in IRIS

IRIS Administrative Support, in cooperation with the university system’s Payroll and Human Resources offices, has been working for several months to develop additional employee self-services similar to the online pay statement and benefits statement. Today these new services are available. All employees, including regular, term, students, full time, and part time employees, have immediate access to this information by using your NetID and password to log in to the IRIS portal. The new services include a personal profile, leave balances, time statements, and a personalized benefits statement.

Federal Tax Changes

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Legislation passed earlier this week by the US Congress will affect taxes deducted from paychecks beginning this month. It’s important to know how these tax changes will affect your pay. Paychecks issued on Tuesday, January 8, to employees paid biweekly will reflect the changes, and employees paid monthly will notice the changes in paychecks issued on January 31. Read on for a summary of the changes passed by Congress.

2013 Staff Performance Reviews

A number of resources are available to assist supervisors and staff with performance reviews, including an e-learning class developed especially for UT. Several open enrollment training sessions have been scheduled between now and early March. Supervisors are encouraged to attend a training session.

Thanks for Attending the 2012 Fall Festival

Despite ominous clouds and a threat of rain, about 2,500 UT employees attended the thirty-fifth annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 12. The event was hosted by Human Resources, with help from RecSports and Facilities Services. The theme for this year’s festival, Your Festival. Your Health., emphasized the importance of wellness in everyone’s lives.

Don’t Miss the Fall Festival Today!

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Grab your co-workers and come out today for the thirty-fifth annual Fall Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at TRECS. Due to weather concerns, all activities will take place inside. Enjoy games, give-aways, and a free lunch with your co-workers. Shuttle service will be provided between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from several areas of campus. Employee parking also will be available in the G-7 garage, across the street from the Allan Jones Aquatics Center.