COMPTROLLER'S SEAL STATE OF CONNECTICUT

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775

MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER

MEMORANDUM NO. 2001-35

June 25, 2001

TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES

Attention: Chief Administrative and Fiscal Officers, Business Managers, and Payroll and Personnel Officers
Subject: Salary Increases and Other Compensation Items, P-1 and NP-6 Health Care Bargaining Unit Employees, District 1199, July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2005

I. AUTHORITY

The collective bargaining agreement between the State of Connecticut and the subject Professional and Paraprofessional Health Care, District 1199, bargaining units for the period July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2005, ratified by the Legislature on June 6, 2001.

II. COMPENSATION PROVISIONS (Article 9)

A.

General Wage Increases Effective Date Check Date
3.5% of Base Salary July 01, 2001 July 27, 2001
3.0% of Base Salary July 12, 2002 August 09, 2002
2.5% of Base Salary July 11, 2003 August 08, 2003
3.0% of Base Salary July 01, 2004 July 23, 2004

B. Additional Steps to Pay Scale (New)

Effective June 28, 2002, a tenth step will be added to all NP-6 pay scales, and to all P-1 pay scales with the exception of those for physicians and dentists. Effective June 25, 2004, an eleventh step will be added to all NP-6 pay scales, and to all P-1 pay scales with the exception of those for physicians and dentists.

For each salary grade the tenth step will be established at the same percentage above Step 9 that Step 9 is above Step 8. The eleventh step will be established at the same percentage above Step 10 that Step 10 is above Step 9.

C. Annual Increments

Annual Increments will be paid in either July or January of each year of the agreement, in accordance with existing practice.

D. New Hires (Article 9.1.b)

New hires in the classifications listed below will be paid at a rate of Step 1 on one salary grade below the established salary grade for the classification. Upon successful completion of the working test period, effective the payroll period following, the employee will be compensated at Step 1 of the established grade for the classification.

Mental Health Trainee Children Services Assistant
Mental Health Assistant Children Services Worker
Mental Retardation Worker 1

E. Longevity (Article 9.3)

Employees will continue to be eligible for longevity payments for the life of this contract in accordance with existing practice. The longevity schedule in effect on June 30, 2001, will remain unchanged in dollar amounts for the life of this Agreement. All periods of state service will count towards the determination of an employee's longevity entitlement.

F. In Charge Pay (Article 9.6.d)

For those eligible, effective July 1, 2001 the amount is increased to $14.00 for each full shift worked in the capacity of "in charge" in either NP-6 or P-1 bargaining unit. The in charge rate of pay shall be increased to $16.00 effective July 1, 2003.

G. Standby Pay (Article 9.8b)

Staff, other than physicians who are assigned to be readily available to return to work or perform other work as required by the agency's standby program, will be paid by such standby assignment, according to the following schedule:

1. 16-hour shift, beginning on day other than holiday $20.00
or Saturday/Sunday.
2. 24-hour shift where beginning of shift falls on weekend day $30.00
Saturday/Sunday.
3. 24-hour shift where beginning of shift falls on State observed $30.00
holiday other than those specified in (4).
4. 24-hour shift where beginning of shift falls on New Year's Day $60.00
(January 1), Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), Labor
Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas (December 25).

H. Physicians

1. Hours of Work
All full-time Physicians will work a 40-hour standard workweek. Part-time Physicians will be paid on a scale that is 5% below the ranges for the Staff and/or Principal Physician.
2. Night Duty and Standby Night Duty (Article 9.10A)
The existing practices for the assignment of physicians to perform night duty or standby night duty, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., in addition to their regular daytime work schedule will remain in effect. The following rates apply effective July 1, 2001:
DMHAS $491.00
All other Department/Agencies $400.00
Or $25.00 per hour multiplied by the number of hours worked in off-site standby status.
3. Night Duty or Standby Night Duty for Physicians (Article 9.10b)
Physicians who work on-site on-call will be paid the rates outlined below:
Shift Assignment Length Day Payment
4:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m. 16 Hours Mon.-Fri $800.00
and Holidays
8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. or 12 Hours Sat. & Sun. $600.00
8:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or 8 Hours Thanksgiving, $400.00 plus
a scheduled 2nd shift on Dec. 25 and holiday pay
that day Jan. 1 at either
Comp. Time or pay at the MD's Choice
On-site on-call assignments will not exceed 2 sixteen-hour shifts in a workweek. If the State establishes on-site on-call shifts of fewer hours than listed above, the rate will be $50.00 per hour.

