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Date: May 26, 2016

Bulletin Number: SU-235

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Subject April 2016 State University of New York (SUNY) Management and Confidential (M/C) Discretionary Parity Salary Increase.

Purpose To provide agency instructions for processing the April 2016 SUNY M/C Discretionary Parity Salary Increase.

Affected Employees

Employees designated management of confidential in the State University of New York – BU13 who meet the eligibility criteria and are selected by the campus president.

Background Chapter 55 of the Laws of 2015 provides for a salary increase of two percent (2.00%) for April 2016. 

Division of the Budget Bulletin D-1133, issued April 25, 2016, provides additional guidelines regarding the implementation of this payment.

Effective Date(s)

The April 2016 State University of New York (SUNY) Management and Confidential (M/C) Discretionary Parity Salary Increase will be paid using the following effective date and check date:

Pay Cycle/Pay Period Type

Payment Effective Date

Check Date

Administration Lag

04/07/2016

06/01/2016


Eligibility Criteria Employees selected by the campus president who meet the following criteria on the payment effective date of 04/07/16 are eligible to receive the April 2016 State University of New York (SUNY) Management and Confidential (M/C) Discretionary Parity Salary Increase:
  • Bargaining Unit = 13
  • Salary Grade = 980
  • Pay Basis Code = ANN, BIW, HRY, FEE
  • Payroll Status = Active or Leave With Pay

Agency Actions Prior to processing, agencies must complete a roster identifying employees who will receive April 2016 State University of New York (SUNY) Management and Confidential (M/C) Discretionary Parity Salary Increase which must include the increased salary.  The roster must be signed by the campus president and forwarded to SUNY System Administration.  A copy of this roster will be provided to OSC in Excel format.

To pay the April 2016 State University of New York (SUNY) Management and Confidential (M/C) Discretionary Parity
Salary Increase to eligible employees, agencies must submit a Pay Change on the Job Action Requests page using the Reason code SIC (Sal Incr) and 04/07/16 as the Effective Date.  The Pay Rate field should be populated based on the information on the approved roster.

If the employee has rows on the Job Data page subsequent to the row inserted above, the agency must submit a Pay Change on the Job Action Requests page using the updated salary for each row, provided the employee remains eligible.  If the Pay Basis Code is HRY or BIW, the agency must submit a Reason code PAY/CRT (Chg Rate) or the Reason code PAY/CSL (Cor Sal) if the Pay Basis Code is ANN.

To pay employees with a Pay Basis Code of FEE, agencies must calculate the monies submitted on the Time Entry page using the increased rate beginning with the appropriate effective date.

Automatic Retroactive Processing OSC will automatically calculate retroactive adjustments for regular earnings and Time Entry earnings that are calculated by the system based on annual salary, such as OT for Annuals (OTA) and Holiday Pay (HPA), resulting from payment of the April 2016 State University of New York (SUNY) Management and Confidential (M/C) Discretionary Parity Salary Increase.

Agency Actions – Retroactive Processing Reporting Retroactive Adjustments

Time Entry earnings codes submitted with an amount will not be adjusted automatically.  Therefore, beginning in Administration Pay Period 3L, agencies must report the adjustment amount for earnings codes such as Regular Salary Override (RGO).

Correcting an Automatic Retroactive Adjustment

When certain conditions exist in an employee’s record, the automatic retroactive adjustment may be incorrect.  Therefore, the agency is responsible for identifying employees who meet the following conditions and, if necessary, submitting the necessary adjustment.

  • If an employee has a check returned or exchanged on an AC-230 for dates on or after the effective date of the payment, the payroll system does not consider the AC-230 when calculating the automatic retroactive adjustment.
  • If earnings were previously reported using Earnings Code RGS and a date range that exceeded the number of days reported, the system will calculate the adjustment of earnings based on the number of workdays within the range.
  • Adjustments for earnings calculated automatically, such as OT for Annuals (OTA), will be calculated incorrectly if the dates previously reported as a single entry on the Time Entry page overlap the effective date of the payment.  The system will calculate an adjustment for all earnings reported in a single entry based on the salary in effect on the Earnings End Date.
  • For employees who had a change reported on the Job Data page, since the effective date of the payment and the action resulted in an overpayment of earnings, the automatic negative retroactive adjustment may not have been processed because the overpayment was either not recoverable or was recovered using an overpayment earnings code or an AC-230.  In this case, the negative retroactive adjustment may be re-generated when the payment is processed.  OSC will turn off (not process) the automatic negative adjustment for these employees since in most cases these overpayments were either not recoverable or recovered using another method.

