Weekly Bulletin
October 25, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 7
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News and features
National service informs teaching
Icahns give $20 million for new genomics lab
HR redesigns biweekly classification system
Benefits update
Nassau Notes
Arts & Exhibits
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HR to redesign biweekly classification system

The Office of Human Resources has launched a study to redesign the University's classification system for office support staff (biweekly B non-union employees). The new system will include updated job descriptions, classifications and a new pay structure, and will reflect changes in the skills and competencies required for office support positions.

The design team, comprised of managers from a crosssection of academic and administrative departments, and HR staff, anticipates that the new system will be in place by February 2000. The project leader for the study is Human Resources region manager Claire Elson.

The current system, which is 20 years old, no longer reflects the responsibilities of office support staff in today's work environment, Elson notes. In addition, classification reviews are time consuming and labor intensive processes, requiring extensive involvement by Human Resources.

"The new classification system," she says, "will be designed to consistently reflect the critical skills and competencies that apply to office and clerical jobs, and facilitate selection, internal promotions and transfers across departments." An additional goal is to create a system that is user-friendly enough to enable managers to activate a review with only limited consultation from Human Resources.

The new classification system will be based on information gathered from job documentation questionnaires that will be circulated to all support staff this month. In November and December the data will be analyzed and benchmarked against similar jobs in the market, and the new classifications are expected to be finalized in January.

Staff members who have questions about this project can visit the study's Web site at