Hazardous weather leave granted February 17 - 18, 2015
The Clemson University Office of Human Resources received guidance from the State Office of Human Resources regarding hazardous weather conditions for February 17 and 18, 2015. For offices in Pickens County, which includes the main campus, Governor Haley has forgiven leave for regular, time-limited and temporary grant state employees for the following work periods:
Essential employees that were required to work during this time should earn compensatory time on an hour for hour basis for the hours worked. Employees who complete timesheets are advised to add “Emergency Closing” on the timesheet for any forgiven missed work time.
For offices in other SC counties, please click HERE for February 17th and click HERE for February 18th and reference the list of state county government closings and delays. The list includes the times forgiven by the governor by county.
The governor’s decision to provide leave with pay for this weather event left portions of the closure unforgiven. Employees must account for missed work time for the following work periods:
Employees should complete one of the following actions listed below to account for the unforgiven time:
The State Office of Human Resources has not provided guidance regarding hazardous weather conditions resulting in the University closing between February 25-26, 2015. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
For questions regarding forgiven and unforgiven leave, please contact the HR Partner for your college/division, or AskHR.
EPMS Forms Due March 1, 2015
The Employee Performance Management System (EPMS) is the University’s annual review process for classified staff and unclassified (non-faculty) staff. Annual reviews provide a mechanism for supervisors and employees to communicate an employee’s current performance and set future performance expectations aimed at helping achieve the university’s goals.
Reviews are currently due no later than March 1, 2015. (Note: this date does not apply to probationary, trial status or temporary employees.)
EPMS forms and instructions are available online. Click here for related EPMS materials. EPMS classes and SMART Goal training for supervisors are available. Click here for more information and to sign up.
Please contact the Office of Human Resources at ASK-HR if you have questions regarding the process, form, training or due dates.
State Employee Adoption Assistance Program Information
Eligible employees participating in the Public Employee Benefits Authority (PEBA) Insurance Benefits who finalized an adoption between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, may apply for financial assistance relating to the adoption. All completed applications under the terms and conditions of the program will be accepted until Sept. 30, 2014. The maximum benefit for adopting a non-special needs child is $5,000, and the maximum benefit for adopting a special needs child is $10,000.
For more information or for an application, employees may contact PEBA Insurance Benefits' Financial Services Unit at 803-734-1696 (Greater Columbia area) or 888-260-9430 (toll-free outside the Columbia area).
State approves 2 percent pay increase for employees
The S.C. State Employee Pay Plan for Fiscal Year 2014-15 authorizes state agencies to implement a 2 percent general increase for all permanent faculty and permanent classified and unclassified staff effective on the first regular pay date on or after July 1, 2014.
The general increase will be processed as follows:
Employees hired on or after June 16, 2014 are not eligible for the increase. Also not eligible are regular temporary and intermittent employees.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available here
For additional questions, contact the Office of Human Resources online at Ask-HR or by phone at 864-656-2000.
Employee retirement contribution increase
State employee retirement contribution rates are established by state law, as enacted by the South Carolina General Assembly. The S.C. General Assembly passed retirement reform legislation in 2012. In accordance with this legislation, effective July 1, 2014, the employee retirement contribution rate is increasing from 7.5 to 8 percent for the S.C. State Retirement System Plan (SCRS) and Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), and from 7.84 to 8.41 percent for the Police Officers Retirement System Plan (PORS).
The increase will be reflected on the first payday in July, which will be the July 15 paycheck.
Please visit the SC Retirement System website for additional information about state retirement benefits. For questions, contact the Office of Human Resources online at Ask-HR or by phone at 864-656-2000.
The 2013 W-2’s are available on-line for active employees. W-2’s for inactive employees and those who did not consent to an on-line form will be mailed by 1/31/14 to the address on file in the HR database (which may not match the iROAR address for students). Once received, please safeguard your hard-copy, as there is a $10 charge for reprints.
Active employees can now access the on-line form. Click here to log-in to HR Self Service, inputting your primary username and password on the ORACLE screen. Click on “Year End Form” to view your W-2 and “Filing Instructions” to view/print IRS Notice to Employee and Instructions for Employee.
Important to know:
If you have any questions, please submit them through Ask-HR.
The Office of Human Resources provides a confidential employee assistance program (EAP) offered through an outside resource, Deer Oaks EAP. Services offered through this program are available to Clemson University faculty and staff and their dependents with a focus on the importance of work/life balance. Deer Oaks EAP provides a wide range of training and counseling services to include personal, family, and marriage counseling, financial and legal consultations, conflict resolution, substance abuse and other issues that may affect work or life balance. Faculty and Staff also may access many health and wellness resources through Deer Oaks. The Deer Oaks EAP toll-free number is available 24/7 at 1-866-327-2400.
Click here to read more about Wellness Resources.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (864)656-2000 or Ask-HR.
Employment Policy Updates – Effective January 1, 2014
The University has revised its employment policies effective January 1, 2014 to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act. All student workers and regular (FTE) part-time and temporary employees (staff and teaching personnel) are impacted by one or more of these policies. It is important to carefully review each policy as it pertains to your job(s) and any job(s) you may supervise at the University. Each worker and their supervisor are responsible for compliance with the policies.
You may reference the specific employment policies below on the HR website in the Policies and Procedures Manual:
Please contact the Office of Human Resources online at Ask-HR or by phone at 864-656-2000 if you have questions or need additional information relating to this important announcement.
Kronos leave and time-keeping system
The Office of Human Resources and the Payroll Department will introduce Kronos, an electronic leave and time-keeping system, in a phased rollout beginning Aug. 1, 2013.
Faculty and staff will use the electronic system to submit and track leave requests. This system will also be used by employees required to submit time sheets to enter their time through a web portal, and in some cases, through campus time clocks. This will eliminate the use of paper time sheets.
New time sheets
New time sheets have been developed to support the new semi-monthly pay period:
These new timesheets were developed to use temporarily and only until your college/division is transitioned to the Kronos system.
Non-exempt employees (employees eligible to earn compensatory time or overtime) are required by FLSA to complete a time sheet or use an approved time keeping device to record time worked. Employees meeting this criterion will receive a direct communication the week of July 1, 2013 as an annual reminder to complete time sheets.
The new time sheet can be found under Payroll Information at http://www.clemson.edu/employment/compensation/index.html.
As Clemson University transitions to a semi-monthly pay schedule, there is no longer a need for an exact two-week time sheet. However, for non-exempt employees, we must still have a defined workweek.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines a workweek as a period of 168 hours during seven consecutive 24-hour periods (seven days). Effective June 30, 2013, Clemson University will change from a Friday - Thursday workweek to a Sunday - Saturday workweek. View Workweek Policy here.
For questions regarding any of these updates above, contact HR online at Ask-HR, or by phone at 864-656-2000.
Clemson Student Employee,
The final phase of the campus identity management project occurred on August 11. You will be affected since you have been identified as a student who is also an employee. As a student employee by default you currently have an employee username in addition to your student username. None of your existing usernames have been inactivated or deleted. However, your student username has been flagged as your primary username. Below are the ways you will be affected beginning August 11, 2013 ….
If you have questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at ITHELP@clemson.edu or (864)656-3494.