Classified Employees Learn about Proposed Compensation Plan

Posted: November 8, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

The Johnson Center Cinema was practically filled last Thursday morning by classified employees gathered to learn more about the proposed new compensation plan for Virginia’s classified employees. Joan Dent, Virginia Governmental Employees Association president, provided background on the development of the proposal and discussed the major differences between the current system and the proposed one.

The plan has been developed by the Commission on Reform of the Classified Compensation Plan, which was established by a 1998 appropriation act by the Virginia General Assembly. The commission is composed of eight members of the General Assembly and four members appointed by the governor. It is supported by a technical advisory committee, which includes chief human resource officers for various state agencies and universities and an employee advisory committee composed of approximately 20 classified employees. Ilse Riddick, Human Resources, is the George Mason representative on the employee advisory committee.

The goal of any compensation plan is to attract qualified employees, keep them, and reward them, Dent told the audience. To find out how to do this, members of the commission researched a variety of compensation plans, including those in private industry. The commission meets on Nov. 30 to work out the final details for the proposal they will submit to the General Assembly in December. If passed by the General Assembly, the new compensation plan will become effective July 1. The first performance review under the new plan is slated for October 2001, and the first pay-out under the plan is expected to occur in December 2001.

This is the first in a series of articles about the proposed plan. Watch the Daily Gazette for articles that discuss key aspects of the proposal, including the collapse of the current system’s 23 job grades into 9 pay “bands” and the changes the proposal makes to the performance evaluation process. To learn more about the plan, visit the commission website.

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