As the fiscal year draws to a close, you may be wondering what changes in salary and benefits to expect. Under H.B. 8 State Agency and Higher Education Compensation Appropriations the Legislature provided funding for the following salary increases:
- 2.25% General Increase and
- Funding to address agency “Hot-Spot” jobs and Market Comparability Adjustments (MCA)
The Legislative and Judicial branches as well as certain elected office agencies within the Executive Branch received 3% funding for salary adjustments that will be administered according to the individual policies for that office.
The 2.25% General Increase
The general increase will be administered in a similar way to last year. Eligible employees will receive the 2.25% increase to base salary. Please refer to the compensation bulletin FY 2016 to view detailed eligibility criteria. If you are an employee in an IN or TL schedule code, please check with your agency regarding specific details pertaining to your general increase eligibility. Employees who are within 2.25% of their salary range, at the maximum of their salary range, or above the salary range will receive a one-time bonus equivalent. This bonus equivalent is a calculation of a 2.25% yearly salary increase, or a combination of a salary increase and bonus totaling 2.25%.
“Hot-Spot” salary increases were approved for FY2016 for eligible employees in targeted “Hot-Spot” jobs within certain State agencies. “Hot-Spot” jobs are jobs that were specially selected by agencies and evaluated by DHRM to address compensation issues. Eligible employees include those who are in core schedule codes of B, AD, AR, AT, AW. The increase for IN/TL employees in a “Hot-Spot” job will be determined by the agency based upon its discretion and funding availability.
Visit the Summary of Agency Increases FY16 where you will be directed to a table on the employee gateway to see if you will receive the increase. The table will include hyperlinks to take you to the agency that you work for. After you click on your agency, you will be taken to a list of jobs that will receive the “Hot-Spot” increase. Use this list to determine is your job title will receive the increase.
Employees who are less than the “Hot-Spot” salary increase away from the salary range maximum, at the maximum of their salary range, or above the salary range will receive a one-time bonus equivalent.
Market Comparability Adjustment (MCA)
MCA’s were approved for FY2016 for eligible employees in targeted jobs whose salary ranges were determined to be more than 22% below the market. Employees eligible include those who are in core schedule codes of B, AD, AR, AT, AW. The increase for IN/TL employees will be determined by the agency based upon its discretion and funding availability.
Click here to be directed to the table, mentioned earlier, where you can see whether your job title received the MCA increase. The table will include the percentage increase that will be provided.
The MCA will result in an adjustment to salary ranges and employee pay. The MCA will not provide an increase to an employee who is above the salary range maximum after the salary range has been adjusted.
Fiscal Year End Dates and Salary Sequence
All salary increases will take effect at the beginning of Pay Period 13 (June 20, 2015). Eligible employees will receive either a “Hot-Spot” increase or an MCA increase but will not receive both. During fiscal year end processing, the general increase will process first and then the “Hot-Spot” or MCA will process last. You will see the salary increase on the pay check that you receive on July 17, 2015.
2015-2016 Benefit Changes
The State of Utah’s 2015-2016 open enrollment runs from 4/15 – 6/12. Benefit Fairs are being held all across the state to assist employees with their benefit choices and answer any questions they may have.
- $93 pre-tax rebate for all active enrollees in a PEHP health plan will be sent out in May.
- The pharmacy deductible has been removed.
- Medical deductible has increased to $350/$700.
- The out-of-pocket max maximum (OPM) has been merged into one. The new OMP is 3000/6000/9000.
- Premiums for the Traditional and Preferred care plans increased slightly.
- HB 148, provides for PEHP to set-up health/dental clinics for state employees. Reduced co-pays and medical costs are available for employees who visit these clinics
There are no changes to vision plans.
Regence Expressions overall premiums increased; single and double plan rates were reduced and the family rates increased
Short Term Disability (STDI)
The Standard has waived its penalty period for the 2015-2016 open enrollment only. If current employees would like to sign up for this benefit, they may do so without being subject to the penalty period. Employees must sign up no later than June 12, 2015. More information about STDI, can be found on the Employee Gateway.