The Regents of the University of Michigan
Graduate Employees Organization
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO Local 3550
May 7, 2002 February 1, 2005
Each department will be required to hold an employee training/orientation program for all new employees. The content and length of the program will be determined by the department chairperson or designee with input from the employees. This program shall be no less than four (4) hours in length, but may be split into multiple sessions held during the semester at the department's discretion. New employees appointed to positions not requiring classroom instruction will be provided with a one-hour training session specific to their duties to be held at the beginning of the term of employment. Any department in which there are fewer than six new employees may, at the discretion of the department chairperson or designee, combine their program with that of one or more departments in related fields.
Attendance will not be required for any new employee who is determined by the department chairperson or designee to already have the skills and experience equivalent to what would be provided in the program. All other new employees will be required to attend such a program. It is understood that nothing herein precludes the department chairperson or designee from requiring any returning employees to attend the program. The amount of time commitment to attend such a program by an employee with a fraction of greater than or equal to .25 shall be reflected in pay at the hourly equivalent of the employees' rate*, included in the fraction, or as academic credit for the program. The amount of time commitment to attend such a program by an employee with a fraction of less than a .25 shall be reflected in pay at the hourly equivalent of the employee's rate*, or included in the fraction.
Any training or testing of communicative skills required by the department or the University as a qualification of employment must be required of all applicants who have not previously been employed in an instructional capacity by the University. Participation in such training or testing will not be required for any applicant who is determined by the department chairperson or designee to already have the skills and experience equivalent to what would be provided in the training or evaluated in the testing. No exemption to either requirement can be granted on the basis of impermissible factors, as defined by Article IV of this Agreement.
Employees who desire it may request English language assistance. If a department approves such a request, the assistance will be provided by the University. Upon initial employment, departments will inform employees of this policy.
*The hourly equivalent of the employee's rate will be computed by dividing their Full Time Equivalent (FTE) rate by 2,080 hours.