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Transportation to OHR/University Center

Initiative: 
Parking & Transit

ASU used to have a shuttle that went from the Tempe Campus over to HR when it was located on Rural Road. Once HR moved to the new facilities on University Drive this shuttle was discontinued.   For many ofus on the western side of campus it is not feasible to take the time to walk to these classes, esp ecially in the hotter months. How are staff who use public transportation or carpool supposed to get to employee development classes at the facilities on University Drive?

Process/Notes: 
Submitted
Resolution/Notes: 

ASU and the city of Tempe have rerouted the Flash to connect with UCENTRA and the rest of campus as of May 7, 2019.  More info

Status: 
Resolved
Last Updated: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Category: 
Parking and Transit

Parental Leave and Short-Term Disability

Initiative: 
Benefits

Does Short-Term Disability (STD) Insurance affect my 6 weeks paid leave for having a baby? I carry  short-term disability (STD) insurance, and am concerned my pay and benefits provided by ASU will be reduced during my 6 weeks of leave if there is an STD claim.

Human Resources is aware of this issue and is working resolve it by the end of the 2019 calendar year. More to come...

 

Process/Notes: 
Human Resources working on resolution
Status: 
In process
Last Updated: 
Friday, April 26, 2019
Category: 
Benefits (HR)

Parental Leave Benefits

Initiative: 
Benefits

I am concerned about SPP 708: Parental Leave Benefits offered when both parents work at ASU. If both parents work in different departments, and there is no conflict of interest, why do they need to split the leave time? It does not seem right to force staff to use vacation time if they both want to be off the entire 6 weeks together. 

Process/Notes: 
Resolved
Resolution/Notes: 

Update to Policy SPP 708 effective July 1, 2019: 

Increase paid parental leave benefit from six to 12 weeks
ASU intends to lead the way on this important benefit by increasing paid parental leave from six to 12 weeks. Parents – including birth mothers, fathers, and adoptive parents –who have met certain eligibility requirements may use this benefit. We also are pleased to announce an increase of paid parental leave if both parents work at ASU from 12 to 18 weeks – to be used at the parents’ discretion – as long as neither parent takes more than 12 weeks.

President Crow email update to employees dated 4/26/19

 

Status: 
Resolved
Last Updated: 
Friday, April 26, 2019
Category: 
Benefits (HR)

Employee Discount for Parking?

Initiative: 
Parking and Transit

ASU Staff and Faculty should get discounted parking. ASU pays us for our work, but we have to turn around and pay ASU back to park on campus. Even just a discount to staff for parking would be nice.

Process/Notes: 
Forwarded to Human Resources for reply
Status: 
In process
Last Updated: 
Friday, April 5, 2019
Category: 
Parking and Transit

Crime Alerts on ASU campuses

Initiative: 
Health and Safety

Have crime alerts been stopped through emails and the Live Safe app?  I used to get alerts all the time, but received no alert about an incident that happened on the Downtown campus, and found out a week later from a colleague. As I walk daily to and from work, I would have liked information with a sketch of the perpetrator to be emailed to me right away, like they used to do with Alerts. The university community is being put at risk if information is not sent in a timely manner.

Process/Notes: 
Answered by ASU Police
Resolution/Notes: 

According to ASU Police, alerts are issued through the LiveSafe app and by email to the particular campus and location that you select in the LiveSafe app. Update your information in Settings and make sure locations services are updated. For more assistance, select Help in the LiveSafe app.

https://cfo.asu.edu/livesafe-mobile-app

Status: 
Resolved
Last Updated: 
Friday, April 5, 2019
Category: 
Health and safety

Taxing Mileage

Initiative: 
Benefits

Will ASU begin taxing mileage submitted past 60 days of use? Also, why does ASU reimburse 44.5 cents per mile when the IRS guideline is 54.5 cents/mile?

