External Professional Activities for Pay (EPAP)
Pursuant to the Board of Governors’ Policy on External Professional Activities, we are reminding all EHRA Faculty and EHRA Non-Faculty employees that External Professional Activities for Pay (EPAP) requests for any activities that are currently known to occur in the time period of July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, should be submitted into the online Activities, Interests, and Relationships (AIR) management system (http://air.unc.edu).
External Professional Activities for Pay (EPAP) means any activity that is:
- Not included within one’s University employment responsibilities.
- Performed for any entity, public or private, other than the University employer.
- Undertaken for compensation.
- Based upon the professional knowledge, experience and abilities of the EHRA employee.
A few reminders with regard to this policy:
- All EHRA employees at an FTE of .50 or greater are subject to this policy.
- EPAP requests should be submitted at least 10 days in advance of the activity taking place. For multiple-year projects, a new EPAP request must be submitted each fiscal year.
- Generally, EPAPs must take place outside of normal working hours as established by the employee’s department. If an EPAP must be performed during scheduled work hours as determined by the department, the time should be taken as vacation or other appropriate non-paid time, as approved in advance by the department.
- There is no entitlement or guarantee to a specific or set percentage of time for EPAP activities. Percent of effort is capped by the UNC System Office at 20% of University time for employees at 1.0 FTE.
- For purposes of EPAPs, equity for you or your spouse/partner is a form of compensation, and therefore any activity with an entity that includes equity ownership requires an EPAP to be filed.
- For additional information, please see the External Professional Activities for Pay Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Note: Information on your EPAP hours now may be viewed via your AIR profile, available through the air.unc.edu website.
Questions should be directed as follows:
- Policy questions for EHRA Non-Faculty employees: Vanessa Ragland, Senior Director of EHRA Personnel, at email@example.com
- Policy questions for EHRA Faculty: Lachonya Thompson, Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Questions related to processing EPAPs in the AIR system: Roberto Cofresi, Office of University Counsel, at 843-9953, or email email@example.com.
For more information on EPAP and related policies and regulations, please visit the University’s EPAP policy page.
Other related policies:
- UNC-Chapel Hill Policy on Individual Conflicts of Interest and Commitment.
- The University, through the Office of University Counsel, collects and reports External Professional Activities for Pay as required in the Board of Governors’ Policy on Conflict of Commitment.
- Regulations on External Professional Activities for Pay by Faculty and Non-Faculty EHRA Employees.
Additional Employment, Dual Employment, Secondary Employment
and Supplemental Pay Policies
At this time, we would also like to take this opportunity to remind HR Officers, HR Representatives and employees about the following special employment policies and procedures.
As a reminder, HR Representatives are responsible for ensuring that the proper documentation is submitted to and approved by the Office of Human Resources in advance of the employee beginning additional or dual employment, secondary employment as well as supplemental pay.
Additional Employment (SHRA)
Applies when a permanent full-time SHRA employee (regularly scheduled 40 hours each work week) who is normally appointed to one position at one established rate of pay, is needed to work in an additional position on a temporary, part-time basis.
Additional employment involves work within the University beyond the permanent full-time employee’s regularly scheduled 40 hours and outside his/her:
- home department or organizational unit
- regular work schedule, and
- regularly assigned responsibilities
Additional employment is limited to situations in which the employee possesses specialized knowledge, skills and abilities not readily available in the University’s recruitment area. Additional employment can be used only for an emergency or one-time, fixed-term assignment with a specified beginning and ending date (not over several semesters, for example) and not for any continuing need. Further, it cannot conflict with the employee’s regularly assigned full-time SHRA duties.
Under certain circumstances, additional employment may involve an employee who is filling a temporary teaching assignment. However, there are several conditions that apply in this situation. For more information review the policy on Qualifications of Course Instructors for specific requirements.
Note: An SHRA non-exempt employee may not be appointed to a temporary teaching assignment.
The employee and their department must submit an Additional Employment Request Form and obtain approval from OHR/Employment & Staffing before engaging in additional employment.
Please refer to the Additional Employment Policy for more information.
Dual Employment (EHRA Faculty, Non-Faculty and SHRA)
Applies when a permanent SHRA, EHRA non-faculty or faculty employee, regardless of FLSA status, is needed on a temporary and/or part-time basis by another State agency (except a local Board of Education, the Community College System, UNC Health, or city/county government entity).
This is limited to situations in which the employee possesses specialized knowledge, skills and/or abilities not readily available in the requesting State agency’s recruitment area. Dual employment is used for a critical need or a one-time, fixed-term assignment with specified beginning and ending dates, not to exceed 12 months, and cannot conflict with the employee’s regularly assigned duties.
The employee’s department must submit a Dual Employment Request Form and receive approval from OHR before engaging in dual employment. All SHRA requests should be sent to OHR/Employment & Staffing, EHRA Non-Faculty requests should be sent to OHR/EHRA Non-Faculty office, and faculty requests should be sent to the EHRA HR Office.
Secondary Employment (SHRA)
Applies when a permanent full-time State Agency or University employee plans to engage in secondary employment with another employer that is not a State Agency or University. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that an employee’s secondary employment does not have an adverse effect on the employee’s primary employment and does not create a conflict of interest.
An employee must notify as well as submit a Secondary Employment Request Form to their supervisor and receive approval from OHR/Employment & Staffing before engaging in secondary employment. In addition, each January, employees who are continuing secondary employment must submit an updated Secondary Employment Request Form to their supervisors and Office of Human Resources (OHR)/Employment & Staffing.
Please refer to the Secondary Employment Policy for more information.
Supplemental Pay (EHRA Faculty and Non-Faculty)
Applies to all permanent and temporary University EHRA employees (faculty and EHRA Non-Faculty) to address temporary increases in responsibility or significant and substantial duties performed under unusual circumstances. This compensation may be used only to address duties that are clearly exceptional to the employee’s regular position.
Requests must be submitted and approved by all required parties, including the applicable central office, in advance of any supplemental pay being communicated to the employee or any added work being performed.
To request overload pay, use the EHRA Overload Pay Request Form.
To request a salary supplement, use the Non-Faculty Salary Adjustment/Supplemental Form or Faculty Salary Increase Request Form (aka “Rainbow Form”).
Please refer to Supplemental Pay for EHRA Employees.
Please refer any questions to the following contacts:
- SHRA: Talent Acquisition Partner via the HR Service Center at (919) 843-2300.
- EHRA Non-Faculty: EHRA Non-Faculty Consultant via the HR Service Center at (919) 843-2300.
- EHRA Faculty: Lachonya Thompson, Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Academic Personnel