Salary Review Process and Holiday Closing Schedule Announced


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As the university prepares to begin a new fiscal and academic year, the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources shared some good news regarding the annual salary review process and the holiday schedule. The university administration believes that our employees are this institution’s most valuable resource. As such, the implementation of salary increases and the continuation of the holiday schedule is their way of recognizing the work you do o n a daily basis to help make Kent State a high-quality institution and one of Northeast Ohio’s top workplaces.

Salary Review Process
Last week the Kent State University Board of Trustees approved the operating budget for fiscal year 2011. The budget includes 3 percent salary increases for classified and unclassified employees who are not represented by a union.

In a separate action, the Board voted to increase the salary structures for classified and unclassified employees by 2 percent. This action applies to the minimums, midpoints and maximums for each pay grade and is done periodically to ensure mobility for employees within the pay ranges.
For unrepresented, classified employees, the annual salary review process will be a 3 percent increase. The pay increase will take effect Aug. 29 and will be reflected in the Sept. 24 paycheck. In order to receive a salary increase, classified employees must have an acceptable performance level and a formal performance evaluation on file with Human Resources.

For unclassified employees, the annual salary review process is a 3 percent merit pool based on performance. Pay increases are effective Sept. 1 and will be reflected in the first September paycheck. In order to receive a merit increase, unclassified employees must have an acceptable performance level and a formal performance evaluation on file with Human Resources. Unclassified employees hired on or after June 1, 2010, will not be eligible for the merit increase.

Holiday Schedule
The recent practice of operating on a holiday schedule during the last two weeks of December will continue in 2010. The holiday schedule will run from the first shift on Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, through Jan. 1, 2011 . During that time, all nonessential operations will be closed at all Kent State campuses. Normal business operations will resume with the first shift on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011.

This year, the Christmas and New Year’s holidays fall on Saturdays. Classified and unclassified employees will receive paid leave for three days, Dec. 28, 29 and 30. The paid leave is in addition to the paid holidays of Dec. 24, 27 and Dec. 31. More information on the holiday schedule will be communicated in November and early December.


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