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FAQs on Pending Benefits Changes Available Online; Forum March 9

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
March 2, 2011

The USNH board of trustees has agreed to cut health care and retirement benefits system-wide for nonunion employees by more than $8 million annually in an effort to reduce the university system’s budget. A list of frequently asked questions developed by USNH regarding the proposed changes has been posted on the Human Resources homepage at http://www.unh.edu/hr/total-rewards-information.htm.

The System Personnel Policy Committee (SPPC) is charged with making recommendations to the administrative board of trustees on how best to redesign the benefits package, most notably retirement and medical, and is in the process of gathering feedback from employees. A forum set for March 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the MUB Stafford Room will give employees a chance to voice their opinions. The discussion will focus on changes to the retirement plan from which $1.8 million needs to be cut.

Initially, the board of trustees had recommended a tiered retirement plan, based on age. That idea has been withdrawn due to possible legal issues and trustees have turned the “how” of the cuts over to employees. 

One suggestion that has been discussed is a one percent reduction across the board, which would come close to the $1.8 million mark set by the board of trustees.

Employees can submit ideas on how to make the reductions to retirement and to health care to their PAT, OS, and EE Council representatives or to the SPPC email at unh.sppc@unh.edu.  The councils need to pass the suggestions for the retirement plan changes along to the SPPC prior to its March 17 meeting. The medical plan changes will be focused on after March 17 with an open forum planned for early April and a planned discussion at SPPC in late April. 

UNH SPPC representatives include Tracy Boyle, PAT Council; Tammy McGlone, PAT Council; Lonn Sattler, OS Council; Janice Pierson, OS Council; Nancy Bradford-Sisson, EE Council; and David Proulx, HR. To contact the SPPC directly e-mail unh.sppc@unh.edu.

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