Department of Human Resources

Pre-Employment Criminal Background Check Policy

Title: Pre-Employment Criminal Background Check Policy
Policy Owner: Department of Human Resources and Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Others
Campus Applicability:  Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: January 8, 2014
For More Information, Contact Department of Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/cbc/

 

BACKGROUND

The University of Connecticut prides itself on hiring qualified employees who are prepared to work in the best interests of the University and its students.  Pre-employment criminal background checks serve as an important element of the University’s ongoing efforts to ensure a safe and secure campus and workplace.  Criminal history information can identify prospective employees who may be predisposed to engage in violence, sexual misconduct, misappropriate of resources, identity theft, data breaches and other misconduct.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to the following:

  • All full-time and part-time final candidates for employment in regular payroll positions (faculty, professional, and classified).
  • All individuals selected for temporary appointments as Adjunct Faculty, Special Payroll Lecturers, and Instructional Specialists that are not dually employed at the University or that have had a break in University service for more than two consecutive semesters.

At the specific request of the hiring department, other prospective special payroll appointments or volunteers may be subject to a criminal background check when the special payroll or volunteer position is a position of trust or when required by law to perform a criminal background check.

Employees who are already employed at the University and apply for transfer or promotion are not covered by this Policy.

 

GENERAL POLICY

It will be a condition of employment at the University of Connecticut to submit to a criminal background check.  Offers of employment will be conditional pending the result of a background check, which shall include, at a minimum, the following:

  • Social Security Number Verification / Past Address Trace
  • Statewide criminal history (where applicable)
  • County Criminal
  • National Criminal
  • Federal Criminal
  • Statewide Sex Offender
  • Nationwide Sex Offender
  • International Criminal (where applicable)

Pre-Employment criminal background checks will be centrally administered by the Department of Human Resources.

Pre-employment criminal background checks and the use of criminal history information will be in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Procedures on the pre-employment criminal background check process are available at: http://hr.uconn.edu/cbc/

Relocation and Moving Policy

Title: Relocation and Moving Policy
Policy Owner: Office of the Provost / Department of Human Resources
Applies to: Designated Full-time Faculty, Athletics, Librarians, Management Exempt, and Management Exempt positions with faculty titles
Campus Applicability:  All Campuses except UConn Health
Effective Date: February 25, 2021
For More Information, Contact Office of the Provost or Human Resources
Contact Information: Provost@uconn.edu / HR@uconn.edu
Official Website: http://www.policy.uconn.edu

REASON FOR POLICY

The University recognizes the competitive nature of the hiring process and therefore grants the flexibility to reimburse or pay for actual relocation expenses for designated full-time faculty, athletics, management-exempt administrators.

POLICY STATEMENT

The relocation policy and procedures establishes the nature of expenses that can be direct billed or reimbursed from the University, limits on these expenses, and a timeframe of when these expenses can occur.

