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Division of Human Resources
Kansas State University
103 Edwards Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4801
785-532-6277
785-532-6095 (fax)
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Human Resources Newsletter

March 6, 2009

Topics included in this issue:

Status Update on Classification Reviews and Pay Plans

The Division of Personnel Services, Kansas Department of Administration (DPS) has completed the comprehensive review and draft classification specifications for positions in classifications assigned to Group 1 of the new Kansas pay plans. DPS originally intended to release the recommendations for this review early this year, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, will not be releasing the information at this time. This will not have an adverse impact on the implementation of the new pay plans or any of the related activities. Instead of implementing the recommendations for a dry run in FY2010 they will be implemented at the beginning of FY2011, coinciding with the transition of Group 1 onto the new pay plans.

This delay will also not have an adverse impact on the implementation of the remaining Groups 2 and 3. The review of positions in classifications assigned to Group 2 and the salary survey for those classifications will proceed as planned for FY2010. DPS will also continue to make preparations for market adjustments for FY2010, which will be based on the results of the salary survey conducted last Fall for classifications assigned to Group 1 as well as recommendations from the State Employee Pay Plan Oversight Committee.

For additional information regarding the new classifications and pay plans see http://www.da.ks.gov/newpayplans/default.htm.

If you have any questions please contact Karla Bylund, kbylund@ksu.edu or Becky Beckley beckley@ksu.edu at (785) 532-6277.

New Performance Management Process for Classified Employees
***Please share this information with manager/supervisors within your department.

The new Performance Management Process will be implemented during calendar year 2009. The new pay plans will be linked to performance beginning June 2010 (FY 2011).

New Performance Management Process Implementation Schedule (pdf)

With the new Performance Management Process, a new form has been developed; mid-year discussions and annual evaluations are conducted on a set range of dates. For most employees the first mid-year discussions will occur between April 1 and June 30 and annual evaluations will be due between October 1 and December 31 every year.

Information sessions for managers and supervisors will be held as indicated on the following web site: http://www.k-state.edu/hr/ped/trainemprev.htm

Information sessions for classified employees will occur in May and June. Watch for details.

Register via HRIS Employee Self Service. Instructions: http://www.k-state.edu/hr/selfserv.htm#enr

Or, register by contacting Employee Relations & Training at training@ksu.edu. Please include your name, employee ID, course title, course code, and course session number.

Kansas Performance Management Process: http://da.ks.gov/pmp

Questions may be directed to Division of Human Resources, at hr@ksu.edu, (785) 532-6277.

HR Web Page - Hot Topics

Here's something new!! Hot Topics have been added to HR's web page. Check out the link: http://www.k-state.edu/hr/

Double Deductions for Summer Insurance Premiums - 9 Month Employees

Please remind 9-month employees of the double deductions for health and life insurance premiums. Double deductions for medical, dental and vision premiums from 9-month employees' paychecks began with the March 6, 2009 paycheck and will continue through the May 15, 2009 paycheck. TEA optional life insurance also started double deductions while KPERS Optional Life Insurance double deductions first appear on the March 20 paycheck. These double deductions will continue through May 15 for health insurance and KPERS Optional with TEA optional ending with the May 1 paycheck. The third paycheck of the month, May 29, will have none of these deductions.

Questions may be directed to Benefits Administration, at benadmin@ksu.edu, or by phone at (785) 532-6277.

KPERS Retirement Information
***Please print a copy of the KPERS newsletter and make available to staff who do not have access to or use computers.

A new issue of the KPERS Papers newsletter is available at http://www.kpers.org/kperspapers/index.htm

Topics include:
Annual Statements They're on the way. Read about how to use this valuable financial planning tool.

Benefits Remain Secure in the Face of Stormy Financial Markets Rest assured your benefits are dependable and guaranteed by law, even during bumpy economic times.

Fiscal Year 2008 - A Snapshot for Members Review highlights of operation and finances for fiscal year 2008.

Strategies to Help You Ride Out Uncertain Investment Times Consider these investment strategies to help keep you on the path toward your retirement goals.

Pre-Retirement Seminars Making the jump to retirement? Land on solid ground. Read about our pre-retirement seminars beginning in March.

Timely Tax Tidbits Tax strategies and a credit you should know about, plus a tax reminder about your KPERS contributions.

Don't Let Debt Set Back Your Financial Future Why you should try to avoid the debt pitfall, plus tips for taming debt.

How is a Partial Lump-Sum Option Calculated? Learn more about this retirement benefit option.

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