I. Associate Medical Examiners (New)

The physicians from the Office of the Medical Examiner who will become a part of the P-1 bargaining unit as of July 1, 2001, will be covered by all aspects of this Agreement with the following exceptions: incumbents will be entitled to maintain accrued vacation time in excess of the caps allowed under this agreement, and to maintain the prior OME practice for educational leave and reimbursement.

J. Qualified Mental Retardation Professionals

Qualified Mental Retardation Professionals (QMRP) who are below the salary group of the class of QMRP and who have QMRP responsibilities for a caseload of 15 or more clients for the previous year will receive a yearly $1000 stipend lump sum payment. Such payment will be prorated in the event that the employee did not meet the above criteria for a full year.

K. EMT Stipend (Article 9.16)

Emergency Medical Technicians who are regularly assigned EMT duties will receive a stipend of $400.

L. Bilingual Pay (Article 9.21) (New)

A stipend of $1000 annually will be paid to an employee where it is required for the employee to be bilingual. The stipend will be paid quarterly in the amount of $250.

M. Veterinarian Shoe Allowance

Each Veterinarian will receive a $30.00 safety shoe allowance. The laundry allowance will continue at $.75 per day actually worked.

N. Uniform Allowance

Employees required to wear uniforms not provided by the Employer will receive a $100 annual uniform allowance. Payment will be made on or about July 15 of each year.

O. Recruitment and Retention Bonus for Registered Nurse

Each Registered Nurse permanently assigned to the second or third shift will receive a yearly bonus of $2,250 payable bi-weekly.

P. Recruitment and Retention Bonus for Licensed Practical Nurse

Each Licensed Practical Nurse permanently assigned to the second or third shift will receive a yearly bonus of $500 payable bi-weekly.

Q. P-1 Annual Bonus Payments

Physicians who, on October 1 of each year, are Board Certified in their area of practice will receive a bonus of $1,000.

Effective October 1, all physicians employed by the Department of Children and Families who are Board Certified as Child Psychiatrist will receive a $1,000 bonus.

R. Indemnification and License Fee (Article 30) (New)

An employee whose job requires a professional license or certification, as a condition of employment, and who uses the license or certification exclusively or primarily for State business will be reimbursed for the cost associated with the maintenance.

III. HOURS OF WORK (Article 13)

A. Work Schedule and Overtime (Article 13.1e)
Exempt employees are those being paid above salary group 25. Those exceptions provided under OJE-SCOPE Agreements, Section 4f, will continue to be applicable and receive overtime.
 
B. Overtime (Article 13.4)
The State will continue to pay overtime to eligible employees at straight time for hours up to forty (40), and overtime pay will be paid time and one-half for hours over forty (40).
 
C. Mandatory Overtime (Article 13.a)
Each facility will have a rotation system for equal distribution of overtime as a whole in a manner that promotes maximum reliance on volunteers for all overtime assignments. Employees will not be mandated to work overtime except in an emergency. An emergency is defined as a weather emergency or other event where the governor closes state offices, a lockdown in a correctional institution, or when the number of actual staff reporting to work is below minimum safe levels or legal requirements. If such a mandate takes place, the affected employee will be compensated at a rate double his/her regular hourly rate.
 
The employer is obligated to schedule staff at or above minimum safe level.

IV. SHIFT ASSIGNMENTS AND DIFFERENTIALS (Article 19)

A. Shift Differential (Article 19.1)
Employees who work a shift where the majority of hours fall after 3:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. will be entitled to a shift differential. Payment will be made for all hours worked during the shift.
 
B. Differential Amount (Article 19.3)
Shift and weekend differential for all eligible employees, including part-time employees under 20 hours, will be 5% of Step 2 of the appropriate salary group.
 
