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OS Council Update

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
February 18, 2009

Brainstorming during the annual tri-council retreat has led the OS Council to identify three areas of focus for the year: reducing paper usage on campus, creating more support for professional development, and possibly expanding the car pool lot.

The representatives will work on the issues during the coming year.

During the monthly OS meeting, some councilors expressed concerns about the economy and its potential impact on jobs at UNH in light of layoffs at larger private schools. There also were questions about whether any raises would be given this year and if another Separation Incentive Program (SIP) was in the works.

In other news, Lonn Sattler, the OS representative to the System Personnel Policies Council (SPPC), provided an update on issues before the SPPC, including continuing to work on a teleworking policy that would allow employees to work from home and revising the partial leave policy to make it more closely aligned with that of the PAT Council.

The SPPC also is reviewing the tuition benefit related to students with two parents working at UNH.

Additionally, the overtime policy is under review as is the promotion policy. UNH pays overtime after eight hours while the federal guidelines call for overtime after 40 hours.

The promotion policy has restrictions not placed on new hires. The restrictions have been removed and the changes have been sent to the president’s council for consideration.

Employees who want to put money away now for future long-term care can learn more about the program during informational meetings taking place March 5 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and on March 6 at 9 .m. and 11 a.m. All the meetings are in the MUB, room 334-336.

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