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Date: March 21, 2005 Bulletin Number:542
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Subject

April 1, 2005 Performance Advances for PS&T Employees Represented by the Public Employees Federation (PEF)

Purpose
To explain OSC’s automatic processing and to provide instructions for payments not processed automatically.

Affected Employees
Eligible salaried employees in Bargaining Unit 05 PS&T.
Effective Date(s)
3/31/05 (Institution) - Checks dated 4/28/05 Pay Period 1L.
4/07/05 (Administration) - Checks dated 5/04/05 Pay Period 1L.
Background
Pursuant to the determination of the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, these payments continue under Article 14, Section 209-a of the Civil Service Law. Chapter 419 of the Laws of 2004 that implements the agreement between the State of New York and the Public Employees Federation.

Eligibility Criteria
PS&T employees whose base annual salary is below the job rate for their current position on the 4/01/04 Salary Schedule are eligible for a Performance Advance if the employee:
  • has completed one (1) year of service in such position by March 31, 2005; and
  • did not receive a Performance Advance in October 2004; and
  • was rated “Satisfactory” or its equivalent on the employee's last annual evaluation date.
OSC Actions

After payroll processing is completed for Pay Period 1L, OSC will process Performance Advances for eligible employees whose status on 3/31/05 (Institution) or 4/7/05 (Administration) is Active, on Paid Leave of Absence (except those on Military Stipend) or on Workers’ Compensation Leave.

Performance Advance (Increment Code 0001):

OSC will automatically insert a row in the employee’s Job Data page effective 3/31/05 (Institution) or 4/7/05 (Administration) to reflect the Performance Advance (not to exceed the job rate) using the Action/Reason of Pay Rt Chg/ PAV (Pay Rate Change/ Performance Advance).

Promote Recal (Increment Code 0004):

For employees who are entitled to a revised salary based on their FIS (Fixed Incremented Salary), OSC will automatically insert a row in the employee’s Job Data page effective 3/31/05 (Institution) or 4/7/05 (Administration) to reflect the FIS amount displayed on the Job Data Compensation page, using the Action/Reason of Pay Rt Chg/PMR (Pay Rate Change/Promotion Recalculation).

Automatic Update of Increment Codes:

After the Performance Advances are applied in Pay Period 1L, OSC will automatically update the increment codes, as appropriate, on the Job Data record using the Action/Reason of Data Chg/CIC (Data Change/Correct Increment Code).

Workers’ Compensation:

For employees who are receiving Workers’ Compensation under the PEF Medical Evaluation Program, the supplement will be recalculated by OSC when processing payments for disability dates beginning 3/31/05 (Institution) or 4/7/05 (Administration).

Agency Actions - Pay Period 1

The following procedures must be used by the agency when reporting transactions in Pay Period 1.

  • For Pay Changes, Position Changes, and Transfers requested on the Job Action Request or Transfer Request page and the effective date of the Action is on or before 3/31/05 (Institution) or 4/7/05 (Administration):
    • The agency must not include the Performance Advance in the salary rate reported in the Pay Rate field.
    • The agency must report the April 2005 increment code.

  • For Pay Changes, Position Changes, and Transfers requested on the Job Action Request or Transfer Request page and the effective date of the Action is after 3/31/05 (Institution) or 4/7/05 (Administration):
    • The agency must include, if applicable, the Performance Advance in the salary reported in the Pay Rate field.
    • The agency must report the projected increment code for April 2006.

  • For PS&T employees due an automatic Performance Advance in Pay Period 1 but who received an unsatisfactory rating:
    • The agency must submit a Data Change using the Action/ Reason of Data Chg/USP (Data Change/Unsatisfactory Performance) and enter the Increment Code 0003.

NOTE: "Unsatisfactory" ratings should be reported in the same pay period in which the employee was rated.

  • For employees designated NS (Non Statutory) and equated to a PS&T grade and who meet the Performance Advance criteria:
    • The agency must submit a Job Request to pay the Performance Advance. The Action/Reason of Pay Rt Chg/ PAV (Pay Rate Change/Performance Advance) must be used.

Time Entry:
To report miscellaneous earnings that are automatically calculated by the system (i.e. overtime), agencies must separate earnings by pay period so the earnings will not overlap the effective date of the pay change.

Agency Actions -Beginning Pay Period 2
Beginning in Pay Period 2L, agencies that submit a Rein Leave transactions with an effective date after Pay Period 1 on the Job Data page for eligible employees who return from a Leave of Absence without Pay (except Workers’ Compensation Leave) or Paid Leave of Absence with a Reason of MLS (Military Stipend) must also enter a Pay Rt Chg/PAV, effective the date of the Rein Leave with the next effective sequence number.

If the effective date of the Rein Leave is before Pay Period 1, the agency must submit the Rein Leave and any additional rows to add the Performance Advance (Pay Rt Chg/PAV) if applicable, effective 3/31/05 (Institution) or 4/7/05 (Administration).

Control-D Reports

The following report will be available after processing of Pay Period 25 Institution (3/23/05) and Pay Period 26 Administration (3/30/05) are completed. The report identifies employees who will not receive an automatic Performance Advance based on available information at the close of Pay Period 25 for Institution and Pay Period 26 for Administration. This will give agencies time to correct the employees’ records, if necessary, before automatic processing takes place.

Mass Increment Payment Exception Report (NHRP708)
This report identifies employees who will not receive an automatic Performance Advance. Fields on the report include EmplID, Employee Record No, Employee Name, Grade, Bargaining Unit, Pay Basis Code, Part-time Percentage, Salary, FIS Amount and Increment Code. The report identifies the reason the employee’s salary will not be increased with one of the following messages:

Salary below minimum
Position and job do not match
FIS missing
FIS below current
Increment code invalid
Increment code missing
Increment code not in Anniversary Date range

The following reports will be available for agency review after the automatic payments have been made. All reports will be sorted by agency code, then by employee name in alphabetical order.

Mass Salary Payment/Mass Increment Payment Report (NHRP704)
This report identifies all employees who received the automatic Performance Advance and the employee’s increased salary. Other fields on the report include EmplID, Employee Record No, Employee Name, Grade, Bargaining Unit, Pay Basis Code, Part-time Percentage, Salary, Action Reason and Increment Code.

Mass Increment Payment Exception Report (NHRP708)
This report identifies employees who did not receive an automatic Performance Advance. Fields on the report include EmplID, Employee Record No, Employee Name, Grade, Bargaining Unit, Pay Basis Code, Part-time Percentage, Salary, FIS Amount and Increment Code. The report identifies the reason the employee’s salary was not increased with one of the following messages:

Salary below minimum
Position and job do not match
FIS missing
FIS below current
Increment code invalid
Increment code missing
Increment code not in Anniversary Date range

Questions

Questions about Salary Increases may be directed to the Salary Determination mailbox.