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Date: April 5, 2017

Bulletin Number: UCS-237

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Subject April 2017 State of New York Unified Court System (UCS) Increments and Longevity Increments

Purpose To inform agencies of OSC’s automatic processing of the April 2017 UCS Increments and Longevity Increments and provide instructions for payments not processed automatically.

Affected Employees Employees in the following bargaining units who meet the following criteria may be eligible to receive the April 2017 Increment or Longevity Increment as indicated below.

Salary Plan:

UCS

NUC

UCC – (Increments Only – No Longevity Steps)

NYS Bargaining Unit:

DR, S9, SR, SY

F8, G9, SA, SD, SG, SK, SN

86, 87, 88, CT

Salary Schedule

04/01/2010

04/01/2015

04/01/2016


Background The following Chapter Laws in conjunction with Section 37 of the Judiciary Law provide for payment of annual increments (increments) and additional increments (longevity increments) for eligible employees in the UCS.

Chapter 276 of the Laws of 2008 implemented the 2007-2010 Agreements between the UCS and the Unions representing eligible non-judicial employees in Bargaining Units DR, S9, SR and SY.

Chapter 400 of the Laws of 2014 - implemented the 2011-2016 Agreements between the UCS and the Unions representing eligible non-judicial employees in Bargaining Units F8, G9, SA, SD, SG, SK and SN.

Chapter 400 of the Laws of 2014 also implemented the 2011-2017 Agreement between the UCS and the Union representing eligible non-judicial employees in Bargaining Unit 87.  In addition, consistent with prior practice, when a CSEA Agreement is reached, the negotiated changes detailed in the Labor Relations Memorandum are extended to Management/Confidential and Unrepresented employees in Bargaining Units 86, 88 and CT.

Effective Date(s) The April 2017 UCS Increments and Longevity Increments will be paid using the following effective date and check date:

Pay Cycle/Pay Period Type

Payment Effective Date

Check Date

Administration 1 Lag

04/06/2017

05/03/2017


Eligibility Criteria Increment (all Salary Plans)

Employees in graded positions (Grade 501-537) are eligible for the April 2017 UCS Increment provided the employee:

  • Is in an eligible bargaining unit on the payment effective date: and
  • Has completed 120 full workdays between 04/01/16 and 03/31/17; and
  • Has a Pay Basis Code of ANN on the payment effective date; and
  • Received a performance rating of at least “Satisfactory” for service during the previous year.

Longevity Increment (Salary Plans UCS & NUC)

Employees in graded positions (Grade 501-537) are eligible for the April 2017 UCS Longevity Increment provided the employee:

  • Is in an eligible bargaining unit on the payment effective date; and
  • Has completed four years in such grade at a salary equal to or greater than the Maximum Salary but less than Longevity Step 1 or four years in such grade at a salary equal to or greater than Longevity Step 1 but less than Longevity Step 2; and
  • Has completed 120 full workdays in each fiscal year; and
  • Has a Pay Basis Code of ANN on the payment effective date; and
  • Received a performance rating of at least “Satisfactory” for service in each fiscal year.
Control-D Report Available Prior to Processing The following Control-D report will be available for agency use on 04/06/2017 (Administration).  This will give agencies time to correct employees’ records, if necessary, prior to the automatic processing of the April 2017 UCS Increment and Longevity Increment.  The report will be sorted by Department ID, then by employee name in alphabetical order.

NHRP708 – Mass Increment Payment Exception Report

This report is a preliminary listing of employees who appear ineligible to receive the April 2017 UCS Increment, Longevity Increment or Increment Code Update based on information available as of the date the report is produced.  Included on the report is one or more of the following messages which identifies the reason(s) the employee’s record will not be updated.

  • Position and Job do not match – if the Position Number equals the NYS Position Number on the employee’s Job Data page but the Bargaining Unit, Salary Administration Plan or Grade on the Job Data page and the Position Data page are not equal
  • FIS Missing – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0004, 0006 or 0417 and the FIS Amount field is blank
  • FIS At or Below Current – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0004, 0006 or 0417 and the value in the FIS Amount field is less than or equal to the employee’s current salary
  • FIS Below Hiring Rate – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0004, 0006 or 0417 and the value in the FIS Amount field is less than the Hiring Rate for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • FIS Over Maximum – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0004 or 0006 and the value in the FIS Amount field is greater than the Maximum Salary for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Current Salary < Longevity Step 1 – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 2009 or 0517 and the employee’s salary is less than Longevity Step 1 for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Sal At or Above Longevity Step 1 – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 2013 and the employee’s salary is equal to or greater than Longevity Step 1 for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Sal At or Above Longevity Step 2 – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 2009 or 0517 and the employee’s salary is equal to or greater than Longevity Step 2 for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Increment Code Missing – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is blank or ‘0000’
  • Increment Code Invalid – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is other than 0001, 0003, 0004, 0006, 19XX, 20XX, 04XX or 05XX
  • Sal Below Hiring Rate – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0001 or 0003 and the employee’s salary is less than the Hiring Rate for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Sal Below Maximum – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 2013 and the employee’s salary is less than the Maximum Salary for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Sal At or Above Maximum – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0001 or 0003 and the employee’s salary is equal to or greater than the Maximum Salary for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule

If an employee appears on this report but is due an increment, longevity increment or increment code update, the agency must submit the appropriate transaction(s) on the Job Action Requests page to correct the information on the Job Data row(s).  If the row(s) is corrected prior to Administration Pay Period 1, the automatic increment, longevity increment or increment code update will be processed.

