September 2013 Archives

Managers/Supervisors who approve employee time will notice a new certification screen as part of their approval.   Here is an example..

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While this does apply to all manager approvals, this change was implemented to make the time certification process for grants employees more efficient.   See email from Mike Accardi and Hilary Clark below that was shared with all Principal Investigators:


Dear Principal Investigator:


We wish to advise you of an important change in HR Direct which will eliminate certification of “03” hourly staff & students in ECRT. This change will significantly reduce the certifications in ECRT for PI’s. Beginning 8/25/13, when you access the HR Direct system to approve time, you will see a new ‘Certification Statement’ on the timesheet that will appear prior to you approving your hourly employee‘s time.  The certification statement will be the official record for Time and Effort Certification, and meet audit requirements.  


The new certification will be effective for the Fall 2014 certifying period. 


Please continue to certify in ECRT all cards for your projects for the 2013 Spring and Summer periods, as you do currently.  The new certification statement change will not be on the timesheet for that timeframe.


Please contact your Effort Coordinator with any questions you may have:


Kevin Mascoll – ext. 43646,

·         Graduate School of Education

·         Manning School of Business

·         College of Engineering


Suzanne Mahoney – ext. 44726,

·         College of Health Sciences

·         College of Sciences


Thank you.


Hilary Clark, SPHR – Director of HR/Payroll Operations

Human Resources and Equal Opportunity & Outreach


University of Massachusetts Lowell

Wannalancit Business Center

600 Suffolk Street, Suite #301

Lowell, MA 01854

Phone: 978-934-3534  Fax: 978-934-3045  Email:

Payroll General Line:  978-934-3530  Email:




 Michael V.  Accardi

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Office of Research Administration

Assistant Controller/Director – Grant Accounting

Wannalancit Mills, Room 239

600 Suffolk Street

2nd floor South

Lowell, MA  01854-3643

Phone: 978-934-4717

Fax:        978-934-2027


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