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Paid leave between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day

Submitted: January 6, 2020
Last updated: October 29, 2019
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

October 29: I wanted to bring the following University of Arizona Policy regarding the holiday leave whereby UofA employees are given four additional days of paid time off for the holiday break:

Most University of Arizona departments close or reduce operations between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Three paid holidays fall within this period: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Employees receive paid Closure Leave for the workdays between the paid holidays. 

Based on critical need, supervisors may request approval from the Senior Vice President for Business Affairs to allow their department to stay open, or certain employees within a department may be instructed to remain at work. These decisions are made by the supervisor, not individual employees. Those who will be working during the University Closure should report normal work hours and work with their supervisor to use University Closure days at a convenient time before June 30 of the following year.

I  believe this greatly differentiates the institutions as employers and the quality of benefits it provides to its employees.

Resolution:


Who makes changes to ASU benefits?

Submitted: January 6, 2020
Last updated: July 15, 2019
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

: I just wanted to reach out and find out with our benefits who in the state decides to increase our deductibles. I know it isn't ASU and more of a state matter but I just want to understand how that all works. I have been at ASU for 9 years and this raising of benefits is really hurtful to employees.

Resolution:


Help for emergency doctor visits

Submitted: January 6, 2020
Last updated: July 9, 2019
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

Because of stagnant wages and last year's increase in copays for walk-in or ER visits, I can only afford normally-scheduled doctor's visits, and cannot get in for emergency situations without having to wait weeks for an appointment. I had been told we could still go to ASU Health Services for emergency situations, but was turned away by the Health Services director who claims that they are no longer even supporting staff for emergency situations.

Resolution:


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