Re-employment Policy

Former members of Franklin & Marshall's professional staff are welcome to apply for advertised, vacant positions for which they are qualified.  A former employee will be evaluated based on the same criteria used to evaluate other applicants, and his/her entire record of prior employment with the College will be considered.  

A former staff member dismissed for misconduct and/or unsatisfactory work performance is not eligible for rehire.

Benefits Coverage Upon Re-employment

Health and Dental Plans—A former employee appointed to a full-time position with the College will be eligible for health and dental coverage, per standard College policies, as of the first of the month coinciding with or following appointment to a full-time position.

Life Insurance Plan-- A former employee appointed to a full-time position with the College will be eligible for life insurance coverage, per standard College policies, as of the first day he/she is appointed to a full-time position.

Long-term Disability Plan-- If a former full-time College employee is rehired, in a full-time capacity, within 12 months of his/her prior termination date, and the individual was previously covered through the Franklin & Marshall Long-term Disability Plan, he/she will again be eligible for long-term disability coverage as of the first of the month coinciding with or following re-appointment.

If a former employee returns following a break in service of greater than 12 months, the standard long-term disability benefit waiting period will apply, and eligibility will be based on the new full-time appointment date.  The College currently waives the waiting period if a new employee was covered through his/her previous employer’s group long-term disability plan immediately prior to appointment with Franklin & Marshall; this provision will apply to former employees who are re-hired.

Retirement Plan-- An employee who previously received a College-funded contribution to the Retirement Plan will again be eligible to receive a College contribution, if re-appointed to a full-time position or part-time position authorized to work more than 1,000 hours per year.  A former Retirement Plan participant will be eligible to receive a College-funded contribution effective as of the date of re-appointment to a full-time or eligible part-time position.

Former employees will be eligible for a College contribution equal to 12% of base salary, per Plan documents.  However, a former employee will be eligible for a College contribution equal to 15% of base salary if: (a) he/she is appointed to a full-time position or eligible part-time position within 5 years (60 months) of his/her prior termination date, and (b) he/she was receiving a 15% College contribution to the Retirement Plan as of the termination date.  

If a former employee was not receiving a College-funded contribution to the Retirement Plan as of the prior termination date, all prior College employment will be disregarded upon rehire.  Normal Retirement Plan waiting periods and procedures will apply, as described in Retirement Plan documents.

(For purposes of the Retirement Plan, a “break in service” occurs when an employee fails to complete at least 500 hours of service for wages during a 12 month period.)

Emeriti Retirement Health Plan—A former employee will be eligible for College-funded contributions to an Emeriti Health Account upon re-appointment to an eligible position, per standard Emeriti Plan procedures.  An employee who was eligible for College-funded contributions prior to a break in service, and who returns to an eligible position with Franklin & Marshall within 5 years (60 months) will: (1) be credited with prior years of eligible College employment completed after age 40 for purposes of vesting, per Emeriti Plan documents, and (2) will have his/her prior Emeriti Health Account balance restored as described in Plan documents.

Education Assistance Benefits for Dependents— A former full-time College employee will be credited with his/her prior full years of full-time employment with Franklin & Marshall when determining eligibility for education benefits for dependents.   Other standard policies will apply.

Flexible Spending Accounts Plan— An employee re-hired to a full-time position will be eligible to participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts Plan on the first of the month coinciding with or following appointment to an eligible position.

Paid Sick Leave— An employee appointed to a full-time position will be eligible for short-term paid sick leave per standard policies for faculty and professional staff.  A former full-time employee re-appointed to a full-time position within 12 months of the prior termination date will have his/her extended sick leave balance restored upon re-appointment. 

Paid Vacation Hours and Paid Personal Leave Hours— A former full-time College employee will be credited with his/her prior full-time employment with Franklin & Marshall when determining eligibility for paid vacation time, and for paid personal hours for non-exempt employees. 

Other Benefits and Programs— Former full-time employees who are re-appointed to full-time positions within 12 months of the prior termination date will generally be eligible to participate in benefit plans and programs for which they were previously eligible without waiting periods, except as noted above.  Standard waiting periods will generally apply for former employees re-appointed after a 12 month or more break in service.

Previous part-time employment-- Benefits eligibility for a former part-time College employee who is appointed to a full-time position will be determined based on his/her full-time employment date.  The College does provide some credit for prior part-time service when determining eligibility for education assistance benefits for dependents and paid vacation days, as described in policy documents.
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Policy Maintained by: Human Resources, Associate Vice President
Last Reviewed: July 25, 2016