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	*Office of the President
*

	October 25, 2013


/From:/Tom Sullivan

/To:/UVM Community

/Re/:*Sodexo Dining Services*

    I am writing to inform you that the University of Vermont's
    assessment of Sodexo's proposed redefinition of part-time status
    affecting Sodexo employees is continuing.As a result, the changes
    proposed by Sodexo will not be implemented as originally announced
    by Sodexo.The context for this decision includes several factors:

      * A very tight timeframe from the date of notification for
        employees to consider health care options
      * The challenges of accessing accurate and timely information on
        which to assess available health care options, including
        enrollment procedures under the Federal Affordable Care Act
      * Uncertainties regarding how soon current health care
        implementation problems will be resolved
      * The University's obligation to complete its review of the
        proposed changes under the contract with Sodexo, including the
        impact those changes may have for Sodexo employees
      * The timing of the upcoming request for proposal process for
        dining services that will begin in early 2014 for a new contract
        beginning July 1, 2015, given that the present contract with
        Sodexo ends on June 30, 2015

    Sodexo employees will not experience changes in the current
    definition of employment status and associated benefits until
    further notice in order for the University to complete its analysis
    based on a full review of all relevant data and facts.The outcome
    will depend on a clearer understanding of the availability and
    affordability of health care options for Sodexo employees and other
    potential impacts, whether positive or negative.

    Further, Sodexo management is currently engaged in ongoing
    conversations with its on campus employees to assist them in
    understanding how potential changes and options may affect them.In
    light of these facts and circumstances, it is prudent that the
    University delay any decision regarding a change in benefits so that
    it may invest the time to thoroughly and accurately assess the
    impacts on Sodexo employees, and on the quality of service to our
    primary constituencies before a final determination is made
    regarding next steps.


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-- 
Tom Sullivan
President
University of Vermont
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