Increase in D.C. Minimum Wage
The Office of Human Resources advises the university community that on Jan. 1, 2006, the minimum wage in Washington, D.C., increased to $7 per hour. CUA has raised the hourly pay rate of employees who were earning below $7 per hour to the new minimum (effective Jan. 1). The increases will be reflected in Jan. 25 paychecks.
Supervisors of affected employees will be notified in the coming days. No action or paperwork is required from supervisors to effect this change. However, if supervisors would like to raise the pay rates to any amount above the minimum wage, they need to submit the request on an Employee Data Form. EDF's can be accessed on the HR Web site at http://humanresources.cua.edu/forms/employeedata.doc.
Work-study students will exhaust the number of funded work hours more quickly as a result of their hourly rate being increased. Supervisors wishing to employ work-study students after their federal funding has been exhausted will need to budget appropriate department funds to cover their pay.
All new employees hired by CUA must earn at least $7 per hour. Hiring managers are encouraged to read the explanatory memo posted on the HR Web site at the following address: http://humanresources.cua.edu/minimumwage2006.doc. Those having questions regarding the increased minimum wage or any CUA hiring policies and/or procedures should contact Schlain Schmidt-Faust, manager of compensation and Human Resources Management Systems, at 202-319-6404.
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Pryzbyla Center Hours
The Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center will operate on the following schedule during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend:
Friday, Jan. 13: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16: 7 a.m. to midnight.
For more information, contact Tim Gregory, associate director of operations, University Center, Student Programs and Events, at 202-319-5291.
New I-9 Form
The Office of Human Resources advises CUA employees that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Services) has issued a new I-9/employment-eligibility verification form, which replaced the old I-9 form on Jan. 1, 2006. All persons on campus who are authorized to fill out I-9 forms for new CUA employees must use the new I-9 form effective immediately. The new I-9 form can be downloaded at http://uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/files/i-9.pdf and is also available in the Forms section of the HR Web site at <http://humanresources.cua.edu/forms>.
Please note that the process for documenting an employee's eligibility for work in the United States has not changed. The only difference in the I-9 form is that the name of the bureau (formerly INS — Immigration and Naturalization Services) has been changed to USCIS — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Furthermore, the new form indicates that USCIS is now under the direction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
As a reminder, all new employees must complete an I-9 form by their third day of work. New employees who are non-U.S. citizens must fill out an I-9 form in one of the following three offices: The Office of Human Resources, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services or the Office of the Provost. If you have any questions regarding the employment-eligibility verification process or the new I-9 form, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.
Cardinal Station Training for Staff
The Office of Business Services is offering “Training for Cardinal Station: PeopleSoft Student Administration v8.0” to university staff. This course is designed to familiarize new administrative support staff and refresh current users with the necessary navigational skills for Cardinal Station. It loosely follows the structure of the navigation training guide available at http://cardinalstation.cua.edu.
Please note the following prerequisites for attendance:
- A database username and password
- Perusal of the training guide
Each class is limited to five participants. Specific areas of training will be determined by the needs of those in attendance. Training will be held in Leahy Hall, LL 40, on designated Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The dates for spring training are:
— Jan. 24
— Feb. 7
— Feb. 21
— March 7
— March 21
— April 4
— April 18
For more information or to register, contact Rana Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates, locations and times for the summer 2006 training term will be announced in April.
Cardinal Station Self-Training for Faculty
The Office of Business Services is offering “Self-Service Navigation Review: PeopleSoft Student Administration v8.0.” Faculty and faculty administrators are asked to consult the faculty training guide at http://cardinalstation.cua.edu.
For more information, contact Rana Silver at email@example.com.
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The Office of Environmental Health and Safety advises members of the university community that syrup of ipecac should no longer be used routinely as a home treatment strategy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In the past, the AAP advised parents to keep a one-ounce bottle of syrup of ipecac in the home to induce vomiting if they feared their child had swallowed a poisonous substance.
Although it seems to make sense to induce vomiting after the ingestion of a potentially poisonous substance, this course of action has never been proven to be effective in preventing poisoning. Recent research has failed to show a benefit for children treated with ipecac.
Prevention is the best defense against unintentional poisoning, and parents should keep potential poisons locked, out of sight and out of reach. It is also important to never transfer a substance from an original to an alternate container and to safely dispose of all unused and no longer needed medications.
Finally, instead of having ipecac on hand, parents should post the following universal phone number for poison control near the phone: 800-222-1222. In the case of convulsions, cessation of breathing or unconsciousness, call 911.
For more information, contact Joe Beres, director of environmental health and safety, at 202-319-6112.