Miscellaneous Human Resources Policies                    UPPS No. 04.04.01

and Procedures                                                                   Issue No. 15

Effective Date: 01/27/2015

Review: July 1 E2Y

 

 

01.       POLICY STATEMENT

 

01.01  This policy establishes miscellaneous Texas State University human resources procedures that are not specifically covered by individual university policies. For other human resources policies and procedures, see UPPS No. 04.04.XX series. This policy addresses:

 

Notification of absence or tardiness

Working hours

Non-business visitors, family members, and phone calls

Place of work

Dress code

Faculty and staff group insurance programs

Disclosure of social security numbers

Criminal offense reporting obligations

Publication of employee photos

 

02.       PROCEDURE FOR NOTIFICATION OF ABSENCE OR TARDINESS

 

02.01  Punctual and regular attendance is expected of all university faculty and staff. When unable to report for work, faculty and staff are expected to notify the immediate supervisor or other appropriate individual as soon as possible. Except in unusual cases, the faculty or staff member should personally notify their immediate supervisor.

 

03.       WORKING HOURS

 

03.01  Work Time

 

An activity constitutes hours worked if it is undertaken out of necessity and for the principal benefit of the university, and is controlled, required and authorized by the university.

 

03.02  Work Schedule

 

As directed by The Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents, the university will be open to conduct business essential services during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (except official university holidays). Essential services include university administrative and executive offices, the president’s office, the library, the registrar, the fiscal and business offices, the police department, the financial aid office, the admissions office, academic offices, facilities and any other essential operational offices.

 

A department head may routinely authorize alternate work schedules as long as university needs are met. However, the divisional vice president or president may authorize other hours as necessary.

 

Supervisors in offices required to provide services before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m. may require employees to work hours other than eight to five as a condition of employment, either regularly or temporarily.

 

For timekeeping purposes, the university’s workweek begins at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday and ends at 12 midnight the following Saturday. Employees will record and round work time to the nearest quarter hour.

 

03.03  Flex Time

 

The use of "flex time" is encouraged as a means of providing the best possible delivery of services. Department heads may allow the workforce to modify their normal work hours for family or personal reasons as long as the university meets the demands of its internal and external customers, as well as state law and Regents' Rules regarding operating hours. If a department head denies an employee request for a flexible work schedule, the department head must provide the employee with a written explanation of the denial within one week following receipt of a written request for a flexible work schedule. If the employee does not receive a written explanation for the denial, he or she may appeal the denial to the next level supervisor who shall respond in writing within two weeks of receipt of the appeal. The next level supervisor’s decision is final.

 

Departments may use flexible work schedules year round, but especially during the period between the May and August commencement ceremonies.

 

03.04  Break Periods

 

Two 15-minute paid rest periods during the normal workday are authorized for full-time employees, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Employees working at least half-time, but less than full-time, are authorized one 15-minute paid rest period per day. Employees working less than half-time are not authorized rest periods. Employees may not use rest periods to shorten workdays or lengthen lunch hours. Offices should stagger rest periods.

 

            03.05  Break Time for Nursing Mothers

 

Nursing mothers of children less than one year of age are eligible for additional break periods and private space to express breast milk during the work day. Additional guidance is provided in UPPS No. 04.04.61, Mother-Friendly Worksite Program.

 

04.       PROCEDURE REGARDING NON-BUSINESS VISITORS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND NON-BUSINESS TELEPHONE CALLS IN THE WORKPLACE

 

04.01  Supervisors may deny or restrict workplace access to non-business visitors and employee family members during both work and non-work periods. Supervisors may also limit or restrict non-business telephone usage. Supervisors are encouraged to adopt reasonable provisions for their particular work situations. However, supervisors have full discretion in determining appropriate policies for these matters.

 

05.       PROCEDURES REGARDING PLACE OF WORK

 

05.01  An employee's department head will determine the employee's normal place of work or assigned duty point. The employee's dean or vice president must concur with the determination. Authorization from the president is required if the employee's normal place of work is the employee's home (see Section 05.02, Telecommuting).

 

05.02  Telecommuting (work-at-home) – Employees may not consider their personal residence as their regular place of work or duty point without the prior written authorization of the president. In addition, the following policy and procedures will apply:

 

a.   Department heads must route any work-at-home requests through normal administrative channels to the president. Requests must (1) specify the time period for the work-at-home arrangement, and (2) justify the request. The department head must provide a copy of the approved request to Human Resources.

 

b.   Timekeeping – Employees may accrue state compensatory time for work performed at the employee's personal residence only if the president or designee grants approval in advance.

