Fiscal Year 2018 Salary Pool

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An update on the salary pool and operating budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

The Board of Trustees has approved a $2.2 billion FY18 operating budget, up from $2.1 billion in FY17. This pool of funds support increases for faculty and staff whose contributions are critical to the success of the University. The approved budget includes a 2.25% salary pool, which comprises a 1.5% maintenance pool and a 0.75% merit, market, and equity pool. Staff and faculty who have received a satisfactory/successful performance evaluation within the last fiscal year will receive a 1.5% maintenance increase and may be eligible for a merit, market, and equity increase, as well. These salary increases will be processed in the September paycheck.

For more information on the FY18 budget and salary increases, the University Times featured an article on the salary process, including frequently asked questions about pay increases. You can also revisit the Chancellor's letter and explore the HR website.

Update on Total Rewards Study

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Update on progress of Total Rewards study at the University of Pittsburgh

Data collection for the first two phases of the job analyses for the Total Rewards study has ended. The phases, which included the academic segment of the University, achieved a high response rate. Phase three (also known as the Green Phase) will begin at the end of July and span September of this year and will encompass Computing Services & Systems Development, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the regional campuses at Bradford and Titusville, among other parts of the Pitt community.

For more information about the Total Rewards program, visit the website, including the frequently asked questions page (employee login required). Employees can opt in for updates sent directly via email or text message. The Office of Human Resources’ Q&A column in the June 8 issue of the University Times featured answers to the most-asked questions about the project and job analysis questionnaires.

MyHealth@Work Closure - August 24

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The MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center will be closed on August 24.

The MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center will be closed on Thursday, August 24. All online and telephonic services will still be available throughout the day. Check out the LifeSolutions and Health and Wellness Center websites for services and support, or call the Center at 412-647-4949 for more information.

Coverage While Away From Home

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Presentation from June 8th on International Travel Benefits

On June 8, 2017, the Office of Human Resources hosted a presentation on international travel benefits. The presentation included representatives from UPMC Health Plan, International SOS, and the Office of Human Resources Benefits Department. The presentation included details on the various benefits and protections for employees and their families when traveling internationally.

If you missed the presentation, please view the video recording, which includes the presentation slide deck: https://pitt.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?tid=d2e2a4ed-ab1d-45b3-9ba4-2f6bd2c44d0d

 

More information regarding University-sponsored and personal travel can be found on these websites:

MH@W Health & Wellness Center Closed on June 22

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Please be advised that the UPMC MyHealth@Work for the University of Pittsburgh Health and Wellness Center will be closed on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Closure of the Center will allow the healthcare providers to attend required meetings and training. Your understanding is appreciated.

Please be advised that the UPMC MyHealth@Work for the University of Pittsburgh Health and Wellness Center will be closed on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Closure of the Center will allow the healthcare providers to attend required meetings and training. Your understanding is appreciated.

For more information, please contact the Benefits Department at 412-624-8160 or hr-benque@pitt.edu.

University of Pittsburgh Designated as Live Well Allegheny Workplace

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The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced that the University of Pittsburgh has committed to Live Well Allegheny by becoming a Live Well Allegheny Workplace. The announcement was made at the University of Pittsburgh’s MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center in celebration of the facility’s one-year anniversary.

live well allegheny logoThe Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced on April 19, 2017 that the University of Pittsburgh has committed to Live Well Allegheny by becoming a Live Well Allegheny Workplace. The announcement was made at the University of Pittsburgh’s MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center in celebration of the facility’s one-year anniversary.

“I’m thrilled to have the University of Pittsburgh join us in our effort to make our county healthier,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “It’s not surprising that the University is a good fit as a Live Well Allegheny Workplace with its focus on health, athletics, nutrition and so many other things that are the foundation to healthy living. I congratulate Chancellor Gallagher and all of the administration, faculty, staff and students on this designation and thank them for their involvement in the program.”

The University of Pittsburgh has committed to several action steps as part of its faculty and staff wellness program to be designated as a Live Well Allegheny Workplace.

“We are so excited to have the University of Pittsburgh join our Live Well Allegheny efforts” said Dr. Karen Hacker, Director Allegheny County Health Department. “Our Live Well Allegheny Campaign continues to grow and we know that employers play a significant role in promoting the health of their employees. It is organizations like the University of Pittsburgh that can make a real difference in the health of our county’s population by providing opportunities, incentives, and support for employee health improving activities.”

In the spirit of the University of Pittsburgh’s initiatives, the MyHealth@Work for the University of Pittsburgh Health and Wellness Center was created to provide free medical services, treating both acute and chronic conditions, for University faculty and staff regardless of insurance coverage. In addition to opening the MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center, the leadership has committed to faculty and staff wellness by hiring two staff positions, including a Wellness Specialist and part-time onsite Health Coach. The Wellness Specialist assists with the development of a wellness committee and creates recommendations for wellness initiatives appropriate to University faculty and staff. Currently, the University offers free health coaching in five lifestyle programs (weight management, nutrition, tobacco cessation, physical activity, and stress management). Learn more about the programs offered by visiting www.hr.pitt.edu/wellness.

