Employee Policies Manual Policy Index
 

Employment Classifications and Categories - Staff

Wilkes University classifies and categorizes all staff positions as follows:

Classifications:

Each staff position is classified in accordance with applicable laws as either Non-Exempt or Exempt. Staff who work in:

  • Non-exempt positions are paid by the hour and are entitled to overtime pay.
  • Exempt positions are paid a salary and are not entitled to overtime pay.

Categories:
Full-time - employees 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 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.)

Probationary - newly hired employees are considered probationary for the first 90 days of employment. During this time, supervisors provide orientation/training and performance expectations for the specific position to newly hired employees. Following the 90 days, supervisors will evaluate probationary employees’ performance to determine whether further employment in the position or with Wilkes University is appropriate. If so, the employee’s status will be changed to Full-time or Part-time according to hours/week. If an employee requires more time to meet position/department standards following the first 90 days of employment, supervisors may recommend extending the probationary period by a set amount of days or weeks. In such cases, the employee’s performance would be reviewed immediately following the extended time to determine future employment opportunities. Unacceptable performance at any time during the probationary period may result in immediate termination of employment.

Temporary - employees 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 generally of a limited duration, and typically may not 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.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.


Effective Date: 01/01/2008
Revised: 07/03/2014