The Labor and Employee Relations (LER) group advises leaders in all University colleges and departments on an array of issues including university policy and union contract interpretation, performance management, organizational structure, and labor/management relations.  Our team approach to problem solving is designed to produce effective results consistent with the goals and objectives of each unit.

Employee Performance Review

The performance review is a communication tool designed to support each individual's contribution to the University. The review provides a way to measure skills and accomplishments with reasonable accuracy and uniformity. It provides a way to help identify obstacles to top performance. It should help identify areas for professional growth. It should not, however, be considered the supervisor's only communication tool. Open lines of communication throughout the year help to make effective working relationships.

Each employee is entitled to a thoughtful and careful review. The success of a performance review depends on the supervisor's willingness to complete a constructive and objective assessment, and on the employee's willingness to respond to constructive criticism and to work with the supervisor to overcome performance barriers.

The Performance Improvement PlanCompetency Standards Tool (PDF), and  PeopleAdmin- How to Guides can be helpful tools to use during the performance review process.

Steps to Complete Review

Supervisors are expected to complete an annual online performance review for all staff employees.

Non-represented staff reviews must be completed online electronically or completed online by uploading the completed paper forms released by Human Resources. Both processes cover the same content.

Represented/Unionized staff should have a review completed online by uploading documents outlined in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Completing the Review Online Electronically (PDF)

Completing the Review Online - Uploading Paper Forms (PDF)

Step-by-Step Supervisor Video: Paper Reviews

Step-by-Step Supervisor Video: Online Form

UE & UVMSU Collective Bargaining Agreement Performance Review Highlights (PDF)



UVM supervisors are encouraged to use the principles of discipline in managing the needs of their area. Progressive discipline is corrective action designed to help individuals overcome behavior that has caused problems on the job. Its goal is to help individuals work productively in healthy relationship with others.

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Written Warning
  3. Suspension
  4. Termination

It is understood, however, that the University does not have to follow this progression in every case of employee discipline, and it may skip or repeat steps based upon the circumstances of any given case. When an employee's misconduct warrants a higher penalty, the University may move directly to Suspension or Termination.

Our Human Resource Services Labor and Employee Relations team provides expert guidance and assistance to supervisors and managers who are grappling with challenging situations. Please contact your servicing LER Professional directly (see our LER Points of Contact list embedded above), or email uvmler@uvm.edu for help. You may also call 802.656.3150 and ask to be referred to LER.

Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides eligible employees of covered employers with unpaid, job-protected leave for specific family and medical reasons. If you have questions about your rights and entitlements or if you are a supervisor who has received a request under FMLA, please contact uvmler@uvm.edu.

To see a list of comprehensive and up-to-date forms related to employment, visit Forms.

Labor & Employee Relations Misc.

Labor Relations in the New UVM Environment (video)  Video is 1 hour and 24 minutes long.

A helpful video for Deans and Directors supervising represented faculty and staff members at UVM.  Video is located on UVM Streaming website and requires login with your UVM NetID and password.  


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LER Points of Contact (pdf)