Fringe Benefits Committee MinutesAttendees: Debbie Donnellan, Chair, Randy Blackwood, Tamera Jahnke, Alphonso Johnson, David King, Janis King, Neosha Mackey, Terri Oehm, John Satzinger, Art Spisak, Alex Trombetta, Martha Tuttle (via videoconference from West Plains), Howard Berriman, ex officio.
Guest: Phil Nichols, Staff Senate
Mr. Phil Nichols, Staff Senate, met with the committee to explain the proposed Sick Leave Bank/Short Term Disability Coverage. Four options were presented and discussed. This initiative is designed to offer a safety net against salary interruption for catastrophically ill or injured employees during the elimination period for long-term disability or in anticipation of their return to work. It would offer an avenue for compensation after the regular leave benefits have been exhausted. Mr. Nichols reported that the proposal had been approved by Administrative Council in January 1998, but was never funded as part of the budget. Lengthy discussion of all four options followed. When no clear preference emerged for any presented option, Debbie Donnellan moved that the committee support the concept of some form of a Sick Leave Bank/Short Term Disability proposal. This would allow the proposal to move forward to the Administration for a more in-depth study. Motion was seconded by Art Spisak and passed unanimously.
The Minutes of the December 4, 2001, and January 23, 2002, were approved as distributed.
Neosha Mackey briefed the committee on the Wellness Subcommittee. World Health Day is Wednesday, March 13, in McDonald Arena.
Howard Berriman needs two faculty representatives on the Health Insurance Committee. The University will be rebidding the employee health insurance this year.
It was requested that the March meeting be delayed one week due to World Health Day. The next regular meeting of the Fringe Benefits Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 at 3:00 p.m. Representatives from St. John’s Health Care Systems have been invited to attend the meeting.
Submitted by: Debbie Donnellan