Agenda Item No.  V. A. 3.

Washburn University Board of Regents


 


SUBJECT: Proposed 1999-2000 Classified Compensation Schedule

DESCRIPTION:

Over the years, the University has attempted to maintain a compensation schedule for wage and hour employees that is comparable to the state of Kansas classified salary schedule. Each year the University's Director of Personnel reviews the University's compensation, comparing it with the state's most current classified salary schedule (FY99), to determine whether adjustments should be made to our wage schedule. This item typically is presented to the Board of Regents in the fall of each year.

The Director of Personnel has completed the review and recommends a 1.5% increase in the entry and maximum hourly wage rates for the positions listed for fiscal year 1999-2000. This adjustment will make the University's FY2000 wage and hour compensation schedule comparable to the state's FY99 wage schedule. The state will not determine its FY2000 wage schedule until May or June, 1999. In addition, the Director of Personnel recommends the creation of two new position classifications: Library Assistant III and Web Technician. The new classifications are being added to more accurately reflect the duties and responsibilities being performed in the libraries and computing center. The Schedule proposed includes only classifications outside the bargaining unit represented by the United Steelworkers, whose wage rates are negotiated in accordance with the Public Employer-Employee Relations Act. The Classified Compensation schedule would be effective for fiscal year 2000, beginning July 1, 1999.

The FY 2000 budget request submitted to the State Regents included a 3% increase to the classified pay plan to make it current with the state pay plan instead of lagging a year behind. If that funding request is approved, it will be necessary to bring a revised Classified Compensation Schedule to the Board in April or May incorporating that increase.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

There are 13 employees currently making less than the proposed new entry rates. Assuming no other salary increases at July 1, 1999, it would take$2,600 to increase their annual salaries to the new rates effective July 1, 1999.

RECOMMENDATION:

President Farley recommends approval of the proposed 1999-2000 Classified Compensation Schedule.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President


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