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Mandatory Workplace Posting - California Minimum Wage Poster

Effective January 1, 2017, the California Minimum Wage will increase from $10.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour.  In addition to the UC Fair Wages/Fair Work Poster, the 2017 state minimum wage notice must be clearly posted where employee notices are displayed.  Click here to view/print the notice.

Effective January 1, 2017, the Minimum Wage for California will Increase from $10.00/Hour to $10.50/Hour

On January 1, 2017, the California state minimum wage will increase to $10.50/hour. To ensure our compliance with the minimum wage law, UCR’s salary range minimums that fell below $10.50/hour will be adjusted upward to $10.50/hour beginning with the bi-weekly pay period that includes January 1, 2017. The job families impacted by this change are the Student 1 and 2 titles.

Title/Title Code Current Range New Range
Student 1, TC 4922 $10.00 - $15.00 $10.50 - $15.50
Student 2, TC 4921 $10.50 - $30.50 $11.00 - $31.00

In addition to individuals in the student Title Codes, all individuals in a By Agreement (BYA) DOS must also be paid a minimum of $10.50 for every hour worked effective January 1, 2017. All organizations should review individuals being paid using a BYA DOS code prior to January 1, 2017, and ensure that all payments comply with the new minimum wage requirements.

The UCR Payroll department processed the minimum wage changes for student Title Codes 1 and 2. Increases for incumbents in the Student 1 category who were below the $10.50 range were updated in PPS on December 15. Increases for incumbents in the Student 2 category who were below the $11.00 range were processed in PPS on December 16. Increases will appear on the January 25 bi-weekly and February 1 monthly paychecks. 

If you have questions about the increase of the minimum wage on January 1, 2017, please contact Scott Biggerstaff at, Jennifer Poliakon at, or Erica Criss at

New Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved a change in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding overtime eligibility. Effective December 1, 2016, the revised rule increases the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees from $455 per week (approximately $23,660 per year) to $913 per week (approximately $47,476 per year). As a result, all staff and academic personnel, including rehired retirees and part-time employees, who do not qualify for the professional teaching exemption and who earn less than $913 per week, will be designated as non-exempt and paid on an hourly basis. For a complete overview of the FLSA changes and how it will impact your paycheck click here or to access the frequently asked questions click here.

Pay Transition Timeline

  • The transition from exempt to non-exempt pay will occur on November 20, 2016, the start of the biweekly pay cycle that covers December 1, 2016
  • Exempt employees who are converted to non-exempt status will transition from monthly pay cycles to bi-weekly pay cycles
  • The biweekly conversion dates are:

Transition to Biweekly Pay

Transition Assistance

To ease the transition to biweekly pay, the University is offering a Transition Assistance Vacation Cash Out Program. Non-represented academic and staff employees will be allowed to cash out up to 80 hours of accrued vacation. The deadline to submit the application form is Thursday, November 10, 2016. Click here to download the application form. The UC Emergency Loan Program is also available for employees. For more information on the UC Emergency Loan Progam click here.

UC and Librarians’ Union Reach Tentative Agreement on Wages and Professional Development

The University of California and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have reached tentative agreement on a “limited reopener” covering wages and professional development for the University’s more than 350 librarians.

As permitted by the current contract, the parties may opt to “reopen” two contract articles in either 2016 or 2017. The union chose to “reopen” wages and professional development, and negotiations on these two issues began in late May.  

All other issues are still covered in the current five-year contract, which expires September 30, 2018.

Under the tentative agreement, the librarians would receive a 1.5 percent wage increase for the 2016-17 year, in addition to participating in the regular academic merit program. For 2017-18, they would receive a range adjustment equivalent to what non-represented academic employees will receive.

Librarians will also see an increase in the minimum amounts allocated by campuses for professional development.

Union members are expected to vote on the tentative agreement within the next couple of weeks.

Should you have any questions, please contact Alex Najera, Employee and Labor Relations Consultant, at extension 2-4721 or via email at

UC, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement for Postdocs

The University of California has reached tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) on a four-year contract covering more than 6,500 postdocs including newly added postdocs at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The agreement fairly compensates postdocs for their contributions, provides support for employees with families and is financially sound for the university.

“Since bargaining began in June, we’ve worked hard to be responsive to the union’s concerns while balancing the university’s needs,” said Dwaine B. Duckett, vice president of systemwide human resources. “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to work through the issues and reach a fair agreement.” Union members are voting on the tentative agreement this week.

