This filing was published in the 05/15/2008, issue, Vol. 2008, No. 10, of the Utah State Bulletin.
Human Resource Management, Administration
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE
DAR File No.: 31191
Filed: 04/25/2008, 09:26
Received by: NL
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
Amendments clarify eligibility for merit pay increases, remove restrictions on referral bonuses to allow greater incentive and flexibility for agency management, delete unnecessary language, and replace terminology for consistency. Nonsubstantive changes are also made to comply with rulemaking style.
Summary of the rule or change:
In Section R477-6-4, replaces vague eligibility criteria with a specific outline of criteria for merit pay increases. In Subsection R477-6-5(4)(e), removes the requirement for a referred selected candidate to remain employed for six months before the referring employee is awarded a bonus. In Subsection R477-6-6(4), concerning flex benefits is deleted because it is informational only and does not pertain to rule. In Section R477-6-7, Schedule AT is removed because the election to convert from career service to exempt in that schedule is no longer available. In Subsection R477-6-9(2)(c), the term "discharged for cause" is replaced by "dismissed" for consistency throughout Title R477.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
Sections 63F-1-106, 67-19-6, 67-19-12, and 67-19-12.5, and Subsection 67-19-15.1(4)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
Criteria for merit pay increases only impacts state budgets when the legislature approves. This rule has no budgetary impact by itself. Agency budgets could be impacted by referral bonuses, but these are controlled by agency policies and are not mandated by this rule. All other changes are administrative in nature without budgetary impact.
This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on local governments.
small businesses and persons other than businesses:
This rule only affects the executive brand of state government and will have no impact on other persons.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
This rule only affects agencies of the executive branch of state government.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
Rules published by the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) have no direct effect on businesses or any entity outside state government. DHRM has authority to write rules only to the extent allowed by the Utah Personnel Management Act, Title 67, Chapter 19. This act limits the provisions of career service and these rules to employees of the executive branch of state government. The only possible impact may be a very slight, indirect effect if an agency passes costs or savings on to business through fees. However, it is anticipated that the minimal costs associated with these changes will be absorbed by agency budgets and will have no effect on business. Jeff Herring, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Human Resource Management
Room 2120 STATE OFFICE BLDG
450 N MAIN ST
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84114-1201
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
Tina Sweet or J.J. Acker at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3761 or 801-537-9096, by FAX at 801-538-3081 or 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Jeff Herring, Executive Director
R477. Human Resource Management, Administration.
(1) Merit increases. The following [
applicable] if merit increases are
authorized and funded by the legislature:
who are not on a longevity step and who are not at
the maximum step of their salary range, who receive a successful or higher
rating on their performance evaluations and who have been in a paid status by
the state for at least six months shall receive a merit increase of one or more
salary steps at the beginning of the new fiscal year.]
Employees designated as schedule AE, AI
and AL who are receiving benefits are eligible for merit step increases.]
(c) Employees designated as schedule AJ are not eligible for merit step increases.
(2) Promotions and Reclassifications.
(a) An employee promoted or reclassified to a job with a salary range exceeding the employee's current salary range maximum by one salary step shall receive a salary increase of a minimum of one salary step and a maximum of four salary steps. An employee who is promoted or reclassified to a job with a salary range exceeding the employee's current salary range maximum by two or more salary steps shall receive a salary increase of a minimum of two salary steps and a maximum of four salary steps.
(i) An employee may not be placed higher than the maximum salary step or lower than the minimum salary step in the new salary range. Placement of an employee in longevity shall be consistent with Subsection R477-6-4(3).
(ii) An employee who remains in longevity status after a promotion or reclassification shall retain the same salary by being placed on the corresponding longevity step.
(b) To be eligible for a promotion, an employee shall:
(i) meet the job requirements and skills specified in the job description and position specific criteria as determined by the agency for the position unless the promotion is to a career service exempt position.
(c) An employee whose position is reclassified or changed by administrative adjustment to a job with a lower salary range shall retain the current salary. The employee shall be placed on the corresponding longevity step if the salary exceeds the maximum of the new salary range.
