Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MEN'S RESTROOMS AND DRINKING FOUNTAINS GOING DOWN TOMORROW, ELECTRICAL OUTAGES

May 21, 2014

The Men's restrooms and the drinking fountains near the restrooms will be taken off line tomorrow.  You will need to use the restrooms and drinking fountains in either new ME or Akerman.

Thursday, May 22, 2014:

There will also be an electrical outage tomorrow, May 22, 2014, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. in any room EAST of the freight elevator on floors 3 and 4 of old ME.  Please note this is a correction to a previous post.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014:

There will be an electrical outage in the New ME Building on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  During this period, you will not be able to use any fume hoods or the freight elevator in the new building.

Pam

Monday, May 19, 2014

ME Building Related Announcements-New Gas Cylinder Storage Area and Electrical Outage

May 19, 2014

New Gas Cylinder Storage Area

The gas cylinder storage area has been moved due to the HEAPR construction project.  It has moved from beside the wall adjacent to the freight elevator into the area in the same room that Facilities Management was storing its supplies and equipment.  Due to the small size of the new gas cylinder storage area, I urge you to pick up any gas cylinders as soon as possible after they arrive. 

Electrical Outage on Thursday, May 22, 2014

The power will be out in the old ME building in any rooms west of the freight elevator on floors 3 and 4 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

PERFORMANCE REVIEWS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN MAY 30

May 16, 2014


Just a reminder that performance reviews for all employees are due no later than May 30, 2014. 

The approved form for P/A, Post Docs, and civil service employees is on the ME Website in the Forms section, under Human Resources.  Here's the link:  http://www.me.umn.edu/intranet/forms/index.shtml

The graduate student reviews are being handled via a Google form.  The Payroll staff have been sending out emails to remind you to complete those. 

For undergraduate student employees, their reviews will be handled the same as the grad students.  You should be hearing from the Payroll staff shortly about completing those.

Pam

Friday, May 9, 2014

FY15 FRINGE BENEFIT RATES - SIMPLIFIED FRINGE

May 9, 2014

The University is adopting what they are calling "Simplified Fringe" rates beginning in FY15.  Under the Simplified Fringe, the full fringe rate is charged for all employees in the fringe group regardless of the term of the appointment, the funding source, or percent time of the appointment/standard hours of work.

The new fringe rates are as follows:

Academic and Police:  33.9% rate
Non-Academic, includes all civil service and labor represented classifications:  26.4% rate
Partial Benefits, includes all temp/casual classifications:  7.7% rate
Grad Asst GA Heath, includes all Graduate Students with and without tuition benefits:  16.8% rate
Graduate UPlan, includes all Post Doctoral Associates:  21.5% rate

These rates are currently only for use on non-sponsored chart strings.

Once these fringe rates are approved by the Federal Government, they will then be applied to all sponsored projects as well.

If you have any questions about which fringe rate applies to what classifications, please contact me.  I've got a conversion chart.

Pam

IMPORTANT OLD ME BUILDING RENOVATION NOTICES

May 9, 2014


The women's restrooms in old ME will be closed for renovation beginning Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  Women will need to use the restrooms in new ME or in Akerman.

The men's restrooms in old ME will be closed for renovation shortly after next Wednesday.  Men will need to use the restrooms in new ME or in Akerman.

The freight elevator in old ME will be shut down completely beginning mid-June.  It is scheduled to be down until about November 2014.  The access tunnel being build between the foundry area and new ME will be complete and usable.  All deliveries will need to be made at the dock in new ME.

Temporary custodial closets have been constructed in the 2nd floor link hallway and on the 3rd floor hallway at the top of the stairs.  These temporary structures will be there until the new custodial closets are completed in old ME.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Pam


CODE OF ETHICS FOR DEPARTMENT STAFF RESPONSIBLE FOR BUYING

May 9, 2014

Anyone involved in a Purchasing transaction (from requesters, UMarket shoppers to processors and approvers,) are obligated to sign a Code of Ethics form.  See attached.  Departments are required to keep copies of the employee signed Code of Ethics on file and available for audit .  Purchasing Services confirmed at the Clusters Directors meeting yesterday that the Code of Ethics form is auditable.

I will have the form put on our Intranet Site under the Forms sections.  Everyone, including graduate students, that do any kind of purchasing must sign one of these forms.  Please put your completed forms in my mailbox.

Please contact me with any questions.

Pam

Thursday, May 1, 2014

CSE 2014-15 Compensation Plan for Faculty, P&A Staff, and Civil Service Staff

May 1, 2014

Written performance evaluations are required for all employee as stipulated by University policy. As a reminder the mandatory due date for performance reviews is May 30, 2014.

All Civil Service, non-bargaining unit employees, will receive a 2.5% across the board salary increase.  The bargaining-unit employees compensation will be as negotiated in their respective contracts.

All units are expected to provide an average salary increase of 2.5% to faculty, P&A employees, and Post Docs.

All increases for faculty, P&A staff, and Post-Doctoral Associates are to be merit-based.  Increases for employees in CSE of less than 0.5% and greater than 4.5% will require a documented justification and the approval of Dean Crouch.

Salary increases for your P&A staff and Post-Docs must be sent to me by Wednesday, May 14.  I have to turn them in to the Dean's office by May 16.

Please contact me with any questions.