Defining the Employment Relationship

Updated August 1, 2001

Human Resources, applies to office/service and managerial/professional employees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The following sections apply to faculty and administrators also:

  • Insured Benefits
  • "Employee Assistance Program" and "Employee Tuition Remission" only
  • Other Policies
  • Forms

Office/Service employees are paid hourly and are subject to overtime provisions of the Nebraska overtime law and to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Managerial/Professional employees are normally paid monthly, have responsibilities primarily managerial or professional in nature, and are generally exempt from the overtime provisions of the FLSA.

Questions on information should be directed to:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
407 Canfield Administration Building South
Lincoln, NE 68588-0438
Phone: 402-472-3101

Human Resources policies at UNL provide equal opportunity in employment to all employees and applicants for employment. No person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or other factors that lawfully cannot be the basis for employment decisions.

This policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

Principles for Human Resources Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The following reflects the values and principles to which UNL leaders aspire in their daily activities and interactions with members of the office/service and managerial/professional staff.

At UNL we believe that the strength of the organization is in its people.

We value integrity and honest communication, and we declare them to be guiding prinicples in managing the human resources of the campus community.

We value and embrace differences in people and cultures, recognizing that such differences are vital to the excitement and challenges of an academic environment.

We serve many people-including students, faculty, staff, and others-and we make their needs our highest priority.

We value a healthful and safe work environment that supports people working together to achieve the goals of the organization.

We are committed to providing a fair reward structure to employees.

We value every employee's contributions, we expect every employee to meet established performance expectations, and we work to encourage excellence in a variety of ways:

  • we treat every person with respect
  • we give ongoing informal feedback about performance
  • we give formal feedback about performance at least once each year

At UNL we support career and professional growth by allowing reasonable time away from work to attend workshops and seminars and by encouraging employees to attend academic classes.

We recognize that work is only one aspect of a person's life, and we support employee efforts to balance their personal and professional lives:

  • we provide opportunities for non-traditional work arrangements when it is possible to do so without compromising work efficiency or productivity
  • we support employee efforts to maintain good physical, mental, and emotional health.

Defining the Employment Relationship

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a proud campus community of competent, committed, and caring persons, and the more than 3,000 members of the non-academic staff perform a vital role in carrying out the institution's mission of teaching, research, and service. Office/service and managerial/professional employees at UNL have traditionally had a strong service orientation: service to students, to faculty, to residents of Nebraska, and to each other. Commitment to service and a desire for excellence are important ingredients for success as a UNL employee.

Human Resources Policies and Procedures provide basic information about employment policies for office/service and managerial/professional employees at UNL. Questions about content or other employment-related matters may be directed to the Department of Human Resources. Creating electronic access to Human Resources policies is done as a convenience to the user. The document that stands as the official statement of Human Resources Policies and Procedures is on file in 407 Canfield Administration Building South. Other printed copies of the policy are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • Love Library (inquire at the circulation desk at the entrance)
  • Nebraska Union, (inquire at the information desk)
  • C. Y. Thompson Library (inquire at the circulation desk at the entrance)
  • Nebraska East Union, (inquire at the information desk)

Persons requiring accommodation under the Americans with Disability Act to view the policies should inquire in Human Resources.

The Department of Human Resources has the responsibility to interpret these policies. Except for provisions specifying employee rights, Human Resources may, when circumstances warrant, issue determinations that vary from these policies.

Governance at UNL is according to the Bylaws of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. If any point in these policies conflict with either of these documents, the Bylaws of the University of Nebraska and/or the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska will prevail. If any point in the Bylaws of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln conflict with the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska will prevail.

Unless otherwise specified in a written appointment or in a written contract of employment approved by UNL, office/service and managerial/professional employees are employed at the will of UNL and, with the advance notice prescribed in Resignation and Dismissal, UNL may dissolve the employment relationship for any reason that is not otherwise unlawful without the necessity of showing cause for such action. UNL may also dissolve the employment relationship for cause as provided in Conduct, Corrective Action, and Dismissal for Cause.

These policies outline the obligations, privileges, and benefits of UNL employees. They do not constitute a contract of employment. UNL reserves the right to change employment policies.