PSC Non-Teaching Instructional Saff – Annual Leave Reminder

As a reminder, according to the PSC-CUNY contract, the maximum accrual of annual leave for members of the non-teaching instructional staff shall not exceed 45 working days as of Monday, Aug. 31 of any year, and any annual leave balance in excess of 45 days will be deducted from the employee’s accrual balance at the close of business on said date.

As a result, we write to encourage staff who will have any annual leave accumulation in excess of the 45-day cap, to submit written requests to their supervisors to use such excess leave before Aug. 31, 2020, as soon as possible. We also encourage supervisors to approve reasonable requests in writing, or if the needs of the department so require, supervisors, in consultation with Department Directors, should propose an alternative schedule for use of the annual leave within the contractual period.  

Employees should feel free to contact Human Resources if their request was denied, and an alternative plan has not been proposed within a reasonable time. All work-down plans that were submitted to their Directors by the contractual deadline of Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020 and approved by Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2020, consistent with the contract, should be followed.

We understand that these are difficult times, but we should all work together and make all efforts to ensure that such requests are submitted and approved in enough time to use the excess leave by the contractual deadline. 

By the Office of Human Resources

Travel Advisory Policy Memo

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 205, which requires individuals to quarantine for 14 days after traveling for 24 hours or longer to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. Please see the online State Employee Travel Advisory Policy Memo issued by the Governor’s office for rules that apply to employees who travel to these designated states.

 
Before traveling out of state, all employees should check this Website to confirm whether they are traveling to a state that requires quarantine upon return to New York.

By the Office of Human Resources

Message from J. Verzani, Chair, College Council

A summary of recent news over the past few days from various sources is now online

The big news would be a board resolution on reopening to be voted on today:

[7/9 Board resolution re F20]

RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees endorses the University’s decision to extend the offering of its academic courses and programs for as many of its academic courses and support services as is reasonably practicable, in an online modality and remote format for the Fall Semester 2020 — with exceptions being made for courses that cannot be effectively delivered at a distance, such as those courses which are highly experiential, or services that involve some form of tangible exchange, such as food pantries, provided they meet New York State and University guidelines for on-site instruction or delivery; and that the Chancellor shall take such actions as are reasonable and necessary to give effect to the foregoing;

RESOLVED, Subject to the prevailing conditions and circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency and the approval of NYSED to extend such offerings of online courses in academic programs at that time, the University’s decision for the extension of the online and distance learning modality and remote services for the majority of the University’s academic courses, programs and support services for the Fall Semester 2020, shall be conditionally extended to the Spring Semester 2021, as reasonably necessary.

This is taken from a running collection of news being compiled by the College Council and Faculty Senate Executive Committees.

If you wish to highlight any information for the College community, please share at jverzani@gmail.com. 

Be safe.

By John Verzani

NYC Health Benefits Program Rate Changes – Effective July 1, 2020

The New York City Office of Labor Relations (OLR) has published new health plan rates that went into effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The new health insurance rate changes will be reflected on the Thursday, July 16, 2020 paycheck.

You may view the new 2020 health insurance rates online.

  Please note: GHI-CBP rates are subject to change.

Please also note that the annual Transfer Period will be held in the fall. You will be notified of the exact dates. During that period, employees can:

· Transfer to another health plan

· Add or drop an optional rider

· Elect the Buy-Out Waiver Program

Any changes selected during the Fall Transfer Period will become effective the first day of the first full pay period in January 2021.

By Anne Alarcon

Timesheet Balances

It appears that many people when completing timesheets from home, are not finishing the whole process. Many are executing a screen shot and not proceeding to the bottom of the page to “Save and Print.” You need to complete the entire process in order for your balances to be saved. Numerous  people are missing balances and receive the following message when they try to fill in their time sheet. 

The system was unable to find an opening balance for the month you selected. Please ensure that you have selected the correct month and year and that all prior months’ timesheets have been submitted. If you are an employee returning after a long absence or are trying to edit your first month’s timesheet, please contact the Office of Human Resources.​  

This is because the balances were not saved. Please make sure that you “Print and Save” your timesheet.  

Thank you for your cooperation.

By Joyce Taylor