WSR 07-03-050

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL


[ Filed January 12, 2007, 1:11 p.m. , effective February 15, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: February 15, 2007.

Purpose: The purpose of these new sections is to ensure system-wide consistency in the use of special pay in higher education. This does not change the intent or purpose of special pay.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 41.06 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-24-093 on December 5, 2006.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 4, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 4, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: January 12, 2007.

Eva N. Santos

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 357-28-026   For what reasons may the director adopt special pay ranges and/or compensation practices for institutions of higher education and related boards?   The director may adopt special pay ranges and/or compensation practices which are locally competitive to alleviate recruitment and/or retention problems, to maintain effective operations of an institution, or to address other unique working conditions.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 357-28-027   How long will higher education special pay ranges remain in effect?   Except when the director specifies otherwise, special pay ranges will remain in effect until the system-wide pay range for the class equals or exceeds the special pay range.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 357-28-028   By whom and for what reasons may a higher education special pay request be submitted to the director?   A special pay request may be submitted by institutions of higher education and related boards:

(1) When a unique configuration of work requires skills, duties, or working conditions beyond those typically required of comparable positions;

(2) To alleviate employment problems such as recruitment and/or retention;

(3) When failure to grant special pay could result in recruitment and/or retention problems which would seriously jeopardize the effective operation of the institution; or

(4) To prevent salary inversion or compression problems with other classes in the same or related series which have been granted special pay.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 357-28-029   When making a special pay request for higher education, what information must the requesting party provide department of personnel staff?   It is the responsibility of the requesting party to provide department of personnel staff with information necessary to make a recommendation to the director. Information to be provided must include:

(1) Data supporting the pay practice in the locality of the institution for which the request is being made; and

(2) Rationale supporting the request; and

(3) When applicable, data showing recruitment/retention difficulty.

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