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Salary Increase Announced for Unrepresented Employees

Posted July 30, 2012

The Board of Trustees on June 6 approved the operating budget for FY 2013. The budget included funding for 2 percent salary increases for classified and unclassified employees not represented by a union. I am pleased to announce that the pay increase will become effective on Sept. 1 for eligible employees. The salary increase is just one part of your overall compensation package, which also includes university contributions for health benefits, retirement plans, tuition waiver and vacation and sick leave.

In addition, the salary structures for classified and unclassified employees will be increased by approximately one and one half percent. This action applies to the minimums, midpoints and maximums for each pay grade (not to an individual's salary) and is done periodically to ensure mobility for employees within the pay ranges. The new structure will become effective on Aug. 26 for the classified plan and Sept. 1 for the unclassified plans.

An overview of the annual salary review process is outlined below. Managers and supervisors will receive more detailed information this week from the Compensation staff.

Questions should be directed to the Compensation office at 330-672-3107 or compensation@kent.edu.

Sincerely,
Willis Walker
Vice President for Human Resources


Salary Review Process Overview

Classified Employees

  • The salary review includes a 2 percent across-the-board pay increase.
  • The pay increase will take effect Aug. 26 since it is the start of the pay period that includes Sept. 1.
  • The increase will be reflected in the Sept. 21 paycheck.
  • Employees hired between May 1 and Aug. 25 become eligible for the increase once they have completed their probationary period.
  • Employees hired on or after Aug. 26, 2012 will not be eligible for the increase.
  • To be eligible for a salary increase, classified employees must have a current satisfactory, signed performance evaluation on file in Human Resources. Employees who receive an overall performance rating of "needs to improve" on their evaluation will not receive any pay increase until they reach the "Usually Meets" level of performance.


Unclassified Employees

  • Each unit will be allocated a 2 percent pool to be used for merit increases.
  • Merit plan increases for unclassified employees are effective Sept. 1 and will be reflected in the Sept. 15 paycheck.
  • Employees hired on or after June 1, 2012, will not be eligible for the merit increase.
  • The unclassified review is based on merit, using the guidelines defining the merit increase that will be distributed in a memo later this week. Amounts of actual individual increases will vary based on individual performance and salary position within the salary range.
  • To be eligible for a salary increase, unclassified employees must have a current satisfactory, signed performance evaluation on file in Human Resources. Employees who receive an overall rating of "Unsatisfactory" on their performance evaluation will not receive any pay increase.
  • Continuing and intermittent unclassified employees will be eligible for the pay increase. Grant funded and term positions will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the applicable department and approved by the appropriate appointing authority through the completion of applicable paperwork.