Agency Actions – Pay Period 1L The following procedures must be used by the agency when submitting transactions in Administration Pay Period 1L.

For pay changes, position changes and transfers requested on the Job Action Requests or Transfer Requests page with an effective date before 04/06/2017:

  • The agency must not include the increment or longevity increment in the salary reported in the Pay Rate field.
  • The agency must report the proper increment code for April 2017 in the Incr. Code field.

For pay changes, position changes and transfers requested on the Job Action Requests or Transfer Requests page with an effective date on 04/06/2017:

  • The agency must include, if applicable, the increment or longevity increment in the salary reported in the Pay Rate field.
  • No automatic processing will be done by OSC provided the agency reports Increment Code 5555.

For pay changes, position changes and transfers requested on the Job Action Requests or Transfer Requests page with an effective date after 04/06/2017:

  • The agency must include, if applicable, the increment or longevity increment in the salary reported in the Pay Rate field.
  • The agency must report the projected increment code for April 2018 in the Incr. Code field

Ineligible for Increment or Longevity Increment

Employees with an “Unsatisfactory” evaluation on their last rating date are ineligible to receive the April 2017 UCS Increment or Longevity Increment.  The agency must submit a Data Chg on the Job Action Requests page effective 04/06/2017 using the Reason code USP (Unsat Perf) and an increment code of 0003 in the Incr. Code field to withhold the increment or longevity increment.

OSC Actions OSC will process the April 2017 UCS Increments, Longevity Increments and Increment Code Updates for those employees who meet the eligibility criteria and have a Payroll Status of Active, Leave With Pay or Leave of Absence due to a Workers’ Compensation Leave (Action/Reason code of Leave of Absence/WDL) on the payment effective date.

In addition, OSC will update all subsequent rows on the Job Data page, except as noted above, in which the employee remains in an eligible bargaining unit regardless of Payroll Status.  A row will be inserted with the same effective date as the row being evaluated using the Action/Reason code Pay Rate Change/CSL (Correct Salary).

Increment Processing

Increments will be processed for eligible employees with one of the following increment codes on the payment effective date.

  • Increment Code 0001:  If the employee’s annual salary is equal to or greater than the Hiring Rate but less than the Maximum Salary of the employee’s grade on the payment effective date based on the appropriate Salary Schedule, OSC will automatically insert a row on the employee’s Job Data page effective 04/06/2017 using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/INC (Increment) and will increase the employee’s salary to reflect payment of the increment.  The employee’s salary will be capped at the Maximum Salary of the employee’s grade on the payment effective date based on the appropriate Salary Schedule.
  • Increment Code 0004:  If the FIS Amount is greater than the employee’s salary on the payment effective date, equal to or greater than the Hiring Rate but less than or equal to the Maximum Salary of the employee’s grade on the payment effective date based on the appropriate Salary Schedule, OSC will automatically insert a row on the employee’s Job Data page effective 04/06/2017 using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/CSL (Correct Salary) and will increase the employee’s salary to reflect payment of a partial increment to the Maximum Salary based on the FIS (Fixed Incremented Salary) Amount.
  • Increment Code 0006:  If the FIS Amount is greater than the employee’s salary on the payment effective date, equal to or greater than the Hiring Rate but less than or equal to the Maximum Salary of the employee’s grade on the payment effective date based on the appropriate Salary Schedule, OSC will automatically insert a row on the employee’s Job Data page effective 04/06/2017 using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/INC (Increment) and will increase the employee’s salary to reflect payment of a partial increment based on the FIS (Fixed Incremented Salary) Amount.
  • Increment Code 0417:  If the FIS Amount is greater than the employee’s salary on the payment effective date and equal to or greater than the Hiring Rate of the employee’s grade on the payment effective date based on the appropriate Salary Schedule, OSC will automatically insert a row on the employee’s Job Data page effective 04/06/2017 using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/379 (Jud Law 37.9) and will increase the employee’s salary to reflect the FIS (Fixed Incremented Salary) Amount.  The FIS Amount may exceed the Maximum Salary.

