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. 2009-23

June 10, 2009

TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES

Attention:   Chief Administrative and Fiscal Officers, Business Managers, and Payroll and Personnel Officers
Subject:   Bi-Weekly Salary Increases, Annual Increments, Lump Sum Payments, and Other Provisions for Protective Services (NP-5) Bargaining Unit Employees - July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2012

I. AUTHORITY

The memorandum of understanding between the State of Connecticut and the Protective Services (NP-5) bargaining unit for the period July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2012. This memo addresses the economic provisions and language changes contained in the concession agreement. Refer to Comptroller's Memorandum Number 2008-21 dated December 30, 2008 for other contract provisions.

II. TRAINING (ARTICLE 10)

Training and Tuition Fund (Section 2)
The State will allocate $80,000 for training and tuition for contract year 2011- 2012.
 
Up to $5,000 of unexpended funds may be carried over and added to the next year's funding. Funds committed for training or tuition reimbursements that take place in one fiscal year will carry over into the next fiscal year in order to allow payment of claims for prior year training. The fund will end upon expiration of the contract, except previously committed funds will carry over for one hundred-twenty (120) days to allow for final payment.

III. COMPENSATION (Article 20)

A. General Wage Increases (Section 1)
General wage increases will be effective as follows:
Effective Date    Increase
July 1, 2009    0%
June 18, 2010    3% of Base Salary
July 1, 2011    3% of Base Salary
B. Annual Increments and Lump Sum Payments (Section 2)
The annual increments and lump sum payments for contract years 2009-2010 will be paid on time in accordance with existing practice. There will be no annual increments or lump sum payments paid in contract year 2010-2011. The annual increments and lump sum payments for contract year 2011-2012 will be paid on time in accordance with existing practice. The lump sum payment will remain at $600.
 
C. Clothing and Accessories (Section 6)
 
a. Shoe Allowance
On or about September 1 of each contract year, each employee in the bargaining unit will receive $110 for the purchase of appropriate shoes.
 
b. Clothing Allowance
On or about December 1 of each contract year, plain clothes personnel of a uniform service including Motor Vehicle Inspectors, Motor Vehicle Sergeants, Motor Vehicle Operator Licensing Agents, Motor Vehicle Emissions Agents, Special Revenue Police, Military Department Officers, Liquor Control Agents, Casino Agents, Tax Enforcement Agents, and Enforcement Officers will receive a clothing allowance of $315.
 
D. Home Office Differential (Section 7)
On or about December 1 of each contract year, employees who are required, by the employing agency, to maintain space in their homes as an office and regularly use such space to conduct State business will receive $725. The payments will be proportionately reduced for those employees who are hired or are terminated from employment and use their home as an office for less than the full contract year, (July 1 through June 30).
 
E. Hazardous Duty Pay - Fish Hatcheries (Section 8)
Department of Environmental Protection personnel assigned to the fish hatcheries will receive an unpleasant duty stipend on a monthly basis. The monthly stipend will be increased to $75 effective July 1, 2009 and increased to $85 effective July 1, 2010. No employee will be eligible for such stipend until the employee has worked in the hatchery for twelve full months.
 
F. EMT and Paramedics Annual Skill Premiums (Section 13)
 
a. On or about October 1 of each contract year, employees certified as Emergency Medical Technician B (EMT-B) will receive an annual skill premium of $525. The skill premium will increase to $575 effective July 1, 2010.

b. On or about October 1 of each contract year, employees certified as Emergency Medical Technician I (EMT-I) will receive an annual skill premium of $650. The skill premium will increase to $700 effective July 1, 2010.
 
c. Commencing in October of each contract year, employees certified as Paramedic (EMT-P) will receive an annual skill premium of $3700 to be paid in quarterly installments.
 
d. The State will pay an annual skill premium of $200 to each employee required by an agency to be certified as a Medical Response Technician (MRT).
 
e. There will be no pyramiding of skill premium benefits for those holding multiple certifications.
 
G. Dog Handler Stipend (Section 18)
The dog handlers' stipend will remain a monthly stipend of $200 for canine related duties that cannot be accomplished during normal working hours for contract year 2011-2012.
 
H. Instructional Stipend (Section 23)
The instructional stipend will remain at $225 for contract year 2011-2012. The instructional stipend will be paid to Field Training Officers, Firearms Instructors, and Paramedic Preceptors.
 
