Measurement period is a one year period that a variable hour employee’s weekly average hours are measured. Both the standard and initial measurement periods are on a 12-month “look back” measurement method to determine the weekly average hours for variable hour employees. This measurement method accounts for break in service. Visit the Break in Service webpage to learn more about the break in service logic.
Existing variable hour employees are measured on the standard measurement period (SMP) and the SMP start and end dates are set from mid-October of one year through mid-October of the following year. There are three different cases as to why variable hour employees will be measured on the IMP. Variable hour employees who are measured on the IMP will be dual-measured on the SMP as well. The initial measurement period start date is determined using the pay period rule.
- work continuously without a break in service of 26 weeks in the measurement period.
- may have break in service that is greater than four week, but the break in service is less than the preceding employment period during the SMP.
Pay period rule
The pay period rule is used to determine the IMP start and end dates. This is done by taking the next full pay period begin date following the day the employee earns their first hour of service. It is not based on the employee’s hire date.
A variable hour employee who is measured on the IMP will eventually be measured on the SMP. This is referred to as “dual-measured” because the employee will become an existing employee.
Standard Measurement Period
Employees who are considered “existing employees”.
Initial Measurement Period
Employees who started employment after the start of the SMP.
Dual Measurement Periods
Employees who are measured on IMP and SMP.
The plan year refers to the calendar year stability period from January 1 through December 31 of the same year.
Periods and statuses
Periods of time between the end a measurement period and start of a stability period.
Standard and initial stability periods for employees who have exceeded the 30 hours/week threshold.
Benefit Eligible to Variable Hour Status
What happens if a regular FT BE employee terminates and rehires into PT Temp position.