(a) An employee shall receive a longevity increase of 2.75 percent when:
(i) the employee has been in state service for eight years or more. The employee may accrue years of service in more than one agency and such service is not required to be continuous; and
(ii) the employee has been at the maximum salary step in the current salary range for at least one year and received a performance appraisal rating of successful or higher within the 12-month period preceding the longevity increase.
(b) An employee on a longevity step shall be eligible for the same across the board pay plan adjustments authorized for all other employee pay plans.
(c) An employee on a longevity step shall only be eligible for additional step increases every three years. To be eligible, an employee must receive a performance appraisal rating of successful or higher within the 12-month period preceding the longevity increase.
(d) An employee on a longevity step who is reclassified to a lower salary range shall retain the current actual wage.
(e) An employee on a longevity step who is promoted or reclassified to a higher salary range shall only receive an increase if the current actual wage is less than the highest salary step of the new range.
(f) Agency heads or time limited exempt employees identified in Section R477-4-10 are not eligible for the longevity program.
(4) Administrative Adjustment.
(a) An employee whose position has been
allocated by DHRM from one job to another job or salary range for
administrative purposes, [
shall] not receive an adjustment in
the current actual wage.
(b) Implementation of new job descriptions as an administrative adjustment shall not result in an increase in the current actual wage unless the employee is below the minimum step of the new range.
An employee's current actual wage may only be lowered when permitted by federal or state law, including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
increase or decrease the current actual wage of an employee who initiates a
transfer to another position consistent with [
An employee demoted consistent with Section R477-11-2 shall receive a reduction in the current actual wage of one or more salary steps as determined by the agency head or designee. The agency head or designee may move an employee to a position with a lower salary range concurrent with the reduction in the current actual wage.
(8) Productivity step adjustment.
Agency management may establish policies to reward an employee who assumes additional workloads which result from the elimination of a position for at least one year with an increase of up to four salary steps. An employee at the maximum step of the salary range or in longevity shall be given a one time lump sum bonus award of 2.75% of their annual salary.
(a) To implement this program, agencies shall apply the following criteria:
(i) either the employee or management can make the suggestion;
(ii) the employee and management agree;
(iii) the agency head approves;
(iv) a written program policy achieves increased productivity through labor and management collaboration;
(v) DHRM approves;
(vi) the position will be abolished from the position authorization plan for a minimum of one year;
(vii) staff receive additional duties which are substantially above a normal full workload;
(viii) the same or higher level of service or productivity is achieved without accruing additional overtime hours;
(ix) the total dollar increase, including benefits, awarded to the workgroup as a result of the additional salary steps does not exceed 50 percent of the savings generated by eliminating the position.
(9) Administrative Salary Increase.
The agency head authorizes and approves administrative salary increases under the following parameters:
(a) An employee shall receive one or more steps up to the maximum of the salary range.
(b) Administrative salary increases shall only be granted when the agency has sufficient funding within their annualized base budgets for the fiscal year in which the adjustment is given.
(c) Justifications for Administrative Salary Increases shall be:
(i) in writing;
(ii) approved by the agency head;
(iii) supported by issues such as: special agency conditions or problems or other unique situations or considerations in the agency.
(d) The agency head is the final authority for salary actions authorized within these guidelines. The agency head or designee shall answer any challenge or grievance resulting from an administrative salary increase.
(e) Administrative salary increases may be given during the probationary period. These increases alone do not constitute successful completion of probation or the granting of career service status.
(f) An employee at the maximum step of the range or on a longevity step may not be granted administrative salary increases.
(10) Administrative Salary Decrease.
The agency head authorizes and approves administrative salary decreases for nondisciplinary reasons according to the following:
(a) An employee shall receive a one or more step decrease not to exceed the minimum of the salary range.
(b) Justification for administrative salary decreases shall be:
(i) in writing;
(ii) approved by the agency head; and
(iii) supported by issues such as previous written agreements between the agency and employees to include career mobility; reasonable accommodation, special agency conditions or problems, or other unique situations or considerations in the agency.
(c) The agency head is the final authority for salary actions within these guidelines. The agency head or designee shall answer any challenge or grievance resulting from an administrative salary decrease.
