My DioErie: Human Resources

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Human Resources coordinates the administration of personnel policies and practices for St. Mark Catholic Center and offers assistance and advice to parishes on employment practice matters.

Reference materials for parishes and agencies
The information below is for reference only. It is not to be construed as a statement of diocesan policy. Any use, in whole or in part, of the information contained on this web page is the responsibility of the using parish or agency, and therefore should be reviewed by the using agency for formal legal approval and used at their own risk.

For more specific diocesan guidelines regarding employment, hiring, firing, and benefit issues, please feel free to consult pages 16-1 through 16-4 entitled: Employment Practice and Guidelines section of the Diocese of Erie Parish Financial Practices Policy Manual

Please follow these steps when downloading Microsoft Word documents:

  1. Click on a Word document link
  2. Select "SAVE" and save
    the document to your computer
  3. Customize Word document on your computer

Accident Reporting and Compliance
Workers' Compensation
Please remember to save Word documents to your computer before modifying.

Preface to How to Report Accidents (PDF)
Employer's Report of Occupational Injury or Disease form (PDF)
Parishes and Schools Accident and Illness Prevention Program (PDF)

Developing a Parish Employee Handbook
This example is provided to assist parishes as they develop their own employee handbook for their staff/employees. In no way does it represent a dictate, format or style that should in any way be construed as a mandate from the Diocese in terms of content that can be interpreted as “Diocesan Policy”, “This is what the Diocese told us to do”, or worst of all: “Let’s just copy it as is without legal review by the Parish and it’s resources.”

Please look over the example and feel free to call me for any assistance you need.

Your Companion on The Journey,
Jim Tometsko
Director of Human Resources
Diocese of Erie
August 22, 2023

Generic Handbook Example (Review and edit to fit your organization)

Hiring process tips
Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form
Form W-4 Current Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Information
Labor Law Poster guidance
Job Application (Word—select "SAVE")
Suggested Outline for Preparing Job Position Profiles (Word—select "SAVE")

     Example: Parish Secretary
     Example: Parish Maintenance
     Example: Business Manager
     Example: Director of Religious Education
     Example: Church Organist
     Example: Parish Bookkeeper

Checking References:

Character Reference Checks (Word—select "SAVE")
Employer Reference Checks (Word—select "SAVE")
Performance Evaluation
Performance Evaluation Form

Worksheet to determine exempt/non-exempt criteria based on IRS Regulations
Exempt Non-Exempt Worksheet

Employee discipline and termination and bishop's directive
Progressive Discipline—Rationale & Sample Policy Considerations (Word—select "SAVE")
Final Warning Format (Word—select "SAVE")

Electronic communications
Sample: Internet Policy (Word—select "SAVE")
Sample: Software Policy (Word—select "SAVE")

401(k) plan
Visit Financial Services for 401(k) information

Questions regarding the contents or other Human Resource issues should be directed to:

Jim Tometsko, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Human Resources
429 East Grandview Blvd.
P.O. Box 10397
Erie, PA 16514-0397
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