POLICY

  1. In the offer of employment, the University may include an offer to reimburse and/or provide direct payment for allowable moving expenses required for relocation up to the amount specified in the table set forth in paragraph 15 herein.
  2. All reimbursement or direct payments for relocation expenses are includable in the employee’s taxable wages.
  3. Designated faculty includes tenured and tenure-track faculty, management-exempt employees with a base faculty appointment, in-residence faculty, clinical faculty, extension faculty, and  librarians.
  4. Direct billing cannot be used for moves that occur during November or December.
  5. The hiring process includes three phases: interview, offer and acceptance, and move. The final phase, the move, begins the date of the final one-way trip of the selected candidate and their  family to their new residence. The move phase ends upon the day of arrival. Only expenses incurred in connection with the move phase are covered by this policy. Common relocation expenses include (where relevant, this covers the employee and one immediate family member, defined as spouse or child):
    • Transportation of household goods
    • Airfare, in accordance with the University Travel Policy
    • Car rental (through the day of arrival), or mileage at the standard IRS medical/moving mileage rate, in accordance with the University Travel Policy
    • Lodging (only during the one-way trip of the move phase, ending on the day of arrival), in accordance with the University Travel Policy
    • Meals during travel (excluding alcohol), in accordance with the University Travel Policy
    • Shipping of car
    • Storage of household goods after arrival; not to exceed 30 consecutive days after date goods are moved from the former residence
  6. Employees will be reimbursed for the shortest, most direct route available. Travel incurred for side trips or vacations en route, etc. may proportionally reduce the amount of moving  expenses an employee is eligible to receive.
  7. The following types of non-business expenses, included but not limited to, will not be paid or reimbursed as part of relocation expenses:
    • Entertainment
    • Side trips, sightseeing
    • Violations (parking tickets, moving violations, )
    • Return trips to former residence
    • Expenses related to former residence
    • General repairs or maintenance of vehicle resulting from self-move
    • Temporary accommodation in the new location beyond the day of arrival
  8. Individuals should refer to the Reimbursement of Recruitment Expenses Policy for guidance regarding appropriate payment or reimbursement of expenses related to the “interview” and  “offer and acceptance” phases. Relocation payments are not intended to cover any travel expenses incurred during these two earlier phases.
  9. The cost associated with the relocation of a laboratory, professional library, scholarly collection and/or equipment (scientific, musical, etc.) are excluded from this policy as they are not   considered household goods or personal effects. If relevant for business purposes, costs associated with moving such materials should be negotiated separately.
  10. This policy applies to new employees whose move exceeds 50 miles and who are moving to within 35 miles of the primary campus at which they will be working. Exceptions to this rule may   be made by a Dean, the Director of Athletics, or by the appropriate EVP if a) they think that a move is reasonable given the commuting distance that the new employee would be facing, or b)   the new residence of the employee will be close enough to the primary campus at which they will be working so that they will reasonably be able to relocate there and perform their duties.
  11. Relocation expenses will only be covered by this policy if they occur within 12 months of the new start date of an employee.
  12. If employment with the University ends in a voluntary separation prior to working at least thirty-nine (39) weeks on a full-time basis in the first twelve months after starting employment,   the employee must reimburse the University the full amount of relocation expenses paid by the University.
  13. Exceptions to extend applicability beyond these employees require a business justification and must be explicitly approved by the Director of Athletics, EVP, or President as appropriate.
  14. The President will recommend an amount for reimbursement and/or direct payment for the Executive Vice Presidents/Provost to the Board. The Chairman of the Board will recommend an   amount for reimbursement and/or direct payment for the President to the Board.
  15. The formula for determining the amount to be reimbursed is based on the distance of the move. This figure represents the maximum reimbursement allowed. The allowance for a move   constitutes the maximum commitment for reimbursement of University and/or Foundation funds, rather than an entitlement of the employee. The figure is also the maximum amount the   University will pay when the direct bill option is selected. The formula is calculated according to the distance of the move, as follows:
Mileage Reimbursement of expenses up to:
≤ 1,000 miles $2,000
≤ 1,500 miles $2,500
≤ 2,000 miles $3,000
≤ 2,500 miles $3,500
≤ 3,000 miles $4,000
  1. It may be the case that the competitive hiring practices of a specific field require exceptions to this policy. Exceptions that involve costs of up to 200% of the standard formula may be approved by the Dean, Director of Athletics, or EVP as appropriate. Exceptions above 200% of the standard formula or involving other requirements of the policy will require documentation of the business justification for the requested exception and these require approval by the EVP or President as appropriate.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy or associated procedures may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, the University of Connecticut Student Code, or other applicable University Policies.

