Minutes of International Agricultural Research Center Directors Meeting June 1978. The minutes record the activities of the Gene Board and its support to centers in area of germplasm duplication, particularly to national programs as center work is supported by core budgets.
Revised group insurance rates are approved: 1) lifetime limit on major medical increased to $250,000, 2) A, B & D coverage at three times salary for employee, 50% of employee’ coverage for spouse and 40% if there were children and each child 5% of the employee’s amount, 3) increase in long-term disability to a maximum of $1,500/month with a 180 day waiting period. Under retirement systems, the minutes record variation in center policies and a decision is taken to study the matter further. On the subject of salaries and compensation the directors decided to conduct a comparative study across centers. On Inter-Centre staff recruitment it is agreed that no center to center contracts are to be made for staff without the awareness of the directors of the relevant centers.
Other discussions focus on directing center priorities on improving the lot of small farmers, center involvement in establishing priorities and establishment of an organization to help in strengthening national programs.