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Joint Finance Committee Action Regarding UPS and HR Design

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Regents Approve UPS

Board of Regents approve three new policies...
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UPS to be Reviewed by the UW Board of Regents at December Meeting

The UPS Project has progressed to the approval phase and is being reviewed by the UW Board of Regents...
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Stakeholder Feedback on Proposed Implementation Decisions

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UPS Stakeholder Feedback on Initial Recommendations

The UPS Project Team received feedback from every UW System institution, totaling over one thousand responses System-wide! Each response was reviewed, combined into one response when appropriate, and extraneous feedback deleted. All feedback responses, regardless of source, were combined into one comprehensive summary document.
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Final UPS Proposed Implementation Decisions Are Posted!

The UPS Project Team has posted the proposed implementation decisions. The team is asking for employees to review the documents and submit any final comments.
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Meeting Minutes Posted

December and January meeting minutes have been posted for the UPS Steering Committee and the UPS Task Force.
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UPS to Be Discussed at March 8, 2012 Board of Regents Meeting

The Board of Regents will take a 'deep dive' into development of the University Personnel Systems in its March 8, 2012 meeting.
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Board of Regents Hear UPS Development Update

On March 8, 2012, the Board of Regents heard a detailed presentation on the development of the two new University Personnel Systems presently underway.
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March Meeting Minutes Posted

The March meeting minutes have been posted for the UPS Task Force.
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UPS Recommendations Are Available!

The UPS Project Team and Work Groups have completed their recommendations for the new University Personnel System and they want your feedback!
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UPS Recommendations Survey

(June 2012) Survey is now closed.
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Summary of Current State Assessments Completed

The current state assessments of the existing personnel systems completed by UW institutions have been compiled and summarized in one report.
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Work Group Members Announced!

Members of the Work Groups that will examine several subject areas of the UPS development have been named.
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The Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature recently passed an omnibus motion on UW System issues that, if adopted as part of the 2013-15 State of Wisconsin Budget, will revise the implementation date of the University Personnel System (UPS) and the HR Design project at UW-Madison. The language of the omnibus motion reads:

In addition, delay the effective date of provisions adopted under 2011 Act 32 related to the creation of personnel systems for UW employees that would be separate from the state personnel system until July 1, 2015.

The language of the motion needs to be reviewed, statutory language will need to be drafted and placed into the Legislature's budget proposal. The budget will need to be passed by the full Legislature and then sent to the Governor for action and approval.  However, assuming the intent of the omnibus motion remains intact, the implementation date of UPS and HR Design will be delayed by two years to July 1, 2015. Until that time, when the new personnel systems are passed, university personnel administration will follow the same practices and procedures that it has until this point. Unclassifed human resources will be administered according to chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes, applicable Wisconsin Adminstrative Code and procedures established through shared governance. Classified human resources will be administered by chapter 230 of the Wisconsin Statutes, applicable Wisconsin Administrative Code and procedures established by the Office of State Employment Relations (OSER).

The Joint Finance Committee's action is not final, but it if it becomes so, it should be considered a change in the implementation date of the good work that's been done by employees all across UW System, and is not an end to this important project. The implementation date change will simply give UW System employees more time to contemplate and refine recommended personnel systems that will meet the diverse and unique needs of UW System universities, colleges, and extension.