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Date: December 2, 2013

Bulletin Number: UCS-201

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Subject

December 2013 Unified Court System (UCS) Uniform and Equipment (Uniform) Allowance and Maintenance (Uniform Blazer) Allowance Payments

Purpose

To inform agencies of OSC’s automatic processing of the December 2013 Uniform Allowance and Uniform Blazer Allowance Payments and provide instructions for payments not processed automatically.

Affected Employees

Employees of the NYS Unified Court System (UCS) in Negotiating Units SY, SR, S9, DR, F8, 87, G9 and 86 who meet the eligibility criteria.

Background

Pursuant to Chapter 276 of the Laws of 2008 which implemented the 2007-2011 Agreements between the UCS and various unions, a uniform and equipment allowance or maintenance allowance must be paid to all eligible employees in June and December.

In addition, the bi-annual Uniform and Uniform Blazer Allowance memorandum originally dated 10/29/13, issued by OCA Payroll Operations, authorizes the December 2013 payment.

Effective Date(s)

The December 2013 Uniform Allowance Payment and Uniform Blazer Allowance Payment will be processed in a separate check dated 12/18/13 as follows:

  • The Uniform Allowance Payment or Uniform Blazer Allowance Payment for eligible employees in Negotiating Units DR, F8, 87 and G9.
  • The Uniform Allowance Payment for eligible employees in Negotiating Units SY, SR and 86.
  • The Uniform Blazer Allowance Payment for eligible employees in Negotiating Units S9.

There is no direct deposit for these payments.

Eligibility Criteria

Uniform Allowance or Uniform Blazer Allowance Payment

An employee must meet the following criteria on 11/30/13 to be eligible for a December  2013 Uniform Allowance or Uniform Blazer Allowance Payment:

  • Be in Negotiating Unit SY, SR, S9, DR, F8, 87, 86 or G9 (Uniform Blazer Allowance Payment only); and
  • Be in an eligible title (refer to the OCA memorandum for a list of eligible titles); and
  • Have a Payroll Status of Active, Leave With Pay or Leave of Absence with an Action/Reason code of Leave of Absence/WDL (WC Dis Lv), Leave of Absence /MLS (Mil Stip) or Leave of Absence/MTS (Military Training Stipend).

An employee who otherwise meets the eligibility criteria but is on an authorized leave of absence with a Payroll Status of Leave of Absence (except with an Action/Reason code of Leave of Absence/WDL, Leave of Absence/MLS or Leave of Absence/MTS) and who returns to the payroll prior to 5/31/14, may receive the December 2013 payment upon the return from leave.

An employee who has lost wages exceeding five workdays during the six months preceding the payment as the result of a disciplinary action is not eligible for the December 2013 payment.

OSC Actions

OSC will process the December  2013 Uniform Allowance and Uniform Blazer Allowance Payments for employees who meet the eligibility criteria with the following exceptions:

  • Employees in Negotiating Units DR, F8, 87, G9 and 86.
  • Employees in Negotiating Units SY, SR and S9 with a Payroll Status of Leave With Pay and an Action/Reason code of Paid Leave of Absence/MLS (Mil Stip).
  • Employees in Negotiating Units SY, SR and S9 with a Payroll Status of Leave of Absence and an Action/Reason code of Leave of Absence/WDL (WC Dis Lv), Leave of Absence/MLS (Mil Stip) or Leave of Absence/MTS (Military Training Stipend).
  • Employees in Negotiating Unit SR in one of the following Job Codes:
    • 014049 – Court Assistant
    • 014076 – Court Assistant (PT)
    • 014077 – Court Assistant (HND SA PROG)
    • 019364 – Court Assistant JS

A Time Entry transaction will be created automatically for eligible employees with the following information:

Earnings Begin Date:

11/30/13

Earnings End Date:

11/30/13

Earn Code:

UA5

Amount:

$652.50 – NU SY
$652.50 – NU SR
$462.50 – NU S9

OSC will notify the OCA when processing is complete so agencies can begin updating records as necessary.

Agency Actions

Prior to the automatic processing, agencies must review and approve the list of potentially eligible employees and make any necessary additions or deletions as explained in the OCA memorandum.  Transactions for these employees will be submitted on the Time Entry Interface (NPAY502) by the OCA.

In addition, agencies are responsible for submitting a Time Entry transaction for the following employees.  Agencies should refer to the OCA memorandum for a list of eligible titles and payment amounts.

  • Eligible employees, including those in Negotiating Units SY, SR and S9, with a Payroll Status of Leave With Pay and an Action/Reason code of Paid Leave of Absence/MLS (Mil Stip).
  • Eligible employees, including those in Negotiating Units SY, SR and S9, with a Payroll Status of Leave of Absence and an Action/Reason code of Leave of Absence/WDL (WC Dis Lv), Leave of Absence/MLS (Mil Stip) or Leave of Absence/MTS (Military Training Stipend.

Once the automatic processing is complete and OSC has notified the OCA, agencies must delete the Time Entry transaction for employees in Negotiating Units SY, SR and S9 who do not meet the eligibility criteria.  The OCA must notify OSC when all deletions are complete.

Agencies are also responsible for entering a Time Entry transaction for eligible employees who are on an authorized leave of absence on 11/30/13 and who return to the payroll prior to 5/31/14 in the pay period the return from leave is processed.

Submitting Payment

To pay the December 2013 Uniform Allowance or Uniform Blazer Allowance Payment to eligible employees not processed automatically or who return from an authorized leave of absence, agencies must submit the following information on the Time Entry page or the Time Entry Interface (NPAY502) using Earnings Code UA5.

Earnings Begin Date:

11/30/13  or the date the employee returns from an authorized leave of absence

Earnings End Date:

Same as the Earnings Begin Date

Earn Code:

UA5

Amount:

See 10/29/13 OCA Memorandum


Control-D Report

After the automatic processing of the December 2013 Uniform Allowance and Uniform Blazer Allowance Payments is complete and the OCA has notified OSC that all deletions are complete, the following Control-D report will be available for agency use.

NPAY771 – Time Entry Payment Report

This report identifies all employees who received either the Uniform Allowance Payment or the Uniform Blazer Allowance Payment.

Retirement and Overtime Information

The Uniform Allowance and Uniform Blazer Allowance Payments are not included as salary for retirement purposes and are not included in the calculation of overtime compensation.

Tax Information The December 2013 Uniform Allowance and Uniform Blazer Allowance Payment is taxable income, will be included in the employee’s taxable gross, and is subject to all employment taxes and income taxes.  If the employee has any additional amount on the Update Employee Tax Data page, the additional amount will be deducted from both the employee’s regular paycheck and the separate paycheck.

Payroll Register and Employee's Paycheck/Advice

The Earnings Code UA5 and the amount paid will be displayed on the Payroll Register.  The Earnings Description Uniform Allowance UCS and the amount paid will appear on the employee’s paycheck stub or direct deposit advice.

Questions

Questions about this bulletin may be directed to the Payroll Earnings mailbox.