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UTSA announces business changes in workweek and FMLA procedure


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(Oct. 19, 2012) -- UTSA will convert its financial and HR systems to PeopleSoft in spring 2013. In anticipation of the PeopleSoft implementation, the Office of Human Resources announces two major business changes in the standard workweek and Family and Medical Leave Act counting method.

Standard workweek: UTSA will change its current workweek (Sunday through Saturday) to Monday through Sunday effective Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Employees scheduled to work on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, will include their hours worked with those recorded during the previous week (Sunday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012), resulting in a one-time eight-day workweek instead of seven.

Human Resources will send in an email next week additional information regarding updated time sheets, available from the Payroll department website, and electronic time sheets.

For questions regarding the change of the workweek, contact Employee Relations at 210-458-7891.

FMLA counting method: The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with 12 workweeks of qualifying leave within a 12-month period. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, UTSA's method for calculating the 12-month period will change to a "rolling" 12-month period measured backward from the date an employee first uses any FMLA leave.

This announcement fulfills the requirement to provide 60 days' notice of the change to all employees. During the transition period, employees taking FMLA between now and Dec. 31, 2012, will do so under whichever method yields the greatest benefit to the employees.

For questions regarding changes to the FMLA, contact HR Leave Management at 210-458-6647, or for more information and examples of the new method, download the document Employee Notice -- October 19, 2012.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

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Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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