Office of the Vice President
for Administration

Salaried Staff Advisory Council

Minutes February 11, 2009

Please submit agenda items for the April 8, 2009 meeting to Cindy Delaney by
April 3, 2009.

The meeting was called to order at 2:35 p.m.

SSAC members present were:
Member District Member District
Michael DiMauro 1 John Gleasner 9
Kimberly Doucette 3 Cheryl Cunningham 10
Blaze Dougherty 6 James Elfers 11
Paige Seppanen 7 Catherine Corsi 14

Members Excused: Patti Hall #2, Diane Thisell #4, Sharon Webb #5, Susan Zarebicki #12, Karren Helsel-Spry #13

Others Present: Jennifer "JJ" Davis, Nancy Wallace, Gwen RoBison, Lynn Brock

Ms. Wallace welcomed the newly elected and returning SSAC representatives.  Each representative then introduced him/herself to the group.

The December, 2008 minutes were approved as written.

Old Business
Ms. Doucette inquired as to what to do with training suggestions.  Ms. Wallace suggested that they be emailed to JJ Davis and stated that an employee training needs assessment survey will be released soon from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning and Ms. Davis.  Ms. Wallace also noted that performance appraisal training workshops will be held soon.  Ms. Doucette asked if as dictated during last year’s appraisal period for supervisors to meet with their employees quarterly to review progress were to continue to be held.  Ms. Wallace suggests that these meetings should continue.

Constituent Concerns
Ms. Doucette told the group that people are hearing rumors related to the current economic times a few which are of impending lay-offs; may be going 10 months instead of 12 months; that the December holiday break will be going away; that the tuition benefit may go away completely. Ms. Wallace said that the Human Resources staff is unaware that any of these rumors are factual. However, given the economic climate, the university may need to explore cost-saving measures. Ms. Davis stated that UD is not immune to the economic downturn but there are no plans at this point to change the education benefits.

A constituent of Mr. Elfer’s has received a violation notice for displaying their parking permit incorrectly. Captain Jim Grimes was contacted and he confirmed that parking tags are to be hung on the rearview mirror with the number facing out toward the windshield of the vehicle. This allows the officers to enforce parking permit requirements. Additionally, another constituent of Mr. Elfer’s mentioned the continuing parking problems at the Carpenter Sports Building and asked if there are any improvements planned. Captain Grimes said that there is nothing currently planned to add parking to the area. The Trabant parking garage and a large gold lot on N. College (Hollingsworth) are in close proximity to the CSB. Any questions may be directed to Captain Grimes at or by calling 831-4136.

Mr. DiMauro asked if the BTA merit pool for salaried staff is formally tied by policy to the percentage identified in the faculty collective bargaining agreement. Ms. Wallace stated that it is not tied by policy. A constituent also asked if it would be possible for employees to use more than three days of sick leave to care for ill family members/dependents. Is it possible for special considerations or to increase the number of days used? Ms. Wallace will ask Mr. LaPenta to address the group about dependent sick leave, as well as the new changes to the FMLA policy and how these changes will affect FMLA here at the University of Delaware. Ms. Davis told the group that an updated policy will be released soon and that training would be forthcoming.

New Business
Ms. Davis told the SSAC representatives that Human Resources is currently embarking on a new venture of determining what we do and how we conduct our business with process mapping. This is to determine how HR can provide better value and service to the university community and to become a more strategic partner.

Committee Reports/Matters

The Benefits Fair will be held on Thursday, May 7th this year.

The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynn Brock

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