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OS Council Looks at Promoting From Within

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
June 23, 2010

An issue discussed at the 2009 Tri-Council retreat has surfaced again with the OS Council. At its June 2010 meeting, council members revisited the idea of advocating for job promotion from within by asking the university to offer courtesy interviews to all internal applicants who meet minimum job qualifications. 

This item was tabled during the May 2010 OS Council meeting.

While supporting the idea, the question was raised as to whether simply meeting the minimum requirements should mean that everyone who does so gets an interview, acknowledging that many people could be qualified for a position.

It was decided that the council would draft a proposal to be reviewed at the July meeting.

Also discussed was the vote on staff raises the board of trustees is expected to take at their June 24 meeting. That meeting takes place at the New England Center.

The System Personnel Policies Council (SPPC) update given at the OS Council meeting included information on the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), which prevents discrimination based on genetic makeup. GINA has led to the removal of information about family health history from the university’s wellness program; continued research into the discrepancy between staff maternity leave for adoption vs. biological birth; and possible cost savings with health insurance through self-insurance (the university takes on the risk of health insurance by putting premiums into a savings account and hiring a third-party administrator to manage payment of claims) and/or a plan that would allow employees to choose which benefits they wanted.

Sharon Demers, assistant vice president of human resources, noted that the Separation Incentive Program (SIP) for staff and non-tenure track faculty is still on track. Details will need to be confirmed by the president’s cabinet.

The next OS Council meeting is July 14.

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