University of California, Riverside

Human Resources

HR Monthly Digest

HRMD - December 2017

Meet Human Resources Classification and Compensation Team

Compensation TeamThe UCR Classification and Compensation team are subject matter experts who provide compensation program oversight, assist with market competitiveness questions, internal equity concerns and provide consultation to units on reorganizations and other complex matters that may impact individual classifications. In addition, the team manages campus programs which include: the annual staff merit-based salary program, Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan (STAR Plan), as well as all bargaining unit salary program implementations.

Director of Total Compensation, John-Stephen Henderson has over 20 years of Human Resources (HR) experience, specializing in compensation and benefits in both higher education and private industry, and holds a master’s degree in public administration. As the Director of Total Compensation, John-Stephen works with campus leadership and staff to address complex compensation, classification and benefits matters.

Scott Biggerstaff has over 20 years of HR experience. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and communications, and earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Scott provides classification and compensation consulting, policy analysis and manages the campus merit and wage programs.

Jennifer Poliakon has over 24 years of HR experience in both the public and private sectors, and holds a professional Human Resources certificate. Jennifer primarily focuses on partnering with campus units in policy interpretation and application, classification, and compensation consulting. Jennifer has also been instrumental in the implementation and continued support of the UC Systemwide Career Tracks classification structure.

Deborah Page is the newest member of the UCR Classification and Compensation team. Deborah brings over 16 years of HR compensation experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources development, a minor in industrial relations and is a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional (SCP). Deborah will work with campus units to provide support and consultation on classification matters.

Kimberly (Kim) Grossman has been with UCR for 13 years, 10 of those years in Human Resources. She has an extensive payroll background in both the private and public sectors. Kim provides administrative support for the Total Compensation team, specifically with Career Tracks. Kim also administers components of the staff tuition program and provides administrative financial support to the entire Human Resources division.


Winter Holiday Closure
2017-2018 Winter Holiday Closure

Saturday, December 23, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018

As in previous years, UCR plans to observe a Winter Holiday Closure during the 2017-2018 holiday season. This annual closure has allowed UCR to achieve significant energy savings and continues to be a highly effective approach to power conservation for a specific period of time. To view the Winter Holiday Closure dates and relevant policy provisions, please click here.

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Mandatory Workplace Posting – California Minimum Wage Poster

Effective January 1, 2018, the California Minimum Wage increases from $10.50 per hour to $11.00 per hour. In addition to the UC Fair Wages/Fair Work Poster, the state minimum wage notice must be clearly posted where employee notices are displayed. Click here to view/print the notice.

Employee and Organizational Management

Management Skills Assessment Program

2018 Spring Program / April 23 – 26, 2018
Application Deadline – January 5, 2018

The Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) prepares internal employees for future leadership roles and opportunities in their UC workplace by providing an intensive off-site assessment center experience for early career managers. Learn more

Lynda.com2 Featured Courses

December 2017 is an online training library available to all UCR staff and faculty via R’Space. It contains over 1,000 courses and video tutorials on a wide variety of software, technology, non-technical skill, and creative topics, to support both professional and personal development. can be accessed from your laptop, tablet, smartphone or personal computer. For more information, visit the HR Employee & Organizational Development website.

UCR Professional Development Courses – December 2017

Please visit the Professional Development Calendar to view the full offering of courses.

Registration for these courses is required through the Learning Management System (LMS).

Workplace Health and Wellness

UCR Lactation Accommodation Program Expands

New lactation room added in Boyce Hall

In an effort to promote a family-friendly work environment for breastfeeding mothers, UC Riverside has expanded the number of lactation rooms on campus. Faculty, staff and students now have access to eight (8) lactation rooms and alternate options that ensure nursing mothers have a private and comfortable location for milk expression.

For more information on the program, please visit the UCR Lactation Accommodation Program website.

Healthy Campus Initiative

Study, Work & Live

The UC Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) is a comprehensive approach to elevate health and well-being on the UCR campus and in the surrounding communities. HCI has formed partnerships with staff, faculty, students and local communities to focus on making UCR a healthy place to study, work and live. For more information about the program and how to get involved, please visit the Healthy Campus Initiative website.

Celar the Air
Clearing the Air

Since January 2, 2014, UCR has been committed to providing faculty, staff, students and visitors with a smoke- and tobacco-free environment. A smoke/tobacco-free environment is an essential element to creating and maintaining a culture of health and safety on campus.

Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and unregulated nicotine products are strictly prohibited anywhere on campus, which includes all interior buildings, outdoor areas, sidewalks, parking lots, and residential housing areas. To learn more about the policy or cessations resources, please visit the UCR Tobacco Free website.

Healthy Holiday Challenge
Healthy Holiday Challenge

Maintain, Don't Gain

The Healthy Holiday Challenge encourages you to incorporate healthy eating, increased physical activity and stress management into your daily life during the holiday season. The goal is to maintain your weight through January 5, 2018 – gain no more than 3 lbs. over your starting weight by practicing healthy habits.

For more information, please review the program flyer.

R'Move logo

The more you move, the more you win

R’Move is a free physical activity tracking program (Walker Tracker), that syncs with your activity device (such as Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, etc. or your iPhone or Android phone). This tool allows you to track and convert any physical activity into steps. As you accumulate steps, you will earn prizes. For more information, visit the UCR HR Wellness website.

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