If an overpayment of earnings is identified after the automatic payment is processed but before the paycheck is received by the employee, the employee must be notified of the overpayment and the adjustment that will be reported in a subsequent pay period.

Submitting an Adjustment

To process a retroactive adjustment or correct an automatic retroactive adjustment, agencies must submit the following information on the Time Entry page or the Time Entry Interface (NPAY502) using the Earnings Code AJR.

Earnings Begin Date:

The first date included in the adjustment

Earnings End Date:

The last date included in the adjustment

Earn Code:

AJR

Amount:

Amount to be adjusted

Comments:

An explanation of the adjustment


Military Stipend Leave OSC will recalculate the military stipend amount for employees who were placed on a Paid or Unpaid Military Stipend Leave on or after the effective date of the payment as the result of new military orders.
  • If the employee received a stipend, OSC will insert a row on the employee’s Job Data page effective the date the employee is entitled to the increase using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/MSC (Military Stipend Change) and will increase the employee’s biweekly stipend amount.  In addition, updates will be made to all subsequent rows requiring an increased biweekly stipend amount.
  • If the employee did not receive a stipend but becomes eligible for a stipend as a result of the payment, OSC will insert the following in PayServ.
    • A row on the employee’s Job Data page effective the date the employee is entitled to a stipend using the Action/Reason code of Paid Leave of Absence/MLS (Mil Stip) and the new biweekly stipend amount.
    • A row on the employee’s Job Data page for each affected subsequent row using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/MSC (Military Stipend Change) and the new biweekly stipend amount.
    • A row on the Time Entry page using the Earnings Code MSP (Military Stipend Payment) to pay the stipend for each pay period the employee is eligible.
  • Any additional adjustment that is required due to the increased biweekly stipend amount that will not be calculated automatically will be reported by OSC on the Time Entry page using the Earnings Code AMS (Adjust Military Stipend).

Deduction Information All general deductions for employees whose Payroll Status is Terminated, Retired or Deceased will be automatically cancelled by OSC with the exception of the following:

Code

Description

410

Health Care Spending Account

420

NY Dependent Care Contribution

425

Repay State Loans/Debt

426

Higher Ed Repay State Loan

428

Dependent Care

433

Total Unemployment Ins Owed

500

Medicare Deficiency

501

Social Security Deficiency

502

NYS SS/Medicare Deficiency

GARNSH

Garnishments

HIATRG

Regular After Tax Health

HIATSP

Special After Tax Health Adj

HIBTRG

Regular Before Tax Health

HIBTSP

Special Before Tax Health Adj


Undeliverable Checks

If the agency has made an effort to deliver the check to the employee but the check has been returned and is undeliverable, the agency should forward the check to the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, Division of Treasury, per instructions in Payroll Bulletin No. 908.

Checks issued to eligible employees who are now deceased should be returned with a completed Next of Kin Affidavit (Form AC 934-P) and a Report of Check Exchange (Form AC 1476-P).  If a Next of Kin Affidavit has been previously submitted for a deceased employee’s payroll check, OSC will accept a photocopy of this form along with a new Report of Check Exchange.

Payroll Register and Employee’s Paycheck/Advice All retroactive adjustments will be displayed on the Payroll Register using the appropriate Earnings Code and the amount paid and will be displayed on the employee’s paycheck stub or direct deposit advice using the appropriate Earnings Description and the amount paid unless the number of earnings codes exceeds 13.  Agencies should utilize Locked Query #49 to identify a complete list of regular earnings and retroactive adjustments if there are more than 13 earnings codes.

Questions Questions regarding eligibility for this payment should be directed to SUNY System Administration.

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

Questions regarding military information should be directed to the Military Stipend mailbox.