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Winter HR Design Info Sessions: Feb. 23, 26 and March 3






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Since the beginning of HR Design, regular meetings have kept the UW–Madison campus informed and engaged about the progress of the project, and how it will affect employees.

HR Design is a campus-wide effort to build a new, more effective personnel system that better serves the needs of the university, its employees and the citizens of Wisconsin as a model public university in the 21st century.

This new system impacts all employees across campus, including faculty who manage or supervise Classified (University) and Academic Staff.

“In areas such as hiring, performance management, new employee onboarding and workplace flexibility, changes will apply to the entire campus,” said Bob Lavigna, director of the Office of Human Resources. “In addition, as we create new policies for classified employees, even though these policies may apply to University Staff employees (on July 1, “classified” staff will become “university” staff), many of these employees work with Unclassified Staff (e.g., supervisors), and therefore the new policies will affect Unclassified Staff employees too.”

The winter information sessions will feature four breakout sessions to address topics of high interest: performance management; recruitment assessment and selection (RAS) tools; alignment of employee categories with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); and an overview of HR Design. HR Design subject matter experts in these areas will lead discussions and answer individual questions. Attendees can choose which sessions they want to attend.


Sessions are scheduled for:

Monday, February 23: Morning Session – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Gordon Dining and Event Center

* Session in English only


Thursday, February 26: Late Night – 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)

FREE PARKING AVAILABLE in lots 74, 82 and 60

 * Sessions in English, Spanish, Tibetan, Mandarin Chinese and Hmong


Tuesday, March 3: Afternoon Session – 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Union South, Varsity Hall

 * Sessions in English, Spanish, Tibetan, Mandarin Chinese and Hmong


All university employees are welcome to attend without loss of pay. Please schedule this with your supervisor if you wish to attend.

All rooms are wheelchair accessible.

Requests for ASL interpretation should be made no less than 10 days before the session at


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HR Design Webinar Slides and Recording

Thank you to those who attended the webinar on HR Design’s background, goals and what it means for you!

You can download a copy of the slides from the webinar here. 


Please find a recording of the webinar here (note the very beginning was not captured):

Feb 12: Brownbag on Employee Category Choice for Classified Exempt Employees

Join us over the lunch hour and get your questions answered. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and employee category choice subject matter experts Meghan Owens and Catharine DeRubeis will discuss the employee category choice facing employees who are classified exempt. They will answer questions and address common concerns.


Employee Choice Brownbag for Classified Exempt Employees

Thursday, February 12, 2015, Noon – 1 pm

This event is at capacity. Join the waitlist to be updated on additional sessions:


Note: All are welcome to attend, but this brownbag will primarily discuss the option to move to academic staff from classified staff for employees who are classified exempt.

Unsure whether your position is exempt? Find out at this link.

There are many lunch options available to purchase at Memorial Union! See the options on their website. 

Email Lindsay Lemmer at with any questions.

Jan. 29: HR Design Webinar!

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Please join HR Design project leadership on Thursday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1 pm for a webinar on HR Design!

▪ Learn about the background and vision of HR Design ▪  Understand the goals of HR Design ▪

▪ Hear what it means for you ▪ Ask questions ▪ Receive helpful answers ▪ 

HR Design: Background, Goals, and What It Means for You
Thursday, Jan. 29, noon – 1 pm
Register for the webinar here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note the following:

  • Login to the webinar from a computer with audio and an internet connection at least 10 – 15 minutes early to allow time for connecting to the webinar.
  • Email Lindsay Lemmer ( with questions.
  • A recording of the webinar will be posted on the HR Design website ( after the webinar.


Bob Lavigna Addresses Common Questions About HR Design

The Thursday, November 20, 2014 edition of Inside UW features an interview with UW-Madison director of human resources Bob Lavigna on the common questions and myths surrounding HR Design. Read this article here.

Fall Info Session Presentations

Thank you to everyone who attended the Fall 2014 HR Design Info Sessions!

You can see the content from the introduction and breakout sessions below. Notes from each session will be posted shortly.

HR Design Info Session Intro Slides 11-3-Union South-Final

 Introduction and HR Design updates.


HRD Fall InfoSession-Performance Management

Performance management breakout slides.


HRD Fall InfoSession-Grievance Policy Slides

Grievance process for University staff slides.


Info Sessions Breakouts FLSA

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) / Employee choice slides.


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