Benefit Categories

Staff benefit eligibility is based upon the authorized appointment hours for the employee's position.

  • Full-time: Employees who work in established positions that are approved for 35 hours per week or more for at least nine months of the year (a minimum of 1,365 hours per year), employees that have reduced their hours as part of an approved phased retirement arrangement or employees who are hired to specifically share an approved full-time position. Full-time undergraduate faculty members teach at least five courses per academic year and have other administrative responsibilities such as advising. Full-time law faculty members teach an average of 10 credit hours per academic year, plus devote substantial time to one or more of the following responsibilities (as appropriate for their tenured, tenure-track or visiting status): student engagement outside of class; legal scholarship; faculty governance; legal clinic, immersion program, or other administrative duties; service to the law school, University, legal profession, and the public.
  • Part-time with partial benefits: Employees who work in established positions that have been approved for less than full time, but at least 1,000 hours per year. Faculty who teach at least four courses per year fall into this category. Law faculty who teach at least seven credit hours per academic year, plus devote substantial time to one or more of the following responsibilities: legal clinics, immersion program, or other administrative duties; service to the law school, University, legal profession, and the public fall into this category. Only certain benefits are provided for employees in these positions. These are defined in the employee handbook.
  • Part-time: Employees who work in ongoing positions. Employees in this category cannot exceed 999 hours in their anniversary year and cannot exceed 29 hours of work per week. Only those benefits mandated by law are provided (FICA, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance). Employees in this category who are regularly scheduled to work at least 10 hours/week, 9-12 months per year will also receive a parking tag and university I.D. card.
  • On-Call: Employees who work only when needed by the University. This occurs mostly in dining services and catering. Employees in this category cannot exceed 999 hours in their anniversary year and cannot exceed 29 hours of work per week. Only those benefits mandated by law are provided (FICA, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance).
  • Temporary: Employees with short-term assignments (generally no longer than six months). Employees in this category cannot exceed 999 hours in their anniversary year and cannot exceed 29 hours of work per week. Only those benefits mandated by law are provided (FICA, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance).
  • Seasonal: Employees who are hired to work for less than six months only at certain times of the year in annually recurring work. For example, employees who are hired to work in the University Store during book rush or in Facilities to work on the summer grounds crew are seasonal employees. Only those benefits mandated by law are provided (FICA, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance).