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Announcements from the Senior Vice President

January 19, 2021

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

We would like to provide notice that OneSource Rutgers Faculty and Staff Service Center employees will be participating in Phase 2 of the Rutgers Non-Aligned Shared Work Furlough Program. In order to best serve the campus community while complying with the furlough program, OneSource will be closed for seven consecutive Fridays beginning on Friday, January 29. Dates closed are as follows:

  • January 29
  • February 5, 12, 19, 26
  • March 5, 12

During the closures, OneSource will not be taking phone calls, therefore, we encourage you to:

December 31, 2020

Effective January 4, 2021, the final approval for exception for the release of all personnel transactions will be the responsibility of the respective cabinet officer.  Approved Exception Request Forms (ERFs) should be attached to personnel transactions in accordance with the Hiring Freeze Guidelines and submitted directly to the appropriate UHR unit for processing (i.e. transactions should no longer be submitted to OneSource).  Each chancellor unit has put in place internal procedures to allow for the monitoring, review, and approval of personnel transactions in accordance with the Hiring Freeze Guidelines.

December 16, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

Pursuant to university policy and negotiated agreements, the University Holiday and Closings Schedules for calendar year 2021 and 2022 have been posted in the Quick Links section on the UHR homepage and can be found here. The posted schedules are reflective of holidays and closures for all Rutgers entities. Please review the list and plan accordingly.


Vivian Fernández
Senior Vice President Human Resources

December 8, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

We have recently implemented a number of measures to protect our campus community while maintaining continuity of academic and research programs, clinical care, and mission critical administrative and operational functions. However, we are not immune to the enormous financial impact that has resulted from COVID-19. As a result, President Barchi has directed the implementation of a hiring freeze and the suspension of certain personnel transactions.

Effective 4/2/2020 and until further notice, the following position cost controls will be in place; general exceptions are listed below this table:

November 20, 2020

In order to continue to support social distancing, the telecommuting rule relaxation policy set to expire on December 31, 2020 has been extended through March 31, 2021.  Telecommuting is automatically updated and does not require a new or revised request unless there has been a change to your work schedule.

As a reminder, telecommuting is a work arrangement in which some or all work is performed from home or other off-site location.  In general, regular office hours are worked, however a department head may approve a work schedule outside of regular business hours.

We continue to encourage department heads to be flexible in allowing telecommuting arrangements where feasible.

October 1, 2020

The New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits (NJDPB) has designated October 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 as the 2021 Open Enrollment Period for the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and New Jersey Tax$ave Program. This is your annual opportunity to assess your benefits needs and revise your medical, prescription, dental, and pre-tax flexible spending account selections for the next calendar year. The deadline for submission of all 2021 plan changes is October 31, 2020. All changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective on January 1, 2021. For more information on the 2021 Open Enrollment Period, please visit University Human Resources (UHR) at Benefits Open Enrollment Virtual Fair.

September 11, 2020

Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

The New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits (NJDPB) has designated October 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020 as Open Enrollment. Open Enrollment is your yearly opportunity to review benefits and make changes for the next calendar year. While more information regarding Open Enrollment will be available later this month, we wanted to provide an important update regarding a change to the Open Enrollment process.

September 4, 2020

COVID-19 has created significant workplace changes across Rutgers University. As part of our ongoing efforts to put the health, safety, and well-being of our university community first, we have developed the Rutgers University Return to Campus Survey. The goal of the survey is to better understand employee needs and concerns, whether they are working remotely or are returning to campus on a full-time or modified schedule. The survey results will allow us to develop policies, protocols, procedures, communications, and services that are aligned with and responsive to the needs of our employees.

July 9, 2020

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that Rutgers University and Teamsters Local 97 have reached agreements that will help to address our current fiscal crisis while protecting jobs and securing salary increases and benefits. Teamsters Local 97 represents nearly 1,700 university employees in the clerical, paraprofessional, technical, service, and maintenance fields.

June 29, 2020

The past few months have been extraordinarily challenging, but through those challenges you have once again demonstrated that our employees are our greatest asset. During this time of crisis, you have come together as leaders and professionals, demonstrating a caliber of expertise, dedication, flexibility, and innovation that has allowed Rutgers to serve as a model in supporting our students and caring for our patients, while managing the financial, operational, and human impacts of this pandemic.