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Read all about it: Temple Employee Manual

A new spring wardrobe: $500.

Lunch at the Diamond Club: $7.45.

A fitness center membership (anywhere but at the Independence Blue Cross fitness center, that is): more than $500 per year.

A water ice sold during Spring Fling: $1.

The new Temple University Employee Manual: priceless!

Soon, this valuable resource will be yours, and you will be able to find in one place the answers to key questions on Human Resources policies and procedures.

Although it’s not yet on the New York Times Best-Sellers list, the Human Resources Department has an important new offering to recommend.

After more than two years of researching best practices, writing, rewriting and securing approval from the University officers, the first comprehensive manual of HR policies and procedures at Temple University is ready for its readers and it is a must-read.

The dissemination of the Employee Manual to all faculty and staff will begin in May. Mandatory supervisory and staff information sessions will be conducted beginning in May and will continue throughout the summer. These sessions will review key personnel enhancements and changes that are detailed in the manual.

To receive a manual, employees must attend the session and complete the Employee Acknowledgement Form to certify receipt of the manual. Notification of dates, times and locations of these information sessions will be communicated soon.

The purpose of the Employee Manual is to provide University employees with source of information about Temple and the procedures and policies it has established. Although it is intended to be comprehensive, the manual does not, and cannot, include policies that address every situation that may arise. The University reserves the right to adopt new procedures and policies or modify, alter, change, or cancel existing policies and procedures at any time.

In addition to the printed copy of the manual that will be disseminated to all faculty and staff, the official copy of all policies and procedures, including any revisions, will be posted on the Human Resources Web site at www.temple.edu/hr.

After an introductory section with a welcome by President David Adamany and information about the University, including its newly crafted mission statement, the manual is divided into 14 sections. Some of the manual’s major areas of interest include detailed information on the introductory/probationary period, pre-employment health assessments, official University hours, the vacation policy, the family and medical leave policy, notice of privacy regarding personal health/medical records, flexible spending accounts, tuition remission, domestic partner benefits, worker’s compensation, time records, the Performance Development System, wage/salary structure for positions, applying for a new job within Temple, software and computer usage policy, non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy, confidential information, and termination of non-introductory and introductory employees and the exit process.

The policies and procedures set forth in the manual apply to all faculty and staff, including student workers and volunteers. An applicable collective bargaining agreement may provide for variations in certain matters, including employee benefits, and would supersede the manual’s policies for those covered individuals. Since student workers and volunteers do not receive fringe benefits, those sections of the manual do not apply to them.

However, student workers and volunteers do receive all legally mandated benefits such as worker’s compensation. An employee’s department may also have additional specific procedures for many of the general policies covered in the manual, and employees are expected to know and comply with them. In the event of any conflict between policies in the manual and departmental procedures, however, the policies in the manual supersede and control.

For more information, contact Joan Waites at 204-8905 or Janet Rone at 204-1683.

Employee manual sections

About Temple University
The Temple Community
Starting Your Job
Reporting To Work
Time Away From Your Job
Understanding Your Benefits
The Unforeseen Injury
Your Paycheck and Expenses
Your Career At Temple University
Recognition of Performance
A New Position
University Standards
Employment Standards
Your Employment File
Leaving the University
Contact list of Temple University Resources
Employee Acknowledgement Form