Wage and Salary Administration

Your earnings are based on the administration of wages and salary according to applicable laws and the University’s Staff Classification System.

Contents

Time Keeping

Compensatory Time and Overtime (Nonexempt Staff)

Reducing Pay for Hours Not Worked (Docking)

Compensation

Performance Appraisal Program

Promotion and Transfer

Compensation—Withholdings and Deductions

Direct Deposit Program

 

Time Keeping

Nonexempt Staff—All regular full-time and regular part-time classified nonexempt staff must record hours worked, vacation, sick, personal time, compensatory time taken, and holiday and recess time. At the end of each workweek, the supervisor and nonexempt staff member must review the weekly time card to certify that the time recorded is accurate.

Exempt Staff—All regular full-time and regular part-time classified exempt staff must record actual hours worked or established weekly schedule (in hours), vacation, sick, personal time and holiday and recess time. At the end of each workweek, the supervisor and exempt staff member must review the weekly time card to certify that the time recorded is accurate. Please see University Policy 07-04-01 for more information.

Compensatory Time and Overtime (Nonexempt Staff)

Prior to working any hours beyond the established schedule for any department, nonexempt staff members must have prior approval of the departmental administrator. Vacation days, personal days, recess time, and paid holidays count for the purpose of calculating overtime and compensatory time. However, the use of each day designated as one of the following—sick, bereavement, jury duty, or compensatory—during a given workweek does not count toward overtime or compensatory time.

Compensatory Time—Compensatory time is defined as time off awarded for the hours worked beyond the normal workweek. If you work beyond the established workweek, you may either be paid a straight hourly rate for those additional hours between 37.5 and 40 or be given compensatory time off, at the discretion of the departmental administrator. If you are entitled to compensatory time off, you must take it by the end of the pay period following the pay period in which it was earned or you will be paid at your regular hourly rate.

Overtime—Nonexempt staff receive overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek at the rate of one-and-one-half times the regular hourly rate. Hours worked beyond the standard workweek must be approved in advance by the departmental administrator. See Policy 07-04-01.

Reducing Pay for Hours Not Worked (Docking)

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)-The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, equal pay, record keeping, and child labor standards for employees who are covered by the act. Pursuant to the FLSA, nonexempt employees are entitled to a mandated minimum wage, as well as overtime pay of not less than one-and-one-half times their regular hourly rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 in their workweek.

If you are nonexempt, your pay may be reduced (docked) for such reasons as absences in excess of accrued leave or sick time, tardiness, early departure, disciplinary suspension, or absences without sufficient notification or justification.

If you are exempt, your pay may be reduced (docked) for:

  • Absences from work for one or more full days for personal reasons, other than sickness or disability.
  • Absences of one or more full days occasioned by sickness or disability (including work-related accidents) if the deduction is made in accordance with applicable University policy and/or practice regarding sick days, disability leave, or workers’ compensation. Deductions may be made for full-day absences for which an employee receives such disability coverage. Deductions may also be made for full-day absences if an employee has not yet qualified as being eligible for otherwise applicable sickness or disability coverage, and if the employee has exhausted the leave allowed under such coverage.
  • Offsets of military pay received by an employee for a particular week for absences occasioned by military leave.
  • Penalties imposed in good faith for infractions of safety rules of major significance.
  • Unpaid disciplinary suspensions of one or more full days imposed in good faith for infractions of workplace conduct rules and imposed pursuant to a written policy applicable to all employees.
  • Absences during the initial or terminal week of employment.
  • Absences that constitute unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Improper Docking Complaints —The University is committed to proper pay practices and policies. If an employee’s pay is found by the University to have been incorrectly docked, the University will reimburse the employee for any improper deductions and will make a good faith effort to ensure that any future deductions are in accordance with the law. Employees who believe that their pay has been improperly docked may follow the staff complaint procedure as defined in the University Staff Handbook or may utilize the University’s AlertLine.

Compensation

Under the University’s Staff Classification System, positions are classified according to the qualifications and level of responsibility assigned to the position. Each job classification has an established salary range.  For more information, call the Compensation Department of the Office of Human Resources at 412-624-4072.

Performance Appraisal Program

You are to participate with your immediate supervisor in the performance appraisal process at least once a year. You are asked to complete a self-appraisal, which will be discussed in a private meeting. Your supervisor then is to prepare a written appraisal of your performance. The discussion includes reviewing previous feedback about job performance as well as planning for professional development. Professional development may include participating in professional organizations, attending professional conventions, and reading professional literature clearly related to professional development. In addition, your job can often serve as a source for professional development when new assignments and increased responsibilities widen or enhance your current skills. It is appropriate to discuss work-related subjects that interest you during the appraisal meeting. See Policy 07-05-01.

Promotion and Transfer

If you transfer or are promoted, your salary must be increased to the minimum salary of the range for the classification of the new position. Because of length of service, you may already be above the minimum salary for the new position. In that case, the department, in consultation with the Office of Human Resources, may decide that your experience and background are sufficient to warrant a salary above the minimum. If you transfer or are reassigned to a position with a lower classification, your salary will be subject to review and may be reduced.

Compensation—Withholdings and Deductions

Paychecks are distributed to offices on the last working day of each month and cannot be issued prior to the normal pay date. Paychecks are subject to the deductions authorized by the individual or required by law. Presently, the University is required by law to deduct federal income tax, Social Security tax, Pennsylvania state personal income tax, City of Pittsburgh earned income tax, City of Pittsburgh school tax, local earned income tax for municipalities where University facilities are located, City of Philadelphia wage tax, and emergency and municipal tax (EMS). If you live outside the City of Pittsburgh, you must file a Pittsburgh local tax exemption certificate (Form WTEX) or other municipality tax exemption certificate. The filing of this form with the Payroll Department will suppress the withholding of the City of Pittsburgh earned income tax from non-city residents. In such cases, the payment of local tax is your responsibility.

Direct Deposit Program

You may elect to have your paycheck deposited on the scheduled payday by the University directly to your account in an approved banking institution. The banking institution in which the account is maintained must be a member of the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA). Deposits can be made in only one banking institution and in only one account in the banking institution. Partial deposits will not be permitted; that is, the total net pay must be deposited. To participate, you must complete the proper authorization agreement, which is available in the Payroll Department. You will receive a Statement of Deposit in lieu of a paycheck. The pay stub, listing withholdings and deductions, will be attached to the Statement of Deposit. For more information, contact the Payroll Department, 207P Craig Hall, or call 412-624-8070.