There are a few things to do when you resign from the university:
As you prepare to retire, you should begin your retirement planning several months prior to retirement. Retirement plans and benefits are administered by Employee Services, the system office serving all four campuses. Contact Employee Services at 303-860-4200.
Visit the Preparing the Retire Website
Visit the Retiree Benefits Website
CU Boulder Retiree Perks
As a retiree on the Boulder campus you are eligible for:
- E-mail: Retirees are eligible to keep their campus e-mail accounts.
- Norlin Library: Retirees maintain their library privileges.
- Parking: Retirees receive a free retiree-parking permit when turning in a faculty/staff permit. Visit or call the Business Office in Parking Services for more information (303) 492-7384.
- Campus Involvement: Some campus groups seek retiree representatives, such as the Chancellor's Committee on Women.
- CU Retired Faculty Association
Employment Opportunities for Retirees
As a retired CU Boulder employee you possess a unique and valuable work experience to offer university departments. The retiree skills banks list offers you the ability to continue to work with temporary employment opportunities on campus.
Working as a Retiree
To be listed in the Retiree Skills Bank:
- Complete the Retiree Application.
- Send it electronically (along with optional resume) to Kelly.Reel@colorado.edu or print it and mail it to:
University of Colorado at Boulder Department of Human Resource - Welcome Retirees 3100 Marine Street 565 UCB Boulder, CO 80309-0565
Note: PERA retirees may work for a PERA-affiliated employer up to 110 days per calendar year; more than four hours of work is considered a day. See the PERA web site for more information.
Human Resources strive to partner with employees throughout their employment experience and will continue to work with you in the event you are faced with layoff. Learning that your position is being eliminated creates uncertainty and a lot of questions about the future. If you have to face the elimination of your position you will have a designated HR representative to walk you through the process and point you toward helpful resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
A separation incentive may also be an option. State Personnel rules provide for the use of separation incentives during challenging budget times. The University of Colorado Boulder has developed a Separation Incentive Program that may be available to classified employees who are laid off. This program provides for a monetary incentive to be paid to a laid off employee at the appointing Department of Human Resources Phone: 303 492 6893 3100 Marine Street, Third Floor Fax: 303 492 4491 565 UCB Boulder, Colorado 80309-0565 authority’s discretion. For more information about separation incentives, please contact a Employee Relations representative at 303-492-6893.
Within the job classes identified above, you may have rights to vacant positions, positions occupied by non-certified employees, and positions occupied by persons with less state classified service than you.
The Human Resource Consultant must identify the single highest and best offer which means the order of consideration will be as follows: transfer opportunity (position at the current pay grade), demotion opportunity (position at a lower pay grade), and part-time opportunity (if currently full-time). Recruitment Services, first, will try to identify a position at your current pay grade. If no position exists to which you have rights, Recruitment Services will then try to identify a position at a lower pay grade. If no position exists, Recruitment Services will try to identify a part-time position for you.
If a position is identified for you through this process, you will be given the offer in writing and be required to make a decision within three business days. If you decline the offer, your employment with the University will come to an end and your name will be placed on a reemployment list for your current job class for one year unless you are reemployed in that job class within the year.
If no position is identified through this process, your name will be placed on a reemployment list for your current job class for one year unless you are reemployed in that job class within the year
As indicated above, if you are not placed in a position or do not choose to accept the position offered, your name will be placed on a reemployment list for one year. This means that, if a vacancy in your job class and for which you meet the minimum qualifications should become available during the year, you will receive priority for the position. Only one job offer is made from a reemployment list.
You will have the opportunity to meet with a Human Resources Consultant who can help guide your next steps. For example, they might assist you in identifying possible transfer and promotional opportunities and contacts you might make at other state agencies.
Faculty and Staff Assistance Program is a free confidential counseling/consulting/referral service designed to provide assistance to faculty and staff for personal or work-related concerns that may interfere with job performance.
Located at 1800 Grant Street, Suite 400 Denver, CO 80203; 303/860-4200. This office can advise you about extending your benefits if you should leave the University and provide information regarding your PERA options.
Sick Leave Balance - Your sick leave balance will not be paid to you but will remain with your record and will be restored to you if you return to state service in the future. If you are eligible to retire upon termination, ¼ of your sick leave will be paid to you.
Annual Leave Balance - You will receive a payment for any annual leave that is not used. PERA - You may apply for a refund of the contributions that you have made to PERA. If you are vested (at least five years of earned service credit), you may choose to leave your contributions with PERA. You are advised to contact PERA directly with your questions at 303/832-9550.
Health Insurance - You may continue your health insurance coverage for up to 18 months by paying both your share and the state contribution. For additional information, please contact Employee Services at 303-860-4200.
