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Experience I Am the U, UM’s New Employee Orientation Program, at a Pilot Session This Week

i-am-the-u-name-tags2Current faculty and staff are invited to experience I Am the U, a redesigned global orientation program, at a pilot session this week. Debuting later this month, I am the U will give newly hired faculty and staff an interactive and exciting introduction to the University of Miami’s purpose, history, values, and culture on their first day of work. Hosted by Talent and Organizational Development, the pilot sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, but attendees need not stay the whole day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for the session of your preference by clicking on the dates below.

January 9, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Watsco Fieldhouse

January 11, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Watsco Fieldhouse

January 12, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Watsco Fieldhouse

For any questions or concerns regarding this program please contact iamtheu@miami.edu.

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2016 FLSA Overtime Regulation Changes Put on Hold

A federal court in Texas has issued a temporary injunction of the Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations that were scheduled to go into effect on December 1. While the temporary injunction was issued in Texas, the order applies nationwide. As a result of the court’s order, the changes required by the revised regulations are now on hold.

The University is working on evaluating the temporary injunction in order to determine the impact on the University and previously communicated changes. The University will provide additional information prior to December 1. If you have any questions, please contact Cristina Elgarresta at celgarresta@miami.edu.



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UM Strikes Gold, Recognized for Wellness for Sixth Year In a Row

Fit Friendly Gold

Jessica Hershberger, senior Heart Walk director, presents Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources, with the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Gold Award.

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Miami has been named a Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. “We recognize employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health,” said Jessica Hershberger, senior Heart Walk director with the Miami Heart Walk. “We want to reward organizations for their progressive leadership and concern for their staff.”

The Fit-Friendly Gold Award honors the University for its continued progress in promoting workplace wellness programs and facilities. “Receiving this award gives us something to strive for each year,” said Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources. “It challenges us to continue to raise the bar on our wellness programs.”

The University’s wellness programs include an annual Week of Well-Being; wellness centers on the Coral Gables and Miller School of Medicine campuses; a wellness incentives program in which employees can earn up to $300 cash; Walking ’Canes, Be Smoke Free, and Weight Watchers at Work programs; and free preventive care benefits for faculty and staff who are on a UM health care plan.

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HR Director Appointed to Professional Association Board

Nerissa Morris

Nerissa Morris

Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources, has been tapped to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, which serves more than 20,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 1,900 member organizations. She joined the board on July 1.

Morris has been a member of CUPA-HR for seven years and was a participant in the association’s 2015-16 emerging leader program. She also has served on the association’s public policy committee and has presented at two CUPA-HR annual conferences.

Prior to joining the University in 2009, Morris worked in HR for the Ford Motor Company for 22 years, serving as the corporation’s human resources manager for global information technology, with responsibility for information technology professionals in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.


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UM Comes Together for a Week of Well-Being


UM Comes Together for a Week of Well-Being

It started with a fitness boot camp and ended with Zumba. And in between were one-hour Vinyasa yoga classes, meditation sessions with a Buddhist monk, cooking demonstrations, an inspirational talk by CNN Hero Robyn Benincasa, a course on investing wisely, and wellness fairs featuring free massages, snacks, giveaways, and complimentary vision screenings. UM’s fourth annual Week of Well-Being delivered in all categories, benefitting not only faculty, staff, and students but the South Florida community with a food drive for Camillus House. View the slideshow below and take a survey to help plan and improve next year’s WOW.

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