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SOKS 2017 Salary Increases - FAQs

Information about the State of Kansas fiscal year 2018 pay increase for faculty/staff first employed by the State of Kansas/KU from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2017.

What increases are being provided?

The state of Kansas Legislature authorized salary increases for eligible faculty and staff who will receive either a 5% or 2.5% pay increase based on the following criteria:

  • Eligibility for Pay Increase of 5%: To receive a 5% pay increase, faculty and staff must have been continuously employed with the state of Kansas, without any break in service since July 1, 2012 through July 1, 2017, and cannot have received a salary increase of any kind during that time.

 

  • Eligibility for Pay Increase of 2.5%: To receive a 2.5% increase, faculty and staff must have first become employed by the state of Kansas after July 1, 2012 through July 1, 2017.

What does “continuously employed” mean related to the eligibility for the 5% increase? How does it apply to academic year appointments?

Continuously employed means an active appointment without an appointment termination and  a subsequent appointment renewal. Faculty or staff with continuous, active appointments during the full academic or fiscal year are considered to have continuous service.

 

An academic appointment for only one semester during an academic year is not considered continuous employment. Such individuals would not be eligible for the 5% increase.

How does an academic year appointment affect eligibility for the 2.5% increase?

Faculty and staff with academic year appointments are eligible for the 2.5% increase if they meet the State requirements and have an ongoing commitment of KU employment. 

Who is eligible for the 2017 state of Kansas salary increase?

The state of Kansas Legislature authorized salary increases for faculty and unclassified staff appointed since July 1, 2012, to “benefits eligible” positions. At KU “benefits eligible” positions are defined as regular positions with an appointment of 48% or more. Student employees and employees appointed to temporary positions are ineligible.

 

Faculty and staff appointed before July 1, 2012 or after July 1, 2017 are not eligible for the 2.5% salary increase. 

What is considered a salary increase related to the eligibility for the 5% increase?

The following increases will make a faculty or staff member ineligible for the 5% increase: merit increase, increase with a promotion or transfer, salary increase resulting from the University market study, a salary increase that occurred with FLSA adjustments, etc. The following increases will not affect eligibility for the 5% increase: bonuses (including a longevity bonus for university support staff) or a temporary increase after which the employee returns to the previous regular pay rate.  

For the 2.5% increase, why is the state of Kansas authorizing an increase for those with only 5 or less years of service?

We were not provided information about the legislature’s intent. It is the case that many state of Kansas employees at other state agencies have not received any increases for a number of years.

Most KU salary increases are based on merit. Was that a factor for this increase?

No, the state of Kansas did not include merit considerations as part of the eligibility criteria for this increase. 

Will the State provide funds to KU for this increase?

The State will allocate monies only for positions funded by the State General Fund. As that represents a small percentage of KU positions, KU will be required to reallocate funds internally for the rest of the increases.

What office determines my eligibility for the increase?

Human Resource Management (HRM) determines eligibility for the increase based on state of Kansas service dates.

Would service with a KU affiliated organization or as a student employee count for eligibility for the State increase?

No, such service is not considered “State” service.

What office can answer questions about the increase?

HRM can answer questions you submit to hrdept@ku.edu.

My position is funded by a grant. If I am eligible, do I get the pay increase?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will get the increase as it must be provided regardless of funding sources. 

I am employed with KU under the provisions of an H1-B. Will this increase affect my visa status?

Your visa status will not be affected by this salary increase.

When are increases effective?

The salary increases were effective July 2, 2017 for faculty and staff with fiscal year appointments and will be effective August 18, 2017 for faculty and staff with academic year appointments for which there is an ongoing commitment.  The increases for eligible staff who are appointed on less than twelve-month appointments will be effective the date they return to work.

When will increases be included in paychecks?

The increase effective July 2nd is paid on July 28, 2017. The increase effective August 18th is paid on September 8, 2017. 

How will I be notified if I am to receive an increase?

HRM will email those who are to receive an increase. 

I have service with another State agency that may not have been counted. Who do I contact with that information ?

Send information with state of Kansas agency name, your dates of service, and your job title to hrdept@ku.edu.

If additional State service is identified, could I be ineligible for the increase?

Yes, prior qualifying State service of which KU is unaware may make you ineligible for the increase. 

How does this increase affect any available merit increases?

Merit increase amounts may be adjusted to take into consideration the amount of the State increase. Increases provided as part of the promotion and tenure process for tenure track faculty will not be affected by the State increase.

The State of Kansas has recently revised state taxes that will affect my paycheck and the amount of tax-home pay for any salary increase. Where can I find information about the new tax rates?

Payroll Services provides information about taxes on their website.

 

http://payroll.ku.edu/state-kansas-withholding-tax   


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