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With the winter season upon us, it is important that staff, faculty, and students are aware of how UMD communicates the operational status during inclement weather. Operational status may include delayed openings, closures, or any other schedule changes, due to inclement weather. While UMD Alerts is the best way to get updates on the university’s status during inclement weather, you can also check: • • • •

UMD homepage ( Twitter (@UofMaryland, @UMDRightNow, @PresidentLoh) UMD snowline (301-405-7669 or 5-SNOW) Local news outlets via the Internet, TV, and radio

Below is a list of travel tips from FEMA  Follow Directions from local officials  Only travel if necessary  Keep gas tank full and get care serviced before winter months

Snow Season is Here Inclement weather notification, travel tips, and safety information. Page 2

Lunch and Learn Series: February Blood pressure, a vital force of life. Page 2

UNUM Open Enrollment Long-term disability and life insurance open enrollment February 1-March 1.

Build an emergency car kit         

Charged cellphone and portable charger Snack food and water (for each passenger and pet) Flashlight and extra batteries First aid kit Basic tool kit Jumper cables, emergency flares and flags Warm clothes and blankets Road salt and/or sand Shovel and ice scraper

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Staff Relations Seminars

Chesapeake Building | |

Get an overview on UMD’s Parental Leave Policy. Page 3

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New to the UHR Team Thomas Scott Miller (“Scott”) joined the staff

Infographic: Tablet Graphics

Walk Like a Penguin

Jacinta Felice, Associate Director in Residential Facilities, suggested these tips for navigating icy parking lots and sidewalks. While the dedicated staff of Facilites Management do a phenominal job at keeping our walkways free of ice, there may be a time when you come across a patch of ice. Listen to the experts and walk like a penguin to help you avoid that painful slip on to the pavement.    

Walk flat footed and take short shuffling steps Wear footwear that provides traction Step down, not out from curbs Go hands free and use your arms for balance

relations team on January 23. A former German instructor at Purdue University and high school German teacher, Scott brings an array of skills to his new position, including over a decade of collective bargaining, grievance resolution, and mediation. Scott began his legal career in Maryland in 2005 after graduating from Willamette University College of law in 2005. Between 2005 and 2013, he worked as a representative for the Washington and Frederick County Teachers Association. In that role, he represented the interests of over 2,000 teachers and educational support personnel. In 2013, Scott founded MidAtlantic Negotiators, a Hagerstown consulting firm that represented both private and public sector employers in collective bargaining, labor arbitration, and human resources administration. Scott looks forward to utilizing his experience and taking on new challenges in his role as staff relations coordinator at the University of Maryland.

Weather Alerts?

What is the difference between a winter weather alerts? Winter Storm Warning (Take Action): Confidence is High – A winter storm will produce heavy snow, sleet or freezing rain and cause significant impacts. Winter Storm Watch (Be Prepared): Confidence is Medium – A winter storm could produce heavy snow, sleet, or freezing rain and cause significant impacts. Winter Weather Advisory (Exercise Caution): Wintry weather expected. Light amounts of wintry precipitation or patchy blowing snow will cause slick conditions.

Lunch & Learn February’s Lunch & Learn will focus on Blood Pressure: A Vital Force for Life. Learn what your blood pressure should be, the risk factors for high blood pressure, and how to take control of your risk. The Lunch & Learn will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 in 1101U Chesapeake Building from 12:00 – 1:00pm. Register at

Kibbi Henderson joined the UHR Support Center Staff on January 23 bringing over 6 years of front line customer service experience with her. She has been employed on campus since 2015 working in the University of Maryland Libraries where she implemented a New Employee Orientation Program and prehire Assessment for hourly employees. She was instrumental in developing new processes for improving the hiring process, and has served as a mentor for several student workers. Kibbi has served on many Search Committees and has been instrumental in the creation of training and professional development programs for hourly support staff. Kibbi has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management, and is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion within Higher Education.

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FSA Participants

Staff Relations Seminars

Just a reminder – the flexible spending account carrier changed for 2017. The new carrier is P&A Group. You should have received your new card by now. If you still have money for 2016 in your flexible spending account with Connect Your Care, you can use the Connect Your Care card until March 15, 2017.

Christine Hottel, Office of Staff Relations, will be conducting training on the University’s Parental Leave Policy.

