Employee Policy Manual

Wilkes University Employee Policies Manual

Issue Date: 1/1/2004

Introductory Statement

The purpose of the Employee Policies Manual is to provide employees with a resource of information about policies and procedures related to the University’s workplace. It was prepared to help you become familiar with many of your responsibilities as an employee and the various programs implemented by the University to benefit employees.

The University encourages employees to review the manual and use it as a reference for many employment related questions. Questions or concerns about any portion of the Employee Manual should be addressed to the head of the Human Resources Department.

Although the University has tried to be comprehensive, the Employee Policies Manual does not, and cannot, include policies which address every situation that may arise. The University reserves the right to revise, supplement, or rescind any portion of the Employee Policies Manual at any time, with or without prior notice. The University will endeavor to communicate such changes to employees in a timely fashion.

This manual is not intended to be, and should not be interpreted as, a contract between the University and any employee.

Manual Index

Acceptable Use of Electronic and Technology Resources
Access to Human Resources (HR) Files
Attendance and Punctuality
Base Compensation Increases/lump Sum Payments Eligibility
Bereavement Leave
Community Service Leave
Code of Ethics
Confidential Reporting Mechanism
Conflict of Interest
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
Emergency Closings
Employee Assistance Program
Employee Conduct
Employee Information Changes
Employee Medical Examinations
Employer Assisted Housing
Employment at Will
Employment Classifications and Categories – Staff
Employment Procedures and Guidelines
Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination Statement and Grievance Procedures
Family and Medical Leave
Hiring of Relatives
Immigration Law Compliance
Introductory Statement
Job Descriptions
Job Posting
Jury Duty
Long-Term Disability
Military Leave
Non Solicitation
Nursing Mothers In The Workplace
Performance Management (Staff)
Personal Appearance
Personal Leave
Personal Relationships
Probationary Period
Progressive Discipline – Staff
Relocation Policy
Remote Work
Resignation of Employment
Return of Property
Short-Term Disability (Staff who Receive Paid Time Off)
Short-Term Disability (Staff who do not Receive Paid Time Off)
Staff Paid Time Off (PTO)
Sick Time (Staff)

Suicide Prevention

Tobacco Use/Smoking Policy
Tuition Exchange
Vacation Benefits
Vacation Benefits
Whistleblower Policy
Wilkes University, King’s College and Misericordia University Reciprocal Tuition Policy
Wilkes University Tuition Benefits
Work Schedules - Staff
Workers' Compensation Insurance


Many of the Human Resources policies refer to University leaders by a specific job titles. As University leaders’ job titles change from time to time, employees should refer to the head of the named department if a job title named in a policy no longer exists or has changed.

Revised: 06/2013