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Bridging of Service Periods

410.1 DEFINITION: UNIVERSITY SERVICE

University service is the length of time, beginning with hire date that an individual has been continuously employed by the University on a regular full-time basis or limited service basis, including periods of authorized leaves of absence.  University service ends with termination of employment.

For questions regarding service credit, contact Human Resources at 215-898-7372 or benefits@hr.upenn.edu.

Service credit for faculty members who have had breaks in service is subject to review by the Provost's Staff Conference upon the recommendation of the appropriate dean.

410.2 BRIDGING OF SERVICE

Periods of University service may be joined together (or "bridged") under the following conditions with the corresponding results:

  • An individual with one or more years of regular full-time service terminates University employment and then returns to service in a regular full-time position within 90 calendar days. Credit for periods of service prior to the termination will be given after rehire.
  • An individual with one or more years of regular full-time service terminates University employment and then returns to service in a regular full-time position after 90 calendar days. Credit for periods of service prior to the termination will be given upon completion of one additional year of continuous regular full-time service.

410.3 PAID TIME OFF (PTO)

Prior service credit is recognized for the calculation of the appropriate Paid Time Off accrual rate for staff members.

410.4 TUITION

Prior service credit is recognized for eligibility to participate in tuition benefits for employees and their eligible dependents consistent with the University policies for tuition assistance (See policies 406, 407, 408, 409).

410.5 EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS TO BASIC AND MATCHING PLANS

A rehired employee who had completed a Year of Service in a previous tenure of employment at the University of Pennsylvania, satisfies the one-year waiting period for employer contributions to the Basic and Matching Plans, in any future tenures of employment at the University.

410.6 OTHER BENEFITS

Bridging of service credit under this policy only affects an employee's years of service for the benefits specifically stated in this policy.  Staff members affected by Position Discontinuation and Staff Transition PDST (Policy 628) will have their years of service counted from their last date of hire.

410.7 UNIVERSITY STAFF WHO ARE COVERED BY COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS

University staff covered by collective bargaining agreements should refer to the appropriate article in their contract.


Policy Number: 410
Effective Date: 07/25/2007
Last Reviewed Date:  03/21/2019
Revised Date:  07/01/2019
Supersedes Policy Number(s): 410 (07/16/1999, 06/22/1998)
Applicability:  All Faculty & regular full-time staff and limited service staff
Cross-reference: Policy 411, Policy 607, Policy 618, Policy 628