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Wage Employment

Wage employees provide additional staffing for part-time, seasonal, peak workloads, interim replacements, short-term projects, or jobs that do not necessitate the employment of full-time classified employees.

All newly hired and rehired wage employees must be cleared for hire upon review of the Onboard Request form prior to their first day of employment.  Rehired (separated for more than one year) wage employees shall be subject to a criminal background check in accordance with Policy 1321-Criminal Background Check. This is done to protect the university’s interests and the well-being of its students, staff, faculty and the public.

Wage employees shall have their hours of work limited to 1,500 hours per each twelve-month period of May 1-April 30.

Example: If an employee works two wage jobs at the university, s/he 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.
In addition, wage employees may not exceed an average of 29 hours per week on average over the twelve-month period May 1- April 30. Supervisors may allow wage employees to temporarily exceed the 29 hour limit provided this exception is planned for and approved by Human Resources.

Wage employees may only remain active employees of record during the period of actual wage employment. Wage employees should not remain active in the Human Resource Management System (HRMS) (and therefore retain any rights and privileges of active wage employees) for more than 60 days or four pay periods (whichever is greater) without having any hours worked entered into the payroll system. On a monthly basis, Human Resources will notify supervisors of wage employees who have not worked any hours in the preceding 60 day period and who have been terminated from their wage position. Procedures in Policy 1314-Transfer or Separation from Employment will be followed.

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.

For more detailed information about wage employment, refer to Policy 1325-Wage Employment.

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.

JMU Job Opportunities

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 Policy 1322-Probationary Period for Classified Employees.

State Job Postings

Virginia Jobs provides information about current job vacancies with the state system. All state agencies list vacancies with Virginia Jobs for a minimum of five consecutive workdays, not counting Saturdays and Sundays.

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