• UUP Salary Equity Study

    During negotiations for the 2016-2022 State/UUP Agreement, the parties agreed to develop guidelines and a methodology for a salary equity study to be conducted at each campus. The purpose of such study is to identify compression and inversion for UUP-represented employees. Salary inversion may exist when new employees are hired at salaries higher than experienced employees; compression may exist when salaries of experienced employees fail to maintain distance above salaries of new employees.

    A State/SUNY/UUP executive-level committee developed guidelines and a methodology to analyze and identify the extent of salary compression and inversion, and the adopted guidelines and methodology have been utilized at SUNY Purchase.

    The agreement between the State and UUP also includes using all of the DSI to address identified compression and inversion. The results of the analysis have been reviewed and considered in making decisions regarding distributing discretionary salary increases. In following the negotiated guidelines, and in an effort to be transparent, a summary of specific considerations made in the distribution of the entire pool dedicated to addressing identified compression and inversion can be accessed by reviewing the Campus Compression/Inversion Report Form on the Human Resources website.

    Employees who will receive salary increases will be notified via their campus email address on March 11, 2021. Increases for both the discretionary, merit-based awards and those based on the compression analysis will appear in paychecks dated March 17, 2021. The increases will be retroactive to July 1, 2020 for professional employees and employees with 12-month obligations, and September 1, 2020 for employees with academic year obligations.

    If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at human.resources@purchase.edu.

    Date Posted: 3/11/2021

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  • Make your Voice Heard – Sexual Violence Prevention Survey

    Make your Voice Heard – Sexual Violence Prevention Survey

    The first step in our journey towards a safe and open culture is understanding our starting point. Make your voice heard and be part of the solution by taking the SUNY survey designed to help us understand your experiences as well as your awareness of campus resources. Look for an email from a survey@suny.edu on Monday, February 15th for students and Thursday, February 18th for employees. The Sexual Violence Prevention Survey will run through Monday, March 22nd for students and Thursday, March 25 for employees. Please take 15 minutes to provide SUNY and Purchase College with valuable information we can use to improve our services. We will be raffling off four (4) $50 VISA gift cards for participation in the student survey only.

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  • Telecommuting Program Update

    Telecommuting will be allowed to continue until July 2nd, (the end of the current pilot agreement) as deemed appropriate by the supervisor in consultation with the area Vice President. Together they will work to establish a plan to ensure health and safety of employees while meeting the colleges’ and departments work goals and operational needs. Employee concerns can be addressed with the supervisor, sector VP, or Human Resources as appropriate and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

    If your telecommuting application needs to be amended due to a change in work duties you will need to submit a new one. The application is located on the HR Employment Forms website.

    Staff should take the next few weeks to prepare for transitioning back to working on campus and be back fully on July 6, 2021. Those with extenuating circumstances should speak with their supervisor. The supervisor in turn should consult with the area Vice President.

    Anyone seeking a reasonable accommodation which is in compliance with the College’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy must contact the Reasonable Accommodation Officer.

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  • Changes to Upstate COVID-19 Test Site and Future Test Changes

    While the update to the SUNY Upstate Medical University COVID Test website in February was challenging we are pleased to announce that it has allowed us greater reporting capabilities, and the much-requested ability to provide individual clinical test results.

    Starting Monday, March 29 individuals will receive an email alert that their results are ready for viewing. Emails will only be sent when results are finalized, so you can expect to receive an automated email when your results are presumed negative, reflex negative, or reflex positive.

    What does Presumed Negative, Reflex Negative and Reflex Positive Mean?

    • Presumed Negative: Your sample was pooled with others from campus and tested. No Covid-19 signal was detected in these samples.
    • Reflex Negative: Your sample was run individually, likely after being a part of a pool that tested positive, and your individual sample was negative for the presence of the Covid-19 virus. You may immediately end your precautionary isolation. You will also be contacted by Human Resources or your supervisor to let you know you no longer need to isolate.
    • Reflex Positive: Your sample was run individually and determined to be positive for the presence of the Covid-19 virus. Human Resources will be in touch to confirm the process, how long you need to quarantine, when you can return to work, etc.

    If your sample is part of a positive pool, you will be notified directly by Human Resources or your Supervisor and you will be told to isolate. Simultaneously, the lab will begin running all the samples from the positive pool individually. Once the individual results are finalized you will receive an email alert that your results are available for viewing.

    Results will not be detailed via email and can only be accessed by logging into the SUNY Upstate Medical University COVID Test website. Any samples listed as pending means the results have not yet been finalized. To view your results, log into the website, scroll down under your profile, and click the View Results button under the test date. A pop up will appear with your results, as well as a link to download a PDF of your results. This PDF is an individual clinical result and can be used to show proof of a negative COVID test.

    IMPORTANT: Incorrectly submitted specimens or barcodes will significantly delay the processing of results. Check your profile before exiting the campus testing site and make sure your barcode and testing date are correctly listed under your profile. If there is an issue registering your barcode you need to speak to someone before leaving the testing site.

    Future test change: Upstate Medical has informed us that we will need to switch from the current swab test to a sputum test. We do not have a date that this switch will occur but will keep you updated when we know more.

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  • NYS & CSEA Partnership - Tuition Benefits Program and Catalog

    The NYS and CSEA partnership for Education and Training is pleased to announce the Partnership’s 2021 Tuition Benefits Program for eligible CSEA-represented New York State Executive Branch employees.

