Staff and Academic Reduction in Time (START) Program
The University is implementing a new two-year Staff and Academic Reduction in Time (START) Program to provide eligible employees an opportunity to voluntarily reduce their working time and corresponding pay in exchange for a number advantages, such as accrual of UCRP service credit and vacation and sick leave at the employees’ pre-START rates. The reduction in time and pay will help the University achieve temporary salary savings during this period of budgetary shortfall. Implementation of START is at the discretion of unit managers. In instances where departments elect to offer START, employees may begin signing up for the program immediately. The program will be in effect from July 1, 2008 through December 31, 2010.
Those eligible to participate in START are non-probationary, career staff and academic appointees, except those in faculty and student academic titles and Postdoctoral Scholars.
The program guidelines, a program brochure describing the features of START, including useful questions and answers, and START contract forms are available online at the UCOP Website.
In all cases, participation in START requires approval by the department head or additional levels of approval as determined by the department head. A START contract must be completed for each employee approved to participate in the program. The following describes the documentation process for establishing a START contract:
- A START Contract, U270, must be completed and signed by both the START participant and the department head or designee.
- A START Contract Amendment, U271, must be completed and signed by both the START participant and the department head or designee when a START contract is terminated early or the percentage of time reduction is changed.
- Both forms must be completed and entered into the campus payroll system by the department. Further instructions will be forthcoming on how to enter the contract information into the Online Payroll Personnel System (OLPPS).
- The START participant’s department is the office of record for both forms. Copies of the completed forms are to be provided to the employee, Human Resources - Labor and Employee Relations, at campus box 1202, and to Retirement Administration at the Office of the President, at .P.O. Box 24570, Oakland, CA 94623-1570.
Managers/supervisors can use the model letter to inform an employee that they cannot participate in the START program.