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HRS Reorganizes Leaves Processing - 02/26/09

To provide better leaves management support for improved customer service, Human Resource Services will establish the Leave Processing Center in the Shared Services Center to process, review and approve employee leaves. 

Effective March 1, the SSC Leaves Processing Center will coordinate various processing actions that were formerly handled by Employee Relations, Staff Benefits and the Shared Services Center. 

Staff Benefits will provide overall leave policy administration, including policy review, revision, interpretation and approval of any exceptions. It will work closely with the Leave Processing Center to manage various leave situations and coordinate benefit-related programs associated with leaves (i.e. Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Worker’s Compensation and Return-to-Work programs). 

As part of the reorganization and creation of the Leave Processing Center, areas should be aware of the following personnel changes and general reminders:

Personnel Changes
-- Gayla Ruark in the Shared Services Center will assume the role as the leaves management and operations administrator. She will be responsible for all activities in the Leave Processing Center in addition to her current responsibilities. She can be reached at 494-6705 or by email at gruark@purdue.edu.

-- Sandy Skiles will assume the role as academic appointment and operations administrator. She will be responsible for all activities associated with academic appointments in addition to her current responsibilities. She can be reached at 494-6829 or by email at skskiles@purdue.edu.

-- Lisa Hornbeck will relocate to the Shared Services Center and continue in her current role as FMLA coordinator. She can be contacted at 494-1310 or by email at lahornbeck@purdue.edu.

-- Teresa Wesner in Staff Benefits will coordinate leave policy administration activities and provide assistance with policy interpretation and clarification.  She can be reached at 494-9514 or by email at twesner@purdue.edu.

-- To help support and facilitate the transition of policy management to the Benefits area, Pat Russell will be temporarily assigned to the Staff Benefits area for a period of three-to-six months to coordinate the knowledge transfer of leave policy management. She can be contacted at 494-0269 or by email at prussell@purdue.edu.

General Reminders
-- All FMLA and related documents should be sent to the attention of Lisa Hornbeck in the SSC starting March 1.

-- All Leave Action forms and Request and Leave Action (RLA) should continue to be sent to Cindy Stephens in the SSC. She can be contacted at 494-6832 and by email at cls@purdue.edu.

-- Tammy Synesael in Staff Benefits will continue to provide support and assistance for STD, LTD, and Worker’s Compensation programs. She can be contacted at 494-1691 and tammy@purdue.edu.

-- Deb Popa in Staff Benefits will continue to provide support and assistance for Return to Work programs and can be contacted at 494-0306 and dpopa@purdue.edu.

Employee Relations will continue to provide guidance and coaching concerning discipline, job performance, termination and employee complaints. Should the use of leaves have an impact on an employee’s job performance that may result in disciplinary action or impacts the organization’s ability to deliver services, Employee Relations will continue to provide consultation and support on these matters. Employee Relations also will continue to support employees who wish to discuss issues and concerns.


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