    Copies of the catalog and application form are available for download from their website (www.nyscseapartnership.org). 

    Some of the program highlights include:

    • Eligible CSEA-represented New York State Executive Branch employees may apply for two tuition vouchers or tuition reimbursements. All applications must be received by December 31, 2021.
    • Any course taken must be in session sometime between April 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 (please note the change in program year).
    • Applications will be accepted by mail (NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training, Corporate Plaza East - Suite 502, 240 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203), by fax at (518) 486-1989, or by email to tuitionapplications@nyscseapartnership.org.
    • Educational Advisement Services are available to CSEA-represented New York State employees by calling (518) 486-7814 (Press Option 1) or (800) 253-4332 (Press Option 1), or by email at advisors@nyscseapartnership.org.

    For further information, please contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 or for areas outside the Capital Region call (800) 253-4332.

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  • NYS & CSEA Partnership - Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

    The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training (Partnership) is pleased to announce the continuation of the Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

    Eligible employees can receive up to two targeted tuition benefits (vouchers or reimbursements). Each targeted benefit can cover one non-credit course up to $1,220 or one credit-bearing course, up to a maximum of four credits at the resident tuition per credit rate, not to exceed $305 per credit. Applications must be received by December 31, 2021 and courses must be in session sometime between April 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

    For further information, please contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 (Press Option 1) or (800) 253-4332 (Press Option 1), or email advisors@nyscseapartnership.org.

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  • NYS & CSEA Partnership - Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Welding 2021

    The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training (Partnership) is pleased to announce the continuation of the Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Welding. This program provides tuition assistance to CSEA-represented NYS employees who wish to take welding courses.

    Eligible employees can receive up to two targeted tuition benefits (vouchers or reimbursements). Each targeted benefit can cover one non-credit welding course up to $1,220 or one credit-bearing welding course, up to a maximum of four credits at the resident tuition per credit rate, not to exceed $305 per credit. Applications must be received by December 31, 2021 and courses must be in session sometime between April 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

    For further information, please contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 (Press Option 1) or (800) 253-4332 (Press Option 1), or email advisors@nyscseapartnership.org.

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  • Non-chargeable time-off to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

    On March 12, 2021 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.2588-A/A.3354-B) granting public and private employees’ time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Under this new law, employees will be granted up to four (4) hours of excused leave per injection that will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued. This legislation was effective immediately. This legislation is not retroactive and does not apply to vaccination appointments prior to March 12th.

    Once your appointment is scheduled, please request the time-off in accordance with normal departmental procedures.

    If you need a letter to verify your employment at the college, you can contact Deborah Bradshaw, Sr. Personnel Associate, in Human Resources after you have scheduled an appointment. Deborah can be reached via email at deborah.bradshaw@purchase.edu

    A COVID Vaccination Leave Form is available on our website for you to take to your appointment. Return the completed form to Susan Ciliberti in the Department of Human Resources. If you have attended an appointment during your scheduled workday since Friday March 12, please contact Susan Ciliberti about what other documentation you can provide as proof of your appointment.

    The SUNY Time and Attendance System has been updated to allow for a COVID Vaccine drop down option in the option in the non-chargeable category. The system will allow for two (2) non-chargeable times of up to four (4) hours each.

    CSEA employees who complete a paper Time and Attendance record should place a checkmark in the “LW FP” column and then write “COVID Vaccination” in the “Remarks” box

    If you have any questions, please contact Susan Ciliberti, Time and Attendance Coordinator, via email at susan.ciliberti@purchase.edu.

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  • CSEA - Skills for Success -Spring 2021Catalog

    The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training is pleased to announce the spring 2021 Skills for Success online courses and webinars. Live, instructor-led courses and webinars provide CSEA-represented employees with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to meet their personal and professional development goals.

    In-person training will not be available this semester due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent restrictions on public gatherings.

    The Skills for Success catalog contains course and webinar descriptions, dates, and start and end times. There are 34 courses and webinars scheduled from February through May 2021.

    The Skills for Success Catalog can be viewed on the NYS CSEA Partnership Website.

    CSEA-represented employees may enroll through the Statewide Learning Management System or by completing the Partnership’s application form located on page 29 of the catalog.

    For further information, please contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 or for areas outside the Capital Region call (800) 253-4332, or email learning@nyscseapartnership.org.

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  • CSEA - Online Certificate Programs 2021-2022

    The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training is pleased to announce four new online learning certificate programs for CSEA-represented New York State employees. These four certificate programs will also serve as the alternatives to the four mandatory in-person courses required for the Administrative Assistant Traineeship.

    The Customer Service Certificate Program provides a self-directed way for employees to acquire useful tips for working effectively with customers.

    The Microsoft Word 2016 Basics Certificate Program is a learning opportunity for employees who are looking to develop their skills in the Microsoft Word application.

    The Successful Business Writing Certificate Program provides a self-directed way for employees to gain knowledge about how to produce well-written documents.

    The Organized Office Worker Certificate Program helps employees identify practical ways to effectively organize and manage their work.

    Employees can apply for these programs between February 3, 2021 and February 3, 2022. In order to earn a certificate, participants must successfully complete all required courses by February 4, 2022.

    Space in these statewide programs is limited. Please apply as soon as possible. For further information, contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 or email learning@nyscseapartnership.org.

    The training opportunities can also be viewed on the NYS CSEA Partnership Website.

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