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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)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (CST)
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Human Resources Newsletter

October 17, 2008

Topics included in this issue:

Background Check Clarification - Temporary Appointments

Criminal Background Checks are to be performed on temporary appointments if the individual is to be employed for more than six (6) calendar months, even if they will only be working a few hours a week. Additionally, background checks are necessary for employees on temporary appointments moving to full- or part-time classified positions.

The policy does state that background checks are exempted on temporary employees to be employed for six months or less. However, if an individual is to be employed for less than six (6) calendar months, is then terminated, and soon after reappointed into a temporary position which basically extends their temporary position past a six month time frame, then a criminal background check will be done.

If you think your temporary appointment will be hired for more than six (6) months, please let us do a background check, so that we comply with Kansas Board of Regents and KSU Policy. The policy exists because Kansas State University is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its students, employees and visitors.

Please refer questions to Kris Mauck by phone at (785) 532-6277 or by email at kmauck@ksu.edu

Health Insurance On-Line Enrollment Reminder

On-Line Enrollment continues through October 31. For employees who are non-tobacco users and who want the reduced premium of a non-tobacco user, they must go through the on-line enrollment process to indicate their status, even if they do not want to make other changes to their health plans. Those who do not will default to a tobacco user, resulting in higher premiums. This cannot be "fixed" once enrollment is closed. Employees are encouraged to complete the enrollment process early to avoid the rush of website traffic that occurs in the last days.

HR staff will hold one last health insurance information session for employees on Thursday, October 23, 2008, from 3-4 p.m. in Cardwell Hall, Room 101.

Geary County Community Hospital

We have received word that Geary County Community Hospital is back in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield network.

New Employee Orientation

Please register employees in advance for new employee orientation. While the occasional walk-in can be accommodated, having employees pre-registered allows us to prepare enough packets of information for employees and set the space accordingly. Registration information is at: http://www.k-state.edu/hr/benefits/orient.htm

HR Forms - New Functionality for PDF Forms

HR forms in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (PDF) may now be saved after completion. This functionality requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 7 or above to save the data in either text or pdf format.

If you need a newer version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download it at
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Questions about the new PDF form functionality may be directed to Kathy Kugle, kkugle@ksu.edu, 785-532-1885.

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" We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. " Henry Wadsworth Longfellow