Wage employees provide necessary additional staffing for part-time, seasonal, peak workloads, interim replacements, short-term projects, or jobs that do not necessitate full-time classified employees. Wage employment is an at-will employment relationship that can be terminated by either party at any time with or without cause. For example, an at-will employee may resign from work or be terminated from work, with or without cause, with or without severance or advance notice.
Wage employees are limited to working no more than 1,500 hours per 365-consecutive day period. When wage employees reach the maximum of 1,500 hours, they may not work again until after the 365-day period has elapsed. All hours worked for the university during a wage employee’s 365-consecutive day period count toward his/her 1,500-hour limit. Example: If an employee works two wage jobs at the university, he/she may only work a total of 1,500 hours in both jobs combined: 500 hours in one job and 1,000 hours in the other job.
The wage employee’s anniversary date will always remain the initial date of hire, unless the wage employee is separated from active service for a period greater than 365 days. Example: A wage employee is hired and his/her first day of work is August 1. His/her anniversary date will always be August 1, unless the employee does not work at all (for whatever reason) for one year after his/her first anniversary date.
Wage employees may compete for full-time classified positions, including agency-only recruitments. However, when hired into a classified position, service as a wage employee does not count toward any form of continuous state service. Wage employees entering full-time employment must serve a probationary period. Refer to JMU Policy 1322 Probationary Period for Classified Employees.
Newly hired or rehired (separated for more than one year) wage employees will undergo a criminal history record check in accordance with JMU Policy 1321. This is done to protect the university’s interests and the well-being of its students, staff, faculty and the public.
For more detailed information about wage employment, refer to JMU Policy 1325.
Orientation for Wage Employees
New Employee Orientation, Phase Two, familiarizes new employees with the culture of the JMU community, along with additional fringe benefit information. All non-student employees of the university are encouraged to attend the orientation session closest to their hire date. Visit the HR website for registration information and orientation dates and location.