Policy No. 201 Effective Date: 01/01/2008
It is the intent of Wilkes University to clarify the definitions of employment classifications so that employees understand their employment status and benefit eligibility. These classifications do not guarantee employment for any specified period of time. Accordingly, the right to terminate the employment relationship at will at any time is retained by both the employee and Wilkes University.
Each employee is designated as either NONEXEMPT or EXEMPT from federal and state wage and hour laws. NONEXEMPT employees are entitled to overtime pay under the specific provisions of federal and state laws. EXEMPT employees are excluded from specific provisions of federal and state wage and hour laws. An employee's EXEMPT or NONEXEMPT classification may be changed only upon written notification by Wilkes University management.
In addition to the above categories, each employee will belong to one other employment category:
FULL-TIME employees are those who are regularly scheduled to work a full-time schedule of at least 35 hours per week, for a minimum of 9 months. Generally, they are eligible for Wilkes University's standard benefit package, subject to the terms, conditions, and limitations of each benefit program.
PART-TIME employees are those who are scheduled to work less than the full-time work schedule of at least 35 hours per week, for a minimum of 9 months. (Part-time employees may be eligible for some benefits sponsored by Wilkes University, subject to the terms, conditions, and limitations of each benefit program.)
INTRODUCTORY employees are those full-time employees whose performance is being evaluated to determine whether further employment in a specific position or with Wilkes University is appropriate.
TEMPORARY employees are those who are hired as interim replacements, to temporarily supplement the work force, or to assist in the completion of a specific project. Employment assignments in this category are of a limited duration, not to exceed six (6) months. Employment beyond any initially stated period does not in any way imply a change in employment status. Temporary employees retain that status unless and until notified of a change. All legally mandated benefits (such as Social Security and workers' compensation insurance) are provided to temporary employees. Some other Wilkes University-sponsored benefits may also be available, subject to the terms, conditions, and limitations of each benefit program.