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Policy 209: Employee Recognition Fund

Category: Personnel
Covered Individuals: All CEI Employees
Approved: 2019-10-24

209.1 Policy

College of Eastern Idaho operates an employee recognition fund that is funded with proceeds from the campus vending machines. The fund is monitored by the human resources executive director and adheres to the college’s purchasing policy and procedures.

The purpose of the fund is to recognize significant events in the personal lives of college employees and their immediate family members.

209.2 Definitions

Immediate Family Member: spouse, child (foster, adopted), parent, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild, or the same relation by marriage or legal guardian.

209.3 Procedures

All requests for gifts through the employee recognition fund should be directed to the executive director of human resources for processing. The HR executive director will order the gift and arrange delivery. Items are sent in the event of a birth, adoption, extended hospital stay, death, retirement from the college, or other occasion deemed appropriate by the executive director of human resources. Gifts are not to exceed $50.00 per request for plants or flowers. Retirement parties are not to exceed $100.00.

The employee is responsible for notifying their division manager of his/her significant life event. Life events include a full-time employee’s retirement, hospitalization, or birth or adoption of an employee’s child; or death within an employee's immediate family.

CEI will not purchase CEI apparel for employees.

A. RETIREMENT

Retirement is a personal matter. Therefore, judgment shall be used in determining the level of what is done to recognize retiring employees. Upon the notification of the employee’s intent to retire, the employee’s division manager should discuss with that employee whether or not the individual is agreeable to a social function and/or recognition. If the employee does not wish to have a social function or recognition, that will be respected.

Planning of activities for an employee retiring will be the responsibility of the division manager/dean under which the employee is currently serving. The division manager/dean may designate another employee within their division to coordinate the event. Upon identifying the last day of employment and the date and time of the event, the employee’s division manager will coordinate communication to HR regarding:

  • Employee “Does or Does Not Wish” to have a social function
  • Date and location of the event to be held

Event responsibilities – Division manager/dean or designee:

  • Coordinate event (if applicable) – schedule, reserve room, etc.
  • Distribute announcement / email invitation to invitees
  • Purchase party supplies, i.e., cake, drinks, plates, napkins, forks/spoons, cups, tablecloth

Event responsibilities - Human Resources:

  • Facilitate payment for related materials and supplies from the Sunshine Fund account
  • Purchase the selected retirement gift from the choices provided below
  • Serve as a resource for facilitating the event

Retirement/Resignation Gift Choices:

Employees with 5 or more years of service at CEI will be given an opportunity to choose from a designated list of gifts including:

  • Engraved plaque, rock, tile, or clock
  • Framed CEI picture
  • Jacket with CEI logo
  • CEI Foundation Legacy tile
  • Engraved Idaho shaped travertine book end

B. HOSPITALIZATION

Hospitalization and illness are personal and confidential matters, and the wishes of individuals vary. Therefore, judgment shall be used in determining the level and manner of what is done to recognize hospitalization of employees.

The division manager/dean is responsible for notifying the executive director of human resources when an employee has been hospitalized. The executive director of HR will arrange to have an appropriate floral arrangement sent to the employee’s home or hospital.

C. BIRTH OR ADOPTION

The division manager/dean or designee will notify the executive director of human resources when the birth or adoption has occurred. The executive director of HR will send a floral arrangement to the employee’s home or hospital. Full-time employees are eligible for this benefit.

D. DEATH

Death in the family is a sensitive matter and the wishes of individuals vary. Therefore, judgment shall be used in determining the level and manner of what is done to recognize the employee and their immediate family members.

Upon the announcement of the death, the employee’s division manager/dean will notify the executive director of human resources. The executive director of HR will send a plant to the employee’s home or funeral home. Additionally, College of Eastern Idaho follows the practice of honoring any campus employee upon his or her death by lowering to half-mast the college flag, only, for three (3) days.

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