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Date: August 29, 2017

Bulletin Number: UCS-244

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Subject Retroactive Adjustment of Senior Officer Series (SOS) Differential for Eligible Employees Represented by Negotiating Units DR and F8

Purpose To explain OSC’s automatic processing of the SOS adjustments.

Affected
Employees
Eligible employees in Negotiating Units DR and F8.
Background Chapter 98 of the Laws of 2017 and various side letters provide for a retroactive increase of the Senior Officer Series Differential for eligible employees in Negotiating Units DR and F8.

Effective Date(s) The October 1, 2014, April 1, 2015, April 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017 Retroactive Increases of Senior Officer Series (SOS) Differential for Negotiating Unit DR will be paid using the following effective dates and check date:

Pay Cycle/Pay Period Type

Payment Effective Date

Check Date

Administration 10 Lag

09/25/14

09/06/17

Administration 10 Lag

03/26/15

09/06/17

Administration 10 Lag

04/07/16

09/06/17

Administration 10 Lag

04/06/17

09/06/17

The April 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017 Retroactive Adjustment of Senior Officer Series (SOS) Differential for Negotiating Unit F8 will be paid using the following effective date and check date:

Pay Cycle/Pay Period Type

Payment Effective Date

Check Date

Administration 10 Lag

04/07/16

09/06/17

Administration 10 Lag

04/06/17

09/06/17


Eligibility Criteria Non-Judicial officers and employees who hold the position of Senior Court Officer or New York State Court Officer-Sergeant who are currently receiving or have received SOS (Senior Officer Series Differential) earnings since 9/25/14 (for Bargaining Unit DR) or since 04/07/16 (for Bargaining Unit F8), will have their SOS (Senior Officer Series Differential) earnings increased according to the new bargaining unit agreements.

OSC Actions OSC will insert Additional Pay Earnings Code SOS (Senior Officer Series Differential) on the effective dates of the increases dated 09/25/14 or later for Negotiating Unit DR, according to the following effective dates and amounts:

Effective Dates

Payable Dates

Annual Payment Amounts

09/25/14

09/25/14

$2,806

03/26/15

03/26/15

$2,862

04/01/16

04/07/16

$2,919

04/01/17

04/06/17

$2,977

OSC will insert Additional Pay Earnings Code SOS (Senior Officer Series Differential) on the effective dates of the increases dated 04/07/16 or later for Negotiating Unit F8, according to the following effective dates and amounts:

Effective Dates

Payable Dates

Annual Payment Amounts

04/01/16

04/07/16

$2,919

04/01/17

04/06/17

$2,977

OSC will update subsequent rows with the appropriate amounts.

Agency Actions Agencies must submit adjustments to SOS (Senior Officer Series Differential) earnings for any mid-pay period adjustments previously entered by the agency, effective 09/25/14 or later for Negotiating Unit DR and effective 04/07/16 for Negotiating Unit F8, using Earnings Code AOD (Adjust Senior Officer Series Differential).  The current pay period Begin Date must be used for all AOD transactions.

Agencies must review SOS (Senior Officer Series Differential) overpayments recovered by the overpayment earnings codes Q14, Q15, Q16 and/or Q17 and take appropriate action to adjust the overpayment.

Automatic Retroactive Processing OSC will automatically calculate retroactive payments resulting from the retroactive SOS (Senior Officer Series Differential) increases, using Earnings Code ROD – Retro Sr Off Ser Diff – OCA.   Retroactive payments will be paid for any period in which the SOS (Senior Officer Series Differential) was previously paid.

For eligible employees who have worked in more than one (1) agency since the effective date of the SOS (Senior Officer Series Differential) increases, all retroactive payments will be paid in the most current agency.

Retroactive Adjustments for Additional Pay and Time Entry Earnings

Time Entry earn codes that are calculated based on an employee’s additional salary factors such as overtime (OTD) and Holiday (HPA) will be automatically adjusted.

Control-D Report(s) Available After Processing The following Control-D report will be available after processing of the automatic increase:

NHRP703 Mass Salary Additional Pay Report

This report identifies all employees whose SOS (Senior Officer Series Differential) earnings were updated.  The report will be sorted by DeptID and then by employee name, in alphabetical order.  Fields in the report include EmplID, Employee Record Number, Employee Name, Earn Code (SOS – Senior Officer Differential Series), Grade, Salary Plan, Bargaining Unit, Part Time Percentage and Updated Max Effective Dated Amount.

Miscellaneous Payment Information The Senior Officer Series Differential (SOS) is included in the calculation of overtime and is pensionable.

Deduction Information All general deductions for employees whose Payroll Status is Terminated, Retired or Deceased will be automatically cancelled by OSC with the exception of percentage based dues and agency shop fees and the following:

Code

Description

410

Health Care Spending Account

420

NY Dependent Care Contribution

425

Repay State Loans/Debt

426

Higher Ed Repay State Loan

428

Dependent Care

433

Total Unemployment Ins Owed

500

Medicare Deficiency

501

Social Security Deficiency

502

NYS SS/Medicare Deficiency

GARNSH

Garnishments

HIATRG

Regular After Tax Health

HIATSP

Special After Tax Health Adj

HIBTRG

Regular Before Tax Health

HIBTSP

Special Before Tax Health Adj


Tax Information These monies are taxable income and are subject to all employment taxes and income taxes.  These monies will be included in the employee’s taxable gross and will be reported on the employee’s Form W-2.

The adjustments (AJR, and Retro (RXX)) are supplemental taxable income and will be included in the employee’s taxable gross subject to all employment and income taxes.

Federal, State and New York City income tax withholding will be calculated using the Aggregate method. Yonkers income tax withholding will be calculated using the Flat Rate method (1.61135% for Yonkers residents and 0.50% for Yonkers non-residents).

Undeliverable Checks If the agency has made an effort to deliver the check to the employee but the check has been returned and is undeliverable, the agency should forward the check to the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, Division of Treasury, per instructions in Payroll Bulletin No. 908.

Checks issued to eligible employees who are now deceased should be returned with a completed Next of Kin Affidavit (Form AC 934-P) and a Report of Check Exchange (Form AC 1476-P).  If a Next of Kin Affidavit has been previously submitted for a deceased employee’s payroll check, OSC will accept a photocopy of this form along with a new Report of Check Exchange.

Payroll Register and Employee’s Paycheck/Advice All retroactive adjustments will be displayed on the Payroll Register using the appropriate Earnings Code and the amount paid and will be displayed on the employee’s paycheck stub or direct deposit advice using the appropriate Earnings Description and the amount paid unless the number of earnings codes exceeds 13.  Agencies should utilize Locked Query #49 to identify a complete list of regular earnings and retroactive adjustments if there are more than 13 earnings codes.

Questions Questions about payment processing may be emailed to the Payroll Earnings mailbox.