Unemployment - You may be eligible for unemployment. Information on unemployment benefits and filing is available from Unemployment Insurance Customer Service at 303-318-9000 through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. General information may also be found on their website.
Outplacement Services and Information
- Human Resources
- Offers information about retention rights processes for classified staff and details on applying for other open positions on campus.
- Phone: 303-492-6475
- Employee Services
- Offers information about continuation of insurance and other employee benefits.
- Phone: 303-860-4200
- Website: http://www.cu.edu/employee-services
- Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
- Provides counseling services, (including transition support, career decision making, handling stress, etc.) for employees, free of charge, for up to six sessions.
- Phone: 303-492-3020
- Employee Learning and Development (CU System Office)
- Offers a designed Skillport Curriculum online learning resource for employees and managers. Employee offerings include “Overcoming Challenging Times” and “Preparing for Employment Change”. There is a management offering titled, “Communication Skills for Managers during Challenging Times”.
- Website: https://www.cu.edu/content/trainingresources
- Career Services
- Provides professional career guidance and planning, as well as other job search skills including resume development, interviewing skills, and access to career fairs to current CU students and alumni only.
- Phone: 303-492-6541 Website:
- Department of Labor and Employment
- Offers information on unemployment insurance and employment services.
- Phone: 303-318-9000 or 1-800-388-5515 outside the Denver Metro area
- Website: www.coworkforce.com
- Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
- Offers information to current and retired State employees on their retirement and other related benefits
- Phone: 303-832-9550 or 1-800-759-7372
- Website: http://www.copera.org/
- Workforce Centers
- Offer jobs and job search services, free workshops and other services for jobseekers. Workshops include: resume writing, career exploration, networking, interview IQ, careers over age 50, and networking for over age 50. This agency also manages the Workforce Investment Program, which offers additional services for workers displaced or soon to be displaced through lay-offs. Their website also offers an extensive list of additional resource links.
- Boulder County: http://www.wfbc.org/
- Broomfield City & County: http://www.broomfield.org/index.aspx?NID=1426
- Collective Net
- A non-profit umbrella organization of career networking groups designed to maximize job seeking and employee search efforts by providing a central location of candidates, contacts, leads and information with no fees associated and volunteer operated.
- Website: http://www.collectivenet.org/
- Connecting Colorado
- Part of a state and county-run system that delivers immediate, tangible results for your future. You can post your resume; apply for a specific job or do a self-directed job search through any of twenty-two different occupational sectors.
- Website: http://www.connectingcolorado.com/
- U.S. Department of Labor/Employment & Training Administration
- Provides programs, resources and on-line tools to assist workers in all stages of the job and career development. These include self-assessment, career exploration and preparation, as well as job search.
- Website: http://www.doleta.gov/jobseekers/
- Career One Stop provides guidance to career exploration, salary and benefit information, resumes, cover letters, and thank-you notes preparation, interviewing, job search and other related services.
- Website: http://www.careeronestop.org
- Federal Government: https://www.usajobs.gov/
- State of Colorado: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/DPA-DHR/DHR/1228910669345
- State/Federal/County/City: http://www.govengine.com/
- Colorado Counties
- Adams: www.co.adams.co.us
- Boulder: www.co.boulder.co.us
- Broomfield: www.ci.broomfield.co.us
- Denver: www.denvergov.org
- Jefferson: www.co.jefferson.co.us
- Larimer: www.co.larimer.co.us
- Weld: www.co.weld.co.us
- Colorado Cities
- Arvada: www.ci.arvada.co.us
- Boulder: www.bouldercolorado.gov
- Broomfield: www.ci.broomfield.co.us
- Denver: www.ci.denvergov.org
- Fort Collins: www.fcgov.com
- Golden: http://www.cityofgolden.net
- Lafayette: www.cityoflafayette.com
- Lakewood: www.ci.lakewood.co.us
- Longmont: www.ci.longmont.co.us
- Louisville: www.louisvilleco.gov
- Thornton: www.cityofthornton.net
- Westminster: www.westminster.co.us
- Wheatridge: www.ci.wheatridge.co.us
- Higher Education in Colorado
- University of Colorado-Denver: www.ucdenver.edu
- University of Northern Colorado: www.unco.edu
- Colorado State University: www.colostate.edu
- Colorado School of Mines: www.mines.edu
- Front Range Community College: www.frontrange.edu
- Regis University: www.regis.edu
- YWCA of Boulder County provides career planning counseling including individual counseling to those in career transitions. This includes such things as values clarification, skills identification and work personality, the Myers-Briggs Type indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. In addition they provide training in resume writing, job search correspondence, interview preparation, networking skills, community resources, computer use and job search coaching.
