Faculty Benefits Committee Meeting Minutes

January 22, 2008, 9:30 – 11:00 AM


Present:   Bettina Cothran, Blair Funderburk, , Clint Demetriou, Barbara Henry, Linda Mitchell, Barry Sharp, Teresa Snow

Absent:   Chuck Donbaugh, Matthew McDowell, Lee Sheiner


·         Meeting minutes from 1/15/08 were reviewed and approved.

·      Bettina Cothran—Update on status of new childcare facility

o    Item is on hold until next physical year due to funding. 

o   Action Item –Committee chair will consider asking for meeting with executive board to highlight issue and emphasize need for additional facility.

·         Tuition benefits—

o   Does board address relative of employee? 

·         Domestic Partner Benefits—

o   Bettina Cothran stated committee needs an update on status of recommendations on domestic partner benefits.  Has President of GSU, MCG, UGA presented recommendations to Chancellor?

o   Action ItemContact GSU benefits committee to find out status.

·         Academic leave of absence—

o   Fulbright scholarship leaves gap of covering total pay.  Do Deans have policies in place to address discrepancies?


New Business

·       Barbara Henry brought up question regarding Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Does this policy run concurrent with sick/vacation leave?

o   Linda Mitchell stated the guidelines for FMLA can be found on the USG benefits website.  (http://www.usg.edu/employment/benefits/fmla/terms_def.phtml#rights)

o   Per the stated policy, FMLA is based on a 12 month rolling calendar and is unpaid.  Eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for qualifying family and medical issues. 

o   The institution may require that employees utilize – their accrued paid sick leave and/or annual leave, as appropriate for such absences.  This would run concurrently with FMLA.  For example, if an employee is out for a week and uses sick/vacation leave, they would still be charged one week of FMLA.

o   However, any employee unable to return to work after exhausting all accumulated sick leave and accrued vacation leave may be granted sick leave without pay for a period not to exceed one year (which is different from FMLA). This sick leave, which also must be approved, allows the employee the right to elect to continue his or her group insurance benefits.  If they elect to do so, the institution will continue to pay its share of the cost for such period.

o   Brenda White (HR consultant) works with administrators on these issues.



Next Meetings


·         Tuesday, February 19 – OHR Conference Room

·         Tuesday, April 1 – Procurement Office Admin. Conference Room

·         Tuesday, April 22 – OHR Conference Room