University Of Wisconsin-Madison Unveils Plan For Sweeping Overhaul Of Personnel Policies

Monday, September 24, 2012

Performance-based pay bumps for faculty and academic staff. A loss of some protections in case you're laid off. A guarantee all employees would be paid a living wage.

Those are some provisions in a sweeping overhaul proposed for how UW-Madison's 20,000 employees are classified, recruited, paid and evaluated. The plan, developed from a series of campus-wide meetings during the last nine months, was released Friday by university officials and could take effect next July, pending approval by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents and the state Legislature.

"We really tried extremely hard to ensure that the plan represented all the views of our campus community," said Robert Lavigna, director of UW-Madison's Office of Human Resources.

University officials plan to host four public forums and two web chats about the plan in coming weeks before taking the plan to the Board of Regents in November or December.

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