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General Salary Increase

Background

In recognition of the extraordinary efforts contributed by our policy-covered staff members during these challenging times and the inability to provide a merit program last year, the University is providing a 3% general increase to all eligible employees.

Increases will be effective June 27, 2021 for employees on bi-weekly payroll and July 1, 2021 for those paid monthly.

Although individual increases under this year’s salary program are not merit-based, the importance of the performance review process should not be discounted as such employees must be meeting expectations in order to be eligible. All policy-covered staff must continue to receive performance reviews at least annually as required in Staff Personnel Policy (PPSM 23: Performance Management).

Guidelines and eligibility criteria are noted below. This program does not apply to exclusively represented employees, whose salaries are determined in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements and/or meeting-and-conferring under the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA). Guidelines for academic appointees will be issued separately.

Eligibility Guidelines

Only employees who meet the following requirement will be eligible for the 3% general salary increase, subject to the additional eligibility criteria below:

Career Employees:

  • Policy-covered staff who successfully completed probation.
  • Policy-covered staff hired on or before December 31, 2020.

Contract Employees:

  • Contract employees who worked 12 continuous months prior to July 1, 2021.
  • Contract employees hired on or before July 1, 2020.

Participation in the General Salary Increase is based on an employee's salary and appointment as of March 31, 2021. 

UC Merced Eligibility Exclusions

The follow criteria further outline specific exclusions to the eligibility criteria for UC Merced.

  • Career employees on probation status as of July 1, 2021

  • Casual-restricted student appointments

  • Academic appointees – guidelines for the Academic employee general salary increase program will be issued separately from the Academic Personnel Office

  • Rehired retirees

  • Individuals who receive promotions, reclassifications, transfers, or any other base salary adjustments on or after April 1, 2021, are not eligible to participate in the General Salary Increase.

  • Staff members whose most recent performance rating was “1 – Met Few Expectations,” or who have documented corrective/disciplinary action during the review period, as documented by Human Resources.

  • Exclusively represented employees, whose salaries are determined in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements and/or meeting-and-conferring under the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA). 

  • Exclude employees in the following job titles that have been accreted to the union and are represented:
    • Administrative Officer 2
    • Behavioral Health Counselor 1
    • Behavioral Health Counselor 2
    • Behavioral Health Counselor 3
    • Behavioral Health Counselor 4
    • Systems Administrator 1
    • Systems Administrator 2
    • Systems Administrator 3
    • Systems Administrator 3 GF

Expected Payout Dates

For bi-weekly paid employees, increases will be effective June 27, 2021 and will be reflected in the July 21, 2021 paycheck.

For monthly-paid employees, increases will be effective July 1, 2021 and will be reflected in the July 30, 2021 paycheck.