Academic Specialist Manual

7.12 Bridging Breaks in Service

To provide a consistent definition of continuing employment for University employees, the policy for bridging breaks in service provides that service breaks for academic specialists of twelve months or less result in the reinstatement of the previous employment date for purposes of retirement service credit and for fringe benefit eligibility. To bridge breaks in service greater than ninety days and not more than twelve months, the following conditions must be met:

Approved leaves of absence do not constitute a break in service.

This policy will be implemented automatically by the Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs at the time individuals are subsequently reappointed. For individuals seeking to clarify their continuing employment status, it will be necessary to submit a written request to Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs, 312 Administration Building. The following information should be included in the written request: (1) Name (indicate if previously employed under a different name); (2) Social Security Number, (3) Present Department; (4) Previous Employment Date; (5) Separation Date; and (6) Re-employment Date.

Questions regarding the bridging policy should be directed to Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs, 5-1526; contact Human Resources, 3-4434, regarding eligibility for benefit coverages.

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