Employees who have been certified as such instructors and receiving the stipend prior to June 30, 2008 will retain the stipend unless such certification lapses. Effective July 1, 2008, expansion of the stipend to other employees obtaining such certifications will be paid only to those employees designated by the agency to perform the instructional duties of Field Training Officer, Firearm Instructor, or Paramedic Preceptor. This payment will be made on or about October 1 of each contract year.

IV. FURLOUGH DAYS

There will be mandatory furlough days for all members of the NP-5 bargaining unit. There will be one furlough day before June 1, 2009, three furlough days between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 and three furlough days between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Please refer to the Memorandum of Agreement between the State of Connecticut and Protective Services representing the NP-5 bargaining unit for specific details.
 
Core-CT has issued furlough day processing instructions in the HR Daily Mails dated May 19, 2009 and May 21, 2009.

V. DURATION

The duration of the agreement will be extended to June 30, 2012. The amounts appropriated for all funds, fees, differentials reimbursements and other payments will remain the same as the rate on June 30, 2011.

VI. SCHEDULED PAYMENT DATES

A. General Wage Increases
The general wage increase will be made centrally at the proper time.
Effective Date    Pay Period    Check Date
June 18, 2010    06/18/10 - 07/01/10    07/16/10
July 1, 2011    07/01/11 - 07/14/11    07/29/11
B. Annual Increments and Lump Sum Payments
Annual increments will be entered centrally at the proper time as follows:
Effective    Pay Period    Check Date
July 2009    06/19/09 - 07/02/09    07/17/09
January 2010    01/01/10 - 01/14/10    01/29/10
July 2011    07/01/11 - 07/14/11    07/29/11
January 2012    12/30/11 - 01/12/12    01/27/12
The agency must process lump sum payments manually, follow the effective dates, and pay periods of annual increments.
 
C. Shoe Allowance
Effective Date    Pay Period    Check Date
September 1, 2011    08/26/11 - 09/08/11    09/23/11
D. Clothing Allowance
Effective Date    Pay Period    Check Date
December 1, 2011    11/18/11 - 12/01/11    12/16/11
E. Home Office Differential
Effective Date    Pay Period    Check Date
December 1, 2011    11/18/11 - 12/01/11    12/16/11
F. EMT and Paramedics Annual Skill Premiums
Effective Date    Pay Period    Check Date
December 1, 2011    11/18/11 - 12/01/11    12/16/11
G. Dog Handler Stipend
Effective Date    Pay Period    Check Date
December 1, 2011    11/18/11 - 12/01/11    12/16/11
H. Instructional Stipend
Effective Date    Pay Period    Check Date
October 1, 2011    09/23/11 - 10/06/11    10/21/11

VII. PAYROLL PROCEDURES

A. Implementation of General Wage Increases
New pay plans will be implemented centrally with the new hourly rate and bi-weekly salary effective with the pay period at the proper time.
 
B. Payment of Lump Sum Payment
Amount; Time Reporting Code XMISA or Earnings Code MPS.
These lump sum payments are subject to mandatory deductions; i.e., federal withholding and state income tax annualized, social security tax, retirement contributions, and garnishments (if applicable).
 
C. Shoe Allowance
Amount; Earnings Code SHU or Time Reporting Code XSHUA.
 
D. Clothing Allowance
Amount; Earnings Code CLN or Time Reporting XCLNA

E. Home Office Differential
Amount; Earnings Code HOM or Time Reporting Code XHOMA.

F. Skill Premium (EMTs)
Amount; Earnings Code SKP or Time Reporting Code XSKPA.
 
G. Dog Handler Stipend
Amount; Earnings Code K9C or Time Reporting Code XK9SA.
 
H. Instructional Stipend
Amount; Earnings Code MIS or Time Reporting Code XMISA.

I. Hazardous Duty Pay
Amount; Earnings Code HDA or Time Reporting Code XHDXA

VIII. GENERAL
 
Questions may be directed as follows:
 
Payroll Procedures: Office of the State Comptroller, Payroll Services Division, (860) 702-3463;
 
Contract Interpretation: Agency Personnel Officers;
 
Memorandum Interpretation: Office of the State Comptroller, Fiscal Policy Division, (860) 702-3440.

 

NANCY WYMAN
STATE COMPTROLLER

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