Employment Types

To determine benefits eligibility, all non-faculty employees (staff) are classified at the time of employment as full-time, part-time, temporary, or student employees (Federal Work Study, University Assistants, and Graduate Assistants).

Full-time (eligible/qualified for JSU Benefits): employees in full-time status regularly work a minimum of 37.5 hours per week. Employees in this category are entitled to all benefits provided by JSU after serving the waiting periods required for certain benefits. These employees may be “exempt” or “non-exempt” and are expected to continue in their assignment indefinitely on a full-time basis.

Part-time: employees who work part-time are eligible to contribute to the Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) of Alabama. Employees in this classification work a maximum of 26 hours per week. Part-time employment can be temporary or expected to continue indefinitely. Part-time employees work a maximum of 26 hours per week.

Temporary (Time-Limited): employees in a temporary status work a maximum of 26 hours per week. Employees in this category are employed for a specifically defined project, for peak workloads, or for short time replacement of full-time employees, and have an expected termination date of less than one year from the initial date of employment. However, if a department requires the services of a temporary employee for longer than one year, the employee must have a thirty-day break in service documented on a Temporary Employment Extension Request Form by the hiring manager. After this break in service, the temporary employee may return for a period not to exceed one year from the date of re-hire.

Periods of temporary employment will not be counted as part of a probationary period or waiting period for purposes of benefits in case of subsequent appointment to a regular position. Temporary employment does not confer upon the employee any privilege of right of promotion, transfer, or reinstatement to regular position. A temporary employee may apply for a full-time position when and if a full-time position becomes available.

Student Workers: These are currently enrolled JSU students hired to participate in on-campus employment opportunities as University student assistants, Federal Work Study, graduate assistants (research assistants or teaching assistants), student housing resident assistants, tutors or interns whether paid from institutional, grant or stipend sources. These on-campus jobs enable students to earn money, gain work experience, and to build their professional resume. To qualify, a student must be enrolled at JSU, and registered for at least six credit hours as an undergraduate student or three credit hours as a graduate student during Fall and Spring semesters. Students currently participating in a dual enrollment program not eligible to participate in the Student Employment Program (please refer to the Student Employment Handbook). No person may be employed as a staff or faculty member of JSU and as a student employee or graduate assistant at the same time.

Grant Funded (Time-Limited): Grant-Funded employees are either in full, temporary, or student positions and could be exempt or non-exempt under FLSA. The costs of associated with Grant-funded position are paid by the grant awarded to the University. Grant-funded positions will not continue beyond the expiration of the grant. Employment in a position funded by a grant does not confer on the employee any right or promise to a non-grant funded position. Salaries and benefits requested and/or approved in a grant must conform to all university policies relating to titles, salary, classifications, etc., and will be administered by the University. In the event benefits are provided by the grant, full-time employees will be eligible for the same benefits provided to JSU full-time regular employees or otherwise specified in the Grant. All changes to grant-funded positions must be managed through the Department of Human Resources. HR must receive written Approval from the Grant Administrator for any title changes, changes to duties performed, job or position classification, change in compensation, or extensions to employment agreements, etc.

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