R477-6-5. Incentive Awards.
(1) Only agencies with written and published incentive award and bonus policies may reward employees with incentive awards or bonuses. Incentive awards and bonuses are discretionary, not an entitlement, and are subject to the availability of funds in the agency.
(a) Policies shall be approved annually by DHRM and be consistent with standards established in these rules and the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Finance, rules and procedures.
(b) Individual awards [
not exceed $4,000 per occurrence and $8,000 in a fiscal year. In exceptional
circumstances, an award may exceed these limits upon application to DHRM and
approval by the Governor.
(c) All cash and cash equivalent incentive awards and bonuses shall be subject to payroll taxes.
(2) Performance Based Incentive Awards.
(a) Cash Incentive Awards
(i) An agency may grant a cash incentive award to an employee or group of employees who:
(A) demonstrate exceptional effort or accomplishment beyond what is normally expected on the job for a unique event or over a sustained period of time.
(ii) All cash awards must be approved by the agency head or designee. They must be documented and a copy shall be maintained in the agency's individual employee file.
(b) Noncash Incentive Awards
(i) An agency may recognize an employee or group of employees with noncash incentive awards.
(ii) Individual noncash incentive awards [
not exceed a value of $50 per occurrence and $200 for each fiscal year.
(iii) Noncash incentive awards may include cash equivalents such as gift certificates or tickets for admission. Cash equivalent incentive awards shall be subject to payroll taxes and must follow standards and procedures established by the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Finance.
(3) Cost Savings Bonus
(a) An agency may establish a bonus policy to increase productivity, generate savings within the agency, or reward an employee who submits a cost savings proposal.
(i) The agency shall document the cost savings involved.
(4) Market Based Bonuses
An agency may award a cash bonus to an employee as an incentive to acquire or retain an employee with job skills that are critical to the state and difficult to recruit in the market.
(a) Retention Bonus
An agency may award a bonus to an employee who has unusually high or unique qualifications that are essential for the agency to retain.
(b) Recruitment or Signing Bonus
An agency may award a bonus to a qualified job candidate to convince the candidate to work for the state.
(c) Scarce Skills Bonus
An agency may award a bonus to a qualified job candidate that has the scarce skills required for the job.
(d) Relocation Bonus
An agency may award a bonus to a current employee who must relocate to accept a position in a different commuting area.
(e) Referral Bonus
An agency may
award a bonus to a current employee who refers a job applicant who is
and is successfully employed for at least six months].
R477-6-6. Employee Benefits.
(1) Agencies shall explain all benefits provided by the state to new hires or rehires within five working days of the hire date.
(2) Agency payroll or human resource staff shall submit personnel action forms to the appropriate agency levels within ten days of hire date.
(3) An employee must elect to enroll in the life, health, vision, and dental plans within 60 days of the hire date to avoid having to provide proof of insurability. An employee who does not enroll within 60 days can only enroll during the annual open enrollment period for all state employees. Agencies shall submit the enrollment forms to Group Insurance within three days of the date entered on the enrollment form.
(4) Flex Benefits (a) A benefits eligible employee may participate
in the FLEX benefits program. The
annual open enrollment period will be held each November for the following FLEX
plan year. Exceptions to this rule are
as follows: (i) A new employee wishing to participate in the
FLEX benefits program shall enroll within the first 60 days of employment. Coverage becomes effective on the employment
date. (ii) An employee who has a change in family
status such as marriage, divorce, or birth of a child, may enroll or make
changes within 60 days of such event. A
completed FLEX family status change form, accompanied by proper documentation
such as a marriage license, divorce decree, or birth certificate, must be
received by the plan administrator within 60 days of the change in family
status. (b) An employee must reenroll each year to
participate in the FLEX benefits program. (c) An employee's designated FLEX payroll
deduction shall not be changed during the course of a year unless there is a
change in family status. (d) To be eligible for reimbursement, expenses
must be incurred during the plan year. (e) The claim submission deadline for any plan
year shall be 90 days following the end of the calendar year. (f) An employee terminating, retiring, or
changing from eligible to ineligible status during the plan year may either
submit claims incurred during employment no later than 90 days following the
date of termination, retirement or status change, or elect COBRA for the health
care account only. 5]) An employee in a position which normally requires working less
than 40 hours per pay period is ineligible for benefits. An employee in a position which normally
requires working 40 hours or more per pay period shall be eligible for all
benefits, unless the employee is in a position specifically designated as
ineligible for benefits. Leave benefits
shall be determined on a prorated basis according to actual hours paid in a pay
6]) A reemployed veteran under USERRA shall be
entitled to the same employee benefits given to other continuously employed
eligible employees to include seniority based increased pension and leave
R477-6-7. Employee Converting from Career Service to Schedule AD, AR, or AS.