Longevity Increment Processing

  • Increment Code 2013:  If the employee’s annual salary is equal to or greater than the Maximum Salary but less than Longevity Step 1 of the employee’s grade on the payment effective date based on the appropriate Salary Schedule, OSC will automatically insert a row on the employee’s Job Data page effective 04/06/2017 using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/LGP (Longevity Pay) and will increase the employee’s salary to Longevity Step 1.
  • Increment Code 2009:  If the employee’s annual salary is equal to or greater than Longevity Step 1 but less than Longevity Step 2 of the employee’s grade on the payment effective date based on the appropriate Salary Schedule, OSC will automatically insert a row on the employee’s Job Data page effective 04/06/2017 using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/LGP (Longevity Pay) and will increase the employee’s salary to Longevity Step 2.
  • Increment Code 0517:  If the employee’s annual salary is equal to or greater than Longevity Step 1 but less than Longevity Step 2 of the employee’s grade on the payment effective date based on the appropriate Salary Schedule, OSC will automatically insert a row on the employee’s Job Data page effective 04/06/2017 using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/373 (Jud Law 37.3) and will increase the employee’s salary to Longevity Step 2.

Appropriate Salary Schedule

BU’s DR, S9, SR, SY

04/01/2010

BU’s F8, G9, SA, SD, SG, SK, SN

04/01/2015

BU’s 86, 87, 88, CT (Increments Only)

04/01/2016

Increment Code Update Processing

OSC will automatically update the increment code, as appropriate, on the inserted row for employees who receive an increment or longevity increment as follows:

Current Code

Updated Code

0001

0001 if the new salary is below the Maximum Salary

2017 if the new salary is equal to the Maximum Salary

0006

0001 if the new salary is below the Maximum Salary

2017 if the new salary is equal to the Maximum Salary

OSC will automatically insert a row on the employee’s Job Data page effective 04/06/2017 using the Action/Reason code of Data Chg/CIC (Chg IncCd/or AnnDt/or FIS Sal) and update the following increment code:

Current Code

Updated Code

 0003

0001 if the salary on the payment effective date is equal to or greater than the Hiring Rate but less than the Maximum Salary

Control-D Reports Available After Processing The following Control-D reports will be available for agency review after the payments have been processed.  All reports will be sorted by Department ID, then by employee name in alphabetical order.

NHRP704 – Mass Increment Payment Report

This report identifies all employees who received the automatic April 2017 UCS Increment or Longevity Increment and includes the Action/Reason code used as well as the old compensation rate and new compensation rate.

NHRP708 – Mass Increment Payment Exception Report

This report identifies employees who did not receive the automatic April 2017 UCS Increment, Longevity Increment or Increment Code Update.  Included on the report is one or more of the following messages which identifies the reason(s) the employee’s record was not updated.

  • Position and Job do not match – if the Position Number equals the NYS Position Number on the employee’s Job Data page but the Bargaining Unit, Salary Administration Plan or Grade on the Job Data page and the Position Data page are not equal
  • FIS Missing – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0004, 0006 or 0417 and the FIS Amount field is blank
  • FIS At or Below Current – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0004, 0006 or 0417 and the value in the FIS Amount field is less than or equal to the employee’s current salary
  • FIS Below Hiring Rate – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0004, 0006 or 0417 and the value in the FIS Amount field is less than the Hiring Rate for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • FIS Over Maximum – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0004 or 0006 and the value in the FIS Amount field is greater than the Maximum Salary for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Current Salary < Longevity Step 1 – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 2009 or 0517 and the employee’s salary is less than Longevity Step 1 for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Sal At or Above Longevity Step 1 – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 2013 and the employee’s salary is equal to or greater than Longevity Step 1 for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Sal At or Above Longevity Step 2 – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 2009 or 0517 and the employee’s salary is equal to or greater than Longevity Step 2 for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Increment Code Missing – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is blank or ‘0000’
  • Increment Code Invalid – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is other than 0001, 0003, 0004, 0006, 19XX, 20XX, 04XX or 05XX
  • Sal Below Hiring Rate – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0001 or 0003 and the employee’s salary is less than the Hiring Rate for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Sal Below Maximum – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 2013 and the employee’s salary is less than the Maximum Salary for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
  • Sal At or Above Maximum – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 0001 or 0003 and the employee’s salary is equal to or greater than the Maximum Salary for the employee’s grade on the appropriate Salary Schedule
Agency Actions – Beginning Pay Period 2 Beginning in Administration Pay Period 2L, agencies must submit transactions to make the April 2016 UCS Increment, Longevity Increment, Increment Code Update to eligible employees who were not processed automatically.

Increments and Longevity Increments

Agencies must submit a Pay Change on the Job Action Requests page using the appropriate Reason code for eligible employees who return from a Leave of Absence (except a Workers’ Compensation Leave) and employees who are eligible for an increase but were not processed as a result of an error as identified on the NHRP708 – Mass Increment Payment Exception Report.

Agency Update of Increment Codes

Agencies must submit a Data Chg on the Job Action Requests page using the Reason code CIC (Chg IncCd/or AddDt/ or FIS Sal) and update the following increment codes:

Current Code

Updated Code

 0417

4 digit max year of current grade or 0521 if salary is between 1st and 2nd longevity steps

0517

4 digit max year of current grade

0004

04 with 2 digit year for future application of Judicial Law Section 37.9

5555

The appropriate 2018 increment code

If the employee’s increment code is 0001 after being automatically updated from Increment Code 0003 (the result of an “Unsatisfactory” evaluation), the agency must review and update the increment code accordingly.

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