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Date: May 21, 2009 
Bulletin Number: SP-111
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Subject

Education Payment for Employees Represented by the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the NYS Police Investigators Association (NYSPIA)

Purpose

To provide notification of the procedure for processing the Education Payment.

Affected Employees

Troopers in Bargaining Unit 07, Commissioned/Non-Commissioned Officers in Bargaining Unit 17, and Investigators and Senior Investigators in Bargaining Unit 62.

Effective Date(s)

Payments may be submitted for Pay Period 4L/5C, paychecks dated June 10, 2009.

Background

For eligible employees in Bargaining Units 07, 17 and 62 who possess or obtain a recognized degree from an accredited and recognized college or university, an annual lump sum Education Payment is provided in June of each year.

Contract Provisions and Eligibility Criteria

Bargaining Units 07 and 17

Pursuant to Chapter 157 of the Laws of 2005 (Troopers and Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers) which continues the payment as stated in Chapter 244, Sections 4 and 5 of the Laws of 2002 and Chapter 103 of the Laws of 2005 (Investigators and Senior Investigators), an annual Education Payment is provided.

Bargaining Unit 07

Chapter 244, Section 4, Laws of 2002: “Members of the collective negotiating unit consisting of troopers in the division of state police, who possess or obtain a recognized degree from an accredited and recognized college or university on or after April 1, 2000, shall receive a lump sum payment of two hundred fifty dollars for such associate degree, five hundred dollars for such bachelor’s degree, and seven hundred fifty dollars for such graduate degree.  Payment for such degree shall occur annually in June of each year and shall be for one degree only.  When such degree is obtained in a fiscal year, such payment shall be made as soon as practicable after conferral of the degree.”

Bargaining Unit 17

Chapter 244, Section 5, Laws of 2002: “Members of the collective negotiating unit consisting of commissioned and non-commissioned officers in the division of state police, who possess or obtain a recognized degree from an accredited and recognized college or university on or after April 1, 2000, shall receive a lump sum payment as stated. Payment for such degree shall occur annually in June of each year and shall be for one degree only.  When such degree is obtained in a fiscal year, such payment shall be made as soon as practicable after conferral of the degree.”

Bargaining Unit 62

Chapter 103, Section 20, Laws of 2005: “Recognized degree pay. Pursuant to the terms of an interest arbitration award made pursuant to subdivision 4 of section 209 of the civil service law binding the executive branch of the state of New York and the employee organization representing the collective negotiating unit consisting of investigators, senior investigators, and investigative specialists in the division of state police. Members of such unit who possess or obtain a recognized degree from an accredited and recognized college or university on or after April 1, 2001, shall continue to receive a lump sum payment as stated bellow. Payment for such degree shall occur annually in June of each year, and shall be for one degree only.  When such degree is obtained in a fiscal year, such payment shall be paid as soon as practicable after conferral of the degree.”

Degree and Education Payment Amounts

Associate Degree

$250

Bachelor Degree

$500

Graduate Degree

$750



Agency Actions

For Bargaining Units 07 and 62, the payments must be processed through the Additional Pay page using the following information:

 

01060

01069

Earnings Code:

EPA

EPA

Effective Date:

5/14/09

5/28/09

OT Eff Date:

5/14/09

5/28/09

Annual Addl Earnings:

$250, $500 or $750

$250, $500 or $750

Earn End Date:

5/26/10

6/9/10

Current Goal Balance:

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For Bargaining Unit 17, the payment must be processed through the Time Entry page as follows:

Earnings Begin Date:

5/14/09

Earnings End Date:

5/14/09

Earn Code:

EDP

Amount:

$250, $500 or $750



Agency Actions Beginning Pay Period 5L

Beginning in Pay Period 5L, employees in Bargaining Unit 62 who become eligible to receive the Education Payment must be paid in the Additional Pay page using the following information:

Earnings Code:

EPI

Effective Date:

Date of Eligibility

OT Eff Date:

Same as Effective Date

Annual Addl Earnings:

$250, $500 or $750

Earn End Date:

5/26/10 (01060)
6/9/10 (01069)

Current Goal Balance:

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Retirement/Overtime Information

For Bargaining Units 07 and 62, the Education Payment is included in the calculation of overtime for all titles.

For Bargaining Units 07, 17 and 62, the Education Payment is included as salary for retirement purposes for all titles.

Tax Information

The Education Payment is taxable income and will be included in the employee’s taxable gross wages and is subject to all employment and income taxes.

Questions
Questions about payment processing may be directed to the Payroll Audit mailbox.