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The Human Resources Design Project is a campuswide effort to build a new, more effective University of Wisconsin-Madison personnel system to better serve the needs of the university, its employees and the citizens of Wisconsin. Read more »

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HR Design Information Session Live Stream, Nov. 19, 2013

HR Design project leaders hold quarterly information sessions to update campus on the status of the project. The session in this video was held at the Gordon Dining and Event Center on November 19, 2013. A Q&A session with the audience follows the presentation from Bob Lavigna, UW–Madison’s director of human resources. A technical problem caused a portion of the video to be unusable and that part has been deleted. Download the slides to follow along.

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HR Design questions answered

Can HR Design be delayed again after 2015?

Will UW–Madison bring everyone up to living wage despite the delay?

Who decides if an employee will get a bonus?

These and other questions, gathered from public information sessions and questions sent through email, are answered on the updated FAQ page.

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HR Design information session, July 17, 2013

Information sessions will address latest HR Design developments

Four information sessions are set for July to update the campus community on the HR Design project. (The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.)

An amendment to the state budget has delayed the implementation of components of HR Design that require statutory changes, originally scheduled for July 1, 2013, until July 1, 2015. Project leaders will discuss the next steps for the project and address questions from the audience.


Governor spares journalism center, approves delay in HR Design

Interim Chancellor David Ward says he was disappointed in the governor’s decision not to veto a provision that delays until July 1, 2015, implementation of the components of the HR Design personnel system that require statutory changes.

Ward asks for veto of HR Design delay

Interim Chancellor David Ward today sent two letters to Gov. Scott Walker requesting vetoes on provisions in the 2013-15 budget bill, including the provision that would delay the implementation of HR Design until July 1, 2015.

Ward said in the veto letter that pushing back the implementation of the new human resources framework will delay the university’s ability to make timely and effective hiring decisions, implement enhanced systems for employee development and performance evaluation, and install a new strategic diversity plan for hiring and employment activities, among other important changes.

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