Fringe Benefits Committee MinutesMembers Attending: Howard Berriman, Ron Boaz, Debbie Donnellan, Alphonso Johnson, Janis King, Deana Moore, John Satzinger, Martha Tuttle.
Guest: Mr. Greg Burris, VP of Administration and Finance.
Debbie Donnellan, chair, called the meeting to order at 11:00 am.
Debbie introduced and welcomed Deana Moore, Admin Secretary in Stores and Maintenance, as a new member of the committee.
The minutes of the March 9, 2004 meeting were read and approved with one correction and a clarification of the six healthcare subcommittees mentioned by Mr. Berriman. He also clarified the current membership on the Health Care Plans Review Committee, which no longer includes members specifically appointed because of their membership on the Fringe Benefits Committee.
Mr. Greg Burris discussed the Human Resource Planning Task Force that is part of the Missouri State Long Range Plan Daring to Excel. The task force will draft a Human Resources Chapter for the five year plan. He reviewed the details of the task force as outlined in the 4/1/04 draft document provided. John Satzinger suggested to Mr. Burris that the HR chapter include a separate section for faculty salaries as they are handled differently and faculty salary policies are the responsibility of academic affairs and the faculty senate. Keeping faculty salaries separate would help diffuse any concerns from faculty. The committee members in attendance were glad to see the inclusion of HR issues and objectives in a separate chapter of Daring to Excel and look forward to working with the HR task force.
One member of the task force will come from the Fringe Benefits Committee, to be selected by chair Debbie Donnellan. John Satzinger suggested Art Spisak, noting that if he becomes chair elect of the faculty senate it might be difficult for him. Debbie Donnellan suggested John Satzinger as a backup in case Art could not serve. John agreed to be backup, but as Mr. Burris noted, John is already on the Salaries and Compensation Task Force that reports to the HR taskforce, appointed by academic affairs and the faculty senate, which will require a substantial time commitment.
Because the issue affected benefits, Mr. Burris was asked to clarify the plan for the use of the $2 additional tuition recently approved by the Board of Governors as there have been some conflicting reports. Mr. Burris provided his perspective. Mr. Burris left to attend another meeting, and the committee thanked him for his presentation and information updates.
A short discussion of the role of the Fringe Benefits Committee as respects the use of the additional $2 per credit hour occurred. Some members thought the committee had a role in asking that the money be spent as intended by the Board. If controversy continued, a letter or other action might be appropriate.
Debbie Donnellan reported that a wellness consultant, Mr. Larry S. Chapman, would be on campus April 28-29. All members of the Fringe Benefits Committee were invited to attend a meeting with him April 29 at 3:00 in Taylor Health.
Debbie Donnellan presented a report from the annual meeting with St John’s representatives. They reported that to implement a patient management program to analyze claims and claims cost, they would need to be made claims administrator in place of Med Pay. Otherwise the data would not be available to them.
Debbie announced that there would be a meeting with St. John’s billing representatives April 27th at 11:00.
Howard Berriman presented a plan to rebid the group life insurance as the current plan expires at the end of the year. He requested two committee members be appointed to help with the bidding and selection process. Debbie suggested that this would be a good opportunity for Deana Moore to become involved, and she agreed.
John Satzinger asked Howard Berriman to clarify the roles of the Fringe Benefits and Health Care Review committees, as membership changed and other joint activities were being handled differently this year. Howard clarified that the Fringe Benefits Committee had the policy level role in making recommendations about all benefits, including the health care plan. The Health Care Review committee was created as a working group to do research and answer questions about costs and impacts of proposals from the Fringe Benefits Committee. Howard indicated that historically, the Fringe Benefits Committee was not in a position to devote the extensive time required for the nuts and bolts details of research, so the review committee was created to provide support. Howard Berriman had to leave to teach a class, so the discussion could not be completed.
John Satzinger noted that the current Health Care Plans Review Committee was not operating the way Howard described the two committee roles. He thought it necessary to address the question of our current role when Howard and perhaps Greg Burris were available to continue the discussion.
The meeting ended at a time not carefully recorded.