This bulletin supersedes Payroll Bulletin No. Other-55.1.
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform the State University Fund of OSC’s automatic processing of the April 2020 SCF CSEA Retroactive Salary Increase and provide instructions for payments not processed automatically.
Employees in Bargaining Unit 97 who meet the eligibility criteria are affected.
The State University Construction Fund’s Board Resolution 2017-12 authorizes the Memorandum of Agreement between the State University Construction Fund and CSEA which provides for a salary increase of two percent (2.00%) effective 04/01/2020 for all eligible employees.
Note: Per Division of Budget (DOB), this payment was deferred and not processed in April 2020. DOB has now authorized this payment.
The April 2020 SCF CSEA 2% Retroactive Salary Increase will be paid using the following effective dates and check dates:
|Pay Cycle/Pay Period Type||Payment Effective Date||Check Date|
The following employees are eligible to receive the April 2020 SCF CSEA Retroactive 2% Salary Increase:
- Employees with a Comp Rate Code of ANN who are in an NS position (Grade 600)
- Employees with a Comp Rate Code of ANN who are in an NS position (Grade 600) which is equated to a grade (Grade 001-031)
As of the date of this bulletin, there are no positions with a Comp Rate Code of HRY or FEE. Information relating to minimum wage is not addressed in this bulletin.
Employees who were on a Leave of Absence (other than Workers’ Compensation Leave) on the effective date of the increase will become eligible for the salary increase upon the employee’s return from leave.
Control-D Report Available Prior to Processing
The following Control-D report was made available for agency use on 04/15/2021 (Administration). This allows agencies time to correct employees’ records, if necessary, prior to the automatic processing of the April 2020 SCF CSEA Retroactive 2% Salary Increase. The report will be sorted by Department ID, then by employee name in alphabetical order.
NHRP709 – Mass Salary Increase Exception Report
This report is a preliminary listing of employees who appear ineligible to receive the April 2020 Retroactive Salary Increase based on information available as of the date the report is produced. Included on the report is one or more of the following messages which identifies the reason(s) the employee’s record will not be updated:
- NYS Position Has Both Equated Grade and NTE – if the employee’s Grade on the Position Data page (based on the NYS Position Number) is equal to 600 and a value exists in both the Equated to Grade field and the Approved Salary Rate field.
- Position and Job Do Not Match – if the Position Number equals the NYS Position Number on the employee’s Job Data page but the Bargaining Unit, Salary Administration Plan or Grade on the Job Data page and the Position Data page are not equal.
- Inc Code Req Review – if the increment code on the employee’s Job Data page is 2222.
If an employee appears on this report but is due a salary increase, the agency must take the following action:
- Submit the appropriate transaction(s) on the Job Action Requests page to correct the information on the Job Data row(s). If the row(s) is corrected prior to Administration Pay Period 2L, the automatic salary increase will be processed.
- Submit a Position Change Request to the Position Management Unit if the position information is incorrect on the Position Data page in PayServ. The position will be updated to reflect the change and the automatic salary increase will be processed.
OSC Actio Agency Actions – Administration Pay Period 2L
To Process Payment Manually
The following Action/Reason code(s) must be used to pay the April 2020 SCF CSEA Retroactive Salary Increase to eligible employees not processed automatically:
- Reason code SAC (Mass Salary Increase) – for transactions effective:
- 2020 Increase – 04/02/2020
- Reason code CSL (Correct Salary) for ANN Comp Rate Code for transactions effective:
- 2020 Increase – after 04/02/2020
Calculating the New Compensation Rate
The salary on each inserted row should be calculated as follows:
2020 Retroactive 2% Increase Processing
- If the employee has a Comp Rate Code of ANN and a Grade equal to 600 (not equated to a grade), increase the salary by applying 2.00% rounded to the nearest dollar.
- If the employee has a Comp Rate Code of ANN, a Grade equal to 600 with an equated grade equal to 001-031, and the salary is equal to a salary step of the employee’s equated grade on the effective date based on the 04/01/19 SCF CSEA Salary Schedule, increase the salary to the same salary step on the 04/01/20 Salary Schedule.
