UI Staff Council meeting notes: September 10, 2019

Catastrophic leave update

Nathan Stucky, director of UI Faculty and Staff Disability Services, presented an update on work to expand eligibility to catastrophic leave.

  • Catastrophic leave is meant to fill the gap in the 90-day waiting period before individuals can apply for long term disability.
  • Currently, all faculty and staff who accrue vacation are eligible for catastrophic leave.
  • Under the proposed change, all faculty and staff who have a 50 percent time, or greater, regular appointment would be eligible to receive catastrophic leave. This change would cover approximately an additional 2,800 nine-month faculty and nine-month staff. However, they would not be eligible to donate catastrophic leave (because they do not accrue vacation).
  • Human Resources is hoping to present this change to the Board of Regents in November.

Supervisor training update

Teresa Kulper, director of Organizational Effectiveness/Organizational Development, Human Resources, shared an update on a required training for all supervisors.

  • This training is expected to cover:
    • Creating an equitable and inclusive culture
    • Performance management and coaching
    • Ensuring consistent HR practices in hiring, on-boarding, compensation, development, etc.
    • The value proposition of working at UI (i.e., “what’s in it for me” for employees), and why supervisors should care about that
  • Some portions of the training may be satisfied by the recent completion of courses HR currently offers. The mapping of courses and determination of “recent” completion to satisfy the requirements is in progress.
  • Scope and timeline:
    • Pre-pilot (November to December 2019)
      • Among others, members of Staff Council will have the opportunity to participate in the pre-pilot.
    • Pilot (December 2020)
    • Phase 1 (August 2019 to December 2020)
      • Train all administrative supervisors of faculty and staff.
    • Phase 2 (pending approval)
      • Leadership competency development and implementation
    • Phase 3
      • Sustainability and improvement of the training
      • Continuing to train new supervisors
      • Encouraging leader development as appropriate
      • Consider training other populations as appropriate


Bill Loyd Jr., director of UI REACH, provided an overview of the UI REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) program, a comprehensive transition program for students with intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities provided through the College of Education.

Started in 2008, 190 students have graduated from the UI REACH program.

  • While earning a two-year certificate, UI REACH students take UI courses, attend campus events and join student organizations, learn how to live independently, and develop workplace readiness skills.
  • Students who complete the UI REACH program are four times more likely to get employed.
  • How can you help UI REACH?
    • Tell someone about UI REACH
    • Volunteer
    • Assist with developing internship sites
    • Employ a person with disabilities