Support Staff

Human Resource Definitions

Regular Employee: A regular employee works a continuing schedule of 20 or more predetermined hours each week for a duration generally exceeding nine months.

Temporary Employee: Generally, a temporary employee is one who is initially employed for fewer than nine months.

On-call: These employees work an irregular schedule of hours equating to less than half time depending upon the need of the institution.

Full-time: These employees work 36 to 40 hours each week.

Three-quarter-time: These employees work at least 26 but less than 36 hours per week.

Half-time: These employees work at least 20 but fewer than 26 hours per week.

Proportional Benefits: Where reference is made for part-time employees to receive benefits, the applicable university contribution is provided as follows:

*Half-time employees: 50 percent

*Three-quarter-time employees: 75 percent

Exempt Employee: Employees who are exempt under the definitions of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act will not normally receive overtime pay (except administrative professionals and supervisory levels 8 through 11).

Nonexempt Employee: Nonexempt employees working in excess of 40 hours in a week shall be given the choice of: compensatory time off at time and one-half or overtime pay at the rate of not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay.

This standard varies by collective bargaining unit. For more information, check the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement  or the Support Staff Policy and Procedure on Overtime.

Discharge: Termination of employment for disciplinary or other involuntary reasons

Layoff: Inactive employment status resulting from reduction of the work force due to lack of funds, lack of work, and/or other cause

Other Eligible Individual (OEI): Under the Other Eligible Individual (OEI) program a benefits eligible MSU employee or retiree who does not have a spouse eligible to enroll for health, dental, supplemental life insurance, and/or accidental death & dismemberment coverage may enroll one (1) OEI, but only if ALL of the following eligibility criteria are met:

*The OEI currently resides in the same residence as the employee and has done so for the last 18 continuous months, other than as a tenant;

*The OEI is not a “dependent” of the employee as defined by the IRS; and

*The OEI is not eligible to inherit from the employee under the laws of intestate succession in the State of Michigan.

For additional information regarding OEIs, including benefit eligibility for Other Eligible Individual’s children, please look online.