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. 2006-24

July 12, 2006

TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES

Attention: Chief Administrative and Fiscal Officers, Business Managers, and Payroll and Personnel Officers
Subject: Pay Increases for Executive Branch Employees Excluded from Collective Bargaining

I. AUTHORITY

In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes 440 and 5208(a), the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) with the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management has authorized pay increases for Executive Branch managerial, executive and confidential employees excluded from collective bargaining.

II.  INCREASE IN COMPENSATION FOR EXECUTIVE BRANCH EMPLOYEES EXCLUDED FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

Effective June 23, 2006 there will be a three percent (3%) general wage increase for managers and confidential employees excluded from collective bargaining.

This includes management employees assigned to the MP or MD pay plans, executives assigned to the EX pay plan, confidential employees assigned to the MP pay schedule or confidential step plans, Transitional Managers, Leadership Apprentices, Durational Project Managers, Customer Service Program Developers, Associate Attorney Generals, Executive Assistants, Executive Office Administrative Aides, Pre-Professional Trainees in confidential positions, and other executive branch unclassified managers and executives assigned to variable rate pay schedules.

Statutory employees of the Division of Criminal Justice and gubernatorial appointees in the classes of PUC Chairperson, PUC Vice Chairperson, PUC Commissioner and Consumer Counsel assigned to the management pay schedule will receive the three percent (3%) increase.

Employees who are in the job classification of Executive Secretary (Unclassified) are eligible for the three percent (3%) increase.

This increase does not apply to unclassified employees of any of the boards of trustees of the constituent units of higher education.

The established rates for the classes of Chief State's Attorney, Deputy Chief State's Attorney and State's Attorney are increased by three percent (3%) effective July 1, 2006.

III. ANNUAL INCREMENTS IN LIEU OF A PARS INCEASE

Classified managerial employees not participating in PARS, Executive Assistants and certain other Executives are eligible to receive a three percent (3%) increase effective June 23, 2006. In addition to classified managerial employees not participating in PARS and Executive Assistants, the following job classes are eligible to receive this increase: Customer Services Program Developers, Durational Program Managers and Transitional Managers with prior permanent, classified service in a managerial position, Deputy Attorney General, Deputy State Comptroller, Deputy State Treasurer, Deputy Secretary of State.

In order to receive this increase, employees must have been employed by the State of Connecticut on June 23, 2006. Employees who would have otherwise met the above criteria but who separated from State service effective June 23, 2006 are not eligible for this increase.

This payment is calculated as three percent (3%) of an eligible employee's base salary unless affected by time in managerial/executive status in which case payments will be phased in according to existing rules applied to PARS participants. This payment is in lieu of a PARS increase and cannot take an employee over the maximum of the salary range. An employee can only be increased to the maximum of the range.

IV. LONGEVITY SCHEDULES AND OVERTIME

The longevity schedules for the MP, MD and EX pay plans have been increased in accordance with these pay increases. Effective June 23, 2006 a three percent (3%) increase to the overtime cap limit has been applied to the base annual salary (up to and including $57,227) for managerial and confidential employees.

V. ANNUAL INCREMENTS AND LUMP SUMS FOR CONFIDENTIAL EXCLUSIONS, EXECUTIVE SECRETARIES (UNCLASSIFIED) AND DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE MANAGERS

Annual increments are authorized effective the beginning of the pay period that includes July 1, 2006 for employees with a July anniversary date and the beginning of the pay period that includes January 1, 2007 for employees with a January anniversary date to eligible executive branch employees designated as confidential exclusions from collective bargaining including confidential employees of the Division of Criminal Justice who are assigned to salary schedules that contain steps. Annual increments have been authorized as mentioned above to eligible Division of Criminal Justice employees on step plans who have been excluded from collective bargaining as managerial exclusions.

Confidential employees with satisfactory performance who are excluded from the P-5 bargaining unit (employees assigned to the CR pay schedule) at the maximum step of their schedule will receive a lump sum payment of 2.5% of their annual rate in accordance with the dates specified above.

Confidential employees with satisfactory performance who are excluded from the NP-3 bargaining unit (employees assigned to the CA pay schedule) at the maximum step of their schedule will receive a lump sum payment of $750 in accordance with the dates specified above.

Confidential employees with satisfactory performance who are excluded from the P-2 bargaining unit (employees assigned to the CS pay schedule) at the maximum step of their schedule will receive a lump sum payment of $750 in accordance with the dates specified above.

This item does not pertain to the unclassified employees of any of the boards of trustees of higher education.

Executive Secretaries will be eligible for a payment of 3% up to the maximum of the range in lieu of an increment. The payment in lieu of a step increase will be paid effective June 23, 2006 for employees with a July anniversary date and December 22, 2006 for employees with a January anniversary date to eligible Executive Secretaries.

Employees in the class of Executive Secretary who are at the maximum of their schedule will receive a lump sum payment of $750 in accordance with the dates specified above.

VI. PAYROLL PROCEDURES

A. Implementation of General Wage Increase

Agencies should refer to DAS Official Memorandum No. 06-02 dated June 19, 2006 for instructions.

B. Payment of Lump Sum

Amount; Time Reporting Code XMISA or Earnings Code MPS

These lump sums are subject to mandatory deductions; i.e., federal withholding and state income tax annualized, Social Security tax, retirement contributions, and garnishment (if applicable).

VII. GENERAL

Questions may be directed to:

Department of Administrative Services: HR Business Rules and Central Audit Unit, (860) 713-5176 or (860) 713-5187;

Office of the State Comptroller:

Payroll Procedures: Payroll Services Division, (860) 702-3463;
 
Memorandum Interpretation: Fiscal Policy Division, (860) 702-3440.

NANCY WYMAN
STATE COMPTROLLER

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