The purpose of the Legislature in enacting this article is to require the commission and council jointly to implement, control, supervise and manage a complete, uniform system of personnel classification and compensation in accordance with the provisions of this article for classified employees at higher education organizations.
The following words have the meanings ascribed to them unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
(1) "Classified employee" or "employee" means a regular full- time or regular part-time employee of an organization who holds a position that is assigned a particular job title and pay grade in accordance with the personnel classification and compensation system established by this article or by the commission and council;
(2) "Salary" means the amount of compensation paid through the State Treasury per annum, excluding those payments made pursuant to section two, article five, chapter five of this code, to an organization employee;
(3) "Schedule" or "salary schedule" means the grid of annual salary figures established in section three of this article; and
(4) "Years of experience" means the number of years a person has been an employee of the State of West Virginia and refers to the horizontal column heading of the salary schedule established in section three of this article. For the purpose of placement on the salary schedule, employment for nine months or more equals one year of experience, but a classified employee may not accrue more than one year of experience during any given fiscal year. Employment for less than full time or for fewer than nine months during any fiscal year shall be prorated. In accordance with rules established by the commission and council jointly, a classified employee may be granted additional years of experience not to exceed the actual number of years of prior, relevant work or experience at accredited institutions of higher education other than state institutions of higher education.
(1) His or her annual salary is at least the minimum salary that was required for his or her pay grade and years of experience on July 1, 2001, on the salary schedule included in this section; and
(2) Progress is being made by the institution in meeting the salary goals set out in this article and article nine-a.
(b) Nothing in this section requires an appropriation by the Legislature in excess of the legislative funding priorities as set forth in this chapter.
(c) For purposes of this article, an organization has achieved full funding of the temporary salary schedule established by this section when it provides, in total, one hundred percent of the funds needed to meet the salary funding target as calculated in October, 2010, in a report, required by a prior enactment of this section, and presented to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability. Until an organization has achieved full funding as described and has received certification to this effect from the commission or council, as appropriate, the following requirements apply:
(1) Classified salary increases distributed within the organization shall be provided in accordance with the uniform classification and compensation system established by this article and rules of the commission and council and shall be applied toward achieving full funding of the temporary salary schedule; and
(2) An organization may not provide discretionary salary increases, including merit or performance-based increases, to the president or chief executive officer of an organization or to any group or class of employees within the organization, other than classified employees, unless the organization has achieved full funding of the salary schedule established in this section or is making appropriate progress toward achieving full funding of the salary schedule.
(A) This prohibition does not apply to salary increases mandated by law or funded by the Legislature.
(B) For the purposes of subdivision (2) of this subsection, "appropriate progress" has the following meanings:
(i) For governing boards under the jurisdiction of the commission, appropriate progress means an organization has funded at least twenty-five percent of the amount needed to reach full funding of the salary schedule by July 1, 2012 as calculated pursuant to this subsection; has funded at least fifty percent of the calculated amount by July 1, 2013; has funded at least seventy- five percent of the calculated amount by July 1, 2014 and has funded one hundred percent of the calculated amount by July 1, 2015; and
(ii) For governing boards under the jurisdiction of the council, appropriate progress means an organization has funded at least twenty-five percent of the amount needed to reach full funding of the salary schedule by July 1, 2013 as calculated pursuant to this subsection; has funded at least fifty percent of the calculated amount by July 1, 2014; has funded at least seventy- five percent of the calculated amount by July 1, 2015 and has funded one hundred percent of the calculated amount by July 1, 2016.
(b) Nothing in this article prohibits promotion of a classified employee to a job title carrying a higher pay grade if the promotion is in accordance with the provisions of this article, the personnel classification and compensation system and personnel rules of the commission and council.
(c) An organization may pay classified employees in excess of the salary established for their pay grade and years of experience indicated on the salary schedule established by section three of this article under the following conditions:
(1) The commission or council, as appropriate, certifies that the organization has achieved full funding; and
(2) The governing board has promulgated and adopted a salary rule in accordance with section six, article one of this chapter and the rules of the commission and council establishing a procedure to ensure that salary increases above the temporary salary schedule are distributed equitably and in a manner that is consistent with the uniform classification and compensation system.
Acts, 2001 Reg. Sess., Ch. 110.
Acts, 2001 Reg. Sess., Ch. 110.
Acts, 2011 Reg. Sess., Ch. 79.
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