Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan FY 2013-14

September 20, 2013

From: On Behalf of AVC Jo Packham
Date: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM
Subject: Re: Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan FY 2013-14

Staff Human Resources is pleased to announce the Staff Appreciation
and Recognition (STAR) Plan has been renewed for the 2013-14 Fiscal

STAR Plan cash recognition awards are discretionary and may be awarded
to employees for the purpose of recognizing and rewarding excellence
in University service; recognizing and rewarding significant
achievements and contributions; and recognizing and rewarding
outstanding individual and team performance. Cash awards are non-base
building. The University will not place restrictions or conditions on
an employee’s use of any cash awarded under this Plan. (Employee
non-cash awards and other gifts, including gift cards and gift
certificates, are regulated under UC Business and Finance Bulletin No.

At UCSC, funding for the STAR Plan is generated through a central
assessment of non-represented payroll which is charged to departmental
funds.  The Office of Planning and Budget will notify you of your
divisional allocation.  Principal Officers may choose to augment the
STAR Plan funding with non-restricted divisional funds.

STAR Plan Guidelines for administering the program, along with the
STAR Plan Nomination Spreadsheet for submissions of cash awards are
available on the SHR website.

Divisions/departments may begin to process awards from these funds
immediately. As this process does vary by division, we ask that you
please communicate with supervisors/managers regarding the
implementation of the STAR Plan within your Division.  It is important
that award expenditures be tracked carefully to insure that all
allocated funds are used prior to the established deadline of June 7,
2014.  Any STAR Plan funds remaining after the deadline will be
returned to the central pool.

If you have questions about the guidelines or processing of awards,
please contact Senior Compensation Analyst Donovan Albright at or 459-1328.  For questions regarding the payroll
assessment or funding amounts, please contact Assistant Director,
Planning and Budget, Free Moini at or 459-4304.

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