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Staff Handbook

Staff Handbook

This handbook contains policy and program information that defines the responsibilities of staff members and the University's commitments to staff. Review the Staff Handbook for complete staff employment policies and procedures.


Download the 2018 Staff Handbook 


Please contact or your Human Resources Business Partner with questions regarding the policies and programs within the Staff Handbook. Contact 847-491-7507 (Evanston) or 312-503-8481 (Chicago) for assistance identifying your HR Business Partner.

Attesting to the Handbook

Upon hire, each staff member (including Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates, and Faculty Librarians) is required to attest that he or she has received the Staff Handbook. This confirmation of receipt will be retained by the University. Complete the process in myHR.


Summary of updates for 2018

The following new and updated sections are reflected in the 2018 Staff Handbook; for any questions regarding these changes, please contact your HR Business Partner. 

  • Background Checks (Page 2.3)
    Notes that interns and volunteers over the age of 18 are required to complete a background check.
  • Eligibility for Rehire (Page 2.8)
    Provides information on eligibility for rehire.
  • Non-retaliation (Page 2.11)
    Reflects updated language aligned to Northwestern’s Policy on Non-retaliation.
  • Interns and Volunteers (Page 2.15)
    Reflects updated factors for determining whether an individual qualifies as an intern.
  • Financial Benefits (Page 5.1)
    Includes information on identity protection coverage.
  • New York State Disability Benefits and Paid Family Leav(Page 5.6)
    Includes information on this New York benefit.