Resignation. Office/Service and Managerial/ Professional employees shall not have a property interest in continuing employment except and only to the extent of:
(1) the advance notice prescribed below which the University is required to give to terminate the employment relationship, or
(2) the term stated in a written appointment to a position or a written contract of employment, whichever is longer. Unless otherwise expressly stated in a written appointment to a position or in a written contract of employment duly approved and executed by the University, regular Office/Service and Managerial/Professional employees are considered employees at will, and either the University or the employee may terminate the employment relationship upon giving the advance notice provided below.
Office/Service: Regular Office/Service employees who voluntarily terminate their employment shall give at least two weeks advance notice to the University. In absence of a written appointment to a position or a contract of employment providing otherwise, the University may dismiss regular Office/Service employees by giving at least two weeks advance written notice of termination, except in cases of termination for cause, in which case termination of employment by the University may occur immediately, or with less than two weeks notice.
Managerial/Professional: Employment of regular Managerial/ Professional employees will terminate in accordance with the time stated in writing in an appointment to a Managerial/Professional position or in a written contract of employment. If no termination date is stated in a written appointment or written contract of employment, employment may be terminated by either party giving the other party at least ninety days advance written notice of termination, except in cases of termination for cause, in which case termination of employment by the University may occur immediately or with less than ninety days notice.
Additional exceptions: to the foregoing notice requirements for termination of employment of both Office/Service and Managerial/Professional employees are as follows:
- An employee on original probation may be dismissed without advance notice.
- A temporary or on-call employee may be dismissed without advance notice.
- At the discretion of the department an employee may be granted pay in lieu of the required notice in cases of termination of employment by the University. An employee granted pay in lieu of notice would not accrue sick leave or vacation leave for the period during which the employee is not working.
Pay for unused vacation and holiday leave will be added to the final paycheck.
Resignation Dates and Holidays and Leaves. The last day worked by an employee will be the resignation date. An employee may not use vacation or sick leave to be paid for a holiday occurring after the last day worked. Payment for accrued vacation will be included in the employee's final paycheck. This policy does not apply to separations due to retirement or disability.
Retirement (Board of Regents Policy 3.12.1). Retirement shall be mandatory at age 70 for any law enforcement personnel. Employees may retire at age 55 after ten years of service with the University. An employee also may be retired prior to the normal or mandatory retirement age because of physical or mental disability that prevents such employee from satisfactorily performing the work, such disability to be determined by resolution of the Board.
The mandatory retirement date for law enforcement personnel who have reached the mandatory retirement age shall be July 1 following the month in which the employee reaches such age.
Disability Retirement (Board of Regents Policy 3.12.2). An employee, regardless of age, is eligible for a disability retirement should a physical or mental disability prevent such employee from satisfactorily performing work. A Disability Retirement will allow a disabled employee to receive university retiree benefits.
Approval of a Disability Retirement is predicated on 1) the disabled employee's obtainment of a Social Security Disability Award, or 2) long term disability benefits approval by the group long term disability insurance company. University administration may also approve a Disability Retirement in certain situations. In addition, Disability Retirements for academic/administrative staff and faculty must be approved by the Board of Regents.
Termination. If an employee's position at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is terminated due to performance problems or disciplinary reasons, the University will provide such information to the employee prior to the action occurring. The employee does have the right to follow the grievance procedure if this occurs however; no notice requirements are imposed upon the University.
Exit Interview. The Chancellor's Administrative Council has also implemented a policy that terminating employees participate in voluntary exit interviews. Exit interviews for faculty are to be conducted through the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Office, through the appropriate Vice Chancellor for Managerial/Professional employees and through the Human Resources Office for Office/Service employees. Terminating employees should contact the appropriate office to set up the exit interview.