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Division of Human Resources-Newsletter

Topics included in the September 21, 2007 issue:

* HR Staff Changes
* Health Insurance and KanElect Open Enrollment Meetings
* 2007 KSU Benefits Fair
* December 14, 2007 Classified Employee Bonus

HR Staff Changes
Judy Anderson, Assistant Director of Employment and Position Administration here at K-State has accepted the position of Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action at Emporia State University.  Questions normally directed to Judy, may now be directed to either Stephanie Harvey or Cheryl Grice at (785) 532-6277.  Please join us in wishing Judy good luck in her new position.

Health Insurance and KanElect Open Enrollment Meetings
The Division of Human Resources has arranged for a representative from the State of Kansas Health Policy Authority to conduct two identical health insurance and KanElect open enrollment meetings in conjunction with the 2007 KSU Benefits Fair on October 4, 2007.  The first meeting is at 9:00am and will be in Forum Hall, K-State Student Union.  The second meeting is at 3:00pm and will be in the Little Theater, K-State Student Union.  Each meeting will outline the State of Kansas health, dental, pharmaceutical, vision, health savings account and KanElect programs for plan year 2008.

Please remember that open enrollment will be conducted on-line via the internet from October 1 through October 31, 2007.  Questions should be addressed to the Division of Human Resources, Benefits Administration at (785) 532-6277, or email at BENADMIN@K-STATE.EDU.

2007 KSU Benefits Fair
The Division of Human Resources is hosting the 2007 KSU Benefits Fair from 10:00am to 3:00pm, October 4, 2007, in the Main Ballroom of the K-State Student Union.  Representatives from various benefit programs will be available to answer questions about their plans.  The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS), the Kansas Board of Regents basic retirement plan companies, and various voluntary tax-sheltered annuity and deferred compensation providers will be represented.  Health, dental, pharmaceutical and vision insurance providers will be represented as well as numerous campus activities and community organizations. 

Questions should be addressed to the Division of Human Resources, Benefits Administration at (785) 532-6277, or email at BENADMIN@K-STATE.EDU.

December 14, 2007 Classified Employee Bonus
The Legislature approved a one-time bonus for eligible classified employees to be included with the December 14, 2007 paycheck.  Classified employees (excluding temporary employees) are eligible for the bonus provided their most recent performance review rating is at least satisfactory.  Unlike the September 10, 2006 step increase, the legislation authorizing this bonus does not contain the requirement to have a current review within the preceding 12 months.

Classified employees with a hire date prior to 11/18/07 will be eligible for the bonus.  If a department believes a probationary employee is performing at a satisfactory level, the department may complete a special performance review for the employee with a rating of meets expectations or higher in order for the employee to be eligible.  This means that employees in the classified service who have not yet attained permanent status may receive the bonus.  Departments should complete the Employee Performance Review Form (PER-47), with the rating box checked and appropriate signatures included.  Supervisors may include notes indicating the rating is being provided solely for the purpose of eligibility for the December 14, 2007 bonus.  This action will not change the end of probation date for the employee.  Supervisors will still be required to complete a performance review at the end of probation.

Classified employees hired effective 11/18/07 or later will not be eligible for this bonus.  Employees on extended military or medical leave are eligible for the bonus.  For these employees, Human Resources staff will return the employee from leave without pay effective 11/18/07 and place them back on leave without pay effective 12/1/07.   

The amount of the bonus is $860 for each eligible full-time classified employee.  Those classified employees working less than full-time are to receive a pro-rated portion of the bonus.  This determination will be based on the percentage of FTE.  For example, an employee who is .5 FTE will receive a bonus in the amount of $430.  ($860 x .50 FTE)

The memorandum received from the Division of Administration regarding this bonus refers to bonus payments for unclassified employees as well as classified.  Kansas State University unclassified employees fall under the Board of Regents rules and regulations and are not eligible to receive this bonus.

Please contact your Human Resources liaison with questions at (785)532-6277.

“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kansas State University
Division of Human Resources
103 Edwards Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4801
Phone (785) 532-6277 Fax (785) 532-6095
Visit us on the web at http://www.ksu.edu/hr/

Division of Human Resources   hr@ksu.edu   103 Edwards Hall  Manhattan, KS 66506-4801  (785) 532-6277
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September 21, 2007