(1) A career service employee in a position
meeting the criteria for career service exempt [
AR, AS [ or AT ]shall have 60 days to elect to convert from
career service to career service exempt.
As an incentive to convert, an employee shall be provided the following:
(a) a base salary increase of one to three salary steps, as determined by the agency head. An employee at the maximum of the current salary range or on longevity shall receive, in lieu of the salary step adjustment, a one time bonus of 2.75 percent, 5.5 percent or 8.25 percent to be determined by the agency head;
(b) state paid term life insurance coverage if determined eligible by the Group Insurance Office to participate in the Term Life Program, Public Employees Health Plan:
(i) Salaries less than $50,000 shall receive $125,000 of term life insurance;
(ii) Salaries between $50,000 and $60,000 shall receive $150,000 of term life insurance;
(iii) Salaries more than $60,000 shall receive $200,000 of term life insurance.
(2) An employee electing to convert to career
service exempt after the 60 day election period [
shall] not be
eligible for the salary increase, but shall be entitled to apply for the
insurance coverage through the Group Insurance Office.
(3) An employee electing not to convert to
career service exemption shall retain career service status even though the
position shall be designated as [
S]chedule AD, AR or AS. When these career service employees vacate
these positions, subsequent appointments shall be career service exempt.
(4) An agency head may reorganize so that a
current career service exempt position no longer meets the criteria for
exemption. In this case, the employee
shall be designated as career service if he had previously earned career
service. However, the employee [
not be eligible for the severance package or the life insurance. In this situation, the agency and employee
shall make arrangements through the Group Insurance Office to discontinue the
(5) A career service exempt employee without prior career service status shall remain exempt. When the employee leaves the position, subsequent appointments shall be consistent with R477-4.
(6) Agencies shall communicate to all impacted and future eligible employees the conditions and limitations of this incentive program.
R477-6-9. Severance Benefit.
(1) A benefits eligible career service exempt employee on schedule AB, AD, AR or AT who is separated from state service through an action initiated by management, to include resignation in lieu of termination, shall receive at the time of severance a benefit equal to:
(a) one week of salary, up to a maximum of 12 weeks, for each year of consecutive exempt service in the executive branch; and
(b) if eligible for COBRA, one month of health insurance coverage, up to a maximum of six months, for each year of consecutive exempt service, at the level of coverage the employee has at the time of severance, to be paid in a lump sum payment to the state's health care provider.
(2) A severance benefit [
not be paid to an employee:
(a) whose statutory term has expired without reappointment;
(b) who is retiring from state service; or
(c) who is [
discharged for cause].
(3) A benefits eligible career service exempt employee on schedule AB, AD, AR or AT who accepts reassignment to a position with a lower salary range, without a break in service, shall receive a severance benefit equal to the difference between the current actual wage and the new actual wage multiplied by the number of accrued annual leave, converted sick leave, and excess hours on the date of reassignment.
(4) An employee on schedule AC, AK, AM or AS may be provided these same severance benefits at the discretion of the appointing authority.
KEY: salaries, employee benefit plans, insurance, personnel management
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive
July 1, 2007]
Notice of Continuation: June 9, 2007
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 63F-1-106; 67-19-6; 67-19-12; 67-19-12.5; 67-19-15.1(4)
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Tina Sweet or J.J. Acker at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3761 or 801-537-9096, by FAX at 801-538-3081 or 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules (801-538-3764). Please Note: The Division of Administrative Rules is NOT able to answer questions about the content or application of these administrative rules.
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