December 2016

What's new with the Forum

Monthly meeting on Dec. 7, 2016, at 9:15 a.m.

Chancellor Carol Folt will join the Forum to give remarks, and the 2016 Carolina Family Scholarship recipients and their parents will be recognized. The Forum will also host its annual holiday potluck breakfast.

All campus and community members are invited to this open meeting each month in the Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room.

Career corner: Making use of the tuition waiver

Now is the time to sign up for a Spring semester class using the Tuition Waiver Program. As the Office of Human Resources presented at a recent Employee Forum meeting, this program enables eligible employees—permanent employees working 30 hours or more a week—to waive tuition for up to three eligible classes per academic year.

Read more.

Professional development spotlight

• Program in the Humanities & Human Values 

• UNC School of Government

• UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

• UNC School of Nursing

Read more.

Join the Forum at our December blood drive

The American Red Cross and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are teaming up once again to give time and memories to patients in need this season at the 18th annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive.

Read more.




Campus announcements

Federal overtime rule changes on hold for employees due to court ruling

A federal court issued a preliminary injunction on Nov. 22 temporarily preventing the new overtime rule from going into effect on Dec. 1. The Office of State Human Resources and UNC General Administration instructed UNC system universities to pause implementation of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)-related salary or exemption status changes for SHRA and EHRA permanent employees.

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Winter Break 2016

As a reminder, the University is closed for a one-week period for Winter Break 2016: Monday, Dec. 26, through Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. During this period, four days are designated as paid holidays. One day – Thursday, Dec. 29 – is not covered as a State-provided holiday and therefore has been designated as a University Closed Day on which employees must use leave, since the State Human Resources Act provides State employees with only 12 paid holidays per year.

The University will be closed for the New Year’s Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

The full holiday schedules for 2016 and 2017 are on the OHR website.

If you have any questions about the holiday schedule, please contact the Benefits unit in the Office of Human Resources at 919-962-3071 or benefits@unc.edu.

Access your W-2 in January with 2-step verification

Register for 2-Step now! Don't wait for tax season.

The new 2-Step Verification process gives you anytime, anywhere access to your W-2 form while protecting you from the endless phishing scams that attempt to steal your online information. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes. 

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Save the date

The Minority Health Conference is one of the largest and longest-running student led conferences in the nation.

This year’s theme will explore the historic and systematic sources of power within our society and communities.

The conference, to be held Feb. 24, 2017, will highlight opportunities for researchers, students, and practitioners from various disciplines to learn from each other and to work together to identify best practices for fostering inclusive strategies for change and advocate for those whose voices are not heard.

Register at http://minorityhealth.web.unc.edu


December community service spotlight

• Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trips, starting Dec. 9

• Funding available to support campus disaster relief efforts

• Volunteer with Challah for Hunger

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Submit your story about community service

Have you utilized your community service leave? Have you or your department served the community or volunteered? Send a picture and a short blurb (300 words or less) about your experience and what you've gained from using your leave, and we'll feature you here!

Email submissions or questions to Katie Musgrove at kmusgrov@email.unc.edu.

Interested in serving on the Employee Forum's Community Service Committee? The next committee meeting will be held on December 7, 2016 at 11:30 AM in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room in the Sonja H. Stone Center. Read more.


From the Town of Chapel Hill


Forum book club

Join us for Fall on Your Knees

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on January 26, 2017 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald.

Register at http://tinyurl.com/gwav65n.

Join us for Callings

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on February 23, 2017 from 12 p.m. - 1 p .m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion by Dave Isay.

Register at http://tinyurl.com/gm36444.

Join our online reading group on Goodreads and stay connected to other book club members between meetings, make recommendations for future selections, and rate the books that we've selected. 


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What do you like about this newsletter? Is there something we can improve? What content would you like to see in future issues? Email Kelli Raker, editor, at intouch@unc.edu