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The open enrollment period will begin November 1, 2016, and will end November 30, 2016. No enrollments or changes after November 30, 2016, will be accepted. Read morel, Vision Coverage & Flexible Spending Accounts

Join Human Resources for Food, Fun, and Info!! November 9th, 2016, 10am – 2pm in the Union, rooms 507-511. Visit with our insurance and retirement vendors, get your flu shot, and sign up for door prizes! Meet vendors such as: TIAA, Fidelity Investments, UMR (Health Coverage), Delta Dental, Superior Vision, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Pat Walker Health Center, and many more!!

Get your flu shot at the Benefits Fair, Arkansas Union Room 512, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Bring the Flu Shot Consent Form and see Flu Shot Info Sheet for additional information.  Bring your UMR ID card.  If you don't have UMR insurance, the cost will be $50, payable by check or cash at the time of the shot.

Contact Human Resources at hrbenf@uark.edu or at 479-575-5351 if you have any questions.

Join us for snacks and conversation in the Union, Room 504, on November 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Did you know we have new functions in PeopleAdmin 7? The updates include new position description forms, easier alignment updates, onboarding, and much more! And did you know our Talent Development group is developing trainings based off of the feedback we received in our Staff Skills Survey?  We will also discuss the upcoming changes to FLSA, including how the changes will affect you and how to deal with the changes. Are you bringing a Foreign National to campus to speak or present?!We will let you know the proper procedures for that too! Also, what information do we need to make sure our employees receive their W-2 in a timely manner?

Come meet our HR staff and have all your questions answered and hear about all of the exciting things happening in University HR.  Also available via Live Webinar - see attached instructions for Webinar.

Any questions can be addressed with Valerie Casey, HR Specialist, at valeriec@uark.edu or 5-6103.

The Revised Supervisor Development Certificate Program is an effort to promote excellence in selecting and managing the University’s work force. The recently revised program teaches new supervisors the essential skills and knowledge to be an effective leader and coach for other employees. This is a 6 part program. Each session is offered twice a week starting July 18th. Please register for all 6 sessions through the EDP Training Calendar at this link:

Please register for all 6 sessions through the EDP Training Calendar at this link:https://edp.uark.edu/calendar/month.php. You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program. Any questions can be addressed with Valerie Casey at 

Any questions can be addressed with Valerie Casey at valeriec@uark.edu or 5-6103.

Classification and Compensation Department is preparing to guide the University of Arkansas through new overtime rule changes.

Over the last year, you may have heard that the U.S. Department of Labor has been trying to increase the salary level test for employees who are exempt from receiving overtime payments under the Fair Labor Standards Act. On May 18, the Department of Labor announced that the salary basis test for exemption is being changed from $23,660 annually to $47,476 annually.  

The effective date of the final rule will be Dec. 1, 2016. The initial increases to the standard salary level (from $455 to $913 per week) will be effective on that date. Future automatic updates to those thresholds will occur every three years, beginning on Jan. 1, 2020.

The new rules mean that employees who receive less than $47,476 annually for a full-year worker or less than $913 per week for workers working less than a year, must be paid overtime (or for state employees like those working for the university – be provided compensatory time) for any hours over 40 hours a week. This includes positions whose primary work is research, but does not apply to teaching faculty. As a result, employees becoming non-exempt will need to begin recording their hours of work beginning Dec. 1, in the same manner as current non-exempt employees record their time by "clocking in."

Employees who receive less than $47,476 annually or less than $913 per week will receive instructions related to time keeping prior to the Dec. 1 effective date. 

This change will not affect your vacation accruals. There is a difference between non-exempt (eligible for overtime), exempt (exempt from overtime regulations), classified and non-classified status. Non-exempt and exempt statuses are federal classifications regarding eligibility for overtime pay. Classified and non-classified statuses are state of Arkansas classifications regarding state-mandated pay ranges and line item maximum amounts. Some individuals may confuse the state classifications with the federal classifications and may believe that their vacation eligibility will change. That is not the case.

The University Classification and Compensation Department is preparing to implement required changes on the Dec. 1 date and will provide further communications as the date grows closer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michele Burns at tmburns@uark.edu or 479-575-4824.  

New hires can now be enrolled in New Employee Orientation Parts 1 and 2 using either their personal email or their UARK email, if it has been assigned. Supervisors can also register employees by following these instructions: 

Go to the Employee Development Program website at https://edp.uark.edu/ . 

    • Click on “Calendar” on the left menu. 
    • Click on the link on the calendar date the employee wants to attend, then click “Register.” You will see boxes to fill in the employee’s first name, last name, and email address.
    • Click the buttons for the dates the employee will be attending.
    • Hit “Submit” at the bottom and the employee is registered.

Any questions can be addressed with Valerie Casey at valeriec@uark.edu or phone at 5-6103.

Have them answered in our HR Forum open to all employees! Join us for snacks and conversation in Reynolds Auditorium on August 10th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration is available through the EDP Training Calendar at https://edp.uark.edu/calendar/month.php.  Did you know we will be going paperless with new hire paperwork and benefits enrollment?! And did you know our Talent Development group has rolled out the revised Supervisor Development Certificate Program and is developing a Professional Development Certificate to give employees skills to move them along their career paths? 

Come meet our HR staff and have all your questions answered and hear about all of the exciting things happening in University HR. 

Any questions can be addressed with Valerie Casey, HR Specialist, at valeriec@uark.edu or 5-6103.

We are soliciting nominations for the Diversity Awards Program!! Coordinated by the Talent Development Program, the Diversity Awards Program rewards and recognizes outstanding commitment to diversity at the University of Arkansas. Awards are given to employees annually and announced at the Employee Awards Banquet in October. Nominations are solicited and an independent judging committee determines the winners.

The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2016. Please use the following link for information on Requirements and Incentives. http://hr.uark.edu/working/diversity/awards.php 

Please email your nominations, including name(s), department, and reason to valeriec@uark.edu.