Wednesday, December 9, 2009

State Civil Service Commission Approves Modified Merit Pay Plan Change

The state Civil Service Commission Wednesday morning approved a new state employee pay plan after eliminating a lot of the flexibility state agencies would have in determining levels of pay raises.

The commission, responding to employee complaints, amended the proposal to detail specific pay raises attached to specific employee job performance ratings.

Gone would be a four percent across the board raise most of the state’s 60,000 classified rank and file employees receive annually. Instead, employees would receive a 3 percent raise if they meet job expectations, 4 percent if they exceed expectations and 6 percent if they rate outstanding. The original proposal would have allowed agencies to award up to those amounts, leaving agencies the flexibility to award less or none.

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