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Updated Guidelines for Relocating New Faculty and Staff

January 24, 2012, Volume 58, No. 19

Penn makes it easy for new faculty and staff to relocate into the Philadelphia area. Through a partnership with Whalen's Allied Van Lines and SIRVA Relocation, the University offers a full array of services to assist employees relocating to the region.

We recently updated our relocation guidelines in order to make these resources even more useful for faculty and staff. Changes include the following:

• It's now easier to determine which guidelines to use when you're relocating faculty and staff members. Junior faculty and staff members in grades 28 and below are eligible for the basic relocation package, which is typically funded up to $5,000. Senior faculty and staff members in grades 29 and above are eligible for the enhanced relocation package, which is typically funded up to $20,000.

• If a relocated employee voluntarily leaves the University, schools and centers have the option of requiring repayment of the relocation expenses (you should indicate in your offer letter whether you'll require this type of repayment.) For employees who leave within the first year of employment, 100% repayment should be required. Employees who leave within the second year of employment should repay 50% of the relocation expenses.

• You should always encourage employees to utilize Penn's relocation services instead of moving themselves. When employees choose to move themselves, they're considered "on the job," and any accident or injury could be considered a worker's compensation issue.

For more information on Penn's relocation services, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/recruitment/hiringofficer/relocation.aspx or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-1307.

—Division of Human Resources

Related: If Your Child's School Closes, Where Can You Turn for Help; Human Resources: Upcoming Programs

Almanac - January 24, 2012, Volume 58, No. 19