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CBL Faculty HandbookCategories for an Employee

All hiring decisions and contracts are governed by UMCES Policies which should be referred to for details of information provided below.  We recognize the following types of employees at CBL.  All people who are routinely present at the lab for more than a week, must be appointed to one of these eight categories.

1)  Graduate Research Assistants.   Intended to provide financial support to students while they study for advanced degree. Relevant UMCES GRA policy Section III. 7. 11– Graduate  Assistantships  Full Policy. GRA positions are typically supported by research grants and report to faculty advisor.  Can be either full time (20 hrs/week  (50%)) or half time (10 hrs/week (25%)).  GRAs qualify for  tuition remission, health benefits, but not retirement or leave accruals.  No hourly time sheet is required.

2) Hourly Appointments (Contingent I).  Intended for summer or hourly paid employees on contracts of 6 months or less.  Relevant UMCES/BOR policy VII-1.40 - Contingent Status Employment for Nonexempt and Exempt Staff Employees  Full Policy  typically supported by research grants.  Contingent I appointees report to a faculty member or FRA. Not eligible for tuition or retirement benefits.  No holiday and sick leave accrual.  Requires a standard hourly time sheet to be completed and approval before paycheck can be issued.

3)  Contractual (Contingent II).  Intended for hourly paid employees on contracts of 6 -12 months.  Relevant UMCES/BOR policy VII-1.40 - Contingent Status Employment for Nonexempt and Exempt Staff Employees Full Policy typically supported by research grants. Contingent II appointees  report to a faculty member or senior FRAs.  Annual contracts can only be extended three times before the employees must be converted to FRA status.  This appointment is eligible for holiday, annual and sick leave accrual (10 days AL, 15 days SL and 3 days PL).  Requires an hourly time sheet to be complete. Eligible for health care subsidy for both health and prescription benefits.

 4)  Faculty Research Assistants I-IV. Intended to provide professional technical support.  Relevant UMCES policy II-1.00 - University System Policy on Appointment, Rank, and Tenure of Faculty Full Policy.  A FRA position is typically supported by research grants. The FRA appointment includes four ranks (Junior FRAs are FRA 1-2; Senior FRAs are FRA 3-4) that provides for career advancement and recognizes prior training. FRA position typically reports to faculty member or senior FRA. Contracts for FRA 1 and 2 are for 12 months.  Contracts for FRA 3-4 can be for up to three years.  All FRAs qualify for health benefits, retirement and leave accruals (22 days AL, 15 days SL and 3 days PL) (See Pay Scales) and reflect experience and qualifications.  All FRA positions require a daily time sheet is maintained.  FRAs are represented by an FRA Council and on the Faculty Senate.

  5) Assistant Research Scientists.  Intended as training position for PhD level scientists (e.g., post-doc).  Relevant UMCES policy II-1.00 - University System Policy on Appointment, Rank, and Tenure of Faculty Full Policy ARS positions are typically supported by research grants. ARS appointees report to and collaborate with a faculty member. This position qualifies for health benefits and retirement.  An ARS will also qualify for holiday and sick leave accruals (22 days AL, 15 days SL and 3 days PL).  Salary guidelines exist (See Pay Scales).

 6) Non-Exempt Status.  Intended for staff to support laboratory operations.  State-supported positions.  Not typically available as hiring options for faculty.

7) Exempt Status.  Intended for staff to support laboratory operations.  State-supported positions.  Not typically available as hiring options for faculty.

 8) Volunteers.  Intended for non-paid employees who support laboratory operations and research.  Provides workman’s compensation coverage should accident occur.  Do not qualify for health benefits and retirement. No holiday and sick leave accrual.