Announcements from the Senior Vice President
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Senior Vice President Human Resources
Updated as of 3/10/21
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:
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.