Thursday, March 4, 2010

Civil Service OKs pay proposal

Potential pay raises for some 60,000 state employees would be tied to specific job performance ratings under a new pay plan endorsed Wednesday by the state Civil Service Commission.

The plan now goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who must also agree for it to go into effect July 1 as hoped.

The new pay plan was approved unanimously by the seven-member Civil Service Commission.

Gone would be a flat 4 percent annual raise for which all employees are eligible if they meet or exceed job expectations or rate outstanding.

Replacing it would be a new “pay for performance” system under which those who achieve job expectations could be eligible for a 3 percent pay raise; those exceeding expectations could receive 4 percent; and those rating outstanding, could get 5 percent.

Pay raises are being withheld now for more than 24,000 of the state’s 60,000 civil service employees in order to avoid layoffs at state agencies.

“I plead with the governor to sign this … and not fight this dog” for another year, Commission vice chairman Burl Cain said.

Many state employees aren’t getting raises today to stop more workers from being laid off, Cain said. He said the changes in the pay raise rules approved Wednesday by the commission would save $3.1 million annually.

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