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Non-Student Temporary Hourly Employees (NSTE)

The Lecturer title codes of 8017 and 8018 are counted as temporary hourly.

When your appointment is . . .

NSTE can become eligible for benefits:

  • upon the initial appointment,
  • based on the work pattern, or
  • if they are a recurring seasonal employee.

See the Temporary/Seasonal Employee Benefits webpage for additional details/information.

Coverage starts . . .

For initial appointment eligibility: on the first day of the month following the date of employment, unless the appointment begins on the first working day of the month, in which case eligibility/benefits will begin on that date.

For example:

  • If your appointment begins on August 16, 2012 – your benefits would begin the first of the month following the date of employment, therefore your benefits would begin on September 1, 2012.
  • If your appointment begins on September 4, 2012 – this is the first working day of the month, therefore your benefits would begin on September 4, 2012.

For work pattern eligibility: on the first day of the seventh month if the employee is anticipated to work at least eight hours in the seventh month.

For seasonal employees: see the Temporary/Seasonal Employee Benefits webpage for additional details/information.

Coverage continues if . . .

The employee works eight or more hours of work per month.

If/when an employee does not work eight or more hours in a month, they will lose eligibility.

Note: Eight hour rule. HCA/PEBB states that if an employee is in paid status for eight hours a month, they are eligible for maintaining benefits.  HRS/WSU must determine how that eight hours of pay is arrived at.  Employees/departments cannot arbitrarily plug in eight hours of leave a month to maintain benefits – the use of leave must be in compliance with state and university leave rules.

Summer/Off-Season Benefit Eligibility:

Not applicable in most cases.

Employees on seasonal appointments for a nine month or more season are eligible for off-season benefits following each season worked.

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