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HR Update; May 27, 2011

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UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) Contributions Increasing July 1st

UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) contributions increasing July 1st
As part of a strategy to ensure long-term financial stability for UC’s Retirement Plan, last fall the University of California Board of Regents approved increases in UCRP contributions effective July 1, 2011.  You will see the increased pre-tax contribution reflected in your regular paycheck for July earnings, which is available between July 20 and August 6, depending on whether you are paid biweekly or monthly. The new contribution levels affect only active members of the UCRP and are subject to collective bargaining for represented employees.  For more information go to The Future of UC Retirement Benefits and link to THE FACTS: Contributions to the UC Retirement Plan

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UC Retirement System Advisory Board Election

Seven UC employees are in the running for two open ‘staff’ seats on the UC Retirement System Advisory Board. The 11-member UCRS Advisory Board is comprised of a cross-section of the University community and meets three times each year to discuss issues pertaining to UC’s retirement plans and shares ideas with President Mark G. Yudof.

Active, eligible UCRP members* with a UC email address received an electronic voting ballot this week from ‘VRES’.  Those employees without an email address will receive a notice by mail.  Employees may vote now through June 17.  For more detail on voting eligibility and procedures click here.

*Not applicable to Academic Senate Members

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Compensatory Time Off Election Period in June

The collective bargaining agreements between the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE), Coalition of University Employees (CUE) and American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the University provide that departments that offer compensatory time off (CTO) must offer their Research Support Professional (RX), Technical Support Professional (TX), Health Care Professional (HX), Clerical (CX) and Service (SX) employees the opportunity to make an election for overtime compensation.  The opportunity to choose either pay or CTO is made either when hired, or thereafter during the month of June.  Although the contract covering employees in the CX unit has expired, CUE has agreed to allow CTO programs to continue during the status quo period.

In addition to the above mentioned units, the University has standardized the election periods for departments that offer CTO to employees in the Nurse (NX) and Patient Care Technical (PCT) bargaining units and non-represented, non-exempt employees covered by the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM).  These employees also have the opportunity to choose either pay or CTO when hired, or thereafter during the month of June.

For fiscal year 2011/2012, the election period is June 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011.  For any elections made during the month of June, an employee’s election will become effective July 1, 2011. 

If an UPTE (RX, TX, HX) or non-represented employee does not make an election during the annual June period, the employee’s previous election shall continue.  If an EX, SX, CX or NX employee does not make an election during the June period, the employee will receive pay for any overtime worked.

Copies of the election forms may be found on the Human Resources website at http://ucsfhr.ucsf.edu/index.php/policies/cat/site/Forms/.
Please ensure that employees are provided the applicable form in order to make the election.  For departments that do not offer CTO, there is no requirement to provide employees with the opportunity to make an election for CTO. 

If you have questions, contact the Labor & Employee Relations Analyst assigned to your department.

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Upcoming Computer Skills Training

UCSF Learning and Development offers a wide range of computer skills classes through our partnership with Academy X.  These on-line and hands-on classes help you become more comfortable working with key applications and technologies critical to many business functions. They are offered at a discounted rate when registered through the UC Learning Center.

Upcoming Classes:

Access 2007:
Fundamentals 6/14
Intermediate 6/16

Excel 2007:
Introduction 6/1
Intermediate 6/15
Advanced 6/7

Fundamentals 6/6

Outlook 2007:
Introduction 6/2
Intermediate 6/3

Fundamentals 6/1

And many more found at Academy X website or the UC Learning Center.

Time and Location: Most classes are taught on site at Academy X, located in downtown San Francisco. Times for classes vary and are available upon registration.

To Register:  Log on to the UC Learning Center. Enter the name of the computer application/class in the Search box.  Then click Go.

Questions: Contact Steve Heindl at (415) 476-3908


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Career Management Workshops at MCB in July

Nobody cares more about your career than you do!  You owe it to yourself to update your resume, polish your interviewing skills, and learn how to effectively network.  Learn how to manage change as the world and UCSF changes around you.  Do some self-assessment to determine your strengths and your preferences.  Focus on YOU!

MCB Workshops

Module 1 
Tuesday, July 12                    
Managing Change
Self Assessment

Module 2     
Wednesday, July 20                          
Development Plan
Resume Writing

Module 3     
Monday, July 25                              

Module 4**Modules 1, 2, & 3 are pre-requisites
Tuesday, Aug 2                              
Resume Critique      
Interview Practice
Classes are on varied days (because of room availability) from 9 to 11 am.  There is no cost to attend these classes.

Log on to the UC Learning Center at https://learningcenter.ucsfmedicalcenter.org/  and search for “Career Planning” in the search box to register.

If you have any questions, contact Katy Liddell at 476-0420 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Maximizing Workplace Effectiveness―Webinar Series

This webinar series sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Organizational & Workforce Effectiveness is complimentary and is made available to the University of California staff and faculty (all campuses). Get a mid-year boost in your productivity by joining us at one or all of the webinars.

More information and registration details can be found at their website, http://www.people-onthego.com/uc-webinars

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CNA/UC Agreement

A multi-year collective bargaining agreement with the California Nurses Association (CNA) has been ratified.  Details of the Agreement will be forthcoming.

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Free UC Retirement Readiness Education Programs for Faculty & Staff

Are you ready for retirement? Start to plan now - it’s never too early. Check the Retirement Readiness Workshop Schedules for new listings today!

Did You Know? You may attend a workshop at any UC campus. Just check the schedule for your preferred location and sign up online.

UC Retirement Plan (UCRP): UC’s Defined Benefit Plan

The UC Retirement Savings Programs: 403(b), 457(b) & Defined Contribution (DCP Plans)



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