Human Resources News

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

For Your Benefit

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!

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.

Join Us for the Fall Festival on Friday, October 12

Make plans to attend the thirty-fifth annual UT Fall Festival, planned for this Friday, October 12. The fun will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the TRECS complex. The festival is themed Your Festival. Your Health. and will feature health information and resources from the UT Medical Center, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the university’s employee healthcare vendors.

Enrollment Period for Health, Dental, and Other Insurance Programs

The annual enrollment period for the state of Tennessee’s health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, long-term disability, and optional special accident programs begins today. All changes must be made online by November 1. During open enrollment, employees have the opportunity to change, enroll in, or cancel coverage options for calendar year 2013.

Training Materials Available to Help Departments E-Verify

Human Resources has developed websites and training documents to assist departments in complying with E-Verify requirements. The requirement went into effect on January 1. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows an employer, using information reported on an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States.

Berryman Named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Dan Berryman has been named the new assistant vice chancellor for human resources. He will begin on September 17. He will advise campus leaders on employee development and performance, recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, and other HR areas. Berryman comes to UT from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he was assistant vice president of human resources.