Employee-initiated Reduction in Time (ERIT) Program Renewed

Thursday, June 19 2014

TO:      Campus Community
FR:      Cynthia Seneriz (on behalf of Tricia Hiemstra), Human Resources
RE:      Employee-initiated Reduction in Time (ERIT) Program Renewed

The University is renewing the Employee-initiated Reduction In Time (ERIT) Program which provides the opportunity for eligible career staff (except Senior Management Group members) to voluntarily reduce their appointment percentage and corresponding pay.   The reduction in time and pay will help the University achieve temporary salary savings.  The program will be in effect from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017.

ERIT is an optional tool that departments may choose to implement.  In departments that choose to implement ERIT, an employee can request the department head’s approval to voluntarily reduce working time, within specific limits, from a minimum of one month to a maximum of 12 months in exchange for certain advantages.

For represented employees, participation in ERIT is subject to collective bargaining.  These employees should check with Human Resources to determine their eligibility to participate in the program. As of this posting, non-represented (99) and clerical (CX) employees are currently eligible to participate in ERIT as of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. 

More information about the ERIT Program, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available online at:

Campus information, including links to the ERIT Contract/Contract Amendment form and collective bargaining participation information, is available for current employees and managers/supervisors on the Human Resources web pages. 

The University has provided flexibility in the design of ERIT, in order to give departments latitude to implement ERIT most effectively within the context of their mission, operational needs, service requirements, and budgets.

In negotiating individual ERIT work schedules with employees, it is important to evaluate departmental priorities and adjust workloads to ensure that functional objectives continue to be met.

Thank you.


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