New CRR’s: Winter Break, Shared Leave Program & Amended Educational Assistance Policy

UM President, Mun Choi, sent the following message to all UM employees, via email, on 12/7/2017:

Dear colleagues,

This afternoon, the University of Missouri Board of Curators reviewed revisions to our Collected Rules and Regulations (CRRs) to demonstrate appreciation for our faculty and staff; enhance the work-life balance of University employees; and improve our ability to recruit and retain top talent. I am pleased to relate several changes approved by the board. Review summaries of the changes below, or access the complete, revised CRRs for additional information.

New CRR: Winter Break Reduced Operations

CRR 340.045 establishes an annual systemwide reduced operations period between Christmas Day holiday (observed) through the day before New Year’s Day holiday (observed). Please note, this CRR does not apply to University of Missouri Health Care due to the nature of its work year round.

Employees who accrue vacation, sick leave and personal days will receive paid time-off to be used during that time period only. Employees who are eligible but are required to work during the reduced operations period will receive equivalent time off to be used by November 30 of the following year.

If you are an employee at University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology or University of Missouri-St. Louis, I have asked your chancellor to work with campus leadership and determine the operations which will continue on your campus during this period. You’ll receive a communication from your leadership regarding your campus plan for 2017.

New CRR: Principles for the Establishment of a Shared Leave Program

A new rule, CRR 340.055, outlines a framework for and directs the establishment of a Shared Leave Program. This program gives employees the option to donate accrued vacation to a shared pool. In turn, the pool provides paid leave for employees who are experiencing certain catastrophic events causing prolonged absence from work but have exhausted other forms of paid leave.

Melinda Adams, Interim Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, has been appointed to lead a committee of HR and finance personnel from each campus, MU Health Care and UM System to develop the Shared Leave Program.

Amendment: Educational Assistance

An amendment to CRR 230.070 reduces the eligibility requirement for employees to receive tuition reductions for spouses and dependents from five years to one year of continuous full-time service with the University prior to the deadline for registration. It also allows spouses and dependents receiving tuition reduction benefits at the time of a sponsoring employee’s death to continue receiving those benefits for up to 140 credit hours. Similarly, if a sponsoring employee chooses to retire while a spouse or dependent is receiving reduced tuition, the benefit will continue beyond the sponsoring employee’s retirement up to 140 credit hours. In the event of a sponsoring employee’s death or retirement, a spouse or dependent’s educational assistance benefits will last no longer than five years after that death or retirement.

Thank you for all you do. University leadership is dedicated to taking measures that will empower you to be the best you can be, so you can support the success of our students and create outstanding opportunities for the citizens of Missouri.

Sincerely,

Mun Y. Choi
President