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News Briefs
Regents meeting Dec. 13

The Board of Regents will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Regents Room of the Fleming Administration Building. Public comments on agenda items will be taken prior to their consideration. Public comments on nonagenda items will be taken after the regular business agenda has concluded. People with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at (734) 764-3883. For more about regents meetings, go to www.regents.umich.edu. Following the meeting, regents news will be available online at umich.edu/urecord, as The University Record's first subsequent printed edition is Jan. 7.

W-2 statements available

2007 Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements will be available in January by one of two delivery methods. An electronic version will be available on Jan. 11 via an informational e-mail that will be sent with details on 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 Postal Service, employees' current home addresses must be correct in the University central HRMS M-Pathways database. Home addresses can be updated via the Web using the Employee Business option in Wolverine Access at wolverineaccess.umich.edu/index.jsp. Address updates also may be made using Address Change Request forms available from the Human Resources Records and Information Services Office at 615-2000, or U-M Health System Human Resources at 647-2385. Updates must be completed by Jan. 4.

Galens Tag Days return

Galens members will take to the streets of Ann Arbor Dec. 7-8 with their red ponchos and buckets to collect donations for charities that benefit the children of Washtenaw County. Galens is the oldest student organization at the Medical School and Tag Days have been an Ann Arbor tradition since 1927. For more information or to make a donation, go to www.umich.edu/~galens/.

New Employment Eligibility Form available

A revised Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) Form released by the federal government should be used immediately by all staff. Destroy old versions of the I-9 Form, as they will not be accepted for anyone whose first day of work is after Dec. 7. The form is required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security to document eligibility for employment in the United States. All employees of the University, including U.S. citizens and foreign nationals whether on a temporary or regular appointment, are required to complete this form at the time of hire. For a downloadable PDF go to www.hr.umich.edu/hrris/forms/I-9.pdf. For more information about the I-9 form and help on how to complete it, go to www.hr.umich.edu/hra/I-9/toc.htm

Spam-busting service available

Information Technology Central Services (ITCS) offers at no charge The Do Not Spam List. Use of this list blocks 50-75 percent of spam for most faculty and staff. SpamBox spam filtering also is available. This filter puts spam messages that get past the Do Not Spam List into a SpamBox folder, which requires occasional checking to make sure no good messages get by. Faculty and staff can then delete all accumulated spam at once. This is available to anyone who uses the ITCS IMAP e-mail service. Turn on the Do Not Spam List and sign up for SpamBox on the ITCS Spam Busters Tools to Reduce Spam Web page at spambusters.mail.umich.edu/reduce/.

Ergonomic grant deadline extended

The deadline to accept applications for the Ergonomic Grant Incentive and Effective Ergonomic Solutions Award programs has been extended to Dec. 4. The Ergonomics Awareness Program incentive program helps departments needing financial assistance to purchase equipment, conduct training or redesign work processes to solve ergonomic problems. Winning departments get grants of up to $15,000 to help maintain a safe, healthy, efficient work environment. Entries will be judged based on the significance of the ergonomic issue, the feasibility of the project and the anticipated outcome. Departments that already have implemented an ergonomic solution, such as new or modified equipment, training programs or work process redesigns, between July 2006 and June 2007 can apply for the Effective Ergonomic Solutions Award. This award recognizes solutions that have lowered ergonomic risk factors, thereby reducing or preventing employee discomfort to maintain a safe, healthy and productive workforce. Applications and additional information are available at the Michigan Healthy Community Web site, www.MHealthy.umich.edu. Recipients will be announced in spring 2008.

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