Monday, April 16, 2012

New Legislation Targets Retire/Rehire
Already Passed House

Title: Departmental Planning for Upcoming Retirements...
Publication: 2012 Bringing Administrators Together Website
Date Published: April 11, 2012

At the Bringing Administrators Together (BAT) Conference this week, Maureen Parks, Executive Director and Associate Vice President, University Human Resources, discussed new legislation (HB 4996) which intends to curtail UI retire/rehire practices. The PowerPoint presentation is available here (refer to slides 19-23):

If implemented, the legislation would introduce costly University contributions to SURS for retire/rehire employees, and establish a burdensome administrative process. The legislation could be implemented as early as this August. Other highlights from the presentation include:

*There is no guarantee of post retirement employment at the University of Illinois in accordance with Board of Trustees guidelines which encourage succession planning.

*HB4996 creates restrictions and additional SURS contributions for State universities and community colleges that hire/rehire individuals receiving an annuity from SURS.

*While the re-employment of SURS retirees at the University of Illinois is a small proportion of its workforce, the University is keenly interested in this legislation because of its anticipated impact on rehired SURS annuitants, employing departments, and University hiring policies and procedures.

*Passed IL House March 28, 2012

*Senate Sponsor: Heather Steans

*HR studying impact of implementation “as is”

*UI meeting with Senator Steans to express concerns

*UI will continue to stay involved and suggest changes

Comments from UIC UNITED's Merrill Gassman: This bill has passed the House and is now in the Senate under the sponsorship of Sen. Heather Steans, who you may remember spoke at our Forum last September (filling in for Sen. Cullerton). Final action on the bill - pass, fail, or hold - has to come before the General Assembly adjourns on May 31.

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