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News and Announcements

May 2020

Spring 2020 HRascals Meeting will be recorded and available online May 13, 2020. Due to not being able to meet in-person, the May 13 Spring HRascals meeting will be recorded and posted on-line.

On May 1, 2020 approximately 100 PSU employees, who work in units impacted by the loss of revenue or lack of work due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, received notice that they would be enrolled in the PSU Extended Benefit Program. The program will allow employees to retain health care benefits while on an unpaid leave of absence. Displaced employees will also have the opportunity to apply for expanded unemployment insurance and human resources will provide employee support services. More information about the program itself can be found at

April 2020

We have posted a recorded copy of the 4/2/20 webinar addressing HR and the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Answers to questions not addressed in the FAQ can be found here.

March 2020

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act or FFCRA was passed on March 18, 2020, in response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The FFCRA applies to Portland State University (PSU) and creates new sick leave and family leave benefits to employees who must be absent from work due to COVID-19.

The FFCRA provides employees with two new leave benefits. These benefits are available as of April 1, 2020, and extend through December 31, 2020, and are summarized here.


Sign up for Direct Deposit! There is still time to sign up for direct deposit of your March, 2020 paycheck!  Employees can sign up on banweb at and receive their funds on payday!  

To encourage social distancing by limiting the number of employees in the HR Lobby, all payday checks will be mailed out to employees instead of being held in HR for in-person pickup. Checks will be mailed to the address on file in banweb, please double check that your address is correct!

Strategic Hiring Freeze FAQs

University response to Coronavirus

February 2020

Per the new SEIU contract, effective July 1, 2019, all SEIU employees have a bucket of leave to be used in the event of a university announced closure.  The leave is to be used similar to holiday pay. When PSU has a closure SEIU employees should use “leave taken weather” LTW in place of the regular hours they were scheduled to work.  Essential services employees will enter all hours worked as overtime, in addition to the leave taken weather (LTW) hours to be paid double time and a half for all hours worked during the weather event.  

Supervisors should consider that all SEIU employees are being paid for the first 48 hours of inclement weather events and plan in advance if employees are considered “essential”.

Have questions about University Closure Policy? Check out our list of frequently asked questions.

January 2020

PEBB is in the Process of Mailing out 1095C forms now throughout February. If you have not received this form by the end of February please contact PEBB Member Services at or 503-373-1102.

Have questions about your W2 Wage and Tax Statement? Check out our list of frequently asked questions about W2. Questions such as when you can expect your W2 and how to access it online are answered there. 

Length of Service 2020 On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, we will honor our faculty & staff who reached a length of service milestone in 2019. The Length of Service Reception will be held in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Please join us as we honor our fellow colleagues for their significant achievement and contribution to Portland State University! RSVP is requested

See the list of 2020 Honorees here.

Other Announcements

PERS Director: Statement on Senate Bill 1049. To learn more about Senate Bill 1049 (pending signature from the Governor) view through GovDelivery. Subscribe to GovDelivery here.


In 2018, Portland State completed its Classification and Compensation Study for Unclassified/Unranked staff positions. The Academic Professionals portion of the project is ongoing. To learn more about the study and to stay up-to-date please visit our project page for the compensation study.


Revised 3/27/2020

Our Purpose

Welcome to the Office of Human Resources. Our team is committed to providing quality service that enables faculty and staff to contribute at the highest level to support the mission of the University. We serve the PSU community in the areas of employee recruitment and retention, new employee onboarding, employee learning and development, payroll, compensation and benefits, and employee relations.

Our Services

  • Benefits, Retirement & Wellness
  • Compensation and Classification
  • Employee Leaves
  • Employee Records
  • Employee Relations
  • Employment Services
  • HR Information Systems
  • Payroll