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Hiring Pause through June 30

Submitted by Robin Frazier,

Ohio State has implemented a temporary hiring pause to assess impacts due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The temporary pause applies to most faculty, staff and student positions with exceptions noted below. The hiring pause aligns with recent actions taken by the state of Ohio and follows the state of emergency declared by the university Sunday, March 22. 
No positions that were vacant as of noon on March 20, 2020, should be filled unless an offer has already been extended. Those positions may be filled if a candidate accepts by Friday, March 27, 2020, and has an identified start date. No new positions should be created. Any hiring through June 30, 2020, should focus on maintaining adequate staffing levels in these essential service areas: 

  •    Law enforcement and public safety 
  •    Hospitals and health services 
  •    Child care for children of parents performing essential services to the university and medical center 
  •    Limited meal preparation and service 
  •    Facility utilities 
  •    Residential support 
  •    Others determined to be essential by the university 

HR Business Partners will work with supervisors who have new employees already scheduled to start. Best practices on how to onboard employees who are teleworking on their first day will be available. 
Employees of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center: The medical center is implementing a process to replace the in-person new employee orientation. 
This hiring pause applies to all executive departments and units regardless of the sources of their operational and programmatic funding. 
The hiring pause does not overrule collective bargaining agreements. 
Exceptions to the hiring pause 

In addition to the list above, exceptions to the hiring pause include, but are not limited to: 

  • Key faculty positions (including those of graduate teaching assistants) starting in summer and fall 2020 
  • Key research positions (including graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and research technicians) starting in fall 2020 
  • Deans and members of President’s Cabinet may also exempt any positions that are deemed necessary to meet medical center, public safety and critical operating functions of the university to maintain levels of service for our students and patients. 

In addition, the Office of Human Resources in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer may grant limited exceptions from this pause where the circumstances warrant it.