Smoke-Free Campus The USM Board of Regents approved VI 8.10 “Policy on Smoking at USM Institutions” on June 22, 2012 and required that each constituent institution develop implementation procedures by June 30, 2013. On July 1, 2013 University of Maryland became a smoke-free institution, prohibiting smoking in any institution building, grounds, or property. This includes academic buildings, residence halls, administrative building, other enclosed facilities, vehicles, walkways, parking lots, and recreational and athletic areas. There are four designated smoking areas on campus. Additionally, there is no prohibition from smoking in personal vehicles. The policy also offers smoking cessation assistance for students, faculty, and staff through the University Health Center. Make this the year you quit smoking!

March 3, 2017 10am -11:30am. The training provides prospective parents and/or parents preparing for the birth or adoption of a child an overview of the Parental Leave Policy. Topics covered include when and how to apply for parental leave, eligibility requirements, paid leave assurance, and a review of other University policies associated with the Parental Leave benefit.

Long Term Disability & Life Insurance Open Enrollment February 1, 2017 – March 1, 2017.

The effective date for the changes will be 04/01/2017. Features:  The Long-Term Disability monthly benefit increased from $8,000 to $10,000 for all existing and newly eligible employees, who financially qualify (60% of monthly earnings to a new benefit maximum of $10,000 per month).  The Life Insurance guarantee issue limits increased from $50,000 to $100,000 for all existing and newly eligible employees. If you currently have UNUM’s Life insurance, you can add an additional $50,000 without Evidence of Insurability (Spousal guarantee issue limits increase from $20,000 to $50,000.)  10% decrease in both the long-Term Disability and Life Insurance premium rate.

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February 2017 Mon.





Supervisor’s Essentials

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New Employee Orientation & Welcome

UHR Benefits: New Employee Q&A

New Employee Orientation & Welcome UHR Benefits: New Employee Q&A

LDI 1-3

LDI 1-4

LDI 1-5

Supervisor’s Essentials

Supervisor’s Essentials LDI II

EDI 1-3


EDI 1-5


Benefits, BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) Brown Bag Seminars

LDI 1-6

2/1/17: Supervisor’s Essentials 90 Days to Success— 9:00am-12:00pm —1101U Chesapeake Building 2/1/17: Supervisor’s Essentials Getting Things Done —1:30-4:30pm—1101U Chesapeake Building 2/2/17: EDI 1-2 Effective Communication Skills—9:00am-12:30pm—University Golf Course 2/6/17: New Employee Orientation—8:15am-4:30pm—1101U Chesapeake Building 2/7/17: LDI 1-3 Conflict Resolution—9:00am-12:30pm—University Golf Course 2/8/17: Supervisor’s Essentials Performance, Review, & Development —9:00-10:45am—1101U Chesapeake *Non-supervisor’s encouraged to attend* 2/8/17: Supervisor’s Essentials, Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) —11:00am-12:00pm—1101U Chesapeake 2/8/17: Supervisor’s Essentials, Family & Medical Leave (FMLA) — 1:00-2:30pm—1101U Chesapeake Building *Non-Supervisor’s Encouraged to Attend* 2/8/17: Supervisor’s Essentials, Managing Time & Attendance—2:45-3:30pm—1101U Chesapeake Building 2/8/17: Supervisor’s Essentials, The Disciplinary Process—3:45-4:30pm—1101U Chesapeake Building 2/9/17: EDI 1-3 Conflict Resolution Skills—9:00am-12:30pm—University Golf Course 2/10/17: UHR Benefits: Lunch & Learn—12:00-1:00pm—1101U Chesapeake 2/13/17: UHR Benefits: New Employee Q&A—9:00-11:00am—1101U Chesapeake 2/14/17: LDI 1-4 Effective Delegation—9:00am-12:30pm—University Golf Course 2/15/17: Supervisor’s Essentials 5, Inclusive Work Environment—9:00am-12:00pm—1101U Chesapeake 2/15/17: Supervisor’s Essentials 6, Workplace Safety—1:30-4:30pm—1101U Chesapeake 2/15-2/16/17: LDI II Transformational Leadership—9:00am-4:00pm—Oakland Hall 308 2/16/17: EDI 1-4 Extraordinary Customer Service—9:00am-12:30pm—University Golf Course 2/20/17: New Employee Orientation—8:15am-4:30pm—1101U Chesapeake Building 2/21/17: LDI 1-5 Planning & Execution—9:00am-12:30pm—University Golf Course 2/23/17: EDI 1-5 Maximizing Productivity—9:00am-12:30pm—University Golf Course 2/27/17: UHR Benefits: New Employee Q&A—9:00-11:00am—1101 Chesapeake 2/28/17: LDI 1-6 Performance Conversations—9:00am-12:30pm—University Golf Course **Dates and Times Subject to Change. Please visit our website for up-to-date course listings**

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