Category: Human Resources Department News

EISN Promotes Safe Work Practices

On January 17, 2013, the City hosted a meeting of the Eastern Illinois Safety Network (EISN) at the Fire Department. The Eastern Illinois Safety Network is a group of health and safety professionals from the area that meet to help promote safe work practices for a variety of organizations.  Risk Manager Larry Krause arranged to […]

City Harassment Prevention Training

Human Resources hosted Harassment Prevention training on January 15, 2013. A total of 22 newly hired City employees and 21 newly promoted supervisors/lead workers attended the training held at the Champaign Police Department. The Harassment Prevention class helps maintain the City’s commitment to providing a work environment respectful of employees and free of sexual harassment […]

Dental and Vision Open Enrollment

The Human Resources Department has launched its annual Open Enrollment period for dental and vision insurance beginning November 1 through November 30, 2012. Changes to employee and dependent elections for dental and vision insurance coverage are made during this time period. Participation in dental/vision insurance is voluntary, with employees paying 100% of the premium cost. […]

Affordable Care Act

The Human Resources Department continues to monitor and comply with the Healthcare Reform and the Affordable Care Act. Implementation steps, per the law, began in 2010 and continue through 2018. Each step introduces new requirements for employers and health plans. For 2012, the Act requires health insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of […]

Diversity Recruitment Workshop

The City continues to expand and enhance efforts to effectively recruit a diverse pool of applicants for City jobs. Deputy Fire Chief Eric Mitchell and Assistant HR Director Lori Bluhm attended a Firefighter Diversity and Recruitment Workshop on October 19. The workshop provided tools and techniques for outreach and partnerships to connect with a broader […]

2012 Fire Fighter Recruitment

The Human Resource and Fire Departments continue the 2012 Fire Fighter recruitment eligibility list process. Recruitment efforts for 2012 successfully yielded 115 total applications. The number of minority and female applicants met City Affirmative Action goals, which are based on expected availability of minority and female applicants for the job. Qualified applicants are now invited […]

Safeworks Injury Conference

On Wednesday September 12, Risk Manager Larry Krause attended the Safeworks Illinois Work Injury Conference in Oak Brook. The goal of the conference was to bring together all stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system in Illinois to review current trends and policy. Further discussion involved best practices and opportunities for improvement in the treatment and […]

Firefighter Applications Now Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the firefighter eligibility list process. The HR and Fire Departments are working with Public Safety Recruitment/I.O. Solutions (PSR/IO) to provide firefighter application and testing services. PSR/IO has specialized expertise in firefighter recruitment and assessments. PSR/IO expands Champaign’s targeted outreach to a broad group of diverse, qualified applicants, while streamlining […]

Changes in Firefighter Hiring Requirements and Procedures

The City generally recruits for firefighters every two years. The recruitment process culminates in the creation of a rank-order eligibility list from which candidates are hired as vacancies occur within the relevant two year period. Effective in 2011, the Illinois Firefighter Hiring Act (P.A. 97-0251 (H.B. 1576)) created substantial changes to the way new full-time […]