• 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 a 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 Purchase College.

    The agreement between the State and UUP includes using 0.5% of the DSI to address identified compression and inversion. Campuses had the ability to use the full amount to address compression and inversion. The College President made the decision to use the full amount to address compression. DSI will be paid in the December 22, 2021, paycheck. Those that received DSI were notified by Human Resources. The summary of specific considerations made in the distribution of DSI can be viewed by clicking on the following link: 2021 Compression Report Form.

    If you should have any specific issues or concerns regarding the analysis completed at Purchase College, please contact Human Resources at human.resources@purchase.edu.

    Date Posted: 12/15/2021

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  • Telecommuting Program Update

    Telecommuting will be allowed to continue until June 30th 2022, (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.

    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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  • 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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  • Paid Family Leave (PFL)

    Effective January 1, 2019, all UUP and MC-13 and 06 employees are eligible for and required to participate in the new Paid Family Leave benefit through New York State.

    Paid Family Leave will provide paid time off so an employee can:

    • Bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child
    • Care for a family member with a serious health condition
    • Assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military duty

    Employee payroll deductions fund the program. For 2019, the contribution is 0.153% of gross biweekly wages, up to and not to exceed an annual maximum employee contribution of $107.97. This deduction will begin no sooner than January 1, 2019.

    Additional information can be found on the New York State Family Paid Leave website and HR/Benefits website.

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