Professional Advisory Council
Minutes September 13, 2006
Agenda items for the November 8, 2006 meeting need to be
submitted to Burt Wilson
by November 1, 2006.
The meeting convened at 2:30 p.m. by Paul Pusecker.
PAC members present were:
|Christine Mason Johnston
Members Excused: Trudy Riley #2, Patricia Grim #3
Others Present: Maxine Colm, Richie Holland, Thomas LaPenta, Nicole Rutter,
The July 2006 minutes were approved as written.
Mr. Holland introduced Nicole Rutter. She is currently working as an intern
in the Office of Human Resources.
A constituent of Ms. Johnston’s inquired about the need for signage to
better define the location of University Student Services. The CHEP office receives
daily inquiries about the location of Student Services. Mr. Holland stated that
there was no interest in making such signage changes in the past; however, he
will revisit the subject.
Ms. Miklitz inquired about Human Resources contacting people from a previous
year’s waiting list for the Tuition Exchange Program (TEP). The operative
regulations require that employees reapply each year in order to be eligible
for the TEP benefit.
A constituent of Ms. Stanley noted that access for professionals to the State
Pension Plan was denied and asked whether doing so is regulated by state law?
Christine Ulrich, Human Resources Manager, stated that the plan is administered
by the State of Delaware under Title 29, Chapter 55. If an individual is promoted
into a professional or faculty position, they are given a one time option to
select their retirement plan whether it be to stay with the State Pension Plan
or move to the 403(b). Individuals who have questions about their specific
pension eligibility are encouraged to call HR/Benefits at extension 2171 or
the State of Delaware, Office of Pensions (800) 722-7300.
Ms. Mullin asked if there would be any interest in creating van pools to assist
employees in getting to and from work. It was noted that the State currently
has a program which has been well advertised and information will be sent to
departments upon request. For example, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute
(DBI) has used the service and DBI employees can provide additional information
about their experiences with the State program.
Mr. Pusecker’s constituent stated that there is increasing need for
motorcycle parking; hence a concern for needed additional motorcycle spaces
in the parking lots. Mr. Pusecker will forward this concern to Mr. James Grimes
of Public Safety and will ask that he and Mr. Parisi explore the issue.
PAC Report on The Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity
meeting held on
May 15, 2006 as submitted by Trudy M. Riley.
The Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity
Following is the link to the Web Site for Commission to Promote Racial
and Cultural Diversity. Please see the Annual Report for 2005-2006 http://www.udel.edu/diversity/. )
The Classification Review project committee has been conducting research
and gathering information regarding the career paths of higher-level
salaried staff. The following information outlines that process and
provides an update on the status of the review.
Proposal for a New Non-exempt Job Category (Level 9)
During the 2005-2006 Classification Review project a number of constituent
groups expressed interest in enhancing career paths for high-level
salaried staff currently in positions that are broad in scope, highly
complex, and regularly require the exercise of independent judgment,
accountability and critical thinking. A classification review committee
comprised of Paul Anderson, Anna Bloch, Maxine Colm, Christine Cook,
Marge Hadden, Richie Holland, Paul Pusecker, Christine Ulrich and
Nancy Wallace developed a description that defines the nature and
responsibilities as well as requisite skills and competencies of a
capstone position in the salaried staff classification structure.
Important also was that the responsibilities, skills and expectations
described for the new position far exceeded those required for incumbents
in level 8 positions. The committee also discussed provisions of the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that requires employees to be paid
for all hours that they have worked and overtime pay for any hours
that exceed forty hours a week. The Act also recognizes that certain
groups of employees are exempt from hourly and overtime pay requirements
based on the nature of their job responsibilities. At Delaware, faculty
and professional staff have "exempt" status; hourly and
salaried staff are considered "non-exempt" employees. The
committee recognized that compliance with the Fair Labor Standards
Act (FLSA) requires that professional positions meet specified standards
for "exempt" status. A preliminary review by Human Resources
staff indicates that levels 11 and 12 of the professional classification
system should be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine if
all positions in those job levels meet the tests for exempt status.
Chris Ulrich, head of the Classification and Compensation unit has
developed a questionnaire to help ascertain whether individuals in
these two job categories meet current regulations. Questionnaires
have been distributed to department chairs and unit heads. This review
should result in a better defined classification system; one that
is in compliance with FLSA requirements. Following the conclusion
of the FLSA Review project in early 2007, the Committee will revisit
the creation of a proposed level 9 position; implementation is anticipated
The Grievance Hearing Board members, Up to Level 16, elected are as
|Daniel Bailey, University Development
|Glen Loller, IT-Network & Systems Services
|Maryann Rapposelli, Recreation Services
|Jeff Palmer, Office of the University Registrar
|Suzanne Stanley, Office of the University Registrar
|Michael Parisi, Facilities
Meeting adjourned at 3:12 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by,
Reviewed by Burt Wilson, Secretary, PAC
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