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No. 41
August 2007

University Human Resource Services
www.indiana.edu/~uhrs

Inside this Issue:

New Laws

New Online IU Fee Courtesy Benefit Form

Tobacco Use and Health: Long Delays between Exposure and Disease

CSI Project

Whistleblower Policy

Benefits Self Service Reminder

OneStart V2.0 to be Released this Fall

Smoke-free University

Employee Medical Premiums

Fidelity Reduces Its Holdings in Companies with Ties to Sudan

Web Wise: New Nyhart Web Site

Investment Fund Performance

COBRA Rights for Dependents

Clery Act Notice: Campus Security and Crime Statistics

 

The Informed Employee is published 2-3 times a year by University Human Resource Services for approximately 16,800 full-time appointed staff and academic employees across the eight Indiana University campuses.

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  NEW LAWS Federal Minimum Wage Increase

On May 25, President Bush signed the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 which increases the federal minimum wage rate in three steps; from $5.15 per hour to:

  • $5.85 per hour effective July 24, 2007
  • $6.55 per hour effective July 24, 2008
  • $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009

This marks the first increase to the minimum wage in nearly 10 years. These minimum wage rates apply to the state of Indiana and Indiana University.

Leaves for Military Families

A new Indiana law took effect on July 1, 2007, providing leave from work to certain family members of persons who are on active duty for at least 89 consecutive days in the armed forces of the United States, Indiana Army/Air National Guard.

Under the new Military Family Leave Act, employees may take up to a total of 10 workdays per year during one or more of the periods listed below. The 10 days can be taken in full or divided amongst these timeframes:

  1. Within the 30-day period before a family member begins active duty
  2. During the period that a family member is on active duty
  3. During the 30-day period following a family member’s return from active duty

To be eligible, the employee must have been employed for at least 12 months and worked at least 1,500 hours in the 12 months immediately preceding the day that the military family leave begins. The law specifically limits the leave to family members who are the spouse, parent (biological, adoptive, or court-appointed guardian or custodian), biological grandparent, or sibling (by blood, half-blood, or adoption) of the person in the military.

Provisions for Staff and Hourly Employees
Staff employees must use accrued Vacation or PTO before taking any of the time off without pay during the leave. The leave is without pay for Hourly employees. Vacation or PTO time used during such a leave will not count towards annual limits on the use of such time. Time off without pay during such a leave is an excused absence and will not count in any attendance-related policies.

An employee should provide written notice, including a copy of the active duty orders, if available, at least 30 days before the date on which the leave is to begin, or as soon as possible if the active duty orders are issued less than 30 days before the date the leave is to begin.
The University’s personnel policy on Leaves for Military Duty at www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/ has been amended to provide for this new law.


New Online IU Fee Courtesy Benefit Form
For Full-time Academic and Staff Employees

IU Fee Courtesy plan enrollment forms must be submitted each academic year. This year, employees have the option of submitting an online form or completing a paper form. Using the online form, the employee receives instant confirmation that the form was received and instant feedback in the case of incomplete information or eligibility issues. Both types of forms for the 2007-2008 academic year are now available at the University Human Resource Services Web site.

Like all IU-sponsored benefits, enrollment forms for IU Fee Courtesy must be completed and signed by the employee, not the employee’s dependent. The Employee ID and the student’s University ID numbers are both required. Completing the IU Fee Courtesy form as early as possible each year is important. If the form is processed after the Bursar posts tuition costs, the student must pay the tuition and then afterwards receive a credit for the fee courtesy amount.

Please contact a campus Human Resources office for questions about submitting the online form.


Tobacco Use and Health
Long Delays between Exposure and Disease

Diseases caused by smoking can take several decades to develop. Even when smoking is very common in a population, the damage to health may not yet be visible. This point can be most clearly demonstrated by trends in lung cancer in the United States. While the most rapid growth in cigarette consumption in the United States happened between 1915 and 1950, rates of lung cancer did not begin to rise steeply until about 1945. Age-standardized rates of the disease trebled between the 1930s and 1950s, but after 1955 the rates increased much more: by the 1980s, rates were 11-fold higher than levels in 1940.

In the early 1970s, researchers believed that smokers faced a one-in-four risk of being killed by tobacco, but now, with more data, they believe that the risk is one in two.

From “Curbing the Epidemic,” a World Bank report

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