 

However, non-exempt employees approved to work at home are eligible for FLSA overtime in accordance with the provisions of UPPS No. 04.04.16, Overtime and Compensatory Time Policy.

 

c.   Workers’ Compensation – Employees approved to work at home are covered by normal Workers’ Compensation rules as provided in UPPS No. 04.04.43, Workers’ Compensation Injuries, Illnesses and Claims.

 

d.   Employee requirements – During the approved work-at-home period, the employee will:

 

1)   inform the department head of any changes that affect the work-at-home arrangements;

2)   honor all copyrights for software provided by Texas State; 

3)   implement and maintain appropriate safeguards to protect university information against accidental or unauthorized disclosure, contamination, modification, or destruction; and

4)   observe normal university policies and procedures.

 

e.   Termination of arrangement – The president may terminate any work-at-home arrangement at any time. Such action is not necessarily an adverse personnel action. The president's decision is final.

 

f.    Criteria for approval – When evaluating work-at-home requests, the president will consider the following criteria:

 

1)   the best interests of the university;

2)   the minimum technological requirements to perform the job duties and the impact on Texas State of meeting these requirements;

3)   the confidentiality of the information taken from the regular site and the ability to maintain that confidentiality;

4)   the ability of the employee and supervisor to establish work expectations and a means to measure productivity and performance;

5)   the amount of time the position's duties require the employee’s physical presence at the regular office site;

6)   the impact that such an arrangement will have on other employees and the services provided to customers; and

7)   the confirmation that the employee will secure Texas State materials and equipment.

 

06.       DRESS CODE

 

06.01  Department heads and supervisors may determine the dress code requirements for faculty, staff, and student employees under their supervision. They are encouraged to adopt reasonable requirements that are in keeping with the job functions, environment, and situations of the workplace. However, department heads and supervisors have full discretion in determining the appropriate dress code requirements for all employees under their supervision.

 

06.02 The employee may not consider time missed to change clothing as time worked.

 

07.       FACULTY AND STAFF GROUP INSURANCE PROGRAMS

 

07.01  All regular faculty and staff members are eligible to participate in the university's group insurance programs that include medical, dental, term life, accidental death and dismemberment, and short- and long-term disability. Detailed information (including descriptions, limitations, and premium rates) is available in each new employee packet and from Human Resources.

 

08.       DISCLOSURE OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

 

08.01  The university requires its employees to furnish their social security numbers in order to verify their identities. The university's recordkeeping system was established prior to January 1, 1975, pursuant to the authority given to the Board of Regents of The Texas State University System, in Section 95.21 of the Texas Education Code and solicited under the statutory authority of 42 U.S.C.A., Section 405(c) (2) (C).

 

            University employees with access to social security numbers will protect them from disclosure to anyone who does not have a legitimate business need for the information.

 

09.       CRIMINAL OFFENSE REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

 

9.01    All Texas State employees have an obligation to report actual or suspected crimes such as physical harm, theft, fraud, embezzlement, destruction of property, or other irregularities resulting in the loss of cash, property, or other assets of the university to the University Police Department (UPD). Procedures for reporting criminal offenses are outlined in UPPS No. 01.04.40, Reporting Criminal Offenses.

 

9.02    Employees are expected to cooperate with police and internal audit investigations. Investigations conducted by these offices are confidential.

 

10.       PUBLICATION OF EMPLOYEE PHOTOS

 

10.01  Use of an employee’s photograph on a university website or other publication should be on a voluntary basis. As such, the employee should sign a release authorizing use of their image for this purpose. Photography release forms are available from the office of University Marketing.

 

10.02  Photos taken at a public location for a university-related event may be used without the employee’s consent or signed release.

 

11.       PROCEDURES FOR DISSEMINATION OF THIS POLICY

 

11.01  The provost and vice president for Academic Affairs (VPAA) will ensure that all policies in this document applicable to faculty are published in the Faculty Handbook.

 

11.02  The assistant vice president for Human Resources will ensure that all policies in this document applicable to staff are published in the Staff Handbook.

 

12.       REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS

 

12.01  Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

 

Position                                                         Date

 

Assistant Vice President for                       July 1 E2Y

Human Resources

 

Chief Diversity Officer and                         July 1 E2Y

Director, Equity and Access

 

Provost and Vice President for                  July 1 E2Y

Academic Affairs

 

Chair, Staff Council                                    July 1 E2Y

 

Chair, Faculty Senate                                 July 1 E2Y

 

13.       CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

 

This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

 

Assistant Vice President for Human Resources; senior reviewer of this UPPS

 

Vice President for Finance and Support Services

 

President