Leaves Committee to review plan design, increase days available

March 2, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — In response to feedback received over the last 10 days regarding the proposed changes to Purdue University’s leaves policy, the University Leaves Committee along with Bill Sullivan, chief financial officer and treasurer, will re-evaluate the proposed leaves plan.

Vic Lechtenberg, special assistant to the president and chair of the Leaves Committee, said the committee sincerely believed the proposed program was well designed and would be seen as balanced and fair. However, the tremendous amount of input received recently has made it clear that the original feedback received by the Leaves Committee did not provide sufficient insight.

“We truly appreciate the input from employees that we’ve received,” Lechtenberg said. “The primary, but not only, concern we heard last week was that the number of allotted days was not adequate in the proposed plan. Thus, the number of allotted days will be increased.”

Over the next week, additional focus groups are scheduled with Sullivan to further gain insight into the full range of perceptions and concerns regarding both the existing leaves policies and the proposed changes. To have the most candid and productive exchange of thoughts and ideas, participation size of each group will be 25-30 people. The schedule of these sessions is outlined below.

Purdue employees may sign up for the sessions by emailing timeoff@purdue.edu with the session number they wish to attend (“Session #X”) in the subject line. Employees are invited to sign up as a participant in these sessions on a first-come, first-served basis, with several slots reserved for those employees who do not have readily available access to computers.

* Session #1 - Wednesday (March 4) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Session #2 - Thursday (March 5) from 5:30-7 p.m.

* Session #3 - Friday (March 6) from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

* Session #4 - Friday (March 6) from 2:30-4 p.m.

Those who cannot attend one of these sessions are encouraged to continue to provide feedback by emailing timeoff@purdue.edu. In addition, the information sessions that were already scheduled will now be conducted as additional forums with Human Resources during which faculty and staff can continue to provide feedback and have their questions about leaves answered. The schedule of upcoming information sessions is available on a dedicated web page.

“Again, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all faculty and staff members who have shared feedback and questions thus far and look forward to learning more through the meetings that will be held in the coming days,” Lechtenberg said.


Sources:    Vic Lechtenberg, vll@purdue.edu
                 Trent Klingerman, interim vice president for human resources, 765-496-6846, klingert@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: On Monday (March 2) Vic Lechtenberg, Purdue’s special assistant to the president and chair of the university’s Leaves Committee, sent a message to all faculty and staff. In the message, Lechtenberg announced that changes to a proposed leaves policy are being re-evaluated in response to feedback received from the university community. The full text of the letter is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/2015/lechtenberg-leaves.pdf.

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