“The University has top-down support for its wellness efforts. We have a responsibility to take advantage of the world-class expertise on campus, UPMC Health Plan’s experience, and the University community’s enthusiasm for the programs,” said John Kozar, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Cheryl Johnson added, “At the University, we are cultivating a wellness culture, which will provide additional incentives for all of us to become more involved in making healthy lifestyle choices.”

The University of Pittsburgh has been long committed to free preventative services and offers incentives to faculty and staff for participation in health improvement activities, including biometric screenings and preventative physical exams as well as completing an online health risk assessment. The University also developed the Healthy Lifestyle Institute under the direction of Dr. John Jakicic, Distinguished Professor of Health and Physical Activity, which aims to improve community health by examining how biological factors like genetics can influence lifestyle behaviors, and how those factors impact chronic diseases and negative health outcomes, and translating evidence-based initiatives to programs focused on healthy lifestyle practices that target the University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, and students are a key component of this initiative.

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participating workplaces can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Fitzgerald as a comprehensive, innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Board of Health and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker.

For more information on the Live Well Allegheny campaign, including detail on how your business can become a Live Well Allegheny Workplace, visit www.LiveWellAllegheny.com.

Total Rewards Study Has Launched

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The Office of Human Resources is proud to announce the launch of the total rewards program.

The Office of Human Resources is proud to announce the launch of a comprehensive total rewards study. Read more about the study in the letter from Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Cheryl Johnson or visit the total rewards website at totalrewards.pitt.edu.

Questions about total rewards? Email the project team at total.rewards@pitt.edu.

New Paid Parental Leave Introduced

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The Office of Human Resources, at the request of the Staff Association Council, is proud to announce the adoption of a new Paid Parental Leave benefit for full-time and part-time regular staff. We are excited to extend this benefit to our devoted staff as an investment in the well-being of their families.

The Office of Human Resources, at the request of the Staff Association Council, is proud to announce the adoption of a new Paid Parental Leave benefit for full-time and part-time regular staff. We are excited to extend this benefit to our devoted staff as an investment in the well-being of their families.

The Paid Parental Leave allows for four consecutive weeks (20 work days) of paid maternity/paternity leave that can be used during the 12 months immediately following the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child. The staff member must be at least 50% effort and employed in a benefits-eligible position for at least 6 months to be eligible for this leave. Part-time regular staff, who are 50% effort or greater are eligible for a prorated amount of the 20 paid parental leave days based on their percent effort.

Leaves for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child that occur on or after July 1, 2017 will be eligible for Paid Parental Leave. The leave will run concurrently with the University’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Short-Term Disability (STD) programs. The staff member is still required to file for FMLA/STD with MetLife when taking the Paid Paternal Leave.

The official Paid Parental Leave policy is located in the Paid and Unpaid Time Off section of the Staff Handbook: http://www.hr.pitt.edu/staff-handbook/paid-and-unpaid. Resources related to medical leave types for staff are available on the Benefits website: http://hr.pitt.edu/benefits/medical_leave. If you have any questions about this new policy, please contact the Benefits Department at 412-624-8160 or hr-benque@pitt.edu.

Biometric Screening - March 28

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There are some openings for biometric screening on Tuesday, March 28. Call UPMC Member Services at 1-888-499-6885 to schedule your biometric screening at WPU (7-11 am). Walk-ins are also welcome.

Did you miss out on the biometric screening offered March 14 & 15? You’re in luck! There are still some openings for Tuesday, March 28. Call UPMC Member Services at 1-888-499-6885 to schedule your biometric screening at WPU (7-11 am). Walk-ins are also welcome.

UPMC Health Plan is offering free biometric screenings to all faculty and staff members who are covered by one of the University’s medical insurance plans. If you complete a biometric screening by June 30, 2017, you can earn $50 in your September 2017 paycheck or $50 in Reward Dollars if you participate in the Panther Advocate plan, as part of the Take a Healthy Step program.

For more information about the Take a Healthy Step program, including additional incentive opportunities, please visit: http://hr.pitt.edu/sites/default/files/uploads/HealthyRewards.pdf.

 

Registration is Open! Spring 2017 Faculty & Staff Development Program Workshops

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Spring 2017 Faculty & Staff Development Program: Registration is Open!

Registration is Open! Spring 2017 Faculty & Staff Development Program Workshops

With over 60 courses, including four certificate programs, the Faculty and Staff Development Program offers numerous workshops to grow the career skills and personal development of University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff.

For the schedule of spring FSDP workshops and to register online, visit www.hr.pitt.edu/fsdp.

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