Human Resources Holds Info Sessions on New Compensation Plan

Posted: May 8, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

To prepare George Mason employees for the transition to the new Virginia state classified compensation plan, the Human Resources Office is conducting four general information sessions to discuss the advantages of the new system and the way it works. To register, visit the HR website or call x32741. The sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

Fairfax Campus:

Thursday, May 11, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D3

Tuesday, May 23, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Robinson Hall, Room B113

Prince William Campus:

Tuesday, June 13, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Prince William I, GTE Auditorium

Arlington Campus:

Wednesday, June 14, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Original Building, Room 223

The new plan, which was approved by the Virginia General Assembly in April, reduces the current classification structure’s 1,600 job classifications to 80 career groups and 275 roles. In addition to changing the performance evaluation process conducted annually for each employee, the plan changes pay practices affecting Virginia’s classified employees. For example, under the new plan, employees may receive a negotiable increase of up to 15 percent upon promotion to a different position. “The goal of the proposed plan is to bring the state system in line with what’s in the private sector, which awards annual increases based on performance,” says Shira Goodfellow of Human Resources.

The four sessions scheduled for May and June address only the changes in classification structure and pay practices, says Human Resources staff member Ilse Riddick, who also serves on the employee advisory committee for the Commission on Reform of the Classified Compensation Plan. Additional training will be held throughout the summer and early fall. Training for supervisors on the new performance evaluation procedures is expected to begin in January or February.

While the new compensation plan becomes effective July 1 of this year, no changes to class titles will occur until Sept. 25. The first performance review under the new plan does not occur until October 2001, with the first payout under the plan slated for December 2001. For the current performance cycle, which will be closed out under the old system, the General Assembly has approved a 3.25 percent increase to begin Nov. 25, 2000, for all employees who achieve a performance ranking of “meets expectations” or better.

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