Shift differential for eligible LPNs and Registered Nurses, including part-time employees under 20 hours, will be 15% of Step 2 of the appropriate salary group.
 
C. Eligibility for Shift and Weekend Differential (Article 19.4)
1. All employees in classifications in Salary Group 25 and below.
2. Notwithstanding the above, Section 4(f) of the State Coalition Agreement on Pay Equity will govern in determining whether a classification is eligible for shift and/or weekend differential payment.

V. VACATION AND PERSONAL LEAVE (Article 20)

Vacation Credits (Article 20.1)
 
For employees employed as of June 30, 1977 vacation accruals shall be:
 
0-20 years  1-1/4 days per month
Over 20 years  1-2/3 days per month
 
For employees employed on or after July 1, 1977 vacation accruals shall be:
 
0-5 years   1 day
Over 5 years and under 20 years  1-1/4 days per month
Over 20 years  1-2/3 days per month

VI. Holidays (Article 21)

A. Compensatory Time (Article 21.6b)
An employee who works a holiday may elect to be paid in lieu of taking a day off. If the employee chooses compensatory time, the employer will attempt to schedule a mutually agreeable day off within 6 months of a holiday. If no mutually agreed upon day off is scheduled, the employer will either schedule a compensatory day off or pay the employee his/her regular rate in lieu of compensatory day within the next 30 days. The employer will respond within 72 hours to requests for compensatory time off under this section.
 
B. Compensatory Time (Article 21.6c)
If a holiday falls on an employee's regular day off, the employee will have the option of a day' s pay or compensatory time. If compensatory time is elected, it will be scheduled in accordance with Article 21.6b.

VII. SCHEDULED PAYMENT DATES

A. Bi-weekly Salary Payments
 
General Wage Increase Pay Period Check Date
3.5% of Base Salary 06/29/01 - 07/12/01 07/27/01
3.0% of Base Salary 07/12/02 - 07/25/02 08/09/02
2.5% of Base Salary 07/11/03 - 07/24/03 08/08/03
3.0% of Base Salary 06/25/04 - 07/08/04 07/23/04
 
B. Annual Increments
 
Annual Increments  Pay Period  Check Date
07/01/01  06/29/01 - 07/12/01  07/27/01
01/01/02   12/28/01 - 01/10/02 01/25/02
07/01/02   06/28/02 - 07/11/02 07/26/02
01/01/03   12/27/02 - 01/09/03 01/24/03
07/01/03  06/27/03 - 07/10/03  07/25/03
01/01/04   12/26/03 - 01/08/04 01/23/04
07/01/04  06/25/04 - 07/08/04  07/23/04
01/01/05   12/24/04 - 01/06/05 01/21/05
 
C. QMRP Stipend
 
Effective Date     Pay Period     Check Date
07/01/01     06/29/01 - 07/12/01     07/27/01
07/01/02     06/28/02 - 07/11/02     07/26/02
07/01/03     06/27/03 - 07/10/03     07/25/03
07/01/04     06/25/04 - 07/08/04     07/23/04
 
D. EMT Stipend
 
Effective Date   Pay Period Check Date
07/01/01   06/29/01 - 07/12/01 07/27/01
07/01/02   06/28/02 - 07/11/02 07/26/02
07/01/03   06/27/03 - 07/10/03 07/25/03
07/01/04   06/25/04 - 07/08/04 07/23/04
 
E. Veterinarian Shoe Allowance
 
Effective Date Pay Period Check Date
07/01/01   06/29/01 - 07/12/01 07/27/01
07/01/02   06/28/02 - 07/11/02 07/26/02
07/01/03  06/27/03 - 07/10/03  07/25/03
07/01/04 06/25/04 - 07/08/04  07/23/04
 
F. Uniform Allowance
 
Effective Date  Pay Period  Check Date
07/01/01  06/15/01 - 06/28/01  07/13/01
07/01/02  06/14/02 - 06/27/02  07/12/02
07/01/03  06/13/03 - 06/26/03  07/11/03
07/01/04  06/11/04 - 06/24/04  07/09/04
 
G. Bilingual Stipend (New)
Annual stipend of $1000 will be paid in quarterly installments for each contract year beginning July 1, 2001. Payments of $250 will be made during the pay period including October 1, January 1, April 1, and July 1 for each year of the contract beginning July 1, 2001.
 
