(Approved by the Executive Vice President by authority of Executive Order No. 5)
The compensation plan for classified non-union staff will comply with other applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
The University seeks to establish a total compensation plan for classified non-union staff that:
UW Human Resources will:
|#1||Develop and maintain this UW Salary Determination
|#2||Administer the Washington State Compensation Plan and the UW Salary Determination Policy.
|#3||Develop salary administration procedures for the implementation of the UW Salary Determination
Policy and delegate authority for salary approval.
|#4||Provide guidance on topics including, but not limited
to, compliance with established policy, adherence to sound
compensation practices, compensation consistency between
University units, and compliance with legal requirements.
|#5||Review, and if appropriate approve, any requested deviations from the established salary
determination policy or procedures.
|University appointing authorities will administer salaries of classified non-union staff in accordance with this policy.|
The following definitions from Chapter 357-01 WAC are included in this policy for reference.
Base Salary: The dollar amount of the salary within the salary range to which the employee is entitled, before any deductions, and exclusive of any additional compensation, such as premiums.
Demotion: Movement of an employee from a position in one class to a position in another class that has a lower salary range maximum.
Premium: Pay added to an employee's base salary on a contingent basis in recognition of special requirements, conditions, or circumstances associated with the job.
Promotion: The appointment to a class with a higher salary range maximum that results in a salary increase.
Reversion: Voluntary or involuntary movement of an employee during the trial service period resulting in placement in a position or on the employer's internal layoff list in accordance with WAC 357-19-115 and 357-19-117.
Special pay salary ranges: A unique salary range assigned to a position or class in accordance with WAC 357-28-025.
Transfer: An employee-initiated move of that employee from a position to another position within or between employers in the same class or a different class with the same salary range maximum.
|a.||Setting a Base Salary
All base salaries must be set at a step within the range for the classification. Human Resources may approve requests to start an employee above the first step of the range for reasons including, but not limited to, internal equity, market conditions, or competencies and experience the candidate brings to the position.
|b.||Salary Setting Upon Promotion
When an employee promotes, the employee must receive a minimum two step salary increase, but the new salary may not be less than the bottom step of the new salary range and it may not to exceed the top step of the new range.
Salary increases of more than two steps upon promotion require Human Resources' approval, and may be for reasons including, but not limited to:
|c.||Salary Setting Upon Transfer
When an employee transfers to another position, the employee's base salary does not change. Human Resources may approve exceptions to this provision for the same reasons exceptions may be made when salary is established upon promotion.
|d.||Salary Setting Upon Appointment to
a Position with a Lower Salary Maximum
When an employee accepts a demotion in lieu of layoff or when the employee's position is reallocated downward, the base pay is established as follows:
|#1||If possible, the employee's salary will be placed at
a step in the new range that pays the same monthly amount
as the employee's previous base salary.
|#2||If the range maximum of the new position is lower than
the employee's previous base salary, the new base salary
is set equal to the new range maximum.
|#3||Upon the appointing authority's or designee's request,
Human Resources may approve setting a base salary that
is above the maximum of the new range but not higher
than the employee's previous salary. When such an exceptional
salary rate is approved, the employee is not eligible
to receive legislatively approved or other salary increases
until the employee either vacates the position or the
maximum step of the salary range for the position exceeds
the exception salary amount, whichever occurs first.
|When an employee demotes for reasons other
than accepting a demotion in lieu of layoff, or accepting
a demotion when a position is reallocated, the base pay
will be set as follows:
|#1|| If an employee accepts a position through an open recruitment
in a class that has a lower salary range maximum than his
or her current range, the new salary will be set at a step
within the range of the classification of the position.
Upon the hiring manager's request, Human Resources may
approve a starting salary above the first step of the range
for reasons including, but not limited to, internal equity,
market conditions, or skills and experience the candidate
brings to the position.
|#2||Base salary on demotion that occurs for reasons other
than those described in item #1 above will be established
by Human Resources on a case by case basis.
|e.||Salary Setting Upon Reversion, Following
When an employee reverts to his or her previous classification after accepting a voluntary demotion, the salary following reversion will be set as described above in Section 5.a. However, the salary will generally not exceed the rate the employee received before the voluntary demotion.
|f.||Recruitment and Retention Salary Premiums
Human Resources may approve requests for base salary premiums, and recruitment and retention adjustments to advance departments' recruitment/retention efforts. Such premiums will be made in a manner that complies with WAC 357-28-095 and 357-28-100. The Compensation Office will establish and publish procedures for departments to follow in requesting such adjustments.
The University may request approval of special pay salary ranges and/or compensation practices from the Washington State Department of Personnel for reasons including, but not limited to:
Special pay compensation programs may have unique pay practices. If there is a deviation from the standard pay practices described in this policy or in Title 357 WAC, those practices will be documented and available for review through the Human Resources' Compensation Office.
Contact the appropriate Human Resources Service Team Member listed on the Human Resources Service Team Assignments web page.
January 19, 2006.