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Minutes of the Benefits Committee meeting

October 13, 2000

Present: Margaret Cianfarini, Paula Ebbitt, Malcolm Hamilton, Michael Hopper, Suz-Ann Olofson, Kathy Rutter, Mallory Stark (notes), Enith Vardaman

Absent: Jeffrey Cronin, Emily Moss

1. Re-orientation Presentations by Paul Zizzo of HR in Holyoke Center

Suz-Ann reported that the original dates set for these sessions will not work for Paul.  The new dates being considered for these sessions are Nov. 6th and 16th.  Suz-Ann will present these dates to Paul and contact the committee with his availability.  The sessions will be held in the Lamont Forum Room from 10-12.

Malcolm authorized funds to provide refreshments for the programs.

Handouts and Introduction
Paul Zizzo will provide handouts.  We will need to elect someone to introduce Paul.

With input from Paul, Suz-Ann will write a description of the workshop to be used for publicity.  She will then send it out to the committee for approval.

Enith will check with Emily about the mechanics of handling RSVP's.

2. Future Programs

Retirement Program
A presentation on the new retirement program is scheduled for May 10, 2000.  This session will be follow-up to the sessions scheduled in January. The intent of the May session is to be a forum for discussion and to answer questions which may arise after the series of Benefits Office sessions which will begin in January.

TAP Program
Malcolm suggested that it would be better to encourage individuals to discuss issues related to TAP with their individual supervisors instead of the committee sponsoring a program on this topic.

Other ideas that are still being considered for future programs include Will Power Estate Planning Program and Retirement Planning Strategies.

Mandate of the Committee
Malcolm reported that the mandate of the Benefits Committee is to educate and inform library staff of the benefits available to them.  The committee has no advocacy role.  If the committee were charged with advocating for library staff, it would too closely resemble a professional union. He encouraged staff to work with the Human Resource officers of their departments if they have suggestions or ideas regarding changes to benefits.  He suggested that staff should feel free to contact HR in Holyoke Center.  Regina Harris is very customer service oriented and very responsive to staff input and needs.

Next meeting: Fri., Nov. 17th in Wadsworth Conference Room.  Kathy Rutter will be the note taker.

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