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Date: January 7, 2010

Bulletin Number: CU-396

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Subject

CUNY Nurses’ Health Specialty Differential

Purpose

To provide agencies with procedures for processing payment of the Nurses’ Health Specialty Differential.

Affected Employees

Employees in the following titles:

  • Staff Nurse
  • Staff Nurse (hourly)
  • Nurse Practitioner

Background

The annual payment of the Nurses’ Health Specialty Differential is made in accordance with the 2007-2010 agreement with the New York State Nurses Association (Bargaining Unit TE) and the City University of New York.

Effective Date(s)

Payment will be processed in a separate check dated February 11, 2010.  There will be no direct deposit for this payment.

Eligibility Criteria

All Staff Nurses (annual and hourly) and Nurse Practitioners who meet the eligibility criteria contained in the memorandum dated December 8, 2009 from Carmelo Batista, Jr. are eligible for the following Health Specialty Differentials:

  • Full-time employees who are Active in a paid status or in a Paid Leave status on 12/15/09 receive $756.57.
  • Hourly employees who work 950 or more hours during the calendar year of January 1 through December 31, 2009 receive $423.68.
  • Hourly employees who work less than 950 hours during the calendar year of January 1 through December 31, 2009 receive $211.84.

Agency Actions

Agencies must submit the payment for the Nurses’ Health Specialty Differential in the Time Entry page using the Earn Code HSD.

Earnings Begin Date:

12/15/09 ANN, or 12/31/09 HRY or, if Inactive, the date HRY employee was last Active and met the eligibility requirements.

Earnings End Date:

Same as above

Earn Code:

HSD

Amount:

Applicable Amount



Deductions and Withholding Taxes

Deductions will be taken for Federal, State, New York City and Yonkers City taxes, Social Security/Medicare, retirement normal contributions, garnishments and Federal levies.  There will be no special tax calculations.  For employees who have an additional tax amount in their record, the additional tax also will be included in the tax calculation for this payment.

Payroll Register and Employee’s Paycheck

The Earn Code HSD and the amount paid will be displayed on the payroll register.  The earnings description “Health Specialty Differential” and the payment amount will appear on the employee’s paycheck stub.

This payment will be made in a separate check regardless of when paid.  There will be no direct deposit for this payment.  The separate check will be issued along with the employee’s regular paycheck or direct deposit advice for the check date submitted.

Questions

Questions regarding eligibility criteria should be directed to the University Manager of Payroll Systems and Operations at CUNY Central Office.

Questions about this Bulletin may be directed to your Payroll Auditor.