Process/Notes: 
Answered by Kevin Salcido, VP of Human Resources
Resolution/Notes: 

Per IRS accountable plan regulations, as reflected in FIN 420-01, expense reimbursements processed within 60 days are excluded from taxable income, and if longer than 60 days, may be treated as taxable compensation depending on the circumstances.  The mileage rate of $.445 is set by the State of Arizona as the applicable reimbursement rate. 

Status: 
Resolved
Last Updated: 
Friday, April 5, 2019
Category: 
Benefits (HR)

Tax Deductability of Commuter Parking

Initiative: 
Benefits

Some universities will be taking away the tax deductability of commuter parking on January 1, 2019 due to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which has eliminated the business deduction for qualified transportation fringe benefits. Will these kind of changes affect ASU staff?

 

Process/Notes: 
Answered by Kevin Salcido, VP of Human Resources
Resolution/Notes: 

ASU is monitoring this tax change and waiting on the IRS to issue final regulations.  At this time, no changes are being made regarding the tax treatment of parking deductions. 

Status: 
Resolved
Last Updated: 
Friday, April 5, 2019
Category: 
Benefits (HR)

Flash Shuttle Stop Shelters

Initiative: 
Health and Safety

When will the bus shelters be replaced at the Flash stops? They were removed more than 9 months ago, and it is a safety issue when people are standing at bus stops with no shelter or shade during the summer months.

(submitted 6-1-18)

Process/Notes: 
Response from Parking & Transit
Resolution/Notes: 

Because the Flash is being rerouted and with all the new construction, the bus shelters have been placed on hold.

Status: 
Resolved
Last Updated: 
Monday, March 4, 2019
Category: 
Health and safety

Campus Health Services No Longer for Staff?

Initiative: 
Health/Safety

Staff members are no longer welcome to use Campus Health services for routine care. This is a change that took place as of this fall semester of 2018, the previous policy had actually encouraged us to do so. We will now have to find another primary care provider, go off campus, and take more sick/off time due to not being able to just go on our lunch hour anymore. Also it increases our health care costs as sick visits now would have to go to an urgent care in the absence of a primary care provider. Our work climate is very negatively impacted by this recent change, and also it was not communicated to us, I had to find out about it by going to get healthcare.

Process/Notes: 
Reply by Aaron Krasnow, PhD.
Resolution/Notes: 

Health Services will always see any faculty, staff, or student for acute care needs.  For primary care, any faculty/staff who have received care from us will be assisted in finding a provider in the community, either close to home or work, whatever the faculty/staff member prefers.  Until we are confident that a new provider is in place, our providers will continue to provide services to the faculty/staff member.  

Ultimately, ASU Health Services is designed as a student health center, funded primarily by student fees and student health insurance.  While it is true that a small percentage of faculty/staff received primary care with us, our design was never to be the primary care provider of choice for faculty/staff.  Yet, we recognize that we have been some people’s primary care provider for a while, and want to work very hard to make sure that care is bridged safely and appropriately.

Reply by Aaron Krasnow, PhD.
Associate VP, ASU Counseling Services and ASU Health Services

Status: 
Resolved
Last Updated: 
Monday, February 25, 2019
Category: 
Health and safety

Electric Scooter Dangers

Initiative: 
Health/Safety

Myself and a co -worker have come very close to being hit by the motorized scooters that have started appearing on campus. The ones I have encountered are swerving in and out of foot traffic on the malls. As a cancer patient with bones made brittle by Chemotherapy this is a real concern to me as I walk around campus. Are these motorized scooters prohibited from operating on Campus? What is ASU doing to enforce the policies or make the campus safe?

(submitted September, 2018)

Process/Notes: 
Responded by Parking and Transit
Resolution/Notes: 

Scooters are currently banned from the ASU campuses and ASU is working very closely with the city of Tempe to insure safe scooter riding for everyone.

PDP 207-01: ASU Campus Transportation Code

Status: 
Resolved
Last Updated: 
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Category: 
Health and safety

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