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    The Employee Relations Advisory Committee (ERAC) and Faculty Compensation Committee (FCC) recently updated faculty and staff on the status of the Benefits Allocation Review Team via memos and brown bag lunches.

    The BART process includes a consideration of the purpose and design of our entire benefits package, as well as the role of the university and employees to share responsibility for the various plan components. While many of Lehigh’s individual benefit plans have seen incremental changes over the years, a comprehensive review of the overall package has not taken place at the university in over 25 years. Employee benefits represent approximately 25 percent of total compensation. Thus, this is a very important process with potential implications for the university’s benefits program.

    Two important points to remember during this process are:

1.    This is an ongoing process, and
2.    No formal decisions have been made as yet.

    To share as much information with staff as possible, ERAC, the FCC and Human Resources (HR) have created web pages with information about the review.  Visit the HR BART page for links to the ERAC and FCC sites.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the sites for complete information, however, here are a few highlights:

•    The Benefits Allocation Review Team (BART), established in summer of 2010, is working on the review, with a charge of providing recommendations to senior leadership by the end of June.  ERAC, FFPOC, and FCC each have several representatives on BART.  

•    The first task of the team was to develop a Benefits Philosophy. They did this by analyzing the Lehigh Benefits Survey data, hosting interactive meetings across campus, and looking at benefits philosophies from other organizations. This philosophy now provides an overarching framework for the review.

•    The team is now working to develop measurable goals for each of the university’s benefits. As part of this process, the university is conducting a study of benefits at comparison institutions. A list of the comparison institutions is also available on the website.

    Staff and faculty are welcome to share their perspectives with the BART members who represent them.  

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