As we have previously reported, the State is finishing a salary study that will be implemented on July 1st, 2013. This, of course, is the salary study for which nearly 60 million dollars was set aside to adjust the salaries of underpaid state workers.
A recent memo from the Department of Human Resources Commissioner, Rebecca Hunter, to all HR officers states, “The results of this study will affect more than 37,000 state employees, in over 2,500 job classifications, who work in every department, agency, and commission in the Executive Branch.”
TSEA is encouraged by this particular statement, as it appears a large majority of state employees will, in fact, see some positive movement in their pay. As you may recall, during TSEA’s meeting with Governor Haslam in February, the Governor urged us not to underestimate this salary study, as he felt many state employees – especially in the lower ranks – would see some positive movement in their paychecks. So far, so good.
The memo goes on to explain that, due to many complex processes that must occur to ensure all salary information is correct, a “lock-out” will temporarily interrupt the Edison system from May 21st -July 1st.
In addition to the Edison lock-out, a NeoGov lock-out must also occur beginning May 31st and ending June 19th. This lock-out is to ensure payroll payments for the pay period beginning July 1st will be correct.
The reasoning for the length of the lock-outs is because, as the memo states, “the steps to implement the salary study upgrades can only be processed on the weekends.”
Job postings will also be affected. The memo states, “in order to avoid incorrect updates to Edison, job postings must be suspended effective April 25th.” The suspension of job postings will continue until on or about June 19th, 2013.
TSEA does not currently know any further details regarding the distribution of the salary study outside of what is mentioned above. As we learn more specifics, we will let you know.