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Announcements from the Senior Vice President


Announcements from the Senior Vice President

2022 Open Enrollment Announcement

October 1, 2021

The New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits (NJDPB) has designated October 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021 as the 2022 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 2022 plan changes is October 31, 2021. All changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective on January 1, 2022.

For more information on the 2022 Open Enrollment Period, please visit UHR’s Benefits Open Enrollment Virtual Fair


Rutgers Employees First Initiative – Upcoming Financial Webinars for Fall 2021

September 29, 2021

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

As part of our ongoing Rutgers Employees First initiative, we are pleased to announce the next series of webinars focused on financial wellness. The Rutgers Employees First Financial Webinars are intended to provide employees with the tools and education necessary to manage finances and help make the best financial decisions for themselves, their families, and their futures. Webinars are available to all Rutgers employees and are free of charge.

Below is a list of the Rutgers Employees First Financial Webinars and links to register.


REMINDER – Initial Goal Setting is Due September 30th – Non-Aligned Employees

September 14, 2021

Thank you for taking an active part in the initial goal-setting phase of our performance management process. As a reminder, all goal plans for non-aligned employees must be submitted and approved in the performance management system on or before September 30th.

To help you navigate the FY’22 Goal Setting process, the performance management site has online resources including a goal bank of sample SMART goals, tutorials, and FAQs.

Performance Management System and Learning Resources


Rutgers Employees First Initiative - Upcoming Wellness Webinars

August 23, 2021

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

As part of our ongoing Rutgers Employees First initiative, we are pleased to announce the next series of webinars which focuses on mental wellness as it relates to caring for loved ones who have a disability or special needs. These webinars are available to all Rutgers employees regardless of whether you are a Voya Financial client and are free of charge.


Upload Your Vaccination Cards – Win a $500 Gift Certificate

August 23, 2021

To All Rutgers Faculty and Staff:

It is wonderful to see our faculty and staff on campus. I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks for all you have done to keep the university up and operating throughout the pandemic. I know that it has been stressful during these challenging times and I want you to know that your efforts, your commitment, and your flexibility are appreciated and valued.

As you know, we have mandated that all students enrolling for classes for the fall semester must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Getting back into classrooms and enjoying a vibrant campus life depends on vaccinations and student response has been overwhelmingly positive.


My Wellness App is Now Available Within the Rutgers University Mobile App

June 8, 2021

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce the launch of the My Wellness app, now available within the Rutgers University mobile app and within the myRutgers portal. As part of the Rutgers Employees First initiative, the My Wellness app was developed in collaboration with University Human Resources, IP&O Strategic Services, OIT Application Services, and the Emergency Operations Center's Behavioral Health and Wellness workgroup. The purpose of the app is to support the physical, emotional, and social well-being of Rutgers employees by providing quick and easy access to wellness content from your mobile device. Discover a variety of resources at your fingertips by downloading the app today.


Telecommuting Policy Relaxation Extended through December 31, 2021

May 21, 2021

Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

As part of our continued efforts to support the health and safety of our university community, and as an important tool in fully repopulating our campuses in the coming months, the telecommuting policy relaxation has been extended through December 31, 2021. This extension will allow for a Return to Rutgers planning process that provides unit heads sufficient flexibility to meet the business needs of their departments while supporting the safety of our campus community.

Please note that the President will be communicating with you within the next week regarding the process of returning fully to campus. That message will contain additional information about how telecommuting might fit into return to campus plans.


Temporary Expansion of Permissible Use of Accrued Paid Sick Time

May 21, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

The temporary expansion of permissible use of accrued paid sick time for COVID-19 related self-quarantine, school closure, place of child care closure, or lack of availability of child care set to expire on May 31, 2021 has been extended through December 31, 2021.


Commitment to EEO and Diversity: Voluntary Self ID – Ethnicity/Race

April 16, 2021

Dear Colleagues:

We are requesting your assistance in updating our employee demographic information. Having the ability to benchmark success in our hiring practices aids us in many ways. It helps us to better understand the composition of our workforce, informs our planning processes, and allows us to comply with federal compliance requirements.

We encourage you to take a moment to update your Race/Ethnicity demographic information. Although this two-item questionnaire is voluntary, we hope that you choose to complete it. The data from this survey helps us to build a modern and diverse workforce.


Temporary Expansion of Permissible Use of Accrued Paid Sick Extended Through May 31, 2021

April 1, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

The temporary expansion of permissible use of accrued paid sick time for COVID-19 related self-quarantine, school closure, place of child care closure, or lack of availability of child care set to expire on March 31, 2021 has been extended through May 31, 2021.


COVID-19 Telecommuting – Extended through May 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

As part of our continued efforts to support the health and safety of our university community, the telecommuting policy relaxation has been extended through May 31, 2021. We continue to monitor all pertinent health information associated with COVID-19, including transmission and positivity rates, vaccine availability, CDC guidance, and public health guidance and directives issued by the State of New Jersey and will evaluate the extension of telecommuting policy relaxation on a monthly basis.

Additional information regarding telecommuting:


Changes In Hiring Practices

March 10, 2021

Updated as of 3/10/21

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:


Hiring Freeze and Position Cost Control Presidential Directive Guidelines

March 9, 2021

Updated as of 9/7/21

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


Change in Hiring Freeze Guidelines Effective January 4, 2021

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.


University Holiday and Closings Schedules for 2021 and 2022

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.

Sincerely,

Vivian Fernández
Senior Vice President Human Resources


Relaxation of Telecommuting Policies Extended to March 31

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.


IMPORTANT BENEFITS INFORMATION: New Online Medical, Prescription, and Dental Insurance Open Enrollment

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.


A Message from Teamsters Local 97 President John Gerow and Rutgers Senior Vice President Vivian Fernandez

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.


Non-Aligned Shared Work Furlough Program

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.


A message from AFSCME Presidents Daniel Duffy and Joy Willinger and Rutgers Senior Vice President Vivian Fernandez

June 5, 2020

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that Rutgers University and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 888 and Local 1761 have reached a tentative agreement for a shared work/furlough program. The tentative agreement will protect approximately 450 jobs within the Division of Institutional Planning and Operations and the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. The tentative agreement must still be ratified by the union membership, and the shared work program is subject to approval by the State of New Jersey.