(from Christine O’Connell, URA Executive Board member for Off-Campus & Extension)
Just a reminder, since the University chooses to reimburse only at .31/mile and the current IRS mileage reimbursement rate is .55/mile, you can deduct the difference of 24.5 cents/mile off your taxes for all the miles that you’ve driven for 2011. For some of us who put significant mileage on our personal vehicles for University purposes, this can add up to be a large number. I know that I personally drove approximately 1,800 miles last year and am sure that there are others that have driven more than that. Especially if you are in the southern counties of the state, where distances seem to be farther apart, please keep track of ALL the miles you drive and deduct the difference! You can use copies of your TABERs to document your miles. It’s YOUR money; don’t let the IRS or Rutgers keep any more of it than they already do!!!
Most Rutgers employees will enjoy a long holiday break this year, but some of our members working in Cooperative Extension, based in county offices will be working on the four floating holidays (Dec. 27–30 this year.) County-based employees in the URA unit who are assigned to offices which follow a holiday schedule that is different than that set forth in Article 14 “Holidays” section of the 2007–2011 URA-AFT Administrative Unit Contract are entitled to a day and a half of holidays for each of those days when they work.
The March 18, 2008 agreement states that “…members of the bargaining unit who are assigned to county offices which follow a holiday schedule different from that set forth in the Agreement, shall follow the holiday schedule established in their respective county of assignment except that no such member shall receive less than 14 holidays.” It goes on to say that “Employees who are assigned to counties which schedule less than 14 holidays shall receive an extra personal holiday(s) to be scheduled within the same fiscal year at the mutual convenience of the bargaining unit member and his/her supervisor.”
The most common county holidays are Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthdays, Good Friday, Columbus, Veteran’s and Election Day. However, if your county does not observe all of these, you should request personal holiday time from your supervisor, at the rate of 1 1/2 days.
Read the 2008 side agreement here.