Temporary/variable hour employees
Who are considered variable hour employees?
Variable hour employees are employees who primarily work in temporary non-benefit
eligible positions. Temporary positions are those positions not intended to
continue indefinitely or whose hours vary and do not offer
Temporary positions may be filled by employees that are classified in a wide
range of variable hour employment categories, including student employment,
graduate assistantship, temporary hourly/salaried employment and part-time
faculty. For more characteristics of a variable hour employee, please click on the link below:Other characteristics of variable hour employees:
- Flexible hours - works sporadic hours (on call, seasonal, or filling as needed).
- Works a standard schedule for a short duration and varied (tied to a project, for a specific time period, filling in for a vacant position, etc.).
- May be funded from temporary salary savings.
- Job may end at any time, at the supervisor's discretion.
- Worker may be employed by a temporary hiring service and assigned to NAU, with Human Resources review.
- Tied to Arizona State Retirement System 20/20 participation rule.
- Paid on an hourly basis and eligible for overtime pay if physically works more than 40 hours.
- Not eligible for compensatory time in lieu of overtime.
- Not eligible for benefits.
- Holds multiple positions.
- Opportunity to gain a permanent employment.
- Gain valuable work experience for a related field of study.
What is the intent?
If the intent is for your employee to work 30 hours or more for
an extended period of time, according to the benefit eligibility rules, they
are entitled to benefits from the start of their employment. If you have
employed someone with this intent, please contact your Employment and Compensation Analyst to discuss a
method to resolve this employment arrangement. (i.e, create a benefit eligible
position, or reduce the hours worked for your current employee.)
If you know that your employee will not be working for several weeks (3
pay periods or more) please terminate their employment. Remember, a new
hiring packet is not required for an employee with less than a 6 month break in
service, so rehiring them should be fairly easy, and will make your tracking of
hours worked for employees much simpler. Terminating inactive employees
is extremely helpful to HR as we track the hours for all variable hour
employees at NAU.
Expectations for variable hour employees
How can a variable hour employee (student worker, graduate assistant, part-time temporary and part-time faculty) maintain their variable hour status. For detailed information, click on the link below:
Variable Hour Employees
Expectations for supervisors
What are the responsibilities of the NAU departments' supervisors, what methods can be used to monitor the variable hour employees and what are the 'best practices'. For more information, please click on the link below:
Expectations for Supervisors
Temporary/variable hour employees can be hired through the university's payroll or an outside temporary staffing agency with Human Resources review.