All colleges and hospitals in the LSU System plan to scrap the 4 percent annual pay raise employees traditionally receive on their anniversary dates. Pay increases for academic or professional employees also are being suspended under LSU’s plan.
Meanwhile, the nearly 3,000 employees of Louisiana’s public safety services agencies are scheduled to receive a 2 percent pay increase — half of the normal amount — as part of its layoff avoidance plan, according the plans submitted by those agencies.
Ten agencies have received the state Department of Civil Service permission to alter normal merit pay rules in order to avoid employee layoffs, Civil Service Director Shannon Templet said Monday. Templet said the state’s employment agency is expecting at least 14 additional requests and there could be more in the coming
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget did not include extra money to cover the pay increases. Agencies would have to cut in other areas to generate the dollars necessary just like past administration’s budgets.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Some state agencies will withhold or reduce merit raises
The state Civil Service has granted permission for some state agencies to withhold or reduce employee pay raises for the coming fiscal year to avoid possible layoffs because of budget cuts.