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HRS Communication and News

Implementation and Promotion of a Tobacco Free Pullman Campus

A new Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and revised policy in the Safety Policies and Procedures Manual (SPPM) for a tobacco and nicotine free WSU Pullman will take affect August 22, 2016. This WAC and policy will include noncontiguous WSU-owned property within the city of Pullman and Whitman County.

Implementation of the new WAC will focus on the promotion of tobacco and nicotine cessation programs for faculty, staff, and students. Cessation programs and resources are available at Health & Wellness Services ( and Human Resource Services (see

WSU Pullman representatives or contacts will help to inform and assist visitors, guests, and contractors to meet the new WAC and revised safety policy.

The new WAC is being processed and will be published by the Washington State Register December 16, 2015. Until then the WAC is available at:

The revised SPPM will be made available after May 16, 2016. 

WSU Regents approve making Pullman campus tobacco-free -  December 1st, 2015

Smoking and other nicotine use will no longer be permitted within the perimeter of Washington State University’s Pullman campus as a result of action taken by the WSU Board of Regents this morning.

The regents approved adoption of WAC chapter 504-38, establishing the Pullman campus as tobacco and nicotine free and requiring that those products be secured, extinguished and/or disposed of prior to entering WSU Pullman property or exiting private vehicles on the Pullman campus. The change will go into effect the fall of 2016.

Read more at:  

Suspended Operations - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Due to the power outages caused by high winds overnight, WSU Pullman classes and non-essential services have been suspended this morning (Wednesday, Nov 18) until 1:00pm. During periods of suspended operations due to inclement weather or other types of emergencies, visit: for information on leave policies, procedures, and other resources.

Human Resource Services is open today and staff are available for questions. Phone: 509-335-4521 Email:

Additional information and resources are available at:

WSU Alert: Essential Operations

BPPM 50.39 Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Relevant sections copied below: Each chancellor, vice president, vice provost, dean, director, department chair, and supervisor is responsible for the emergency response performance in his or her respective unit. The emergency response management responsibilities described below apply to all units. • Identifying mission-critical elements and essential operations, resources, positions, and personnel within the unit. 

Wildfire and Air Quality Resource Guide:

The following link is intended to assist Washington State University faculty and staff with impacts due to the current wildfires in our areas throughout Washington, Idaho and Oregon: 

Workday Demonstration Survey
All participants in the July 23rd and July 24th Workday demonstrations are encouraged to complete the below on-line survey.  This survey will be used to gather feedback as WSU continues to build an understanding of our HR, Payroll and Finance needs as part of the business modernization initiative.
FY 2016 Classified Staff General Wage Increase

Information is available at:


HR, Payroll, Finance- Modernization Initiative. July 23 & 24
WSU is continuing to build an understanding of our HR, Payroll, and Finance needs as part of the early assessment and planning phase of the business modernization initiative which we began last fall. As part of that on-going effort, on July 23, 2015 and July 24, 2015, WSU will host a demonstration of the HR and Payroll software currently being implemented at the University of Washington. This demonstration will provide much needed opportunity for employees, system wide, to see an example of a modern HR/Payroll system, and how a new system could help WSU modernization and become more effective and efficient in the way we support the growing academic and research enterprise.  The demonstration will be available on video conference for all other WSU campus locations. All interested employees are encouraged to attend. 


HR Source Newsletter

Human Resource Services (HRS) is excited to announce a new monthly online newsletter - HR Source. Highlights include useful information on upcoming events, training and benefit updates. We anticipate this consolidated resource of articles and announcements will be useful for all employees. The newsletter will be published through WSU Announcements the fourth Friday of each month and will be located here in the HRS Communication and News page.

View HR Source

Assessing Administrative Systems at WSU

Human Resources Services and Enterprise Systems are pleased to announce the beginning of preliminary efforts to assess the current landscape and explore the feasibility of a human resources, payroll, and finance system replacement.

