General

“OpenBook Wisconsin” Website

We want you to be aware of a new State of Wisconsin website that will be launched soon. “OpenBook Wisconsin” will provide broad public access to detailed information about state and university expenditures.

Enacted as part of 2011 Wisconsin Act 32, s.16.413 of the Wisconsin Statues requires that the Department of Administration (DOA) create a searchable website with information about all state agency expenditures in excess of $100. This new database will eventually include all state and UW salaries and fringe benefits, grants paid by state agencies, and all contract payments made by any agency or UW institutions.  For ease of administration, all expenditures, regardless of amount, will be included.  

We have been asked to include a list of employees who may have reason to want their names redacted from the information that is sent DOA for purposes of personal safety.  Employees who may fear for their safety include victims of domestic abuse, stalking, or harassment.  Please notify Jolene Truckenbrod in the Human Resources Office if you have safety reasons for excluding your name from the public database. 

Working with state agencies and the UW System, DOA has developed a plan to launch OpenBook in three phases.

Phase 1, which will launch soon, will include operating expenses such as travel payments, vendor payments, and purchasing card (PCard) detail.

In order to ensure a smooth roll out of expenditure data, DOA determined that Phase 1 will only involve agencies that use the State’s general ledger system. Entities with separate general ledger systems, including UW System institutions, will upload more data later. Capital expenditures made by the DOA on behalf of UW institutions are recorded in the State’s general ledger system, so they will be published in the first rollout of Phase 1.

Phase 2, to be launched later, will include employee salary and fringe benefit expenditures. Phase 3 will include grants, capital projects, and VendorNet contracts. Launch dates for Phases 2 and 3 have not been announced.

We fully expect this project to raise many questions. Here are a few that we can anticipate and answer now:

Q: Will individual employees be listed, if they receive payments for travel expenses or other reimbursable expenses? Yes. Those payments will be included and the employee will be listed as the “vendor” in this case.

Q: Will private information be released? In accordance with the statutes, DOA’s database will exclude aids, local assistance, and transfers. UW System does not maintain Social Security Numbers in our payment data, so that will not be provided. DOA will take steps to redact other personal information, but individual agencies are responsible for requesting specific exemptions. For example, UW System will exclude payments to people who receive stipends for participating in scientific research studies. When Phase 2 is launched, details about individual benefit elections, such as health insurance, will not be provided.

Q: Why is UW data not available in Phase 1? UW data will be published as part of Phase 1. This is a major undertaking for DOA, and the process of consolidating financial data from multiple systems is very complex. Because UW System uses a different general ledger system, we will be given reporting instructions later. We will comply with the law to provide this level of transparency.

Q: Who will people contact for more information? Each entry in the OpenBook database will feature a “contact” button where people can request more detail. UW System is working with DOA to provide the appropriate contact information for UW entries.

Benefits Open Lab Sessions

This year we will be offering Benefits Open Lab Sessions.  Stop by any of the following open lab sessions to ask benefits questions, learn more about 2013 benefits changes, and receive assistance with the E-Benefits enrollment program. 

Open Lab Sessions:

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10th
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date: Friday, Oct. 12th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 16th
Time: 2:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.
Location:  IS 1129A

Date:  Thursday, Oct. 18th
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Monday, Oct. 22nd
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 24th
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 30th
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Statewide Employees Combined Campaign (SECC)

The Statewide Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) annual workplace campaign begins this Wednesday October 10th!  You can make a pledge anytime between then and November 30, 2012.

The campaign is online, making it easier for you to give and make a difference in your COMMUNITY and the WORLD.

To make your pledge, go to www.seccstatewide.wi.gov

The SECC Statewide is Wisconsin’s largest voluntary fundraising campaign.  Thanks to your help, the campaign raised money for more than 400 participating charities.

The CHOICE is yours…

As the only annual, cooperative, on-the-job campaign authorized to run at your workplace, SECC offers you many choices.

You decide:

  • How you want to give – choose payroll contribution, cash or check.
  • Where your dollars go – when you designate your gift to specific charities, only the charities you choose will receive money from you. Pick from more than 400 state, national and international charities.

To make your pledge:

  • Go to www.seccstatewide.wi.gov
  • Click on the link for University employees
  • All University employees are pre-populated.  To login click on “Login Now” in the upper right hand corner OR click on “Log In” in the middle of the screen.
  1. Log in using the following information:
  2. Username:  Your first and last name as it is displayed on your earning statement (use all caps with no spaces between words). Example: JOHNDOE
  3. Password:  Last 4 digits of your social security number.
  4. Find out more information about the charities and decide who you would like to give to.
  5. Follow the instructions on the website to complete your pledge.

