Biometric Screening deadline

The deadline for completing the Biometric Screening as part of the Partnership Promise is July 15, 2017. You must also actively participate in disease management or case management coaching, if you are called. You must also keep your contact information current for you and a covered spouse with Healthways. Read MORE…

Important Reminder Regarding Time Recording & Reporting Requirements

Recording and Reporting Time
Pursuant to UT fiscal policy FI0930-Payroll, with the exception of nine-month faculty, employees are required to promptly report hours worked and/or leave used. This information must be recorded on formal leave reports – timesheets, timecards, time records in the Kronos timekeeping system or another appropriate form. If a time card machine is used, it must be placed in a location where it can be monitored for abuse. The following information must be recorded:

  • Non-exempt (hourly-paid) employees: Non-exempt employees must not complete the timesheet based on their planned work schedule. They should record the actual time worked and actual time absent.

According to policy HR0445- Overtime Compensation, any work by a non-exempt student or staff employee that exceeds 40 hours in a workweek is considered “overtime.” The university’s workweek begins at 12:00am Monday and concludes at 11:59pm Sunday. Supervisors may require employees to work overtime. An employee who wishes to work overtime voluntarily must first receive approval from an appropriate supervisor. No employee is authorized to work overtime without first receiving either instruction or approval from an appropriate supervisor.

When an eligible employee works overtime, the university will provide compensatory time in accordance with policy HR0445, or flex time within the same work week to eliminate overtime, unless campus procedure or department practice provides for the payment of monetary overtime compensation. Determining whether compensatory time, flex time, or overtime compensation will be provided is at the discretion of the employee’s immediate supervisor or administration.

  • Exempt (salaried) employees: Exempt employees should record the actual time absent. If an employee has no leave for the month, an attendance record should still be signed and approved.

Employees may not have a negative leave balance at any time and should not be allowed to record sick or annual leave if it has not been earned. If an employee does not have enough leave to cover an absence, it should be recorded as leave without pay.

Attendance and Leave Record Approvals
The employee must sign and date their attendance record at the end of each pay period (bi-weekly or monthly). The departmental approver must also approve and date this record at the end of each pay period. Electronic approvals are permissible. This approver should have knowledge of the actual time worked and absences taken by the employee. Time records should be maintained within the department for auditing purposes.

If you have any questions about the information provided above, please contact Laure Pou, Executive Director of Human Resources, at x5742 or

On-Site Biometric Screenings – April 26, 27, 28

A requirement of the 2017 Partnership Promise is that you and your covered spouse agree to complete a biometric health screening by July 15, 2017.

Onsite Diagnostic/Healthways will be on campus in the Tennessee Room, University Center on April 26, 27, and 28. Click on the following link to register for an Onsite Screening:

You also agree to actively participate in coaching if you are called and keep your contact information current with your employer; or, if a covered spouse, keep your contact information current with Healthways, if it changes.

Staff Performance Reviews & Performance Management Training

The time is upon us to ensure all eligible regular staff employees receive their performance reviews for the 2016 review period.

The staff performance review process has not changed since last year, but here are some important reminders regarding the review process as specified in UT HR Policy HR0129, “Performance Reviews for Regular Staff Employees”, which was revised January 1, 2014:

  • Review Period; Regular staff employees on all UT campuses and institutes will evaluate staff performance based on the calendar year (January through December).
  • Due Date: Completed staff performance review forms with all required approval signatures should be received in the Office of Human Resources by March 31, 2017. Deans, directors, and department heads should consult with their Vice Chancellor/Provost regarding divisional schedules with goal of submitting all completed SPDR forms to HR by March 31.
  • Performance Review Process and Forms: Please refer to the UTC website UTC Performance Management Overview for a description of staff performance review process. The only form required by UT Policy is the Performance Review Summary Form.  However, the UTC Office of Human Resources has developed a variety of supplemental forms that can be utilized to enhance performance management and the performance review process. Each of these supplemental forms are referred to in the Performance Management Overview, but you may also visit the HR website at Performance Management Forms to view these tools.
  • Multiple Reviewers – Only one performance review can be submitted per staff member. If an employee is evaluated by more than one supervisor (as when an employee worked in multiple departments during the calendar year), the supervisors should collaborate on the employee’s performance review and come to an agreement on one overall score.
  • Unsatisfactory Performance – Overall performance ratings of 9 and below on 25 point scale will be considered unsatisfactory. These ratings align with the “unsatisfactory/rarely achieves expectations” category on the PR Summary Form.
  • Ineligibility for Pay Increases – Staff members receiving unsatisfactory overall performance ratings of 9 and below will be ineligible for any across-the-board pay increases in 2017.
  • Required Signatures – Staff performance reviews require the signatures of the employee, the employee’s supervisor and next level of administration to ensure consistency and fairness. Performance review forms will not be accepted by HR until all three required signatures are included.
  • Required Performance Improvement Plan – Staff members who receive unsatisfactory overall performance ratings of 9 and below will be required to participate in a performance improvement plan (PIP). Performance improvement plans are also highly recommended for staff members who receive overall ratings of 10 to 14. These ratings align with the “sometimes achieves expectations” category on the PR Summary Form.

Please feel free to contact Laure Pou, Executive Director, Human Resources, with any questions you may have about the staff annual performance review process.

Several development sessions for supervisors relating to the Performance Management & the Performance Review Process will be conducted. These interactive sessions will focus on all elements of the performance management cycle so supervisors of both faculty and staff members are welcome to attend. Registration is not required.

Performance Management Development sessions are scheduled for:

  • Monday, February 20th, 1-2:30pm, UC Signal Mountain Room
  • Tuesday, February 21st, 10-11:30am, UC Signal Mountain Room
  • Thursday, February 23rd, 9-10:30am, UC Signal Mountain Room
  • Friday, February 24th, 1-2:30pm, UC Signal Mountain Room

In addition to these general sessions, Ms Pou is available to schedule training or Q/A sessions relating to Performance Management with any department, college, or other work unit.


Life Planning Seminars – March 21 & 22

It’s that time of the year again – Life Planning Seminars!  You should have already received, via email, your personal invitation to register for various seminars on your retirement program, retiree health, Wills and Estates, etc.

The seminars will be held Tuesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 22 with presentations by the UT System-Wide Benefits & Retirement Services and other representatives on the subject being presented.  Deadline to register online in email is January 15, 2017.  You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.

It is highly suggested you attend the retirement and health insurance seminars to update yourself on eligibility and qualifications for these benefits.

If you have any questions, please call UT Systems Wide Benefits & Retirement Services, 888-444-8847 or email; or Kathy Taylor, UTC Benefits, 425-4452 or email

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