Are You Aware of the Changes to FMLA?
The Federal Government has made amendments to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that became effective on January 16, 2009. To read highlights of these regulatory changes and to learn more about the Family Medical Leave, visit the Personnel Cabinet's Web site.
Kentucky Employee Assistance Program (KEAP)
May is Mental Health Month, an annual observance designed to increase awareness of mental health and well-being. Good mental health is essential to overall health and builds the foundation to a productive, well-balanced life. When symptoms appear, quality of life can be greatly improved through early recognition and appropriate treatment. The Kentucky Employee Assistance Program invites you to take advantage of free, anonymous online mental health self-assessments. For more information, click here.
Employee Engagement is defined as a fusion of commitment and loyalty to your employer, job ownership and pride. Employees want to feel good about their leaders, where they work, and the products and services they provide. Are your employees actively engaged in the workplace? For more information, click here.
Career Opportunities System Update
At the end of 2007, the Personnel Cabinet's Division of Career Opportunities launched an on-line recruitment system for the state government merit hiring process called the Career Opportunities System (COS). COS makes applying for state employment much easier. You no longer have to come to our office in Frankfort to turn in your application. And you have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the convenience of your own computer.
After nearly a year and a half in operation, we would like to provide an update of the success of this system and share some interesting statistics:
64,442 applicants have submitted an application
There has been 240,958 submissions to job vacancies
5,328 registers have been certified to agencies
The average time it takes for an agency to fill a vacancy from the time a register is certified to the requesting agency to when an appointment is made is 50 days.
Approximately 28 employees in the Division of Career Opportunities work behind the scenes to make these actions happen.
We hope you are taking advantage of Career Opportunities System—it’s at your fingertips!
Did You Know…
One big difference with COS is that applicants now only apply to vacant positions; whereas in the past they applied to any position even though there may not have been a vacancy or never would be a vacancy in that job class. The exception is immediate-fills, which are always posted.
A popular feature of COS is the Job Submission Status that allows applicants to log on to COS with their PIN and password and track the progress of their submissions.
Due to system automation, applicants who apply to job vacancies for which they have been previously approved will notice their job submission status is updated very quickly. However, when they apply to a job title for the first time, the initial review must be performed and can take longer for their status to be updated.
Because of the sheer volume of applicants, it sometimes takes several days to even weeks for the applicant’s submission to be reviewed and for the job submission status to be updated.
Once applicants apply to vacant positions, as long as they meet the minimum requirements, they will be included* on the certified registers which are provided to agencies.
*Subject to requirements of reemployment and promotional registers
Prepare for Weather-Related Disasters
Tornado season began in March and continues through May. “Preparation is the best way to protect your family against potential disasters,” says Scott Gasser, State Safety Director. “Develop a plan and make certain that your family members understand it. Compile a disaster supply kit and keep it in your basement or an interior room where the family will take cover if necessary.” Click here to learn more about tornadoes and other disaster information.