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OS Council Seeking New Members

October 20, 2010

The Operating Staff Council is seeking nominations to fill eight vacancies. President Mark Huddleston expressed his support for councilors, saying he encourages participation in and support of the OS Council. 

“The role of all of the staff councils is incredibly important not only to the university but to me personally,” Huddleston said. “I greatly value the unfiltered ideas and feedback the OS Council provides to me about the wide range of issues affecting OS staff.  I also realize that participating in the council requires extra effort and sacrifice by the staff who serve and the offices they work in.  But few things worth doing require no sacrifice.”

He went on to urge service on the council and asked supervisors to work with staff to accommodate their service. 

During the council’s monthly meeting, which took place Oct. 13, representatives watched a video presentation on Healthy UNH that provided them with the opportunity to comment on the film and its message.

The 20-minute video gives viewers an understanding of how health and health care impacts UNH as a whole, and how the UNH community can work together to make changes. Councilors discussed steps they currently take to make UNH healthier: going to the gym, participating in Healthy UNH activities such as Weight Watchers, washing their hands, and encouraging coworkers to stay home if they are sick.

Councilors also received an update from representatives to the System Personnel Policies Council. A proposed change to the family leave policy would afford parents who adopt a child or take in a new foster child up to 12 weeks of paid leave. The time would come from accrued sick (up to 30 days) and annual leave. If approved, the time could be used pre or post-adoption or birth, and would be applied to leave allowed under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

All benefits eligible PATs, academic administrators, extension educators, and operating staff with at least one year of benefits eligible service at USNH would be eligible.

A change that has been made to the FMLA extends its coverage to a faculty and staff members who assume the role of in loco parentis to a child, regardless of the legal or biological relationship.

The next meeting of the OS Council is Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.

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