Today, President Joe Biden signed into law legislation establishing June 19 as “Juneteenth National Independence Day”, a U.S. federal holiday, effective immediately. Federal agencies will be recognizing Friday, June 18, 2021 as “Juneteenth Day Holiday,” since June 19, 2021 falls on a Saturday.
On June 16, 2021, Governor David lge signed SB 939 – Relating to Juneteenth Day. The intent of SB 939 is to establish June 19th of each year as a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States and to honor and recognize the significant roles and contributions of African Americans in the history of the United States. Under SB 939, June 19th is not a State Holiday.
RCUH employees working in a federal facility should check with their Principal Investigators today (June 17) regarding how the Juneteenth Day Holiday may affect their work schedules.
Principal Investigators should refer to the attached “Unforeseen Disruption in Work Schedules” for guidance, or follow how you handle the federal Columbus Day Holiday.
This advisory, the ninth in the series of RCUH advisories, provides guidance to Principal Investigators (PIs) and RCUH employees for returning to the workplace as the University of Hawai‘i reopens for the 2021 Fall Semester.
On Monday, May 3, 2021, we encountered a system error which affected our end of day business processing and consequently checks could not be printed. We are working to resolve the issue and will post an updated announcement when the RCUH Financial Portal is back in operation. At this time, online purchasing, payment, and travel transactions cannot be approved until the issue is resolved.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
As RCUH prepares our path for the next five years, we want to ensure that our vision is aligned with the researchers we serve. Please share your feedback on RCUH’s services by completing a brief survey of 12-13 questions. This survey should only take 7 minutes and will make an impact as to how RCUH allocates our resources and adjusts our goals moving forward.
Please submit your feedback by Friday, April 16, 2021. Mahalo.
Faculty, staff, and administrators in the research community are invited to attend a briefing on Compliance, Governance & Security as it relates to research. This webinar is an informational briefing for principal investigators, researchers, administrators and support staff and will provide information on: undue foreign influence, conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment, recently implemented DOD regulations (e.g. NIST 800-171 Self Assessment), and a walk through of the UH data governance process for research.
Special guest speaker Shawn Case, Counterintelligence Special Agent at the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), will join the panel to offer insights from the federal government’s lens.
Academic espionage. Intellectual property theft. While these may sound similar to themes from a spy film, foreign governments have been seeking to influence, interfere, and, in some cases, steal research from American universities for many years.
Although most foreign students, researchers, or professors are studying or working in the U.S. for legitimate reasons, it is important for researchers to be aware of the ongoing threat of foreign intrusion into academia. Join us at RCUH’s annual forum “Foreign Intrusion into Academic Research & Training” on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Learn how and why U.S. adversaries are infiltrating our research community with speakers from the:
Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA)
RCUH COVID-19 ADVISORY #8 – FEBRUARY 26, 2021
The University of Hawai‘i and RCUH have been working together to schedule all of our employees working and residing in Hawai‘i to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
COVID-19 VACCINATIONS (Hawai‘i-based Employees Only)
COVID-19 vaccination update: This morning we were alerted by the UH that email notices are being sent out by COVID-19 Vaccination Providers to RCUH employees working in Hawai‘i. For O‘ahu employees, these emails may come from the Queen’s Health System, Hawai‘i Pacific Health, Adventist Health Castle, Kaiser Permanente or the City & County of Honolulu. For employees working and residing on Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lanai and Kauai; your notices may come from your island’s COVID-19 Vaccination Provider. Many of you have already received an email from a provider and have already received your vaccination or have already scheduled your vaccination. The rest of you should be receiving an email in the coming days.
UH Email: The University of Hawai‘i sent out a notice this morning, please click here to read. Although, the message is addressed to the UH Ohana, this message also pertains to RCUH employees (Hawai‘i-based only). Please read and be aware of the circumstances described.
New hires: For new hires, we are still working to get all new hires on the vaccination schedule. We will update you as soon as we have information on that process.
If you have any questions, please contact RCUH HR Director Nelson Sakamoto at (808) 956-6965 or email [email protected]
The RCUH has been working with the University of Hawai‘i (UH) on a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. We were informed late last week that RCUH employees may be provided an opportunity to be vaccinated starting this week. We encourage employees to take the vaccination, and to contact their personal physician if they have any questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccination on Paid Work Time or Unpaid Time: Following the University’s guidance, Principal Investigators may allow RCUH employees who have scheduled their vaccination during their normal work schedule up to 2.0 hours of paid work time to travel to and from their vaccination site. Employees are to charge normal work hours on the timesheet for the 2.0-hour vaccination process and commute time. Employees must provide their Principal Investigator or Supervisor with their vaccination confirmation email as a verification of the date/time/location of their vaccination. Paid time should not be granted if the vaccination site is on your campus or if the date/time of the employee’s vaccination is during their non-work hours.
RCUH working with the Hawai`i Department of Health (DoH) through the UH for employee vaccinations: The DoH is coordinating the state-wide vaccination plan. The RCUH has supplied the DoH with the RCUH employees’ email address listed on their RCUH Employee Self-Service Portal. The employees’ email address will be the primary method of notifying these RCUH employees that they are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.
Email Notification of Eligibility and Registration/Scheduling for COVID-19 Vaccination: RCUH employees will receive an email directly from the vaccination provider (e.g., Adventist Health Castle, Hawai`i Pacific Health, Kaiser Medical, etc.). The employees must follow the instructions in the email that they receive from the vaccination provider. These instructions will direct the employee to the provider’s website. The provider’s website registration process requires the employee to verify their identity, then schedule the date/time for their vaccination. The dates/times are limited based on the provider’s vaccine supply and number of vaccinations already scheduled for that period. Upon completion, the employee will receive a confirmation email from the provider. The confirmation email provides instructions and what to expect on the day of their vaccination. Employees will be asked to report on time, provide a copy of their photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, etc.), copy of their medical insurance card, their completed CDC registration form (provided to the employee during their online registration process at the provider’s website), a copy of their employment ID (e.g., UH ID Card, identifying the individual as an RCUH employee), etc. Any employee without a UH ID Card should contact/email [email protected], the employee will be supplied with a verification of employment letter as their employment ID.
Dates, Times and Locations will vary by Island: Each island will have designated providers and locations for administering the COVID-19 vaccination. Dates, Times and Locations will vary depending on the provider and the availability of the vaccine.
If you have any questions, please contact Nelson Sakamoto, RCUH Director of Human Resources at (808) 956-6965 or [email protected]
Due to unforeseen circumstances, RCUH will not be mailing or printing vendor checks on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Vendor checks for payments approved on Wednesday January 6, 2021 will not be mailed until we resume business operations on Friday, January 8, 2021. Vendor payments approved on Thursday, January 7, 2021 will be processed on Friday, January 8, 2021.
The Financial Portal will remain open and you may process and approve online purchase orders, payments, and travel. However, RCUH transactions for UH Extramural accounts will NOT be transmitted and posted to the UH Kuali Financial System until we resume business operations.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.