Term Employment

Policy no. II-16
Effective date: 01/01/2008
Scope: All term staff
Exclusions: Temporary employees; Full-time and part-time faculty; Regular staff

Definitions:

"Term": the position’s anticipated duration is 12 months to 3 years; however, there are no guarantees of continued employment either within the term or when the term ends

 
Policy Statement

Individuals can be hired into part time or full time term staff positions for an anticipated duration of twelve (12) months to three (3) years.  In addition, positions funded by grants with an anticipated end date of 1 to 3 years may also be filled with a term employee.  The employee who accepts term employment is not guaranteed continued employment, either within the term or when the term ends.  They are employed for indefinite periods within the term.  The duration of the term must be specified by the hiring department and included in the offer letter at the time of hire.  Positions which the hiring department anticipates may be for a specified term must also be identified on the employment requisition, and university hiring policies and procedures must be followed.  All term employees are required to attend new employee orientation.

Term positions are treated like regular staff positions for medical and dental benefits eligibility, vacation, holidays, and sick time.  Term employees are not eligible for life insurance, retirement, long term disability, short term disability, tuition assistance, layoff status, or severance pay.  Staff in term positions are also subject to the performance management review process and positive corrective action when work performance or behavior is unsatisfactory or unacceptable.  Term employment does not alter the employment-at-will employee status of these employees.

Term employees in good standing are eligible for rehire and may apply for other positions at Case.  Term employees who are successful at obtaining regular staff positions will have a date of employment back to the date of term hire for the purposes of calculating vacation and sick time, but will not be eligible for university benefits on a retroactive basis. Supervisors must follow all university policies and procedures for regular staff when hiring into a term position.

[NOTE: Hiring departments which have not designated a position as a term position or which have determined that a position will exist for longer than three (3) years, should establish such positions as regular staff employee positions.]

 

Policy Administration: Hiring Supervisor in coordination with the Employment Office.

References: Employee Classifications and Status (II-1), Employment Planning and Responsibility/Staff Employment Procedure (II-6, 6a), Pre-Employment Requirements (II-7), Position Requirements/Exposure to Human Bloodborne Pathogens Procedure (II-8, 8a)