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Announcements from the Senior Vice President

Implementation of Salary Increases for Aligned Employees

June 13, 2024

Dear Deans, Directors, and Department Heads,

Below please find the Salary Increase Implementation Schedule for FY’25 for aligned employees.

The information below is only for increases being implemented in July with additional details forthcoming for other units. 


Implementation of Salary Increases for Non-Aligned Employees

June 13, 2024

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that President Holloway has authorized a salary improvement program for eligible non-aligned employees for fiscal year 2025 as detailed below.

Regularly appointed non-aligned staff employees who are on the Rutgers payroll in an eligible non-aligned position as of June 30, 2024, and who continue in such a position through the date of payment of the salary increase are eligible to receive a 3.5% increase to their base annual salary effective July 1, 2024. This includes individuals in non-aligned positions designated as Executive/Administrative/Managerial.

The 3.5% increase to the base annual salary will be calculated using the June 30, 2024, base annual salary and will be in the paycheck dated July 5, 2024.


Planning for the Future | Upcoming Financial Webinars

June 4, 2024

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

As part of our ongoing “Planning for the Future” educational programming, we are pleased to announce the next series of webinars focused on Social Security and financial wellness. These webinars are intended to provide employees with the tools and education necessary to manage finances and help make the best financial decisions for themselves, their families, and their futures. Webinars are available to all Rutgers employees and are free of charge.


Voluntary Self Identification Request

April 10, 2024

Dear Colleagues,

President Holloway has called for us to create a beloved community defined by a commitment to work together to embody, reflect, and respect the complexities of all our parts. We recognize that promoting inclusion and equity is critical to advancing inclusive academic excellence.

To further our efforts, we are inviting you to voluntarily self-identify your race/ethnicity demographic information, as well as your veteran and disability status.  You may do this by logging in here.     

Below are FAQs that may answer some of your questions and address your concerns about sharing your demographic information.


Vacation Carryover Deadline | June 28, 2024

March 22, 2024

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

As we approach the end of the current fiscal year, I am writing to remind you that, pursuant to university policy and negotiated agreement, staff employees who are eligible to accrue paid time off may only carry forward into the next fiscal year the equivalent of one year of accrued vacation days. In order to avoid forfeiting credited vacation time in excess of the carryover cap, staff members are encouraged to work with their supervisors now to review workload and staffing requirements for their department, and to develop a plan to use excess vacation time prior to June 28, 2024.


Reminder: New Jersey Minimum Wage Changes

January 19, 2024

Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

As a reminder, on February 4, 2019, Governor Murphy signed legislation that progressively raised the minimum wage in New Jersey to $15 per hour by the year 2024.  Effective January 1, 2024, the New Jersey minimum wage is $15.13 per hour.

For individuals employed on January 1, 2024, no further action is required.  As is our practice, UHR automatically brought all hourly employee salaries up to the new minimum wage effective January 1, 2024.  For newly appointed hourly employees, including student workers, hiring units must ensure that appointments are processed with salaries at or above the new minimum wage.


Planning for the Future | Upcoming Financial Webinars

January 10, 2024
Webinar Topics and Registration Links Short Description
Deferred Compensation
Presented by Empower (formerly Prudential)
January 31st, 12 p.m.
This session will discuss deferred compensation and provide information regarding the opportunity to voluntarily shelter a portion of your wages from federal income taxes while saving for retirement.
Tax Planning
Presented by Corebridge Financial
February 7th, 10 a.m.
Helps attendees gain a basic understanding of types of taxes and tax planning strategies.

New 2024 Pre-tax Contribution Limits | Voluntary Tax Savings Plans

December 6, 2023

Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

Through the State of New Jersey, Rutgers is pleased to offer plans to allow employees to shelter a part of their wages from federal income taxes while saving for retirement. These plans include the IRC Section 457 New Jersey State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan and the IRC Section 403(b) Tax Savings Plan.

The New Jersey State Employee’s Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan) is a voluntary investment program that provides retirement income separate from, and in addition to, your basic pension plan. The IRC Section 403(b) Tax Savings Plan (tax-sheltered annuity plan) is a voluntary investment program that lets employees defer some of their salary into individual accounts, including designated Roth accounts.


Time Sensitive Rutgers UHR Announcements & Reminders

November 30, 2023

Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well and that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Below are several important UHR announcements and reminders regarding employee discounts, university holidays and closures, and holiday gift guidelines.

Employee Discounts and Caregiver Support


Reminder: Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs Start October 16

October 13, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

As a reminder, University Human Resources will be hosting in-person 2023 Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs starting next week. Below are the details of each session (please note the time change for the Rutgers University—Camden session):

Sincerely,

Vivian Fernández
Senior Vice President for Human Resources


Benefits Open Enrollment Begins October 1st

September 29, 2023

Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well and that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Below are several important UHR announcements and reminders regarding employee discounts, university holidays and closures, and holiday gift guidelines.


Save the Date | Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs

September 20, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

Please save the date for the 2023 Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs hosted by University Human Resources:

Sincerely,

Vivian Fernández
Senior Vice President for Human Resources


Planning for the Future - Upcoming Financial Webinars

September 13, 2023

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

As part of our ongoing Planning for the Future education programming, we are pleased to announce the next series of webinars focused on Social Security and financial wellness. These webinars are intended to provide employees with the tools and education necessary tomanage finances and help make the best financial decisions for themselves, their families, and their futures. Webinars are available to all Rutgers employees and are free of charge. Below is a list of the Planning for the Future webinars and links to register.


Updated Salary Increase Implementation Schedule for Aligned Employees

September 8, 2023

Dear Deans, Directors, and Department Heads,

Below please find an updated Salary Increase Implementation Schedule for FYs ’23 and ’24 for aligned employees.


Implementation of Second Phase of EOF and Academic Union Salary Increases

September 1, 2023

Dear Deans, Directors, and Department Heads,

We are pleased to announce the implementation schedule for the second phase of salary increases and payments for the recently ratified EOF and Academic unions agreements as detailed below.


Implementation of Salary Increases for Non-Aligned Employees

May 15, 2023

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that President Holloway has authorized salary improvement programs for eligible non-aligned employees for fiscal years 2023 and 2024, as detailed below.

Fiscal Year 2023 Eligibility and Payment*

Regularly appointed non-aligned employees who were on the Rutgers payroll in a non-aligned position as of June 30, 2022, and who continue in such a position through the date of payment of the salary increase are eligible to receive a 4% increase to their base annual salary retroactive to July 1, 2022.

The 4% increase to the base annual salary will be calculated using the June 30, 2022 base annual salary and will be in the paycheck dated June 9, 2023.


Take Advantage of These Rutgers Employee Benefits

March 24, 2023

Dear Rutgers Colleagues:

In our continued effort to support our employees, I want to highlight two valuable benefits Rutgers is offering—our free webinars on financial wellness and Social Security and our Caregiver Support Pilot Program. At the same time, I hope you will take a couple of minutes to give your feedback on our flexible work arrangements as we evaluate this one-year pilot.

3-Question Pulse Survey: How Can Rutgers Better Support You?

As we evaluate the current flexible work arrangement offerings available at Rutgers and determine how to improve the future of work, please add your voice to the conversation by filling out this short 3-question pulse survey.