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Benefits for same-sex spouses

As a result of the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Georgia Regents Health System benefits plans will now allow for coverage of same-sex spouses.

The following is a letter from Susan Norton, GRU’s Vice President of Human Resources and chief human resources officer, regarding the recent change.

“As a result of the recent Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, Georgia Regents Health System has made the necessary changes to our benefits plans to allow for coverage of same-sex spouses.

Employees who want to make a benefits enrollment change to add a same-sex spouse to their benefits coverage will be able to do so beginning July 13, 2015. The enrollment period will be extended beyond the normal 30 days to Sept. 1, 2015, to allow additional time to process the changes for employees/retirees who were married in a state that recognized same-sex marriages prior to June 26, 2015, the date the change became effective in the state of Georgia. Anyone married on or after June 26, 2015, will follow the 30-day change-of-status window currently provided by the IRS.

Information about how to enroll and required documentation will be available on the Georgia Regents Medical Center website beginning Monday, July 13, at go.gru.edu/specialenrollment.

Georgia Regents Medical Center and Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals employees, if you have questions, please feel free to contact the Medical Center Benefits office at 706-721-7909 or by email at GRMCBenefits@gru.edu.

Georgia Regents Medical Associates employees, if you have questions, please feel free to contact the Medical Associates Benefits office for enrollment information.”

Sincerely,

Susan Norton
VP Human Resources, CHRO
Georgia Regents University & Health System

New lights installed in Lot 69/70 (Fatman’s Lot)

New parking lot lights were installed in Lot 69/70, commonly referred to as the “Fatman’s Lot,” on June 25.

“The new lights will make the lot safer and much more usable”, said Beth Bryson, Georgia Regents University Parking & Transportation Manager.

Earlier this year, 220 parking spaces were added to that lot, bringing the total to 310 spaces. Lot 69/70 is served by the Jaguar Express Gold Route and is a short walk to the 15th Street corridor.

“We very much appreciate the assistance of the GHSU Foundation and the GRU Facilities Division for their help in making this project happen”, said Karl Munschy, Director of Auxiliary Administration.

For more information, including parking maps and Jaguar Express route information, please visit: gru.edu/parking

Policy Updates July 8, 2015

The following is a list of updated policies as of July 8, 2015:

Graduate Teaching Assistant Policy—university-wide, minimum standards for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) when used to provide course instruction. Those academic programs who do not use graduate students in instructional roles are not affected by these guidelines. Departments may adopt more stringent standards to credential or certify instructors.

https://gru.policytech.com/docview/?docid=689&public=true

 

External Audit Policy—provides guidelines for university personnel who receive notices of external audits. Any notice received should be referred to the Chief Audit Officer, Chief Integrity Officer and Chief Risk Officer, who will coordinate with department personnel to ensure the external auditors receive all required assistance and information.

https://gru.policytech.com/docview/?docid=690&public=true

 

HIV HBV HCV Policy—applying to those students currently enrolled in health science programs, policy provides for a method of managing those students who are or become infected with a blood borne pathogen including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B (HBV), and Hepatitis C (HCV).

https://gru.policytech.com/docview/?docid=691&public=true

 

Philanthropic and Honorary Naming Policy—describes process by which GRU permits the naming of selected units, positions/programs, structures, spaces, and objects in honor of individuals/entities whose accomplishments and/or generosity advance and increase the capacity of the university to meet its teaching, research and clinical service mission.

https://gru.policytech.com/docview/?docid=693&public=true

 

Academic Rights and Responsibilities—addresses the rights conferred to and responsibilities of faculty with regard to teaching, research, and service as they pursue the mission of Georgia Regents University.

https://gru.policytech.com/docview/?docid=694&public=true

 

Employment Procedures (Workforce Policy)—establishes uniform procedures for the recruitment, evaluation and selection of qualified personnel for positions of Georgia Regents University

https://gru.policytech.com/docview/?docid=695&public=true

 

General Institutional Admissions Policy—admissions policy for all colleges at Georgia Regents University, which processes applicant materials for all applicants except those to the Medical College of Georgia and College of Dental Medicine, which each have their own admissions departments within their respective colleges.

https://gru.policytech.com/docview/?docid=697&public=true

 

Service and Comfort Animal Policy—establishes the different requirements between the use of comfort animals and service animals for students with disabilities.

https://gru.policytech.com/docview/?docid=711&public=true

MGT. Training Series (Session 4) Understanding and Promoting a Multicultural/Generational Workplace

Today’s work environment is composed of many different cultures. Employers of choice truly value and appreciate the differences their employees bring to the organization. The more cultural differences and generational differences are valued and appreciated, the more successful an organization will become.

