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  Date:  November 21, 2003 Bulletin No. SP-73

Subject Fitness Bonus Payment for Fiscal Year 2003-2004
Purpose To notify the Division of State Police of the procedures for processing Fitness Bonus payments.
Affected Employees Troopers in Bargaining Unit 07, Commissioned/Non-Commissioned Officers in Bargaining Unit 17 and Investigators and Senior Investigators in Bargaining Unit 62.
Background Chapters 8,9 and 10 of the Laws of 2001 provide for an annual Fitness Bonus payment.
Payments may be submitted in Pay Period 18Lag/19Current for checks dated 12/17/03.
Eligibility Criteria The payment for fiscal year 2003-2004 will be based on the Bargaining Unit to which a member was assigned on the date of participation in the physical fitness test. 

The maximum bonus payment is $851.23.

Employees who return from Military Leave or other approved leave and pass the 2003-2004 fitness test may be entitled to Fitness Bonuses for 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. Refer to Bulletin SP-48, December 10, 2001, for instructions on entering the earnings for the prior years.
Processing Procedure To pay eligible employees for the 2003-2004 payment, use the following earn code:

Earn Code: FTA
Effective Date: 3/27/03
O.T. Effective: 3/27/03
Earnings: Amount of Bonus
Earn End Date: 3/24/04
Click OK to Pay: Click OK to Pay
Goal Balance: Leave Goal Balance Blank
Save Transaction

*For employees who are no longer in an eligible Bargaining Unit, the Earn End Date should be the last date the employee was eligible for the earnings to be included in the O.T. Calculation.

If, after the payment is made, the employee goes into an ineligible Bargaining Unit, the agency must insert a row to end the O.T. eligibility by entering the following in the Additional Pay panel:

Earn Code: FTA
Effective Date Enter last day eligible
O.T. Effective: 3/27/03
Earn End Date: Enter last day in eligible Bargaining Unit
Goal Balance: Enter Bonus Paid
Click OK to Pay
Save Transaction
Payroll Register and Employee's Paycheck/Advice The earnings code FTA and the amount will be displayed on the payroll register. The earnings description, "Fitness Bonus," will be displayed on the employee's check stub or advice.
Questions Payroll related questions should be directed to your OSC payroll auditor.