INSIDE IOWA STATE
March 9, 2001
Administrators continue family leave discussions
by Anne Krapfl
Preliminary discussions on changes to leave policies at Iowa State are
continuing this spring. Assistant provost Ellen Rasmussen reported to the
Professional and Scientific Council March 1 that she, human resource
services director Carla Espinoza and associate provost Faye Whitaker have
focused their efforts on a family leave policy. They're working on
general concepts for making changes. Once university administrators approve
those parameters, work on specific proposals can begin, she said.
"We're trying to build a fence around the issue we think will
help us in this process," Rasmussen said. "There are a lot of
unknowns about what's doable, what's advisable."
And while the work of developing specific policies will include input from
campus representative groups, such as P&S Council, Faculty Senate and
the University Committee on Women, Rasmussen said opinions and ideas on what
family leave should or should not offer are welcome now. Employees may send
their suggestions to any of the three women.
In the meantime, a procedure for using federally mandated family medical
leave at Iowa State is available online from the Human Resource Services Web
site (go to "employee relations" and then to "electronic
The council is holding elections through March 30. Online voting, through
AccessPlus, is encouraged. P&S staff who don't have access to
AccessPlus or prefer a hard copy may request a paper ballot from Judy
Strand, 4-0211. Seats are open this spring in all six areas of
representation (extension, external affairs, business and finance, academic
and research, Ames Lab/IPRT and student affairs).
The council will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Memorial Union
Pioneer Room. A noon forum will feature a presentation by staff from the
Center for Creative Justice.
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