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Human Resources FAQ

Q. What is FMLA?

The Family Medical Leave Act is Federal legislation to provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of unpaid job protected leave for their own illness or injury, or that of a spouse, domestic partner, child(ren) or child(ren) of the domestic partner and parents. (Ref: HR Policy - Family Medical Occupational Leave)

Q. Who is eligible for FMLA?

Employees are eligible if they have worked a period of 12 months and 1250 hours with the University during the year preceding the start of the leave. (Ref: HR Policy - Family Medical Occupational Leave)

Q. When will medical insurance begin for new benefit eligible employees?

Medical benefits begin on the first day of the month following the date of hire.

Q. How do I add my newborn to the health plans?

Download the Enrollment Forms from the University website or request the enrollment forms from the Human Resources Office. Return the completed forms to the Human Resources Office to arrive no later than the last day of the month for coverage to begin the following month.

Q. How often should I update my address information?

Anytime you have a change of address or telephone number it is important that you complete a change of address form, which can be downloaded from the University website. Once completed, send to the Human Resources Office.

Q. Are internal candidates automatically considered for each open position(s)?

No. Internal candidates must apply for open positions. Internal candidates must notify their immediate supervisor and submit an updated resume to the Human Resources Department. (Ref: http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/staff_faculty_handbook )