Department Resources - Temporary employment Definitions
DEFINITION OF TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT:
There are three (3) categories of temporary employment:
A. University of Michigan Student Employee
A University of Michigan Student Employee is:
a) an individual enrolled in the University of Michigan, and
b) employed by the University of Michigan, and
c) whose primary purpose for being at the University of Michigan is to obtain an education.
B. Non-University of Michigan Student Employee
A Non-University of Michigan Student is:
a) an individual enrolled full time in high school or enrolled for six credit hours or more at a college or university other than the University of Michigan, and
b) employed by the University of Michigan.
C. Temporary Employee (Non-Student)
Temporary Non-Student employees are not students as defined in Section A or B. A Non-Student temporary employee is an employee whose employment is:
a) in a specific position not limited in duration but is sporadic or casual (normally 8 hours or less per week), or
b) fixed at the time of employment for:
- a specific project, or
- relief for regular employee absences including vacations or termination, or
- augmenting regular staff occasioned by increased workloads or other conditions that may create a short term need.
c) For Non-Students, temporary employment may be either part time or full time, but in either case is limited in duration, not exceeding 12 months (for AFSCME and Trades regulations, see contractual language). In the instance of a specific project as mentioned above, the fixed appointment may be set to a maximum of 18 months if approval prior to employment is received from the Human Resource Office or staff responsible for Employment. There is no maximum duration an individual can remain a student employee if the above criteria under A or B as applicable are met.
d) For Non-Students, a temporary appointment may not be made for the purpose of a trial period for an individual being considered for a regular appointment or as a “probationary period” preceding regular employment.
Temporary Employees Are Covered By: The University’s Overtime Policy, Worker’s Compensation, Social Security, Unemployment Compensation (subject to the student exclusion required by State Law), and Travel Accident Insurance Plan. Temporary employment does not establish eligibility for regular staff benefits.