- If the employee has a Comp Rate Code of ANN, a Grade equal to 600 with an equated grade equal to 001-031, and the salary is not equal to a salary step of the employee’s equated grade on the effective date based on the 04/01/19 SCF CSEA Salary Schedule, calculate the salary as follows:
- If the salary is less than the Job Rate of the employee’s equated grade on the effective date based on the 04/01/19 SCF CSEA Salary Schedule, increase the salary by applying 2.00% rounded to the nearest dollar. If the resulting salary is greater than the Job Rate based on the 04/01/20 SCF CSEA Salary Schedule, reduce the salary to the Job Rate.
- If the salary is greater than the Job Rate of the employee’s equated grade on the effective date based on the 04/01/19 SCF CSEA Salary Schedule, increase the salary by applying 2.00% rounded to the nearest dollar OR increase the salary to the Job Rate based on the 04/01/20 SCF CSEA Salary Schedule, whichever is greater.
The agency must review employees in composite positions (identified by Increment Code 2222) to determine payment eligibility in one or both of the positions and calculate the salary as described above. Information regarding the composite position must be included on the General Comments page.
Control-D Reports Available After Processing
The following Control-D reports will be available for agency review after the automatic increases have been processed. All reports will be sorted by Department ID, then by employee name in alphabetical order.
NHRP704 – Mass Salary Increase Report
This report identifies all employees who received the automatic April 2020 Salary Increase and includes all employees’ salaries that were increased in an eligible bargaining unit.
NHRP709 – Mass Salary Increase Exception Report
This report identifies employees who did not receive the automatic April 2020 Salary Increase. Included on the report is one or more of the following messages which identifies the reason(s) the employee’s record was not updated:
NYS Position Has Both Equated Grade and NTE
Position and Job do not match
Inc Code Req Review
See Control-D Report Available Prior to Processing for an explanation of these messages.
Agency Actions – Retroactive Processing
Reporting Retroactive Adjustments
Time Entry earnings codes that are submitted with an amount will not be adjusted automatically. Therefore, beginning in Administration Pay Period 3L, agencies must report the adjustment amount for earnings codes such as Extra Time Override (EXO) and Regular Salary Override (RGO).
Correcting an Automatic Retroactive Adjustment
When certain conditions exist in an employee’s record, the automatic retroactive adjustment may be incorrect. Therefore, the agency is responsible for identifying employees who meet the following conditions and, if necessary, submitting the necessary adjustment:
- If an employee has a check returned or exchanged on an AC-230 for dates on or after the effective date of the payment, the payroll system does not consider the AC-230 when calculating the automatic retroactive adjustment.
- If earnings were previously reported using Earnings Code RGS and a date range that exceeded the number of days reported, the system will calculate the adjustment of earnings based on the number of workdays within the range.
- Adjustments for earnings that are calculated automatically, such as OT for Annuals 2080 (OCS), will be calculated incorrectly if the dates previously reported as a single entry on the Time Entry page overlap the effective date of the payment. The system will calculate an adjustment for all earnings reported in a single entry based on the salary in effect on the Earnings End Date.
- For employees who had a change reported on the Job Data page, since the effective date of the payment and the action resulted in an overpayment of earnings, the automatic negative retroactive adjustment may not have been processed because the overpayment was either not recoverable or was recovered using an overpayment earnings code or an AC-230. In this case, the negative retroactive adjustment may be re-generated when the payment is processed. OSC will turn off (not process) the automatic negative adjustment for these employees since in most cases these overpayments were either not recoverable or recovered using another method.
If an overpayment of earnings is identified after the automatic payment is processed but before the paycheck is received by the employee, the employee must be notified of the overpayment and the adjustment that will be reported in a subsequent pay period.
Submitting an Adjustment
When an adjustment is needed for COVID-19 overtime such as CVO, ARC must be used. When an adjustment is needed for non-COVID-19 related overtime or recall such as OTT, ARO must be entered. Please refer to Payroll Bulletin No. 1893 for more information. Agencies must continue to use AJR for all other override Time Entry Earnings Codes requiring a manual adjustment as a result of a retro salary increase.
