Human Resources

Samuel Merritt University strives to provide employees with a safe working environment, open communications, competitive pay and benefits, and professonal environment. In addition, the University strives to provide a work environment that is vibrant, collegial and that embraces creativity, innovation, and scholarly inquiry.

SMU does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, familial status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law—including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any resolution process within the University or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. Nondiscrimination is consistent with the principles and practice of the University and is in compliance with Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of The Education Amendments of 1972, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Service Area Contacts

Benefits (medical, dental, vision, life insurance plans, FSA questions, and wellness program):  855.398.1631 (7 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST)

Worker’s Compensation Claims:  If you need to report a work-related injury, follow the Occupational Protocol.

Employee Health/Occupational Medicine:  If you need treatment for a work-related injury, contact Employee Health at 510.869.8920.

Leave of Absences: Employee Help Line 855.398.1631

Student Employment and Work-Study Students:  Email the posting to Maria Salas ( Postings will occur within 72 business hours.

403b Enrollment and Changes:  Contact Maria Salas (

General Questions:  Contact Maria Salas (


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)

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)

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.

How do I add my newborn to the health plans?  Call 855-398-1631

How often should I update my address information? 
Anytime you have a change of address or telephone number it is important to update this information through Lawson Employee Self Service

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: Samuel Merritt Handbook)

Featured Events

Faculty member at poverty simulation event

Employment & Career Opportunities

Job resource center, student career services, faculty, staff, and student employment opportunities.

Job Listings

Health Education Center Atrium

Employee Benefits

SMU, through Sutter Health, offers health care, vision and dental care, retirement plans, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, and more.


Forms & Documents

Find the SMU employee handbook, retirement forms, human resources policies, and other forms.

Find Forms