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UNM Policy Office

MSC05 3357
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Scholes Hall
114 A and B

Phone: (505) 277-2069

Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual - Policy 3705: Seniority

Date Originally Issued: 05-01-1990
Revised: 11-01-1991

Process Owner: Vice President for Human Resources

1. General

This policy describes the policies and procedures used to determine priorities in promotions and transfers when ability, skill, training, and other relevant qualifications are equal as determined by the University. Nothing in this policy shall be deemed to override qualifications of employees or other legitimate business reasons as the primary considerations in promotions, transfers, etc. Seniority is defined as an employee's length of continuous employment at the University, except as provided in Section 3.3. and 3.4. herein. Seniority is computed from the date of employment in a regular position.

2. Eligibility

This policy applies only to regular full-time employees and regular part-time employees who work at least half-time. Employees in other classifications do not accumulate seniority.

3. Special Provisions

3.1. If a student, temporary, or on-call employee becomes a regular employee, seniority accumulation begins on the date of regular employment.

3.2. An employee on an approved leave of absence for more than thirty (30) calendar days does not lose accumulated seniority but does not accumulate additional seniority during the leave of absence.

3.3. An employee who has been laid off for lack of work and is reinstated within six (6) months retains accumulated seniority to the date of lay-off, but does not accrue additional seniority during the lay-off period.

3.4. A regular employee who has terminated for any reason, but is rehired within 120 days, retains accumulated seniority to the date of termination, but does not accrue additional seniority during the terminated period.