For additional information, if you have any questions or if you would prefer paper materials please ask your coordinator or call 608.256.1066 extension 12.

Your GIFT makes a difference! PLEASE GIVE!

Compensation and Workload Study Informational Sessions

James C. Fox, Ph. D., Managing Director of Fox Lawson & Associates from St. Paul, Minnesota, was selected and began the process of working with us by conducting open forum sessions on Wednesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 25 where he provided an overview of the compensation, benefit and workload study.  Below are links to the presentations.

Power Point Presentation

Video Presentation

If you have any questions please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

University Personnel System Project Team Proposed Implementation Decisions

The University Personnel System Project Team Proposed Implementation Decisions for the new personnel system for all UW System institutions (except for UW-Madison) have been posted on the UPS website at http://web.uwsa.edu/personnelsystems/latest-news/ups-proposed-decisions/ and will be available for all employees for review through October 19, 2012

The below likes are documents that summarize the status of the project and the proposed decisions.

Three open sessions have been scheduled to answer questions about the attached documents and to hear feedback on the proposed decisions. Feedback may also be submitted to hr@uwgb.edu or the UPS Project Team at ups@uwsa.edu. The dates and times for the open sessions are as follows:

Wednesday, October 3
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
1965 Room (University Union)

Thursday, October 4
11:00 to 12:00 p.m.
1965 Room (University Union)

Monday, October 8
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Heritage Room (University Union)

If you have any questions please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

Executive Order 54

In December 2011, the Governor issued Executive Order #54 requiring all University of Wisconsin System employees to immediately report child abuse or neglect if the employee, in the course of employment, observes an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, learns of an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, or has reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect will occur. Please refer to UW Green Bay’s Policy on the Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect for specific responsibilities and reporting requirements. 

UW-Green Bay has developed required training related to Executive Order 54 which all employees are required to complete.  A target date for completion is November 30, 2012.

Faculty, Academic Staff, Classified Employees, Limited (Unclassified Employees)

This training has been posted through d2L. Please follow these directions to access this training:

1)     Click on http://www.uwgb.edu/ltc/d2l/
2)     Click on the green button - UWGB Campus Account Login
3)     Enter your UWGB network user ID and password, and click Login
4)     Scroll down to My Courses, and click on Keeping Children Safe, Executive Order 54
5)     Click on Content
6)     Under Introduction, select either Executive Order 54 Training Video or Executive Order Power Point Slides

  1. Select the training video if your computer has audio, and you would like to view and listen to the training video
  2. Select the power point slides if your computer does not have audio, and you would like to click through the slides and read them on your own
  3. Both links cover the same material, so you do not need to review both

7)     If you see a Security Warning pop-up with the message “Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?”, please click No.
8)     After reviewing the video or slides, click on Resources (two slides of informational resource links), and then click Exit
9)     Click on Quizzes at the top right, and then click on Quiz
10) Answer each quiz question with the most correct answer
11) You will need to achieve 100% on the quiz to complete the training, and you can take the quiz more than once
12) After you achieve 100% on the quiz, log out of D2L, and your score will automatically be recorded

Temporary Employees (including Associate Lecturer, Adjunct Instructors, Ad Hoc Program Specialists, Limited Term Employees (LTE), Student Employees)

Please access and review the training document on our website.  If you would prefer to go through the online d2L training course, please contact Human Resources to be enrolled in this course.  Supervisors will be responsible for tracking temporary employees completion of this requirement and review of the training.  Please inform your supervisor once you have reviewed the training document on our website or completed the online training course.

Periodic in-person training will also be held in lieu of the online training.  If you attend the in-person training, you are not required to take the online training through d2L.

If you have any questions on this policy or required training, please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

Employee Political Activities Reminder

With the election season here, it is appropriate to remind all university employees of current state law and university policies regarding employee political activities while at work and the use of university facilities or resources for political activities or purposes.  A PowerPoint summary of these restrictions and recommendations to employees is located at http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/training/PoliticalActivities.pdf. There are three restrictions that should be noted:

  • First, it is a violation of state law for a UW employee to engage in political activities while at work. This has been interpreted to include working on or assisting with a political campaign; displaying signs and similar items or materials supporting a partisan political candidate in the workplace; and using campus mail, e-mail, telephones and equipment for political activities.
  • Second, it is a violation of state law for anyone to ask a UW employee to make a political contribution or to help with a political campaign while the employee is at work. This includes sending a request for a contribution or help with a campaign to a UW employee’s work mailing address or work e-mail address.
  • Third, it is a violation of state law to enter a UW building or facility for the purpose of requesting a political contribution or help for a political campaign. There is an exception for University residence halls at Chapter UWS 18.06(16m), Wisconsin Administrative Code.

