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August-September 2013

HR News

HR events, trainings and courses

Health reform law: All employees should have received required notification

(Sept. 24, 2013) All staff and faculty members were sent an email linking to a notification from DU outlining key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act that pertain to options for health care insurance once the law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014. Though the University is maintaining its employer-sponsored plan, we are required to provide all employees with this notification regarding your options for health care access, and in particular access to the state exchanges. If you have questions, please send them to Human Resources at

2012-2013 Performance Management forms due Oct. 11

(Sept. 17, 2013) Performance evaluations provide an opportunity for open, two-way communication between managers and employees. It is mandatory that the year-end review be completed in the fall of each year. This year-end review is based on performance goals set in the performance form earlier in the year.

Completed performance reviews are due in the online performance management system (SuccessFactors) by the end of business Oct. 11.

In addition to providing an opportunity for open, two-way communication between managers and their employees, performance evaluations also help managers and employees to:

  • Foster mutual understanding of expectations and commitment to goals
  • Improve productivity by providing constructive feedback
  • Identify training and development needs
  • Ensure that strategic goals of the departments, divisions and the University are carried through
  • Provide the basis for personnel actions where performance is not at the level of expectation required for the job
  • Provide the basis for any potential salary adjustments that may occur

The outcomes of performance evaluations benefit individual employees, as well as the University, departments and work groups .

Human Resources provides a variety of training options to help with performance management. You can register for instructor-led classes by logging into PioneerWeb. Click on the Employee Tab, and then in the Training channel on the right side click Performance Management.

More information and resources can be accessed on the HR website, including the 2012-2013 Performance Management process guide. If you are interesting in having a unit-specific year-end performance management session to review all required steps of the process, please contact Josh Navarro ( or 303-871-7726).

We are always looking for ways to improve our processes. If you need further information or assistance, or have suggestions about how we might enhance this process in the future, please contact Josh Navarro via email or phone.

Health reform law: DU required to send notification to all employees

(Sept. 17, 2013) Earlier this year, Human Resources held open forums regarding health reform and the changes that will affect employees as well as employer-sponsored plans. Though the University is maintaining its employer-sponsored plan, we are still required to send notification to all employees regarding your options for health care access and in particular access to the state exchanges. All staff and faculty members will soon be receiving a mandatory notification from DU outlining key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act that pertain to options for health care insurance once the law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014. Again, it is important to note the University of Denver will continue to offer health insurance for eligible employees, yet as an employer, DU is required to send this notification so that you are aware of options to satisfy the individual mandate to have health insurance. DU's health plan meets all of the health reform law requirements to comply with your individual mandate under the law. See the health reform update website for background and helpful information on this legislation.

Comings and goings in July and August

(Sept. 3, 2013) See who joined our DU team, who transferred and who moved on in July and August, 2013.

Liaisons keep you and your team on top of HR news

(Aug. 6, 2013) DU faculty and staff members can rely on their HR liaison as a communication link between the Human Resources department and their own department.

HR liaisons met Aug. 1 to get the latest updates on new information related to the vendor transition for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), the upcoming Thrive Across America program from well@du, new programs and services for new employees and hiring managers, plus more.

Your departmental HR liaison passes along information within your department, and to help in that process, here are some things shared in the Aug. 1 meeting that every faculty and staff member may find useful:

  • Performance management (PEDS) – With the turn of the calendar to August, it's time to move into phase 3 – Year-End Review. Oct. 11 is the deadline for completion of this year's performance review process.
  • There are many Learning and Development opportunities coming up, with several new offerings.

The next HR liaison meeting is Nov. 7.

Delta Dental changes

(Aug. 6, 2013) If you currently have Delta Dental coverage, you will now need to provide your social security number to your dentist in lieu of your DU ID number upon your next visit. Your personal information will remain confidential between you and your dental care provider. This simple change is being made to streamline the benefit process for both you and your dentist's office. If you have questions, please contact

HR Events, Trainings and Courses

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the interactive process – Sept. 25, 8:30-10 a.m.

This session will review the interactive process of requesting an accommodation and DU's policies and procedures. Participants will have the opportunity to review scenarios and ask questions.

Registration is through PioneerWeb, employee tab, training (lower right) then Management & Supervisory.

Employee campus tour – Oct. 1, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Mary Reed Building south entrance

This will be the last employee tour during the fall quarter. This tour highlights DU history, facilities and campus life.

Registration is through PioneerWeb, Employee tab, scroll down to Training on the lower right, then select Orientation and Employee Experience.


(Aug. 13, 2013) Last month, the Coffee Break Series, a learning and development series for managers, was launched to great success. This is one of many new programs created to respond to employee feedback on what is needed to foster employee engagement at the University. Sessions are scheduled through fall quarter:

  • Leveraging employee talents – Sept. 27
  • How to turn conflict into collaboration – Oct. 31
  • Peer today, boss tomorrow – Nov. 29

All sessions take place from 8:30-9 a.m. in the DuPont Room, Mary Reed Building. Registration is through PioneerWeb, click on the employee tab, scroll down and on the lower right under the training channel, select management and supervisory.

Additional information and manager resources can be found on the Management and Supervisory Development webpage.

Leveraging employee talents – Sept. 27, 8:30-9 a.m., Mary Reed Building DuPont Room

Our talents define who we are as individuals and play an important role in the workplace. When employees have an opportunity to utilize their talents, they become more engaged and have a higher level of satisfaction in their role. This session will provide some tools on how to determine if an employee's top talents are being used in their role and finding opportunities to leverage their talents.