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Employee Relations

What to Expect, What to Do Next

What You Need to Know: 

This page contains steps you can take to make the most of the resources available to you.

Your supervisor and/or other department representative(s) will meet with you to inform you of the position elimination decision and explain why it was necessary. He or she will summarize assistance available to you in regard to your benefits and your job search (or retirement options).

Decisions regarding position eliminations, though difficult for all involved, are based on a number of factors. In the current budget environment, such decisions are in many cases driven by financial considerations. Considerations regarding specific positions include job descriptions (including major job responsibilities), affected employees’ length of service at UK and documented work performance. For more details on UK policy regarding position elimination, click here.

Before the effective date of your position elimination, you will receive a written position elimination notice from your supervisor.

Below, we’ve highlighted some next steps we recommend.

Schedule a meeting with UK Career Employment for help with your UK job search.

An Employment representative will help review your resume, discuss job search and application strategies, and explain how you can identify yourself on UK applications as a displaced employee for consideration by UK hiring officials. If possible, bring the following to your meeting:

  • Your most current resume and application
  • A list of UK jobs you may be interested in

If you do not have a resume or are not sure how to find open positions, the representative will work with you to develop or update your resume and online application – and to review open positions at the University.

To schedule your meeting, contact Sharon Bruce, Employment Specialist: 859-257-9758, Sharon.bruce@uky.edu

Related HR Policies

#10.0: Staff Employment
#11.0: Pre-employment Screening

Meet with a career advisor from UK Career Development to help set and achieve next career goals, prepare for interviews, resumes and more.

Employees affected by position eliminations should consider using the full array of services offered by UK Career Development. Start by meeting with career counselor and manager of the UK Career Development program, Diane Kohler. With over 25 years’ experience in career counseling, Diane can provide expert guidance and advice to anyone making a career transition. Diane’s goal is to provide each client with personalized support and a road map for success. UK Career Development also offers a variety of self-guided online resources, including: a self-assessment tool to help you find your strengths and focus on potential future opportunities; a resume-building web resource to help you document and present your experience and skills effectively; as well as other resources to help you master the job search and interview process.

To schedule an appointment with UK Career Development Manager Diane Kohler, call (859) 257-9416 or e-mail CareerDevelopment@uky.edu. To help us prepare for your meeting, please complete this form prior to your scheduled meeting.

To access UK Career Development online resources, click here.

Apply for Unemployment Benefits.

In most cases, position eliminations are driven by budget or business decisions and employees are separated from work through no fault of their own. In these cases, employees affected may apply for unemployment benefits, which usually are available for up to 26 weeks (may vary depending on economic conditions).

Important! When applying for unemployment benefits, use the following “employer address” on unemployment application paperwork to ensure a timely and accurate response to your claim:

Employer Address
University of Kentucky
Unemployment
109 Scovell Hall
Lexington, KY 40506

Have questions about unemployment benefits? Contact Jeaune Hadl, Unemployment Manager, at (859) 257-9189 or jeaune.hadl@uky.edu. You may also visit the UK Unemployment site for more information.

Apply for Unemployment benefits online »

Find the closest Unemployment office to apply in person »

For more information on unemployment practices at UK, see HR Policy & Procedure #100.0: Unemployment Insurance.

Other Post-Employment Resources

  • The Kentucky Office of Unemployment and Training's "Focus/Career" online job matching tool helps you build a professional resume and automatically notifies you of jobs that match your skills and background. This tool is provided free of charge. Click here to begin your job search using the Focus/Career tool.
  • The Kentucky Home Ownership Protection Center offers a program to help unemployed individuals stay current on their mortgage payments and remain in their homes. Please visit the website for eligibility guidelines and other details.

Learn about how your benefits will be affected in the short-term and about your benefit options during any period of unemployment.

The packet you recently received summarizes how your UK benefits will affected during and after your current position is eliminated. You may also review a summary here.

If you would like a personal consultation regarding your benefits, please contact one of the following UK Employee Benefits representatives:

Gail Carbol, UK Benefits Manager, (859) 257-8880, gail.carbol@uky.edu
Chris Perry, Customer Service Manager, (859) 257-8825, 
chris.perry@uky.edu
Donna Henry, Administrative Coordinator, (859) 257-8830, donna.henry@uky.edu

Related HR policies

#51.0: Employee Education Program
#90.0: Employee Benefits Policy
#91.0: Life Insurance
#93.0: Health Care Plans
#94.0: Health Care Plan Credit