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Information Sessions Scheduled for New Sick-leave Policy

By Doug Martin, Human Resources manager

Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 10 - October 29, 1998

The last session of the General Assembly established a sick-leave, family-and-personal-leave, and short-term and long-term disability program for classified employees (staff) and faculty members who are members of the Virginia Retirement System. (VRS).
The effective date for the new program known as the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) is Jan. 1, 1999, and is mandatory for staff members hired on or after that date. New faculty members will have an option of participating in the university sick and disability plan or joining the VSDP. Current faculty and staff members who are members of the Virginia Retirement System have the option of joining the new plan or they can continue their current sick-leave and disability programs.
Current Virginia Retirement System faculty and staff members will need to make a choice between their existing plan or the new program during the period Jan. 1, 1999 through March 31, 1999. If faculty or staff members opt for the new plan, they then may choose to transfer existing sick leave into the new plan on an hour-for-hour basis or convert sick leave to Virginia Retirement System credit. Each 173 hours of sick leave converts to one month of VRS credit.
Enrollment kits are to be distributed to each eligible person in December 1998.
The following general sessions have been scheduled to explain these programs to the campus community. All meetings will be in the auditorium of the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center
DATE TIME LOCATION
October 29 9-10:15 a.m. rear auditorium
October 29 10:30 -11:45 a.m. rear auditorium
October 29 1:30-3 p.m. rear auditorium
October 30 9-10:15 a.m. front auditorium
October 30 10:30 -11:45 a.m. front auditorium
October 30 1:30-3 p.m. front auditorium
November 5 9-10:15 a.m. front auditorium
November 5 10:30 -11:45 a.m. front auditorium
November 5 1-2:15 p.m. front auditorium
November 6 9-10:15 a.m. rear auditorium
November 6 10:30 -11:45 a.m. rear auditorium
November 6 1:30-2:45 p.m. rear auditorium
November 19 9-10:30 a.m. front auditorium
November 19 10:30 -11:45 a.m. front auditorium
November 19 1-2:15 p.m. front auditorium
November 20 9-10:30 a.m. front auditorium
November 20 10:30 -11:45 a.m. front auditorium
November 20 1:30-3 p.m. front auditorium
November 25 9-10:30 a.m. full auditorium
You are encouraged to attend one of these general sessions. For more information, contact Doug Martin at DMartin@vt.edu.