RELATED POLICIES

Reimbursement of Recruitment Expenses, Policy on

POLICY HISTORY

Policy Created:  07/01/2003 (Reimbursement of Recruitment and Moving Expenses Policy approved by Board of Trustees)

Revisions:

08/07/2013 (Reimbursement of Moving Expenses Policy and Procedures approved by Board of Trustees)

11/21/2014 (Procedural revisions to Reimbursement of Moving Expenses Policy and Procedures)

02/24/2021 (Relocation and Moving Policy approved by Board of Trustees)

Reimbursement of Recruitment Expenses Policy and Procedures

Title: Reimbursement of Recruitment Expenses Policy and Procedures
Policy Owner: Committee formed by the Office of the Provost
Applies to: Faculty
Campus Applicability:  All Programs at all Campuses except UConn Health
Effective Date: August 7, 2013
For More Information, Contact Workforce Solutions/ Office of the Provost
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/

Reason for Policy

The University recognizes the competitive nature of the recruitment and hiring process, and, therefore, grants departments the flexibility to pay for or reimburse recruitment expenses for faculty or management-exempt administrator positions.

The hiring process consists of three phases: the interview phase, the offer and acceptance phase, and the move phase. The interview and offer and acceptance phases constitute the recruitment process.  For expenses incurred in connection with the move phase, please see the Reimbursement of Moving Expenses Policy. Depending on the phase, payments vary and are subject to different tax rules.

This policy allows for reimbursement and/or direct pay of one trip per recruitment phase.  Reimbursements for additional visits must be authorized by the President and/or Provost.

The Interview Phase Policy Statement

The interview phase commences upon the first interview and ends upon extension of a written offer to the candidate.  The date the request to hire is submitted is considered the extension of a written offer.

Any department seeking to recruit for a position of sufficient importance may, with the approval of the Dean, Director or Department Head, pay full or partial travel expenses of candidates who must travel to interview for the position. All costs of the interview are the responsibility of the department.

Following approval by the Dean, Director or Department Head, the department may proceed with arrangements for interviews. All candidates should be advised of allowable expenses prior to the interview.  Payments or reimbursements for companions during the interview phase are not permitted.

The University’s Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures apply to candidate searches. Costs for airline tickets may be charged to the University contracted travel agency. Please refer to the University’s Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures for additional information regarding approved class of travel.

Procedure

Prior to the candidate’s visit to the University, or as soon as feasible, the sponsoring department should set up the candidate as a vendor using the Vendor Create process in the Kuali Financial System (KFS).  After the vendor has been created and the trip has been completed, a Disbursement Voucher needs to be initiated by the department.  Payment will disbursed by the Accounts Payable Department after appropriate routing and approval through KFS.  Claims for reimbursement must be itemized and original receipts supporting all claims must be included. The following information should also be included in the Disbursement Voucher:

  1. Vendor Number
  2. Date of interview
  3. Title of position
  4. Search number
  5. Itemization of expenses
  6. KFS Account Number and Object Code to be charged
  7. All supporting receipts must be scanned and attached to the Disbursement Voucher in KFS

The Offer and Acceptance Phase Policy Statement

The offer and acceptance phase occurs between the date of the extension of a written offer and the move phase, which is defined as the final one-way trip of the selected candidate and their family to the primary duty station.

Once the job offer has been extended, and with the approval of the Dean, Director or Department Head, the following offer and acceptance related expenses may be requested for reimbursement for the employee and one immediate family member defined as a spouse or child:

  1. Transportation (please refer to Part 2 and Part 3 of the Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedure.
  2. Lodging (please refer to Part 4 the Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures for guidelines regarding accommodations)
  3. Meals (please refer to Part 5 of the Travel and Entertainment Policy and Procedure)

Such expenses incurred in connection with the offer and acceptance phase are considered Nonqualified (Taxable) Expenses subject to withholding of applicable income taxes, social security and Medicare taxes.  Reimbursements are included in taxable income and reported on the annual Form W-2. Any expenses incurred through any direct pay vendor, including Nathan Hale Inn or any contracted University booking agencies for air travel, need to be properly classified and reported to the Payroll Department as taxable income by the University department incurring the cost for the expenses or sponsoring the search.

