I heard in a meeting with the director of a lab that there is a UCAR-wide
hiring freeze in place to help save UCAR money, considering the impending
budget shortfalls. (It was the same meeting where we discussed the
four-month delay in raises recently set by Rick Anthes.)
Yet I see many positions advertised and being filled. I have no problem
with people being hired; some of them are my friends. I’m glad for that.
But I’d like straight talk from the administration. If there is a hiring
I have a question about PayFlex. Does UCAR have a policy in place whereby
it routinely reviews the service levels provided by FSA (Flexible Spending
Administration) providers such as PayFlex?
I personally, and several of my colleagues, have experienced nothing but
problems with PayFlex. This was not the case with Denver Reserve. For
example, it now seems that PayFlex requires receipts on literally every
charge. They routinely lose the paperwork, requiring employee time to
On Monday, March 10, some employees were given memos stating that there was
a reclassification from exempt status to nonexempt status beginning that
same day. The only explanation in the memo was that Human Resources had
completed a Federal Labor Standards Act audit and that clarification to the
changes resulted in HR’s determination of our positions being subject to
FLSA wage and hour guidelines. The audit and change were not discussed with
supervisors or lab associate directors before the Thursday or Friday prior
I have been noticing the tattered appearance of the American flag at
Foothills Lab. When is a decision made to replace the flag once it is worn?
A friend of mine is a free-lance writer in another state. She has asked me
if I would be able to write magazine articles on atmospheric science topics
and accept pay for the articles. It occurred to me that this might be
considered a conflict of interest. I read the UCAR policy and it is not
clear to me if this would be a conflict of interest or not. I do not plan
to use NCAR resources for this but, obviously, knowledge obtained at NCAR
would be used. I would do 100% of the work on my own time.
I just had an Asian stir-fry in the NCAR cafeteria. This was served in a
large black plastic bowl. There was no marking on the bowl to indicate that
it was recyclable. This does not seem to be in keeping with UCAR’s goals of
minimal waste. Could such entrees be served in reusable bowls in the
future, or at least recyclable bowls?
I’m wondering if UCAR can look at our health care policy and figure out if
there’s a way that vision and dental coverage can be provided in cases of
medical emergencies. I have insurance through Cigna. I am going to need to
have a laser eye procedure to enable me to continue functioning fully at
work and undertaking such tasks as driving in the dark, because I am so
nearsighted that even with glasses I can no longer see very well. Cigna is
not covering any of this because of a policy exclusion for the procedure (PRK).
Are there policies and procedures in place regarding confidentiality in the
hiring process? It seems that there is information leakage ranging from who
is in the applicant pool to who has made the interview process, especially
involving in-house applicants. These leaks are troubling, considering the
“Does your supervisor know that you are applying for this position?” question.
Are hiring committees screened to see if members have taken HR’s Hiring
Information, Resources and Enlightenment (HIRE) training session? Are the
With ACD having moved to FL0, most of NCAR’s laboratories and divisions
that receive sizable shipments via FedEx, UPS, or otherwise are located at
the Center Green or Foothills campuses. Why is it that NCAR retains its
official shipping address (not mailing address) at the Mesa Lab? Typically,
most of the shipments are delivered by semi-trucks up the hill to the Mesa
Lab, sorted, and then packed up on another semi-truck to be hauled to
Foothills and Center Green. In addition, UPS shipments sometimes get
In previous years, the Employee Activities Committee (EAC) helped sponsor
discounts for employees with local businesses and vendors. I recently
joined a local workout center and was disappointed to learn that UCAR/NCAR
isn’t on its list of employers whose employees receive discounts on monthly
rates. Can you tell me why EAC no longer works with local companies to
provide this type of discount?