Governor Proposes Changes to State Employee Bonuses

Posted: April 15, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The biennial budget bill enacted by the General Assembly includes provisions for a one-time bonus or compensatory leave for state employees. Gov. Mark Warner has proposed several changes that will affect staff at George Mason. The changes are:

  • By July 1, 2002, classified employees will be able to select either a 2.5 percent one-time bonus, or 10 additional days of paid leave, or a combination of bonus and leave. Instructional, administrative, and professional faculty will receive a bonus.

  • The bonus will be paid on Aug. 30, 2002, instead of Dec. 1, 2002.
  • Classified employees who choose additional leave may use it earlier–between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003.
  • The bonus will be included in the Aug. 30 paycheck in order to lower the amount of tax withheld, rather than in a separate check that would require a higher rate of withholding due to IRS regulations.
  • To be eligible for the bonus or additional leave, employees must have attained at least a “contributor” rating on their latest performance evaluation.

The General Assembly will need to approve Warner’s recommendations when it returns to Richmond on Wednesday, April 17.

For more information on the proposed changes, call Ilse Riddick in Human Resources at x32654.

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