Procedure

Requests for reimbursement of expenses incurred during the offer and acceptance phase should be submitted to the Payroll Department on the Recruitment Expense Reimbursement- RE form.  The Payroll Department will review the request to ensure compliance with this policy.  Reimbursement requests that do not have the required two signatures will not be processed.

All claims for expense reimbursement must be supported by original receipts. Payment will be included in the employee’s paycheck.

Please Note: Reimbursements using UConn Foundation funds, or other private sources, will be remitted to the University and paid to the employee as if they were University funds. Departments are permitted to supplement the cost of recruitment expenses from their own departmental funds.

Approval

The Board of Trustees originally approved the Reimbursement of Recruitment and Moving Expenses Policy on July 1, 2003. The Board of Trustees approved the Reimbursement of Recruitment Expenses Policy and Procedures on August 7, 2013.

Military Leave

Title: Military Leave
Policy Owner: Human Resources
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date: January 2, 2004
For More Information, Contact Department of Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://www.hr.uconn.edu/

In light of recent clarifications of the phrase “required field training” for military leave with pay under the State Statute and collective bargaining agreements, we are reissuing the University’s military leave policy. Required field training normally takes place for 1-3 weeks each year.

Who Qualifies:

Full-time permanent employees (or part-time employees who have worked the equivalent of six or more months) who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces or any of its reserve components and who are ordered to active duty for required field training or for an unscheduled emergency are entitled to military leave from their jobs.

Duration of Leave:

Employees who are ordered to required field training may receive up to three weeks of military leave with pay annually. Consult the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the definition of “annually” for the particular bargaining unit. Where such definition is not explicitly stated in the agreement, the University will use the statutory definition of “annual” as a calendar year. Employees who are ordered to active duty as a result of an unscheduled emergency (natural disaster, civil disorder) are entitled to paid military leave, position held, not to exceed 30 calendar days in a calendar year. In keeping with Section 5-255 of the General Statutes any employee who leaves or had left State service for the purpose of entering the armed forces of the United States shall be reinstated in his/her former position and duties, provided that within ninety days after he/she has received a certificate of satisfactory service from the armed forces, he/she makes of has made application for return to State service (this section does not apply for voluntary re-enlistment).

Procedure for Notification to the University:

Employee who is required to report for annual field training must provide their supervisors with a copy of the appropriate military orders prior to being released for duty. Employees should also submit a University “Military Leave Request” form. Employees who are required to report for active duty as a result of an unscheduled emergency must provide their immediate supervisors with copies of the active duty orders upon returning to work. The signature of the immediate supervisor and the dean or director attest to compliance with the policy statement, including the employee’s eligibility, the accuracy of the dates away from work and the attachment of military orders. The approved form and military orders should be forwarded to the Department of Human Resources and copied to the Payroll Department.

The form to apply for military leave can be found at http://web2.uconn.edu/hrnew/docs/military_leave_form.pdf.    Please direct questions to the University’s Leave Administrator at 860-486-3034.

Re-Employed Retirees, Policy on

Title: Re-Employed Retirees, Policy on
Policy Owner: Human Resources & Payroll Services
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability:  All Campuses
Effective Date: August 7, 2013
For More Information, Contact Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-3034
Official Website: http://www.hr.uconn.edu/

Background

The mission of the University of Connecticut requires we ensure that our students receive the instruction, academic support, health services, security, and programming for which they have paid. It includes clinical services and patient care, not only to the public but also to the State’s correctional population. As a research university and recipient of federal grants, we have significant contractual and compliance obligations to our granting agencies.

It is within this context the University uses re-employed retirees to meet a variety of needs at a cost savings to the University and the State of Connecticut. The use of re-employed retirees permits assignment of experienced and at times uniquely qualified individuals with proven abilities to meet immediate, temporary, seasonal and ongoing irregular staffing needs. The ability to retain particular expertise in the classroom or the need to tap into the knowledge and expertise of a former employee supported by extramural funding may also be served by the use of re-employed retirees.

