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Topics included in the December 7, 2001 issue:

* Position Description Writing and Fair Labor Standards Act Overview Workshop
* KPERS and Regents Members Life & Disability Contributions (GTL)
* Last Payroll for this Calendar Year
* Classified Cost of Living Allowances Effective 12-09-01
* Unclassified Mid Year Salary Increases
* Additional State Holiday

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Position Description Writing and Fair Labor Standards Act Overview Workshop
Classification Services, Division of Human Resources is offering a Position Description Writing and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overview Workshop on December 19, 2001, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon, A-Wing Basement Training Room in Edwards Hall.

This workshop is open to all classified and unclassified employees who have an interest in the classification process. The material covered will increase your knowledge of the Civil Service Classification System, provide in-depth information on the Position Description, its purposes, completion and usage, and unlock the mysteries of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The workshop will be presented by the staff in Classification Services. This workshop covers material provided in Supervisory Training and Personnel Specialist Training and is open to all employees.

Pre-registration is required. Contact Employee Relations & Training at (785) 532-6818 or e-mail training@ksu.edu to register. When registering by e-mail, please include your name, department, employee ID number, course title, and course date.

Note: Obtain any necessary departmental approvals prior to enrolling. We must have a minimum of five registered to hold workshop. Registrants will be notified if cancellation is necessary.

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KPERS and Regents Members Life & Disability Contributions (GTL)
The moratorium on the employer's contribution for KPERS and Regents Members Life & Disability ends with the current pay period. Effective with the pay period 12/9/01-12/22/01, paid 1/4/02, employer contributions are reinstated at the rate of 0.60%.

If you have questions, please contact Alice Wesche at (785) 532-1871 or Cindy Sicard at (785) 532-1447.

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Last Payroll for this Calendar Year
The last payroll for calendar year end 2001 is fast approaching. This is just a reminder to please take extra care in OK'ing people to pay to ensure everyone is paid correctly. If you have questions or comments, contact your payroll liaison, (785) 532-6277.

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Classified Cost of Living Allowances Effective 12-09-01
Each classified employee should receive a 1.5% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) effective with their 1/4/02 paycheck. December 9, 2001 effective dated rows with an action/reason of PAY/COL have been inserted in HRIS, for all classified employees, with the exception of employees on an unpaid leave of absence. Listings are being mailed to departments indicating the new salary rates effective 12-9-01. The new payrate summary is available at http://www.ksu.edu/hr/infomgmt/index.html then click on Classified Employment Summary. As a reminder, step movement has been suspended for FY 2002.

Questions regarding classified COLAís may be addressed to your Human Resource Information Management liaison at (785) 532-6277.

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Unclassified Mid Year Salary Increases
Mid year salary increases for 12 and 9-month unclassified personnel have been updated in the Human Resource Information System (HRIS). New pay change rows effective 12-9-01 (12-month) and 12-23-01 (9-month) have been inserted based on information that major administrative units and designated departments keyed into the Unclassified Pay Rate Change Panel in HRIS for FY 2002. Salary listings providing the old or current biweekly salary in HRIS and the new salary will be mailed to major administrative units on or about December 10, 2001 for verification.

Questions regarding unclassified mid year salary increases may be addressed to your Human Resource Information Management liaison at (785) 532-6277.

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Additional State Holiday
The Governor announced today that he has designated Monday, December 24, 2001 as an additional state holiday for calendar year 2001. The published HRIS schedule for December, 2001 will remain the same except that there will be no preliminary pay-calcs on Monday, December 24. If this presents a hardship, please contact your Information Management Liaison immediately. Although not expected, the State of Kansas may alter their payroll schedules, which may affect ours. We will let you know if any future schedule changes are needed.

Additionally, we will be deleting time sheets tonight for the pay period ending January 5, 2002 and recreating them with the December 24th holiday inserted. If you have questions or concerns please call your Information Management Liaison.

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"There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow." -- O. S. Marden


Division of Human Resources   hr@ksu.edu   103 Edwards Hall  Manhattan, KS 66506-4801  (785) 532-6277
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December 21, 2001