(a) The commission and council shall develop and maintain a classified salary schedule and ensure that all organizations under their respective jurisdictions adhere to state and federal laws and duly promulgated and adopted organization rules.
(b) The classified salary schedule serves as the basis for the following activities:
(1) Evaluating compensation of classified employees in relation to appropriate external markets; and
(2) Developing the minimum salary per pay grade to be adopted by the commission and council.
(c) The classified salary schedule shall meet the following criteria:
(1) Sets forth the number of pay grades to be included in the structure;
(2) Includes a midpoint value for each pay grade which represents the average market rate of pay for jobs in that pay grade. The commission and council may choose a midpoint value that is not based exclusively on market salary data; and
(3) Includes minimum and maximum pay range values based on an established range spread.
(d) The commission and council jointly shall contract with an external vendor to conduct a classified employee market salary study. The study shall be completed by January 31, 2016, and on January 31 every fifth year thereafter. At the conclusion of each study, or for good cause, the commission and council, in consultation with the Compensation Planning and Review Committee, may take any combination of the following actions:
(1) Adjust the number of pay grades and the point values necessary to validate the result of the classification system and the job worth hierarchy with the market;
(2) Adjust the midpoint differentials between pay grades better to reflect market conditions; or
(3) Adjust the range spread for any pay grade.
(e) The commission and council jointly may perform an annual review of market salary data to determine how salaries have changed in the external market. Based on data collected, the commission and council jointly, in consultation with the Compensation Planning and Review Committee, shall adjust the classified salary schedule if changes are supported by the data.
(f) Annually, the commission and council may approve a minimum salary amount that sets forth a compensation level for each pay grade below which no organization employee may be paid.
(1) The minimum salary amount for each pay grade on the classified salary schedule is determined by applying a percentage determined after analysis of the market and existing compensation levels to the annual market salary data. The commission and council may take into consideration other factors they consider appropriate.
(2) The salary of an employee working fewer than thirty-seven and one-half hours per week shall be prorated.
(g) The organization rule promulgated pursuant to subsection (c), section seven of this article may provide for differential pay for certain employees who work different shifts, weekends or holidays.