Williams College Employee Handbook
Types of Employment
It is the College's intent to clarify the definitions of employment classifications so that employees understand their employment status and benefit eligibility. These classifications do not guarantee employment for any specified period of time. Accordingly, the right to terminate the employment relationships at will at any time is retained by the both the College and the employee.
Each employee is designated as either exempt or non-exempt from federal and state wage and hour laws. Non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay and are referred to as support staff. Exempt employees do not receive overtime pay and are referred to as administrative staff.
In addition to the above classifications, each employee will belong to one of the following employment categories:
- Regular full or part-time: employees who are not in temporary or term status and who are regularly scheduled to work. Generally they are eligible for College benefits, subject to the terms, conditions, and limitations of each benefit program.
- Term: employees who are in authorized positions for a regularly scheduled basis of a limited duration with an established end date. This may be based on the funding and/or defined need of the position.
- Temporary: Employees who are hired as interim replacements to temporarily supplement the work force, or to assist in the completion of a specific project. Employment assignments in this category are of limited duration. Employment beyond any initially stated period does not in any way imply a change in employment status. Temporary employees retain that status unless and until notified of a change. Temporary employees receive all legally mandated benefits.