To process a retroactive adjustment or correct an automatic retroactive adjustment, agencies must submit the following information on the Time Entry page or the Time Entry Interface (NPAY502) using the Earnings Code AJR, ARC or ARO:
|Earnings Begin Date:||The first date included in the adjustment|
|Earnings End Date:||The last date included in the adjustment|
|Earn Code:||AJR, ARC or ARO|
|Amount:||Amount to be adjusted|
|Comments:||An explanation of the adjustment|
Military Stipend Leave:
OSC will recalculate the military stipend amount for employees who were placed on a Paid or Unpaid Military Stipend Leave on or after the effective date of the payment as the result of new military orders.
- If the employee received a stipend, OSC will insert a row on the employee’s Job Data page effective the date the employee is entitled to the increase using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/MSC (Military Stipend Change) and will increase the employee’s biweekly stipend amount. In addition, updates will be made to all subsequent rows requiring an increased biweekly stipend amount.
- If the employee did not receive a stipend but becomes eligible for a stipend as a result of the payment, OSC will insert the following in PayServ:
- A row on the employee’s Job Data page effective the date the employee is entitled to a stipend using the Action/Reason code of Paid Leave of Absence/MLS (Mil Stip) and the new biweekly stipend amount.
- A row on the employee’s Job Data page for each affected subsequent row using the Action/Reason code of Pay Rate Change/MSC (Military Stipend Change) and the new biweekly stipend amount.
- A row on the Time Entry page using the Earnings Code MSP (Military Stipend Payment) to pay the stipend for each pay period the employee is eligible.
- Any additional adjustment that is required due to the increased biweekly stipend amount that will not be calculated automatically will be reported by OSC on the Time Entry page using the Earnings Code AMS (Adjust Military Stipend).
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:
|410||Health Care Spending Account|
|420||NY Dependent Care Contribution|
|425||Repay State Loans/Debt|
|426||Higher Ed Repay State Loan|
|433||Total Unemployment Ins Owed|
|475||CSEA Hourly Dues|
|501||Social Security Deficiency|
|502||NYS SS/Medicare Deficiency|
|603||TIAA Before Tax Arrears|
|673||SUNY ORP Before Tax Arrears|
|674||SUNY Suspense BTax Arrears|
|682||VDC Before Tax Arrears|
|685||VDC Suspense Before Tax Arrear|
|HIATRG||Regular After Tax Health|
|HIATSP||Special After Tax Health Adj|
These monies are taxable income subject to all employment taxes and income taxes, will be included in the employee’s taxable gross and reported on the employee’s Form W-2.
The adjustments (AJR, ARC, ARO 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).
Special Wage Payments for Individuals Who Filed for Retirement Social Security Benefits
Per Internal Revenue Service Publication 957, OSC will be reporting retro payments made to individuals who have filed for Social Security benefits to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
As PayServ does not include this information, OSC will be mailing a Request for Special Wage Payment Report to inactive individuals who are 62 or older in the calendar year and to active employees with the New York Retiree Indicator checked in Modify a Person who receive the retroactive payment. Recipients of this mailing will be asked to fill out the request and return it to OSC for inclusion on the Special Wage Payment report to SSA. This report will be submitted to SSA after the close of the 2021 tax year.
It is important that agencies ensure the New York Retiree Indicator box is checked for rehired retirees. Please see Payroll Bulletin No. 1728 for further details on the New York Retiree Indicator box.
When a valid payroll check is undeliverable due to the agency’s inability to locate the employee, the agency should follow the Agency Actions identified in Payroll Bulletin No. 1786 Non-Negotiated and/or Undeliverable New York State Payroll Checks.
Checks issued to eligible employees who are now deceased should be returned with a completed Next of Kin Affidavit (Form AC 934-P), original death certificate 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 LQ_PCD_PAYCHECK_EARNINGS_BY_ID to identify a complete list of regular earnings and retroactive adjustments if there are more than 13 earnings codes.
Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Payroll Earnings mailbox.
Questions regarding Position information may be directed to the Position Management mailbox.
Questions regarding military information may be directed to the Military Stipend mailbox.
Questions regarding general deductions may be directed to the Payroll Deduction mailbox.