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Committee reviewing vacation, sick time and other leaves


Committee reviewing vacation, sick time and other leaves

If you’re like most employees, you rate your vacation, sick time and other leaves right up there with pay and medical benefits. But these important perks can be complicated to understand. A specially appointed University Leaves Committee hopes to simplify the leaves program and make it easier for everyone.

Currently, 17 different policies come into play with Purdue’s leaves program. “It’s difficult for our employees – and even our resident leave experts – to determine how much leave a person is entitled to in some situations,” says Luis E. Lewin, vice president for human resources.

The complex array of leaves is being studied by a group of faculty and staff from the West Lafayette, Calumet, Fort Wayne and North Central campuses. Chaired by Special Assistant to the President Vic Lechtenberg, the committee has been charged with gathering and analyzing alternatives for all aspects of faculty and staff leave.

Watch for preliminary recommendations by early summer. The committee’s goal is to recommend a leaves program that is:

  • Simply expressed and understandable for faculty and staff
  • Competitive, allowing Purdue to attract and retain talented faculty and staff
  • Easy to administer and track for business offices and Human Resources
  • In line with the University’s obligation to use its resources responsibly

The preliminary recommendations will be presented to the University community for feedback before final decisions are made. No date has been set for implementing any changes that result from the committee’s work.

So far, the committee has conducted faculty and staff focus groups and has enlisted the help of Pacific Resources, a consulting firm that specializes in employee leaves and benefits.

Pacific Resources has benchmarked Purdue’s current leaves program against the programs of other universities, the state of Indiana and employers in industry. The company has also shared what it considers best practices related to employee leaves.

The committee has set up a Web page to keep you informed. Visit the site, and you’ll find the following:

  • Overview of the project
  • Benchmarking information
  • Summary of focus group findings
  • List of those serving on the committee

More information will be added to the website as the project moves forward.

The committee wants to hear from employees and has set up a way for you to submit questions or comments anonymously.

Watch the committee website, Purdue Today and HR Connect for more information.

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