UNM Policy Office

MSC05 3357
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Scholes Hall
114 A and B

Phone: (505) 277-2069

Six Personnel Policies Revised

August 20, 2015

On August 20, 2015, President Frank approved revisions to six personnel policies. The changes were approved outside of the formal policy review process because they were intended to: (1) align the policies with current practices of Human Resources and decisions of the Regents (in regard to retiree health benefits); or (2) increase the flexibility of, or otherwise improve, existing employee benefits.  The specific revisions are described below and links are provided to the revised policies:

In response to a request from the Faculty-Staff Benefits Committee, these policies were revised to allow employees to extend the existing three days of bereavement leave to five days with the use of sick or annual leave.

Section 6 of the policy was revised to include an exception that authorizes standby pay for certain exempt healthcare workers.

The policy was updated to reflect that employees hired on or after July 1, 2015 are not eligible for retiree health benefits, and to clarify which groups of employees are eligible for retiree health benefits.  In addition, Section 2.2 was revised to indicate that the 15-day eligibility waiting period to enroll in benefit plans will sunset on June 30, 2016.  As of July 1, 2016, there will be no eligibility waiting period for employees hired into benefits eligible positions.

At the request of Staff Council, the personal enrichment and health and fitness benefits were combined to allow employees greater flexibility in how they use these benefits. In addition to some reorganization of the policy, clarifications of tax consequences and other matters, the revisions also reflect Human Resources’ current practice of covering mandatory student fees and differential tuition as part of the tuition remission benefit.  (Note: This policy has an effective date of September 1, 2015.)

The policy was revised to require one document as proof of a domestic partner relationship in place of the three required at present.