Effective Date  Check Date
July 1, 2001  July 27, 2001
October 1, 2001  October 19, 2001
January 1, 2002  January 25, 2002
April 1, 2002  April 19, 2002
July 1, 2002  July 26, 2002
October 1, 2002  October 18, 2002
January 1, 2003  January 24, 2003
April 1, 2003  April 17, 2003
July 1, 2003  July 25, 2003
October 1, 2003  October 17, 2003
January 1, 2004  January 23, 2004
April 1, 2004  April 16, 2004
July 1, 2004  July 23, 2004
October 1, 2004  October 29, 2004
January 1, 2005  January 21, 2005
April 1, 2005  April 29, 2005
 
H. P-1 Annual Bonus Payments
 
Effective Date  Pay Period  Check Date
10/01/01  09/21/01 - 10/04/01  10/19/01
10/01/02  09/20/02 - 10/03/02  10/18/02
10/01/03  09/19/03 - 10/02/03  10/17/03
10/01/04  09/17/04 - 09/30/04  10/15/04

VIII. PAYROLL PROCEDURES

A. Implementation of General Wage Increase and Agencies with Automated Personnel System (APS) Interface
 
New pay plans will be implemented centrally with the new hourly rate and bi-weekly salary for the appropriate pay period.
 
B. Implementation of General Wage Increase - All Other Agencies
1. On-Line: Screen 160; Change Rate and Salary.
2. Remote Job Entry: RA/NA Transaction; Same as above.
C. Annual Increments
 
Agencies with Automated Personnel System (APS) Interfaces
 
Annual increments will be entered centrally at the proper time for agencies on the Automated Personnel System (APS). All other agencies must manually adjust their employee's master file record with the correct bi-weekly salary amount and rate of pay.
 
Agencies Not Participating in APS Interface
 
1. On-Line: Screen 160; change Rate and Salary Screen 161; change salary step.
2. Remote Job Entry: RA/NA Transaction and RG Transaction; same as above.
 
D. QMRP Stipend
 
1. On-Line: Screen 047 or 190; R1; Amount; DOE Code 18.
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transaction; Same as above.
E. Night Duty Payment
E. Night Duty Payment
 
1. On-Line: Screen 047 or 190; R1; Amount; DOE Code 21.
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transaction; Same as above.
 
F. Shoe Allowance
 
1. On-Line: Screen 047 or 190; R1; Amount; DOE Code 1E.
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transaction; Same as above.
 
G. Uniform Allowance
 
1. On-Line: Screen 047 or 190; R1; Amount; DOE Code 1H.
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transaction; Same as above.
 
H. Annual Bonus Payments
 
Refer to the Other Earnings Coding Instructions section of the Comptroller's Statewide Payroll System Manual.
 
1. On-Line: Screen 047 or 190; R1; Amount; DOE Code 18.
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transaction; Same as above.
 
I. EMT Payment
 
1. On-Line: Screen 047 or 190; R1; Amount; DOE Code 18.
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transaction; Same as above.
 
J. Bilingual Stipend Payments
 
1. On-Line: Screen 047 or 190; R1; Amount; DOE Code 18.
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transaction; Same as above.
 
K. Shift Differential
 
1. On-Line: Screen 047 or 190; R1; Amount (Shift Differential Rate); Hours; D/OE Code 11; Major/Minor 108.
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transaction; Same as above.

IX. GENERAL

Questions may be directed as follows:
 
Salary Schedules: DAS-Personnel Division, (860) 713-5192;
 
Contract Interpretation: Agency Personnel Officer;
 
Payroll Procedures:
On-Line: Office of the State Comptroller, Payroll Services Division, (860) 702-3463;
Remote Job Entry: Office of the State Comptroller, Payroll Services Division, (860) 702-3451;
 
Memorandum Interpretation: Office of the State Comptroller,
Policy Services, (860) 702-3440.

NANCY WYMAN

STATE COMPTROLLER

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