Report on December HR Administrators Forum

The sixth edition of the HR Administrators Forum was held on December 5.  More than 90 people signed up for the session, given twice a year.  Here are the topics discussed at the session:

Lynne B. Gervais, Associate Vice-Principal HR, kicked off the session with a brief talk on the university’s proposed hiring freeze announced in October. She also answered questions from the audience.

Pierre Thibodeau, Director Staffing, explained the recent changes in the staffing policy and staff movements within faculties and units.

Kathleen Tobin, Manger Benefits, described the structure of McGill’s benefit plans – how the plans are administered, how contribution rates are determined and more. She emphasized how to use the plans wisely to fully benefit plan members.  To find out more, go to the article (link or title) in this newsletter.

Fabiana Rassier, Assistant Manager, Client Services, gave an overview of the recent changes involving direct deposits for some employee groups. She also described the new policy on overpayments made to employees.

Marlene Boutet, Director, Administration & Awards Management, Office of Sponsored Research, was invited to this forum to discuss improvements in practices and procedures in the management of research grants.

Robert Comeau, Director Labour & Employee Relations, provided an update on current negotiations.

These half-day sessions are aimed at giving practical information about HR policies, programs and activities.  Those invited to these sessions include administrative assistants, administrative coordinators with HR-related duties, HR coordinators and administrators, and anyone with some HR-related functions among their responsibilities.

If you have such responsibilities and have not received an invitation to these sessions, send an email to: The invitation list is based on employees who are responsible for processing web appointment forms.