Why Managers Should Know Policies
As a supervisor, you are an agent of the university. Therefore there are personal and institutional liabilities associated with the management decisions you make. Additionally, supervisors are often the first point of contact for questions related to policy and practice. Take some time to get familiar with the policies and regulations that govern employment and employee behavior at Carnegie Mellon.
University Policies and Guidelines
Carnegie Mellon's policies ensure fair treatment of all individuals and encourage the free exchange of ideas and opinions.
- University Policies are sanctioned by the president of Carnegie Mellon University and generally have university-wide applicability.
- Carnegie Mellon's Staff Handbook [pdf] is maintained by Human Resources and contains rules and guidelines pertinent to staff members.
- The Faculty Handbook is maintained by the Faculty Senate and contains university, administrative and faculty organization policies.
- Government Employment-Related Posters are required by law to be posted by the university.
Fair Labor Standards Act
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes requirements regarding minimum wage, overtime, equal pay, record keeping and child labor. Employees are categorized as exempt or nonexempt based on criteria including their salary level and the duties of the position.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. Title VII is affirmed at Carnegie Mellon through the university's Statement of Assurance and EEO/Affirmative Action Policy.
Family and Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons (up to 26 weeks to care for a military service member injured in the line of duty).
Child Protective Services Law
Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law requires covered employees, volunteers and other individuals who interact with minors to obtain background certifications.
Employees who are assigned to work on certain federal contracts may be required to verify employment eligibility using E-Verify.