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W-2s available in January

2009 Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements will be available in January by one of two delivery methods. An electronic version will be available Jan. 8. Employees on that day should receive an e-mail detailing how to print the form using "Employee Business" in Wolverine Access. Alternatively, hardcopy Forms W-2 are scheduled to be mailed in late January. To ensure prompt delivery by the U.S. Postal Service, employees must have their current home address in the Human Resources Management System M-Pathways database by Jan. 5. Faculty and staff can update their addresses via the Web using the "Employee Business" option in Wolverine Access ( Address updates may also be made using "Address Change Request" forms available from the Human Resources Records and Information Services Office at 615-2000, or University Health System Human Resources at 647-2385.

E-Verify implementation begins

Beginning today (Dec. 14) the university will begin using a federal system called E-Verify to validate the identity and work eligibility information of faculty and staff, including temporary staff members and new hires working on federal contracts that contain the FAR E-Verify requirement. As required by federal regulations, the university enrolled in the E-Verify system in October. E-Verify will be used for new hires hired onto federal contracts with the E-Verify requirement beginning in January. Those responsible for administration of a federal contract within a unit will receive instructions from their Human Resources unit liaisons on steps to take and the deadline for compliance with the E-Verify requirement. Faculty and staff members working on federal contracts that require E-Verification will be contacted by their HR unit liaisons with information about the E-Verify process and how to complete a new I-9 form. For more information go to

Winter Commencement Dec. 20

Actor, playwright, songwriter and Michigan native Jeff Daniels will receive an honorary degree and deliver the address at Winter Commencement at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at Crisler Arena. Also receiving honorary degrees are journalist Helen Thomas, a Detroit native who has served the White House press corps during 10 presidencies; Grace Lee Boggs, a labor and civil rights activist, writer and speaker from Detroit; and Edward Osborne Wilson, entomologist and biological theorist. The program concludes approximately at 4 p.m. Tickets are not required and seating is general admission. For more information go to

Two DPS officers graduate from program

Two Department of Public Safety supervisors recently completed the 10-week Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command program. Lt. Melissa Overton and Sgt. Gene Weincouff completed 31 blocks of instruction covering such topics as management theory, staffing allocation, managerial accounting, strategic planning, psychology of training and leadership.

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