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SPPC Looks at Flex Time and Teleworking

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
October 8, 2008

At its regular monthly meeting, the PAT Council reviewed proposed employment policies and proposed changes to existing employment policies that went before the System Personnel Policies Council (SPPC) at its Sept. 18 meeting.

While there are existing polices related to flextime, the issue of telecommuting, or teleworking, is under consideration. Some changes to flextime are also in the proposal phase. A mix of old and new employment policies were discussed.

Flextime provides an alternative to a traditional workweek without resulting in fewer hours. It can mean working four longer days instead of five, or working only during the academic year with summers off, or some other creative set schedule.

In any case, a supervisor may require all staff to be present during specific core hours. Also, supervisors have the authority to approve or deny an employee’s request for flextime.

With teleworking, employees would work off campus for some portion of their work schedule. Under the proposal discussed by the SPPC, it would be up to each supervisor to decide if a job is suitable for teleworking. USNH would have the option, however, to approve or disapprove teleworking arrangements.

Under the proposal, an employee could only telecommute up to two days a week. Workers would be required to have their own computer and other necessary equipment needed to do their job off site, including Internet connection costs.

In other news, it was decided to ask Dick Cannon, vice president of finance and administration, to address the PAT Council at some point to answer questions regarding the differences between faculty and staff health benefits.

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