Implementation of new HR system could begin July 2015

It appears that an effort that has kept campus HR staff and others extra busy for three years will finally bear fruit. Last Wednesday the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) approved the UW-Madison’s HR Design personnel management system, giving the university an unprecedented chance to tailor its human resources system to the needs of a teaching and research institution. The JCOER approval allows the implementation of many elements of the plan on July 1, 2015

Among key provisions:

  • The HR Design plan retains civil service protections and grievance procedures,
  • UW-Madison employees will remain state employees and participate in the same health plans and retirement systems as state employees.
  • The plan includes a formal governance process for classified staff, which will be retitled university staff.
  • While many provisions applying to university staff will not deviate substantially from the provisions currently governing classified employees in state agencies, changes will include implementing new recruiting and hiring processes, and rebalancing management flexibility with employee protections.

The committee also approved a separate personnel system for the UW System. See UW System President Ray Cross’ statement.