Budget Response Initiative

Human Resources & Payroll

What We Do

The University of Nebraska Human Resources organization provides current and potential faculty, staff, leaders and students professional services regarding their employment. Human Resources enhances the University of Nebraska as an employer of choice for current and potential employees by providing timely, attentive and effective service in a wide variety of areas of employment. Human Resources includes:

  • Applicant Tracking
  • Career Counseling
  • Child Care
  • Discrimination/Harassment
  • Diversity
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Employee Grievance administration
  • Employee Leave administration
  • Employment processing
  • Employee Records
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Service Awards
  • Employee Training
  • Employee Wellness
  • Exit Interviews
  • Federal and State Employment Law Compliance
  • HR Information Technology
  • Insured Benefits(Health, Dental, Life)
  • Long Term Disability Insurance Administration
  • New Employee Orientation
  • Organization Development
  • Payroll
  • Performance Management
  • Policy interpretation
  • Recruitment
  • Reductions in Force
  • Retirement administration
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Risk Management
  • Student Employment
  • Supervisory Training
  • Staff Compensation
  • Student trip insurance
  • Tuition Remission
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Workers Compensation

What's Happening Now

Human Resources is strategically implementing BRT strategies for HR/Payroll. Creating one HR organization for the University of Nebraska is underway. Strategy implementation has included the development and announcement of system wide policies. HR BRT strategies will continue to be implemented to effectively address the the organizational needs of the University of Nebraska. Review and implementation of HR organization structure and service delivery, benefits and leave are currently in progress.

Employees have been notified that the two leave-related cost-reduction strategies recommended by the Human Resources BRT – discontinuing the ¼ sick-leave payout for office and service employees, and lowering the maximum vacation cap – will not be implemented before 2019. This will allow time for continued review of the timing and approach of these strategies as well as a more comprehensive review of the university’s benefits plan as recommended by the HR BRT.

Cost Savings and Strategies

We anticipate approximately $4 million in cost savings through the following strategies developed by the Human Resources BRT team. These strategies have been approved by the President and Chancellors. HR BRT strategies include organization structure, benefits, policy, and leave. These strategies are intended to be leveraged in lieu of employee layoffs. Human Resources organizational changes will strengthen the University through combined resources. For more detailed information, see the document below.

Implementation Team Members

Human Resources Implementation Team Chair:

  • Bruce Currin, Human Resources, UNL /Team Chair

Human Resources Implementation Team Members:

  • Gayle Schanou, Benefits/Risk Management, UNL
  • Aileen Warren, Human Resources, UNMC
  • Cecil Hicks, Human Resources, UNO
  • Mary Petroski, Human Resources, UNK
  • Drew Nielsen, Compliance, UNO
  • Laura Wakefield, Human Resources, UNO
  • Charlotte Frank, Human Resources, UNL
  • Brian Schlichting, Benefits, UNCA
  • Stancia Jenkins, Diversity, Access and Inclusion, UNCA
  • Ali Basye, General Counsel, UNCA
  • Sheryl Gartner, Human Resources, UNCA

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see attached document of FAQs regarding the Human Resources Budget implementation.

Human Resources Contact Info

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Bruce Currin
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, University of Nebraska
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln