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UA's Commitment to a Safe Working and Learning Environment

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education rescinded federal guidelines specifying that transgender students have the right to use school restrooms that match their gender identity.

The University of Arizona has a long-held commitment to maintaining a safe working and learning environment for all members of our community, and that commitment has not changed. Central to the University’s core values is respect and appreciation for the diversity inherent in our campus community. We strive to ensure that everyone who comes to our campus feels safe, respected, and supported. Consistent with the University’s Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy that prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender identity, the University supports the option of individuals to use the restroom that meets their individual needs or in which they feel safest.

To that end, it is important to reiterate the University of Arizona’s Statement on Restroom Access.

2016 Campus Resource EXPO Recap

Last Fall's 2016 Campus Resource EXPO was a huge success! Nearly 50 organizations met with over 850 employees and faculty, sharing their resources and knowledge, and creating thousands of new connections. 

Can't wait until the Fall 2017 EXPO to learn more or want a refresher on some of the information you received at the previous EXPO? Check out our interviews of the various organizations at the 2016 EXPO.

2017 UA Minimum Wage Increase

You may know that most Arizona employers are increasing their minimum wage as a result of the recent passage of the Arizona Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative (Proposition 206). As a state agency, the University of Arizona is exempt from the new regulation, however we believe increasing compensation gives us a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining a quality workforce.

While we are committed to raising our minimum wage, we want to do so thoughtfully and strategically. Therefore we will raise our minimum wage from $8.05 to $10.00 per hour effective July 3, 2017. We believe this is a fiscally responsible approach that will give us time to build the increase into our FY18 budgets and planning.

Details about the minimum wage increase follow.

Changes to FLSA implementation due to recent nationwide injunction

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary, nation-wide injunction halting implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s new overtime rule. While that injunction is considered preliminary, it is indefinite in duration.  As a result, the University of Arizona (UA) is adjusting its scheduled implementation of FLSA regulation changes.  Individuals who were transitioned to non-exempt status effective November 21, 2016 will be transitioned back to exempt status effective December 5, 2016. All affected employees will receive a notification when the change has been processed.

Details and important information you need to know about this change follows.

Preliminary injunction on FLSA – what to do now

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction halting implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s new overtime rule. This news came as a significant surprise to many external analysts as well as those of us at the University of Arizona (UA) who have followed this closely and planned for implementation in time for the DOL's December 1, 2016 effective date. The FLSA task force is working quickly to determine appropriate next steps. As soon as we are able to ascertain more information about the anticipated duration of the injunction and consult with ABOR and peer institutions for consistency, further guidance will be shared.