Highlights of the tentative agreement are:

  • A new salary scale effective December 1, 2016 that matches the National Institute of Health (NIH) Experience Scale and begins at step 2 of the NIH scale, providing a wage increase of about 10 percent for entry-level postdocs at the lowest step of the salary scale.
  • All full-time postdocs will remain exempt employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Annual increases, which include salary range adjustments tied to the NIH scale as well as step increases.
  • In response to postdocs’ request for more family-friendly support, postdocs will receive four weeks of paid parental leave, on top of the 24 days of personal time off that postdocs currently receive.
  • Additional appointment security for postdocs who are appointed beyond one year.
  • Better protections for postdocs who have complaints about sexual harassment.
  • A four-year contract expiring September 30, 2020 that provides postdocs and the university with certainty and stability.

The university and the union began bargaining a new contract in June 2016. The tentative agreement was reached October 5, shortly after the previous contract expired on September 30.

Union members are voting on the tentative agreement this week. 

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Organizational Charts

Human Resources is responsible for managing the overall Organizational Chart process for the UCR campus. This includes providing a web location where the most up-to-date, standardized campus organizational charts can be found.  In addition, the process for submitting changes or updating Organizational Charts is provided.

Organizational Chart Change Request

If you would like to make a change or update your Organizational Chart, please visit the UCR Organizational Charts Change Request page. This page contains the information needed to assist you in processing your change request.

Campus Organizational Charts





Jadie Lee

Associate Vice Chancellor (951)
Judy Abbey

Executive Assistant

Isidra Martinez

Financial Analyst

Ivette Ocampo

HR Generalist


Equal Employment & Affirmative Action

Nicole Butts Director of Equal Employment and Affirmative Action (951)
Angela Walker Administrative Assistant

Brittnee Meitzenheimer Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Rep (951)
Lorena Velasquez Equal Employment & Affirmative Action Coordinator (951)
Tina Curry Equal Employment & Affirmative Action Compliance Specialist



Vacant Director of Compensation and Benefits    
Tina Rodriguez Benefits Lead (951)
Veronica Luna Benefits Analyst (951)
Alisha French Benefits Analyst (951)
Kimberly Grossmann Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)

Total Compensation

Vacant Director of Compensation and Benefits    
Scott Biggerstaff Compensation Analyst (951)

Erica Criss Compensation Analyst (951)

Jennifer Poliakon Compensation Analyst (951)

Kimberly Grossmann Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)

Disability Management

Marsha Marion-Watson Disability Management Coordinator (951)

Employee & Labor Relations

Elizabeth Sanchez Director of Employee & Labor Relations (951)
Alex Najera

Employee & Labor Relations Representative

Paul Wood

Employee & Labor Relations Representative

Kristin Branson Employee & Labor Relations Representative (951)
Mariela Roberts Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)


Clyde Blackwelder



Policy & Communications

Mary White Principal HR Policy & Communication Analyst (951)
Jorge Sanchez HR Data, Program & Communications Specialist (951)

Employee and Organizational Development

Kimberly Allain

Director of Employee & Organizational Development (951)

Seana Nunez-Grider

Trainer (951)

Michelle Elrod

Principal Learning & Development Consultant (951)

Marilyn Parker

LMS Administrator (951)

Michelle Knighton

Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)

Talent Acquisition & Diversity Outreach

Quincy Kinsey Director of Talent Acquisition & Diversity Outreach (951)
Kai Buckner Employment Representative (951)
Stephanie Davis Employment Representative (951)
Emma Geach Employment Representative

Loren Bacallo Employment Representative

Paul Pena Employment Representative



Heidie Rhodes UCPath HR Implementation Manager (951)
Rebecca Hutchins HR Project Lead (951)
Puja Pannu UCPath Communication Lead (951)
Paul Pena UCPath Recruitment Coordinator (951)
LaKesha Welch HR Business Analyst

Loretta Vandivier Communications Specialist

Llyle Morgan Organizational Change Manager

Cheryl Diermyer Principal Instructional Designer (951)
Lora Lopez Organizational Change Liaison

Dora Rubio Financial Process Trainer

Brianda Girgus Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)

Return to Work

Shelly Frohrip Return to Work / ADA Coordinator



Julie Chobdee Benefits Analyst - Wellness (951)
Nicole Collins Wellness Program Specialist (951)


Ed Marchall Occupational Wellness Specialist (951)

Workers' Compensation

Nini Furst Benefits Analyst - Workers' Compensation (951)

Workplace Health & Wellness

Marsha Marion-Watson

Workplace Health & Wellness Manager

Julie Chobdee Benefits Analyst - Wellness (951)
Nini Furst Benefits Analyst - Workers' Compensation (951)
Clyde Blackwelder Ergonomist (951)
Nicole Collins Wellness Program Specialist (951)
Ed Marchall Occupational Wellness Specialist

Shelly Frohrip Return to Work / ADA Coordinator (951)
Kathy Mosley Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)



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