Cultural and generational differences can also cause difficulty in the work environment for some people. Never before has there been such a diversity of generations in the workforce. Four distinct, age-based cohorts coexist in the workplace. Each has different values, attitudes, expectations, needs, and motivations, all of which can make it more challenging to manage and integrate into a corporate culture.
This session will provide tools to enable participants to gain a better understanding of multicultural and generational differences to enhance communication and overall success on both a personal and professional level.

Course Objectives
• Identify and discuss multicultural differences found in the workplace
• Discuss the four generations found in the workplace today
• Discuss methods for enhancing communications with people from different cultures to promote a greater understanding within the work team and the organization
• Discuss methods for enhancing communications with people from different generations to promote a greater understanding within the work team and the organization
• Discuss benefits of understanding and promoting cultural and generational awareness to you as a manager, the people you manage/supervise, and the organization
Target Audience

This course is intended for all levels of GRU and GRHealth managers/supervisors. The course will begin on June 24 at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. in Room: BC 130

For more information, contact Wanda O’Brien at (706) 721-4054

Retirement Strategies for Women

HR Workforce Development, in collaboration with VALIC, is pleased to offer an exciting training opportunity for all women in the workplace on Retirement Strategies for Women!

This free seminar is focused on overcoming the financial hurdles specific to women as they plan and invest for the future, and is ideal for those who recognize the importance of having a personal plan, a sound strategy and a consistent approach to saving.

Please join us for two exciting sessions:

Wednesday, May 27 – College of Allied Health Sciences (EC 1204); 11 a.m. to Noon

Thursday, May 28 – Education Commons Building (GB 1120-D); 11 a.m. to Noon

Enrollment for each of these sessions may be completed through Workforce Learn Online at http://train.gru.edu.

We hope you will make plans to attend one of these exciting and informative sessions.

Laney-Walker Blvd. detours in effect

Vehicles are being directed to detour around Laney-Walker Boulevard because enhancement work has begun on the .36-mile stretch between 15th Street and R.A. Dent Boulevard.

Instead of utilizing Laney-Walker Boulevard through Georgia Regents University’s Health Sciences Campus, through traffic has to travel 15th Street, R.A. Dent Boulevard and Walton Way.

Signage and barricades are up at each end of Laney-Walker notifying motorists of detours, and will remain there through the project’s six- to eight-month duration. Barricades are up, and flagmen are in place to aid motorists and pedestrians.

Access to the university’s Student Center, the Kelly Administration Building, Central Distribution Warehouse and the Cancer Center will be maintained throughout the project and managed with signage and flagmen.

The Cancer Center’s adjacent parking deck will also be accessible throughout the project.

Parking lots 3 and 11 should be accessed from the west end of Laney-Walker from 15th Street. Parking lot 14 should be accessed from St. Sebastian Way.

The enhancements include narrowing the road from four lanes to two, adding raised crosswalks and new landscaping buffers. Bike lanes will also be added in each direction.

The improvements will decrease pedestrian traffic from curb to curb; reduce the number of pedestrian mid-block crossings; eliminate the need for crosswalk guards in the morning and evening; improve driver visibility; and improve Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility for GRU personnel and the community.

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Laney-Walker enhancements to begin soon

Over the next six to eight months, the stretch of Laney-Walker Boulevard running through the heart of Georgia Regents University’s Health Sciences Campus will undergo a transformation.

On May 11, crews will begin work to improve the safety and aesthetic of the .36-mile-length of Laney-Walker between 15th Street and R.A. Dent Boulevard by narrowing the road from four lanes to two, adding raised crosswalks and new landscaping buffers. Bike lanes will also be added in each direction.

The improvements will decrease pedestrian travel from curb to curb; reduce the number of pedestrian mid-block crossings; eliminate the need for crosswalk guards in the morning and evening; improve driver visibility; and improve Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility for GRU personnel and the community.

Motorists will be temporarily detoured around the impacted section of Laney-Walker for the duration of the project. Signage will be placed at each end of Laney-Walker May 4-May 5 to notify motorists of upcoming detours.

Through traffic will be directed to travel 15th Street, R.A. Dent and Walton Way instead of Laney-Walker. Access to the Student Center, the Kelly Administration Building, Central Distribution Warehouse, the Cancer Center and Cancer Center parking deck will be maintained and managed with signage and flagmen.

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Employee Health opens earlier for convenience

On Monday, April 20, Employee Health began opening at 7 a.m., and the response has been dramatic.

“Today, we’ve already seen eight people before we would have normally opened,” said Frances Toole, Director of Employee Health.

The additional hour was added to make employee health visits more convenient for night shift workers, who previously had to wait until 8 a.m.

Now, the main Employee Health office on Pope Street is open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The smaller hospital location (BA building, South entrance) will continue to be open Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

The office handles everything from annual health screenings to posthire physicals, worker injuries, and much more. Please remember all services require an appointment to be seen in either location. Call today with your questions or needs. 706-721-3418.