Seattle University
Human Resources Policy Manual

1. Hours

1.1 Hours of Operation

The standard business hours of the University offices are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individual departments may operate on alternative schedules based on the nature of the particular services they provide. For an employee to alter the standard workweek schedule, advance approval by his supervisor is required.

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1.2 Meal Period

The University affords staff members one (1) unpaid hour for lunch, which is scheduled by the department supervisor. No employee shall be required to work more than five (5) consecutive hours without a meal period.

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1.3 Rest Periods

The University affords a fifteen (15) minute break for every four (4) continuous hours of work. Time not taken as a rest period cannot be used to shorten the workday, accrue compensatory time, or be added to the meal period.

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1.4 Reporting Absence From Work

Regular and reliable attendance at work is an essential requirement of employment at the University. Employees are expected to notify their supervisor within thirty (30) minutes of their start time if they are to be absent from work (see Sections 4.2 and 4.3 for time reporting procedures). An employee who fails to report to work for three (3) consecutive days without notifying her supervisor may be considered to have voluntarily resigned employment with the University. Because frequent absences undermine performance and compromise the University's service standards, employees with frequent absences may be placed on a corrective action plan. Employees are expected to notify their supervisor as soon as possible if they are going to be late.

Planned absences are to be scheduled in advance and in coordination with the supervisor.  Approval of vacation scheduling is based on the needs of the department.

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Last modified on Monday, September 10, 2012