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Date:March 23, 2007
Bulletin Number: 716
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Subject

April 2007 Performance Advances for Graded and NS Equated to Grade Employees and Longevity Payments for Graded Employees Designated Management Confidential (M/C)

Purpose

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

Affected Employees

Eligible employees in Bargaining Units 06, 46 and 66.

Effective Date(s)

3/29/07(Institution) - Paychecks dated 4/26/07, Pay Period 1L.
4/5/07(Administration) - Paychecks dated 5/2/07, Pay Period 1L.

Background

On 3/21/07, the Division of the Budget issued Bulletin D-1119 providing payment of 2007 Performance Advances and Longevity Payments for eligible Management Confidential employees.

Eligibility

Performance Advance Requirements
M/C employees in graded and NS equated positions whose base annual salary is below the Job Rate of the employee's current position and who have thirteen (13) complete pay periods of service in such position between April 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007 are eligible for a Performance Advance based on the 4/1/07 Salary Schedule.

Longevity Payment Requirements
M/C employees in grades 603 - 617 who complete five (5) or ten (10) years of continuous service as defined by Section 130.3(c) of the Civil Service Law at a base annual salary equal to or greater than the Job Rate of the employee's grade may be eligible for a Longevity Payment. The Longevity Payment is effective from the first day of the pay period following completion of the required service. For employees with an Increment Code of 2002 or 1997 who have had continuous paid service, the Longevity Payment is effective 3/29/07 (Institution) and 4/5/07 (Administration).

OSC Actions

After payroll processing is completed for Pay Period 1L, OSC will process Performance Advances and Longevity Payments for eligible graded and NS equated to grade employees whose status on 3/29/07 (Institution) and 4/5/07 (Administration) is Active, on Paid Leave of Absence (except Sick Leave) or on Workers’ Compensation Leave.

Performance Advance (Increment Code 0001)
OSC will automatically insert a row in the employee’s Job Data page effective 3/29/07 (Institution) and 4/5/07 (Administration) to reflect the Performance Advance (not to exceed the Job Rate) using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Chg/PAV (Pay Rate Change/Performance Advance).

Promotion Recalculation (Increment Code 0004)
OSC will automatically insert a row in the employee’s Job Data page effective 3/29/07 (Institution) and 4/5/07 (Administration) to reflect the FIS (Fixed Incremented Salary) amount on the Job Data Compensation page as long as the FIS amount is greater than the compensation rate on Job Data, using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Chg/PMR (Pay Rate Change/Promotion Recalculation).

Longevity Payments (Increment Codes 2002 and 1997)
OSC will automatically process Longevity Payments for employees in grades 603-617 with an Increment Code of 2002. Employees who are at Job Rate will be brought to Longevity Step 1. Employees above the Job Rate and below Longevity Step 1 will have $750.00 added to the employee's salary. The Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Chg/LGP (Pay Rate Change/Longevity Payment) will be used.

OSC will automatically process Longevity Payments for employees in grades 603-617 with an Increment Code of 1997 whose salary is at or above Longevity Step 1 and below Longevity Step 2. Employees will be brought to Longevity Step 2. The Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Chg/LGP (Pay Rate Change/Longevity Pay) will be used.

Transactions processed automatically will appear on the NHRP520, Daily Outbound Transaction file.


Automatic Update of Increment Codes

OSC will automatically update the increment codes, as appropriate, for employees in Pay Period 1L. Employees who receive Performance Advances or Promotion Recalculations will have their increment codes updated on the Performance Advance or Promotion Recalculation row. After the Performance Advances are processed in Pay Period 1L, OSC will automatically update increment codes of employees with Increment Code 0003 on the Job Data record using the Action/Reason code of Data Change/CIC (Data Change/Correct Increment Code) effective 3/29/07 (Institution) and 4/5/07 (Administration).

Current Code

Update to

0001

0001 if new salary is below Job Rate
2007 if new salary is Job Rate of the grade

0003

0001

0004

0001 if new salary is below Job Rate
2007 if new salary is equal to or greater than Job Rate


Agency Actions -Pay Period 1

Graded Employees and NS Employees Equated to Grade
The following procedures must be used by the agency when reporting transactions in Pay Period 1L:

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 3/29/07(Institution) or 4/5/07 (Administration):

  • The agency must not include the Performance Advance or Longevity Payment in the salary rate reported in the Pay Rate field.
  • The agency must report the April 2007 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 3/29/07 (Institution) or 4/5/07 (Administration):

  • The agency must include, if applicable, the Performance Advance or Longevity Payment in the salary reported in the Pay Rate field.
  • The agency must report the projected increment code for April 2008.

Employees who are on paid Sick Leave at the time of payment:

  • Employees on paid Sick Leave will not receive payments automatically.
  • The agency must enter a request on the Job Action Request page using the appropriate Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/PAV (Performance Advance or Pay Rate Change/PMR (Promotion Recalculation) for employees who become eligible for the payments before being placed on paid Sick Leave.
  • The agency must enter a request on the Job Action Request page using the appropriate Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/LGP (Longevity Pay) for employees who are eligible at the time of the payment.

If the agency determines that an M/C employee’s automatic Performance Advance should be withheld, the agency must submit a Job Action Request using the Action/Reason code of Data Change/PWH (Data Change/Performance Advance Withheld) and enter the Increment Code 0003 effective 3/29/07 (Institution) or 4/5/07 (Administration).

For NS equated to grade employees due a Longevity Payment, the agency must submit the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/LGP (Longevity Payment).

Time Entry
To report miscellaneous earnings 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 -Pay Period 2

Beginning in Pay Period 2L, agencies that submit Rein Leave transactions on the Job Data page for eligible employees who return from a Leave of Absence without Pay (except Workers’ Compensation Leave) or a Paid Leave of Absence with a reason of Sick Leave or MLS (Military Stipend) with an effective date after Pay Period 1 must also enter the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/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 or Promotion Recalculation (Pay Rate Change/PAV or Pay Rate Change/ PMR) if applicable, effective 3/29/07 (Institution) or 4/5/07(Administration).

Control-D Reports

The following report will be available after processing of Pay Period 25 (3/21/07-Institution and 3/28/07-Administration) is completed. The report identifies employees who will not receive an automatic Performance Advance based on available information at the close of Pay Period 25. This will give agencies time to correct the employees’ records, if necessary, before automatic processing takes place.

NHRP708 Mass Increment Payment Exception Report
This report identifies employees who will not receive an automatic Performance Advance. Fields on the report include EmplID, Employee Record Number, 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 minim
Position and job do not match
FIS missing
FIS below current
Increment code missing

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.

NHRP704 Mass Salary Payment/Mass Increment Payment Report
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 Number, Employee Name, Grade, Bargaining Unit, Pay Basis Code, Part-time Percentage, Salary, Action Reason and Increment Code.

NHRP708 Mass Increment Payment Exception Report
This report identifies employees who did not receive an automatic Performance Advance. Fields on the report include EmplID, Employee Record Number, 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 missing

Questions

Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Salary Determinations mailbox.