The University of Tennessee system has adopted a recommendation to increase the minimum starting pay rate for regular full- and part-time staff. The new rate of $8.50 per hour will become effective July 1. The increase in the minimum starting pay rate was a recommendation from the university’s Compensation Advisory Board and is a first step in a long-term process to address compensation at the university.
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UT Knoxville is implementing programs to improve leadership and management processes within the university’s departments. The Leading at UT: Part 2 Certification training program recently graduated 15 managers and supervisors from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Facilities Services and Housing, among other university departments.
All employees should have received their annual enrollment packet for the Medical and Dependent Flexible Benefits Plan and the new Transportation and Parking Flexible Benefits Plan for calendar year 2011. Plan packets were sent to faculty and staff campus mail addresses in the last two weeks. The Transportation and Parking Flexible Benefits Plan is a new benefit for regular UT employees.
This year’s group insurance annual/open enrollment period ends on Friday, Oct. 15. All completed insurance enrollment forms must be received in the Payroll Office at P115 Andy Holt Tower by 5 p.m. on that day. Online enrollment through the Edison Self Service website will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15.
Representatives of the Optional Retirement Program providers will be on campus in the University Center beginning Tuesday, Oct. 12, through Thursday, Oct. 14. In addition to their ongoing service to university faculty and staff, they will be following up on the recent ORP transition to provide information, answer questions and assist employees.
The State of Tennessee health insurance annual and open enrollment period for calendar year 2011 coverage ends Friday, Oct. 15. For employees in the Knoxville area, completed forms must be returned to the payroll office at P115 Andy Holt Tower prior to 5 p.m. on that day. Employees may also enroll using the Edison Employee Self Service feature.
The 33rd annual Autumn in Knoxville fall festival is right around the corner. Linda Hendricks, vice president of Human Resources and chief human resources officer, invites each of you to join in a day of fun and camaraderie on Friday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the TRECS complex on the Knoxville campus.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 9, UT Knoxville-area faculty and staff will have a new service at their fingertips which will help maintain a safe and healthy environment for the UT community. The new 946-CARE hotline will offer an avenue for employees to share their concerns for themselves or others.
The Exempt Staff Council is accepting nominations for representatives from several areas. The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, June 30. You may nominate yourself or someone else to serve on the council, which is composed of elected representatives from each administrative unit based on the number of exempt staff positions within each unit.
“Quarterly, I meet with the UT Employee Relations Advisory Board to address concerns from UT employees,” Interim President Jan Simek said after the ERAB June meeting. “As you know, the ERAB is a statewide group of employees elected to represent you by voicing your concerns during these meetings.”