Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Handbooks

Staff handbooks are maintained by the Office of Human Resources and contain rules and guidelines pertinent to staff members. Some Carnegie Mellon campuses have their own staff handbooks or addenda to address location-specific exceptions and regulations.

Addenda to the Staff Handbook

Summary of Updates

For any questions regarding these updates, please contact your HR business partner.

Summary of Changes

Affected Handbook(s)

Effective Date

Section I. Introduction, About this Guide:

  • Added reference to the recently issued Ohio Staff Handbook Addendum
  • Staff Handbook
  • Ohio Addendum
3/17/24

Section II. Employment Policies and Procedures, Staff Development:

  • Clarified exceptions to the 12-month service requirement
  • Staff Handbook
  • California Staff Handbook
  • Africa Staff Handbook
3/4/24

Section III. Compensation and Benefits:

  • Updated the Paid Sick Leave annual allotment, carryover, and accrual cap amounts for eligible California employees as required by the amended California Paid Sick Leave Law
  • Added unpaid reproductive leave loss available for all California staff members
  • Africa Staff Handbook
1/1/24

Section III. Compensation and Benefits:

  • Updated employee leave benefits to align with Rwandan leave entitlement changes
  • Africa Staff Handbook
8/23/23

Section II. Employment Policies and Procedures, Staff Development:

  • Updated Staff Development section to include a new eligibility requirement for internal candidates to demonstrate a history of successful or better performance for the past six months.
  • Staff Handbook
  • California Staff Handbook
  • Africa Staff Handbook
7/1/23

Section II. Employment Policies and Procedures; Section III. Compensation and Benefits:

  • Updated the hours of work and scheduled hours and overtime subsections to align with Rwanda's official working hours
  • Africa Staff Handbook
5/22/23

Administrative update to Handbook to realign content, update outdated references or titles, and reflect current policy, benefit offerings, and employee safety protocols applicable to CMU-Africa staff members

  • Africa Staff Handbook
5/1/23

Section III. Compensation and Benefits:

  • Updated the Spending Accounts subsection to include reference to the recently added Health Savings Account and Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account options
  • Staff Handbook
  • California Staff Handbook
3/15/23

Section IV. Staff Relations:

  • Updated the Staff Grievance Procedure to refer staff members to the Office for Institutional Equity and Title IX for Statement of Assurance violations.
  • Staff Handbook
  • California Staff Handbook
1/25/23

Section III. Compensation and Benefits:

  • Expanded the reasons for which eligible California staff members may take unpaid leave under the California Family Rights Act to include care for a "designated person" with a serious illness
  • Updated bereavement to reflect unpaid bereavement leave available for California staff members
  • California Staff Handbook
1/1/23

Administrative update to Handbook to realign content, update outdated references or titles, and reflect current policy, benefit offerings, and employee safety protocols applicable to staff members

  • Staff Handbook
  • California Staff Handbook
7/1/22

Section III. Compensation and Benefits:

  • Added reference to recently issued Human Resources Paid Holidays Policy
  • Detailed leaves of absence related content, including eligibility, leave entitlement, procedures for application and leave duration transitioned to the recently issued Human Resources Staff Leave of Absence Policy and supporting Leave of Absence Guidelines for Staff 
  • Staff Handbook
  • California Staff Handbook
7/1/22

Section III. Compensation and Benefits:

  • Clarified restrictions on the use of floating holidays for eligible staff members
  • Updated location-specific leave of absence benefits available to California staff members
  • California Staff Handbook
7/1/22