Classification of Employees
POLICY:
It is the intent of this organization to clarify the definitions of employment classifications so that employees
understand their employment status and benefit eligibility.
 
The regular work force may be supplemented with temporary, part-time and/or per diem employees when necessitated by
periods of peak work load, employee absences, or other situations as may be determined by management.  The definitions of employment classifications are important so that employees understand their employment status and benefit eligibility.
 
Physician and exempt employee benefits/conditions are subject to individual contracts and may differ from these policies to that extent.
 
The employment relationship, at all classification levels, is 'at will' and either the employer or the employee can terminate the relationship at any time, with or without cause and without any expressed or implied contractual obligations by either party.
 
PROCEDURE:
 
Each employee is designated as NONEXEMPT or EXEMPT [from federal and state wage and hour laws]. NONEXEMPT employees are entitled to overtime pay under the specific provisions of federal and state law.  EXEMPT employees are excluded from specific provisions of federal and state wage and hour laws.  An employee's EXEMPT or NONEXEMPT classification may be changed upon written notification.

 
In addition to the above categories, each employee will belong to one other employment category:
 
REGULAR FULL-TIME employees are those who are not in a temporary or introductory status and who are regularly
scheduled to work a full-time schedule.  Generally, such employees are eligible for the entire benefit package, subject to terms, conditions, and limitations of each benefit program.
 
REGULAR PART-TIME employees are hired for an indefinite period, working thirty hours or less in a workweek.  Part-time employees may be assigned a work schedule in advance or may work on an as-needed basis. Part time employees receive legally-mandated benefits (such as Social Security and Workers' Compensation insurance), but may be ineligible for most other benefit programs.  
 
INTRODUCTORY employees are those whose performance is being evaluated to determine whether further employment in a specific position is appropriate.  Employees who satisfactorily complete this period will be notified of their new employment classification.
 
TEMPORARY employees are those who are hired as interim replacements, to temporarily supplement the work force, or to assist in the completion of a specific project.  Employment assignments in this category are of a limited duration, not
to exceed 180 days.  Temporary employees retain that status unless and until notified of a change.  While temporary  employees  receive legally-mandated benefits (such as Social Security and Workers' Compensation insurance), they are ineligible for most other benefit programs.
 
PER DIEM staff are those individuals who usually are not scheduled to work a set schedule.  These individuals are  responsible for their own Social Security and Workers' Compensation insurance; they are ineligible for all benefit  programs.
 
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS are not employees and, therefore, are not subject to or entitled to the regular employment policies and/or benefits.
 
NOTE: An employee's first day of work is that employee's date of hire', sometimes referred to as DOH, and is an  approximation for determining employer-sponsored benefits.  The actual effective date of contracted benefits is
established by the contracted conditions of the individual benefit and not by our personnel department or the employee's
DOH.  The term 'anniversary date' is often interchangeable with the 'date of hire'.

Approved By Governing Board    
EP.2
Control #150.0
GUPTA GASTRO