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Richard G. Saunders

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Assistant Vice President Human Re...

Phone: (319) ***-****  
Email: b***@***.edu
Local Address:  IOWA CITY , Iowa , United States
University of Iowa
200 Hawkins Drive C135 Gh
Iowa City , Iowa 52242
United States

Company Description: UNIVERSITY OF IOWA in Iowa City: $1 million for IAAP health study (same as above); $1.4 million for their digital human simulation project to help develop the...   more

Employment History

  • Director of Benefits and Payroll
    University of Iowa
  • Senior Associate Director of Human Resources
    University of Iowa
  • Senior Associate Director
  • Director of Benefits
  • Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and Director of University Benefits and Payroll
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Richard Saunders, the senior ..., 8 June 2007 [cached]
Richard Saunders, the senior associate director of UI Human Resources, said many students obtain health insurance through their parents' plans or the UI Student Health Insurance Plan.Once these students graduate or leave the university for any other reason, they must seek other options, one of which is provided by the university.
In order to aid students during their transition from academia to the work force, the school offers short-term health and dental insurance plans to former students.These plans are available for a maximum of 12 months, Saunders said.
The UI began offering these plans, around a year ago, he said, but fewer than 50 former students are taking advantage of them.He said a single person can purchase the coverage for only $85 a month -- a cheaper alternative to private health-insurance plans of comparable quality.While many employers' health insurance plans only begin covering new employees after a waiting period, the university's plan -- which is available to students within 45 days after they leave -- helps graduates avoid a lapse in coverage, Saunders said. | Local News, 5 May 2005 [cached]
"We all know the issue of people who are uninsured is a national concern right now," said Richard Saunders, UI director of benefits.
UI received 260 applications ..., 18 May 2010 [cached]
UI received 260 applications for an incentivized early retirement program by last weekend's deadline to apply, and UI has approved 34 applications, so far, said Richard Saunders, UI assistant vice president for human resources and director of university benefits and payroll.
"The rest are basically sitting in limbo at this point in time," Saunders said.
Approval is based on savings for the university, Saunders said. The potential for savings is greatest for positions that do not have to be replaced, Saunders said.
UI is projecting to save at least $1.4 million annually from the early retirement program, Saunders said.
Members of the Iowa state Board of Regents criticized UI's program as too generous compared to others in the state, prompting the 10 years of service clause. The clause caused the eligibility pool to shrink by 800 employees to 2,900, Saunders said.
Despite potentially fewer employees in the program, Saunders still calls the program a success.
"Any saving we could achieve would make this successful," Saunders said.
This is the second time in as many years UI has offered an incentive-based early retirement program. Both times it was intended as a tool to help deal with budget cuts. The last time UI offered incentives to retire early was 2004, Saunders said.
Saunders is not anticipating another round of early retirement incentives in the near future, he said.
TIAA-CREF Newsroom | TIAA-CREF Opens Coralville Office, 16 Aug 2005 [cached]
"TIAA-CREF's enhanced presence in the Coralville area is great news for us and our employees," said University of Iowa director of benefits and payroll, Richard Saunders. | Local News, 2 Aug 2006 [cached]
Richard Saunders, director of benefits and payroll at the University of Iowa -- the area's largest employer -- said although a running total on unused vacation time is not kept, in June about 1,000 of UI's 13,000 employees who are eligible for vacation were at their "maximum accruals."In other words, those employees could potentially lose vacation time because they can't earn any more vacation hours.
"So if anyone would be losing time, it would be these people," Saunders said."But it doesn't give you a true picture because they could be taking what they get each month so it keeps them even."
Saunders said UI employees are encouraged to use their vacation time, though with cell phones, wireless laptops and other technology, it's not always easy to escape the job.
"It's important to get away and just refresh yourself," Saunders said."It's important for people to get away when they can for their health and their mental well-being."
Stanton, who gets about five weeks of vacation a year, said he does use part of his vacation for short trips or to do work around the house.Although the weather is hot and the days are long at the fair, Stanton said it's well worth spending a week of vacation to volunteer there.
"This is one week that I set aside not only for the kids, but I enjoy doing it," he said.
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