Human Resources

HR Happenings


Effective July 1, 2015, all employees who work in Massachusetts now have the right to take job protected sick time under the new Massachusetts Earned Sick time Law.  For WHOI, this only impacts casual employees as employees who work half-time and above already receive Occasional Illness and Family Illness benefits. Casual employees who previously were ineligible for sick time will now be eligible for 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year.  WHOI has elected to provide casual employees in 2015 with 30 hours for the second half of the year and 40 hours beginning in 2016.  Effective immediately, casual employees are eligible to receive paid sick time.  Sick time can only be charged for time when employees are scheduled to work. Time reported must be in increments of no less than 15 minutes. For casual employees, sick leave can be used to care for physical or mental illness, injury or medical condition affecting employee, employee’s child, spouse, parent or parent of a spouse; to attend routine medical appointments; and to address the effects of domestic violence of employee or employee’s dependent child. For reporting sick time for casual workers, use the code, Casual Sick, in Unanet. Due to this law, for employees who work half-time and above, family illness will now be revised to allow for care of a spouse’s parent. For a summary of the new Massachusetts Earned Sick time Law, a Notice of Employee Rights will be posted to all employee bulletin boards and in the Human Resources website. You may also visit the Attorney General’s Office website.

One-on-One Meetings with Transamerica in 2015

Transamerica will be onsite at WHOI every month in 2015 beginning in January.  Individual one-on-meetings are available in 25-minute time slots.  You must schedule your appointment in advance by registering online using the Online Meeting Scheduler.  Advance registration is allowed for up to 3 months and is available to you through the online registration site.  If you feel you will need more than 25-minutes to meet with a Transamerica representative, you may sign up for more than one session, or you may want to sign up for the last session of the day.

2015 403(b) IRS Limits

The IRS recently announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for tax year 2015. These changes will occur for the first payroll of 2015 which is the period December 14-December 27, 2014 for pay date January 2, 2015. You can make changes to your 403(b) Defined Contribution employee amount anytime during the year through the Transamerica site . Those turning age 50 or older in 2015 are eligible for the Age 50+ Catch-Up throughout the year.

For more information on the limits, please refer to the link above. (2015 403(b) Limits).

Recent Job Announcements

Director of Corporate Sponsored Research
Production Engineering Manager
Senior Administrative Assistant I/II
Our Mission

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society.

Total Rewards

To achieve its overall mission, an integral part of WHOI’s strategy is to attract, recruit, and retain a world-class staff, representing a diversity of people, backgrounds and ideas.  To that end, we are driven to provide a total rewards package that supports these initiatives and complements WHOI’s culture and values.

What are total rewards?
Simply put, total rewards is the monetary and non-monetary return provided to employees of WHOI in exchange for their time, talents, efforts and results.  It involves these key elements: compensation, benefits, work-life, performance and recognition, and development and career opportunities.

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Last updated: November 10, 2015