University of California, Riverside

Human Resources

Limited Appointment

Limited Appointments
November 2018

I. Related Policies and References

Personnel Policy 3 - Types of Appointment

  B. Local Procedure 20 - Recruitment and Promotion
II. Summary of Limited Appointments

A limited appointment is an appointment established at any percentage of time, fixed or variable, which is expected to continue for less than 1,000 hours in a 12-month period.

Limited appointments may be utilized for short-term work assignments with an expected end date. A recruitment is normally expected for a limited appointment, but not required if an exemption or waiver of recruitment has been submitted and approved by central HR. Refer to Local Procedure 20 sections VI.C.4 and 5.


A limited appointment will be designated as a career appointment when the incumbent has attained 1,000 hours of qualifying service in any 12 consecutive months without a break in service of at least 120 consecutive calendar days.


1. Qualifying service includes all time on pay status (in one or more limited appointments at the University. Pay status includes sick leave, extended sick leave, vacations, CTO, military leave with pay, administrative leave with pay, and holidays).

  • Not included is time on pay status in casual restricted, per diem, by agreement, or contract appointments.  Overtime is also not included.

2. Career designation will be effective the first of the month following attainment of 1,000 hours of qualifying service

3. Once career status is attained, there is no requirement to maintain a minimum number of hours on pay status.


An employee who has worked in a limited appointment immediately preceding the career appointment will accrue up to 1,000 hours credited toward completion of the probationary period, provided that the credited time was served in the same position and with the same supervisor that the employee had immediately prior to the career appointment.

III. UC Retirement Plan for Limited Appointments

UCRP membership will include employees who have attained 1,000 hours on pay status during 12 consecutive months (excludes casual restricted, per diem).


Initial eligibility for Health and Welfare benefits is based in part on UCRP membership, the UCRP eligibility expansion will result in an expansion of health and welfare eligibility. Upon attaining UCRP eligibility, the employee will be prospectively eligible for career Health and Welfare benefits in accordance with the terms of the Health and Welfare Group Insurance Regulations.

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