Let’s Move Pittsburgh, a program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, has announced its 2016 Champion Schools grant recipients, providing 40 Allegheny County education centers with a total of $40,000 in grants to support new and existing health and wellness projects that will affect more than 7,500 local children. These awards were generously funded by the Heinz Endowments.
Pitt's University Child Development Center (UCDC) was named a 2016 Champion School. Under the theme of "Teaching Kids to Grow and Cook Food," the UCDC plans to use the funds to implement additional new and innovative gardening techniques on their playground and in the classrooms. All children at the Center will participate in growing, taking care of, harvesting and cooking the variety of vegetables and herbs that they will plant. UCDC staff are honored and excited to implement their vision with the children and hope for great results that will encourage healthy eating and excitement for working together in our garden.
Champion Schools applicant projects were judged according to need, sustainability and impact. Projects are related to the following themes: Bag the Junk — Increasing Healthy Food and Nutritional Education in Schools, Getting Kids Moving, and Teaching Kids to Grow and Cook Food. The highest scoring applications received up to $1,000 in grant funds to back efforts ranging from the creation of learning gardens, Zumba nights, rollerblading fitness programs and many more creative and exciting initiatives.
On May 18, 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the approval of a change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new law will become effective on December 1, 2016.
The update is intended to provide greater clarity for workers and employers, including higher education institutions, and is expected to extend protections to over 4.2 million workers nation-wide.
The Office of Human Resources has been working to analyze and prepare for this update since its initial proposal in July 2015 and continues to work to understand and assess the impact of the new legislation.
The performance appraisal process is designed to evaluate an employee’s performance over a specified period of time. When the process works well, the employee and his/her supervisor plan together to build on strengths and develop those areas needing improvement. Learn More»
Chancellor Gallagher has introduced a sexual misconduct training for Faculty and Staff. You should already have received an introductory email from Workplace Answers with instructions on how to access this training. If you have deleted that email, you can still access the training through the my.pitt.edu portal community by just clicking here... (portal login required)
This course defines key Federal statutes and regulations related to gender discrimination, sexual misconduct and sexual violence in an academic environment; incorporating Pennsylvania state specific definitions on domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. It provides information to individual members of the campus community regarding their rights to safety, dignity and respect; while promoting bystander intervention, explaining reporting obligations and other compliance responsibilities.