Welcome to Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources serves the Amherst College community by focusing its efforts on the College’s most valuable asset, its employees. We do this through the recruitment, hiring and retention of a diverse, qualified workforce. Our department is committed to providing professional, caring and quality services in a fair and consistent manner. By doing so we foster a work environment that attracts and inspires excellence. We encourage you to share your knowledge, diversity and creativity within our community.


COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Information

Amherst College is requiring that all staff and faculty be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester.  It is our hope that these vaccination requirements for all colleagues will provide additional protection for everyone in our community and be reassuring to you personally as we begin to return to campus. More information about how to submit your vaccination documentation will be available in the next couple of weeks.

Massachusetts COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program

Please click the link below for information about the Commonwealth’s new temporary sick leave program for certain reasons related to COVID-19.

2020-2021 Performance Management Process

The PMP will be optional this year, but we strongly encourage all supervisors/chairs and staff members to complete the process.
 
This year we will be utilizing Workday to complete the on-line performance management process, which provides an opportunity to review progress, modify and implement goals and celebrate accomplishments.
 
The following is a summary of important deadlines and reminders:
  • Performance Evaluation Period - April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
  • Self-Evaluation Period - April 1, 2021 to April 19, 2021
  • Online Evaluation Process - April 19, 2021 to July 9, 2021
Do not hesitate to contact the OHR at 413-542-2372 or hr@amherst.edu with any questions you may have.
 
Workday technical training and workshops geared towards effective performance review conversations can be found on the PMP webpage

COVID-19 Information

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Find information about the College’s response to the evolving situation with COVID-19. Learn about the guidelines for coming to campus and the latest changes to the academic program, housing, dining, athletics, and more.

Important Announcements

Vacation Carryover Update

Once again, vacation carry-overs will not be restricted as of June 30, 2021. As of December 31, 2021, vacation balances will be limited to no more than one full year’s allotment PLUS vacation time earned from July 1 through December 31, 2021.

In effect, this represents a maximum balance of one-and-a-half years of vacation accrual. By June 30, 2022, we will return to the usual policy of a maximum carry-over of one year’s vacation allotment. This will be the final extension of this temporary policy.

If you need assistance viewing your time off balances through Workday, please use the Time Off and Time Tracking quick reference guide.

Guidance to Taxpayers on Identity Theft Involving Unemployment Benefits

As previously announced, there has been a rise in fraudulent unemployment benefits claims across the nation.  If you have received a notice from the state of Massachusetts about an application for unemployment benefits which you did not file, it is urgent that you notify both the college (hr@amherst.edu) and the state.

Taxpayers who receive an incorrect Form 1099-G for unemployment benefits they did not receive should contact the issuing state agency to request a revised Form 1099-G showing they did not receive these benefits. More information is available at the IRS guidance to taxpayers on identity theft involving unemployment benefits.


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Workday at Amherst

Visit the Workday training site to learn how to navigate Workday and complete the tasks and processes you’ll use mos (log-in required), or login to Workday by following the link below.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.

Find information about Title IX.

The College's Title IX Coordinator is:

Laurie Frankl
Amherst College
105 E Converse Hall
Amherst, MA 01002
413-542-5707
lfrankl@amherst.edu


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Staff Life

Watch video of College all-staff meetings, learn about the staff survey, and more.