University of California, Riverside

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HR Monthly Digest

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Meet Human Resource's Ergonomics and WorkStrong Team


The UCR HR Health and Wellness department cares about the health of its entire campus community. As part of the variety of wellness programs and resources being offered to faculty and staff, the Ergonomics and UC WorkStrong programs play an ongoing role in promoting campus health.

The UCR Ergonomics program is led by Dr. Clyde Blackwelder who brings over 20 years of experience in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injury. Dr. Blackwelder is a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and a Certified Industrial Ergonomist (CIE). The UCR Ergonomics department is committed to helping faculty and staff work safely and in a comfortable environment. For more information, please visit the UCR Ergonomics website.

Ed Marchall, Occupational Wellness Specialist, leads the UCR WorkStrong program and brings over 17 years of experience in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Ed has a BS in Kinesiology and is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). The UC WorkStrong program is a systemwide Occupational Wellness Initiative, offered at no cost, and is designed for faculty and staff who have experienced a workplace injury. For more information about the program, please visit the UCR WorkStrong website.


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Final Revisions to Personnel Policy for Staff Members (PPSM)-3

PPSM-3 has been revised and applies to staff employees in the Professional & Support Staff, Managers & Senior Professionals, and Senior Management Group programs.

The revisions clarify the various types of appointments at the University. As part of the UCOP Working Smarter Initiative directive to combine policies where appropriate, relevant provisions from PPSM-3, PPSM-24 (Per Diem Positions) and PPSM-61 (Release During the Probationary Period or from Limited Casual/Restricted, and Floater Positions) have been included. The full text of the policy can be viewed by clicking on this link to the Revised PPSM3-Types of Appointment Policy issued by UCOP

Total Compensation

Change in Benefits
Anthem to Replace OptumRx for PPO Pharmacy Benefits in 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, Anthem Blue Cross will administer pharmacy benefits for all of UC’s preferred provider organization (PPO) medical plans. This change will affect faculty, staff and retirees enrolled in the following PPO plans: Core, UC Care, UC Health Savings Plan, UC High Option Supplement to Medicare, and UC Medicare PPO with Rx. For more information on this change in benefits, visit the UCNet/News webpage.

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UCR Catastrophic Leave Program

The UCR Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program provides a mechanism for employees to donate vacation hours to employees who have exhausted all paid leave balances due to a catastrophic illness or injury. A catastrophic illness or injury can be to the employee or a member of the employee’s family or household and requires the employee to be absent from work. Employees who have experienced a catastrophic illness or injury may request use of donated hours in order to temporarily continue salary and benefits. To learn more, visit the UCR Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program website.

Employee and Organizational Management

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The UC Learning Center System –Now Live!

We are pleased to announce that the upgrade to the Learning Management System (LMS), known as the UC Learning Center, was completed as planned on August 7. The upgrade was necessary to improve browser compatibility, transition to a cloud-based platform that will facilitate future upgrades, and enhance functionality. Users may login at: To learn more about the enhancements and updated features, please visit the Employee & Organizational Development website.

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Building Core Competencies

Applications due: August 18, 2017
Program Orientation: September 13, 2017

The Building Core Supervisory Competencies Program is specifically designed for employees with two to five years of supervisory experience who want to develop a broad range of skills to enhance their performance as a supervisor. The program emphasizes participation and practice of supervisory skills through the use of self-assessment inventories, case studies, homework assignments, and small group exercises. To learn more, visit the HR Employee & Organizational Development website.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People

September 6 & 7, 2017

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a principle-centered approach designed to teach participants how to achieve greater productivity, improve communication, strengthen relationships, and increase influence. Come to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People course and discover strategies to address personal and professional challenges. For more information on course topics, visit the HR Employee & Organizational Development website. Featured Courses

August 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, Smart Phone or personal computer. For more information, visit the HR Employee & Organizational Development website.

UCR Professional Development Courses – August 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

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New! – Walk and Talk with Leadership Series Schedule

The Walk and Talk Leadership Series continues with James Sandoval, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Come and join Vice Chancellor Sandoval for some fresh air and a short walk on our beautiful campus. To learn more about the upcoming walks, view the leadership series schedule.

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Inland Empire Heart & Stroke Walk

All faculty and staff are invited to join UCR’s Team Scotty and participate in the 2017 Inland Empire (IE) Heart & Stroke Walk to benefit the American Heart Association. The festivities will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Rancho Jurupa Park in Riverside. For walk registration and more information, view the IE Heart & Stroke Walk flyer.

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Fruit and Veggie of the Month Newsletter

August 2017

Join the Wellness Program email list to receive monthly newsletters about seasonal fruit and veggies including information on the benefits of the produce, and quick and easy healthy recipes. Visit the UCR Wellness Eat Right web page to view August’s Fruit of the Month and learn how to incorporate more produce into your meals and snacks.

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