- Website: www.ywcaboulder.org/programs/career/
- phone: 303-443-0419
- Workforce Centers (see Transition Services above)
- Boulder County One Stop Career Network offers a "One Stop" portal to employment and training information for job seekers, employers and service providers in and around the area. It does not provide actual job search or career exploration services. (Note: many of the links provided were not functioning or were out of date.)
- Front Range Community College provides advising, counseling & career services to incoming and current students. This includes career counseling and assessment, job search assistance and job and internship listings.
- Ascend Career and Life Strategies, LLC 4845 Pearl East Circle, Suite 101 Boulder, Colorado 8O3O1 Phone: (303) 245-7049 Fax: (303) 447-7840 Email: email@example.com www.AscendCareers.net
- Human Resource Management Consultants (HRMC) Bob Bowman Longmont, CO 80504 Phone: (720) 530-8790 Website: www.hrmc.net
- Right Management Consultants 10901 W 120th Ave Broomfield, CO 80021 Phone: (303) 635-1514 Website: www.right.com
- Transitions Career Coaching Nancy Franz 4950 Youngfield Street Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Phone: (303) 420-8187 Website: http://www.transitionscareercoaching.com/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Resources manages the Unemployment Compensation Program for the campus community, including faculty, university staff and classified staff. HR also works in conjunction with Employers Unity and individual departments in order to respond to Colorado Department of Labor and Employment claim request obligations.
HR is available to assist individuals and departments regarding general questions regarding eligibility for unemployment benefits. Note, however, that individuals must file for unemployment benefits directly with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. For specific information regarding eligibility and to file a claim, please see the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website.
Managers & Supervisors
There are a few things to do when an employee resigns from the university:
Considering Workforce Reduction
There are times when budgetary impacts or changes in business needs require the difficult decision to eliminate positions. When this happens, we strive to provide support and guidance to managers and employees alike. When the possibility of layoffs occur, it is critical that Human Resources be involved from the very beginning.
Contact Your Employee Relations Consultant
Classified Staff Layoff Process
State Personnel Board rules govern the classified employee layoff process, including the reasons for a layoff, timelines and notifications, positions affected, and the options available to impacted employees. The State Personnel Board rules permit layoffs for the following reasons: lack of work, lack of funds, or departmental reorganization. It is important to note that the layoff process is not an alternative for engaging in the progressive discipline process for employees who are not performing satisfactorily.
If, after consultation with HR, it is determined that a layoff is appropriate, Employee Relations will provide the layoff plan template to the department. A layoff plan is required and must be developed by the department in consultation with Employee Relations and University Counsel. Employee Relations will provide advice and feedback on the initial draft of the layoff plan. The final plan must be signed by the appointing authority and approved by Employee Relations and University Counsel before a layoff can occur. The layoff plan must include the following:
- A description of the planned change to the fundamental structure of the unit
- The reasons such changes are required
- How work will be absorbed by remaining staff
- The anticipated benefits and results, including any cost savings
- Which positions will be affected
- A decision matrix for how a particular position was chosen for layoff
- An organizational chart (current and proposed) showing the changes in the unit
Once the layoff plan is approved it must be posted in a conspicuous place within the department for 10 calendar days.
Prior to a layoff plan being posted, the appointing authority should have an informational meeting with the affected employee.
- The purpose of this meeting is to provide notice to the employee including the process timeline before the layoff plan is made public, explain the reason for the layoff, and provide the employee with an Employee Relations contact.
- Employee Relations can answer questions, explain rights and provide resources to the employee.
- Please see the Guide to Managing Layoffs for more information on how to communicate a layoff decision.
At the end of the ten day posting period, a certified employee must receive a written layoff notice confirming that his/her position will be abolished at least 45 calendar days prior to the effective date of the layoff.
- The notice template is available from Employee Relations.
- The notice must be signed by the appointing authority, delivered to the employee and a copy provided to Employee Relations.
Classified employees who are within 5 years of retirement eligibility as of January 1, 2013 (age plus years of service equal 75) are eligible for retention rights and will be given three days to contact Employee Relations to initiate their retention rights procedures.
Probationary employees must be given at least 10 business days’ notice but are not eligible for retention rights. Please call Employee Relations at 303-492-6475 to speak further about the layoff process.
Managers considering non-voluntary terminations need to consult with Human Resources for employee related issues or the Layoff Information if they are considering a reduction in workforce.
Find Your Employee Relations Consultant
Note that involuntary terminations for university staff employees require approval from the chancellor and consultation with legal counsel.