In addition to these specific restrictions on political activities, state and university policies restrict the use of university time, facilities, equipment, information technology resources and supplies to university business.  Please be aware that these restrictions do not apply to non-partisan activity. The campus (or campus organizations) may host non-partisan events to encourage voter education and participation, such as candidate forums and voter registration efforts. These activities must be non-partisan and for the sole purpose of voter education. Permissible activities include speeches, question and answer sessions, debates, or similar activities.  Electronic resources may also be used for non-partisan voter education purposes.

Information addressing the subject of political activities on campus for students, employees, and members of the public is available at http://www.wisconsin.edu/govrel/camprule.htm.  This website answers the most frequently asked questions in this area.  If additional questions arise, do not hesitate contact our office at x2390 or hr@uwgb.edu or contact Dan Spielmann at x2067 for more information.

Annual Career Progression and Title Change Review Process

Chapter 4 of the Academic Staff Handbook states that academic staff in the “professional” category and lecturers be granted the opportunity to request that their position be reviewed for possible retitling.  The provisions of Chapter 4 can be found at http://www.uwgb.edu/sofas/rules/academicstaffhandbook.pdf.

Section 4.04(2) requires the staff member to initiate the process via discussion with the immediate supervisor.  To assist in the preparation of the review, you will find Frequently Asked Questions and Compensation Process Guidelines (procedural instructions) as well as the request form on the Human Resources website at  https://www.uwgb.edu/hr/campus/supervisors/index.html#title.  In accordance with 4.03(2) of the Academic Staff Handbook, a favorable decision will result in a salary increase of the greater of at least 3% or to the minimum of the new salary range.  The effective date of the adjustment will be July 1, 2013.

The timeline for the process is as follows:

Date Action Item
Friday, August 31, 2012 Compensation Planning Process Guidelines and forms available on Human Resources website.
Friday, September 28, 2012 Employee and supervisor submit required documentation to Division Head.
Friday, October 5, 2012 Requests due to Area Leader/University Officer.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Requests due to Human Resources Office.
Friday, December 7, 2012 Position and Compensation Review Committee submits approved requests to Chancellor for review.
After Budget is approved or by May 18, 2013 Area Leader will notify affected employees, supervisors and division heads of approved requests.

 In addition, the Office of Human Resources will be holding an informational session regarding Career Progressions and Title Changes.  Please mark your calendars to attend if you are interested.  The discussion will include such topics as the difference between a career progression/title change and eligibility criteria.  The session will be held on Thursday, September 13th from 11:00 a.m. –  noon in the Phoenix B Room in the University Union.  Please email hr@uwgb.edu to RSVP no later than Monday, September 10th if you would like to attend.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to contact Amy Plotner at ext. 2203.

University Personnel Systems – Stakeholder Feedback Posted

The UPS stakeholder feedback from the initial UPS recommendations is now posted on the UPS website at http://web.uwsa.edu/personnelsystems/latest-news/ups-recommendations-feedback-round-1/. The UPS website also summarizes the next steps for UPS:

Next Steps
As noted in the Phase IV timeline, each initial work group recommendation is undergoing intensive review.  The stakeholder feedback document is a key component of that review.  The proposed recommendations will undergo a final round of stakeholder review in the fall with the first reading of the final recommendations going to the Board of Regents in November 2012 and for final approval by the Board of Regents in December 2012.  For more information, visit the UPS timeline description. 

The proposed UPS recommendations will again be available for UW-Green Bay employees to review and submit feedback in September/October.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

Compensation and Workload Study

The development of the new University Personnel System (UPS) that will begin implementation on July 1, 2013, has led several UW institutions to review their internal compensation and personnel policies and seek outside guidance to evaluate their practices. UW-Green Bay will begin the process for an RFP (request for proposal) to hire a consulting firm to conduct a salary study and workload study for faculty, academic staff, classified staff and limited (administration) employees.  The objective of the studies is to benchmark compensation and workload with a group of comparable institutions.  A review of existing policies and procedures will occur with the goal of establishing compensation policies that are transparent, easily understood and managed. The workload study will be examine the effects of changing academic and administrative workloads on the ability of the University to provide high quality education.

The RFP process is expected to take four to six months.  Members of the RFP committee include:

Sheryl Van Gruensven, Director of Human Resources

Dan Spielmann, Special Assistant to the Chancellor

David Dolan, Associate Professor

Andrew Kersten, Professor

Emily Rodgers, Academic Librarian

Mark Roe, Help Desk Professional

Compensation expert from the community to be named

Additional information will be communicated over the course of the next several months. Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.