More information is available at:

President Floyd has authorized a salary increase

President Floyd has authorized a salary increase effective January 1, 2015. Faculty will be awarded a salary increase in accordance with the faculty manual. Instructors and graduate assistants will receive a 4% across-the-board increase and administrative professional (AP) employees will receive a 3% across-the-board increase.

President's Perspective | Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance and Recommendations Regarding the EBOLA virus

In light of recent outbreaks of the Ebola virus in West African countries, health officials at WSU have issued a memo outlining current recommendations and guidelines for students, faculty, and staff. View here.

Tobacco Free Survey

Spring 2014 WSU Pullman Undergraduate Students passed Referendum 43-01 in support of a Tobacco Free Campus. WSU administrators are polling Pullman employees via the Pullman Tobacco Free Survey to measure their opinion on the idea of Pullman becoming a Tobacco Free Campus. The Pullman Tobacco Free Survey will open Monday September 29, 2014 and will remain open through Friday October 10, 2014. Frequently Asked Questions regarding the survey are available: FAQs link

New HRS Facebook Page

Today is the first day of the official WSU Human Resource Services Facebook page. The HRS Facebook page will provide a communication channel for employees to connect and communicate with others. Connecting with the profile is optional and is set up so no one is able to view your personal FB profile if you choose to like/follow the page.

The HRS Facebook page will highlight the talented employees and outstanding programs at WSU. The HRS Facebook page will have interesting and informative posts, news, updates of interest, resources and services available to the university community. Connect with WSU HRS at:

Employee Engagement Survey

The 2014 Employee Engagement survey was sent on March 31, 2014 to all active faculty, administrative professional and classified staff. The survey response period was March 31 - April 11, 2014.

The results from the survey questions are available to view here: Employee Engagement Survey Results



Inclement Weather/Suspended Operations

Information on Inclement Weather/Suspended Operations


Annual Review 2014
Annual Review 2014 - Instructions from the Provost

Review of Progress Towards Tenure 2014


January 1, 2014 Salary Increase Information

President Floyd has authorized a salary increase that is a combination of an across-the-board adjustment of 4% for faculty, administrative professional (AP) employees, and graduate students and an additional meritorious increase for eligible tenured, tenure-track, and clinical faculty. This increase is effective January 1, 2014.


Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act and Information about the Marketplace

Effective January 1, 2014, individuals and families will have a new insurance option available through the ACA Marketplace.  Most WSU benefit eligible employees will not need to pursue that option, however, it may be applicable to employees who do not have coverage.  For information about the Affordable Care Act, as well as the Marketplace, click on the above link.


Bright Horizons
Human Resource Services, is excited to announce a NEW employee resource from Bright Horizons. 
Bright Horizons is a self-service solution which grants faculty and staff access to local caregivers.  The membership to Bright Horizons is fully paid for by WSU.  Employees are responsible for making all arrangements including selecting providers and the cost of care.   For more information visit  To register today, visit
Step M Information

As part of the 2013-2015 operating budget, the Office of the State Human Resource Director  implemented a new pay step, step M,  within the State’s pay range system for Civil Service employees. Step M is a longevity step to be added to the state salary schedules.  Eligible employees who have been at the top step (step L) in the same salary range for six years will move to the new step M effective July 1, 2013.  It provides an approximate 2.5 percent increase over step L.

Frequently Asked Questions on Step M


Faculty Appointments - Full-Time Academic Workload

Starting in 2014, under the Federal Affordable Care Act, Washington State University (WSU) must report actual work effort for all employees, including Faculty.  Therefore, effective July 1, 2013, WSU will require faculty appointments be set up as full-time equivalency (FTE).   

Employee Benefit Information

Temporary/Seasonal Employee Benefits

I-9 Reminder
Employing Departments I-9 Requirement Reminder

Creating ZZUSIS Records
Creating Employee Records (ZZUSIS) for TEMPS/PERMS


Foreign Worker Disclosure Required for workers who are non-U.S. citizens
Foreign Worker Disclosure


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