General Policy

Re-employed retirees may be used on a limited basis when the operational requirements and financial benefits outweigh the use of regular, continuing employment categories or when ongoing staffing requirements cannot be fully determined.  Re-employed retirees should generally not be funded by the state appropriation and are not eligible for annual salary adjustments.

Re-employed retiree appointments will be reviewed annually by the appropriate member of the President’s Cabinet and Human Resources to assess the continued operational needs and to ensure conformance with the Policy.  Proposals to re-employ retirees into senior administrative positions require prior review and approval by one of the following or his/her designee:  the President, Provost, Executive Vice President for Administration & Chief Financial Officer, or the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs.

 

Examples of appropriate uses for re-employed retirees include:

  • Maintain faculty with unique,  specialized knowledge and skills where qualified replacements cannot be immediately recruited or where it is financially beneficial for the University to maintain their expertise
  • Provide qualified staff on a temporary or project basis when part or full-time positions are neither operationally sufficient or financially beneficial
  • Prevent the loss of potential revenues generated on newly acquired grants or contracts
  • Mitigate against a threat to patient or public safety
  • Meet immediate and essential staffing needs required by accrediting agencies, e.g. JCHAO, DPH or other regulatory bodies
  • Secure the expertise of uniquely qualified researchers or staff in support of extramural funding or established grant projects when the individual’s compensation is fully supported by external resources
  • Cover contractually or legally mandated leaves of absence, e.g. FMLA
  • Provide clinical coverage to reduce use of agency staff through ongoing float positions

Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the appropriate Human Resources liaison for clarification or assistance.

Additional Information for Specific Position Types

General Administrative Positions

Based on the Governor’s Executive Order, the compensation rate for individuals rehired into the same position in which the individual just retired should not exceed 75% of the individual’s pre-retirement pay for 120 days of work.  The compensation rate for individuals rehired into different jobs from which they retired should be consistent with the assigned duties to be performed and should not exceed the established University or State of Connecticut minimum salary for the job classification.

Re-employed retirees hired to perform general administrative support will be limited to no more than three 120-day calendar year periods.  Re-employed retirees hired for seasonal work may be continued to be re-employed beyond three years provided their appointments each calendar year are not longer than three months.

 

Instructional/Research Positions

The compensation rate for individuals rehired into the same position in which the individual just retired should generally not exceed 75% of the individual’s pre-retirement pay for 120 days of work.  Teaching a maximum of 12 load credits per calendar year is equivalent to 120 days per calendar year.  The compensation rate for individuals rehired into different jobs from which they retired should be consistent with the assigned duties to be performed and should not exceed the established University or State of Connecticut minimum salary for the job classification.

 

Faculty and other staff who primarily perform research activities as re-employed retirees and are self-funded by grants and/or contracts will be limited to the period of time for which they receive external funding supporting their own appointment and compensation.  Grant and/or contract funded retirees shall be compensated at a rate consistent with the salary terms of the grants and/or contracts.  Such appointments may be extended for the term of the research funding.

 

 

Clinical Positions

The compensation rate for individuals rehired into the same position in which the individual just retired should generally not exceed 75% of the individual’s pre-retirement pay for 120 days of work.  The compensation rate for individuals rehired into different jobs from which they retired from should be consistent with the assigned duties to be performed and should not exceed the established University or State of Connecticut minimum salary for the job classification or themarket rate for certain per diem positions.

Re-employed retirees hired to perform clinical duties will generally be limited to no more than three 120-day calendar year periods.  However, certain per diem, float and direct patient care positions may be considered for additional employment based on clinical need.

Approved by the Board of Trustees: April 21, 2009. Revised and Approved by the Board of Trustees: August 7, 2013