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For Classified employees who participate in the Traditional Sick Leave Plan (TSLP) and are in positions exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Under the new Working@VCU: "Great Place" HR Policies, many things are staying the same, some things are changing for everyone, and some things change only for employees who become part of the new University and Academic Professionals employee group.  A comparison of provisions for Classified employees and provisions for the new University and Academic Professionals employee group is available in the drop-downs below. What is provided here is a summary of the key differences in each policy. See the full policy for more information.

This publication is intended to provide a summary of the provisions applicable to Classified Employees and to University and Academic Professionals at Virginia Commonwealth University and is deemed to be accurate at the time of publication. In the event of any discrepancy between this publication and the Working@VCU: "Great Place" HR Policies, the latter shall prevail. University and Academic Professionals whose employment is governed by employment contracts are subject to contractual provisions where they differ from the provisions summarized below. Virginia Commonwealth University reserves the right to change the programs and provisions applicable to University and Academic Professionals at any time. Download a printable pdf.

What stays the same

The following programs continue for all Classified Employees and University and Academic Professionals.

  • State employee health coverage (COVA plans, Kaiser, TRICARE Supplement)
  • State employee flexible spending plans
  • Virginia Retirement System group life insurance
  • Virginia Retirement System retirement benefits (VRS Plan 1, VRS Plan 2, VRS Hybrid Plan, VaLORS)
  • Tuition waiver and tuition reimbursement eligibility
  • State employee workers' compensation program
  • VCU 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA)
  • Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • VCU Cash Match Plan
  • Work/life and wellness programs
  • Access to state retiree health coverage and state retiree life insurance at retirement

Features of the new HR Plan for everyone

The following programs apply to all University and Academic Professionals as well as Classified employees. 

Performance management
A new performance management process focuses on cascading goals, core competency demonstration, and measurable outcomes. The program aligns goal setting, performance review, and career development to school/unit and university priorities using our Talent@VCU software. There are six performance ratings in the new process. For Classified employees, the six performance review ratings will be converted to the three-rating scale used by the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management for state reporting purposes. 

Career development
Collaborative career planning engages employees and managers in a structured process to formulate and realize career development goals. New career development tools, such as the Learning Management System in Talent@VCU, provide easy access to universitywide learning opportunities, and track training participation as well as external learning experiences.

Career communities
New communities that bring together employees in the same or similar job families throughout the university, and are open to all others seeking to learn about or explore movement to another job family.

Creation of new formal and informal mentoring programs.

Leadership development
Defined leadership competencies used for hiring, performance management, and development for employees who manage others.


Employee group

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Paid leave

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Employee relations

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Alternative work arrangements

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Optional Retirement Plan (ORP)

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