Employee Record Termination

 

Policy Summary

It is the policy of the university to promptly terminate the records of faculty, staff and student employees for whom no hours have been reported and no pay has been issued for a defined period of time. Supervisors must consult with Benefits Administration, Equal Employment Opportunity, Faculty Personnel, and/or Risk Management as appropriate before terminating the record of an employee who has received no pay as the result of long term or temporary disability, military duty leave, family or other medical leave, or worker’s compensation. 

The university must promptly document termination of employment to comply with government regulations regarding notification to employees about benefits and privileges upon termination.  In addition, the university must accurately capture and report workforce statistics for external reporting. Termination of employee records in a timely manner is also a cost savings measure that reduces liability and risk associated with delays in notification and official documentation of terminations.  

Who is Governed by this Policy

  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Student Employees

Policy

Termination of Non-Faculty Employees (including Research professionals) 

Change in Status Form must be completed immediately when a non-faculty employee notifies his or her supervisor of their intent to leave the university’s employment, or when a supervisor is authorized to involuntarily terminate employment.  Supervisors should consult with their HR client partners for instructions regarding the voluntary and involuntary terminations. Individuals employed in regular non-faculty positions, including research professionals (e.g. Research Assistants, Associates, Scientists), must be actively performing duties or receiving paid time off (such as annual or sick leave) or unpaid leave authorized by Benefits Administration, Equal Employment Opportunity , or Risk Management. The records of employees not actively performing duties, receiving paid time off, or authorized for unpaid leave as previously listed must be terminated promptly - within two business days of the last day worked or within two business days of the last day of an approved leave. 

Faculty  

Change in Status Form must be completed immediately when a faculty member notifies his or her department chair or other appropriate individual of his or her intent to leave the university’s employ or upon authorization to involuntarily terminate employment. 

In recognition of the frequency and schedule of appointments, part-time faculty records may remain active during periods of non-payment for a period not to exceed two academic years. 

Student Employees 

Change in Status Form must be initiated immediately when a student employee notifies his or her supervisor of their intent to leave the university’s employ or upon authorization to involuntarily terminate employment.   

In recognition of the intermittent nature of student employment, student employees’ records may remain active during periods of non-payment for a period not to exceed four months. 

 To terminate a student employee, a Change in Status Form must be completed. Instructions regarding termination of a student employee are contained in the Online Guide for Supervisors at GW. 

Further information regarding Human Resource issues and functions, such as recruiting and hiring, compensation, operating within the university, and leaving the university, are set forth in the Online Guide for Supervisors at GW. 

Definitions

Termination of Employee Record: The entry of an end date and termination status for an employee’s job/assignment(s) and, where applicable, the entry of end dates and termination status for benefit/payroll deductions and enrollment. 

Form

Change in Status Form

Related Information

University Human Resources 

Office of the Provost 

Center for Career Services 

Office of the Vice President for Research 

Online Guide for Supervisors at GW 

Contacts

Contact Phone Number Email Address
HR Information Systems 571-553-3679  [email protected]
Faculty Personnel 202-994-6510   
Center for Career Services 202-994-6495  [email protected]

 

Responsible University Official: Vice President and Chief People Officer
Responsible Office: Human Resource Management and Development

Last Reviewed: July 6, 2018

 

Non-compliance with this policy can be reported through this website.