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State employee commission looking for input

3:25:09 PM CDT - Tuesday, June 12, 2007

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

State employees have an opportunity to share comments and opinions regarding changes to the way they are compensated.

The State Employee Compensation Oversight Commission will hear testimony about changing the civil service compensation system at its next meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, June 25, in room 313-S of the Statehouse in Topeka. The commission was formed to recommend changes to the state’s classified pay plan.

Comments should be sent to Payplans@da.ks.gov by the close of business on Thursday, June 21. Employees also may appear before the commission on June 25 to offer testimony on a first-come, first-serve basis. To schedule an appearance, contact Delberta Pfeifer, the commission’s secretary, at (785) 296-3001 before the close of business Wednesday, June 20.

Among the topics the commission would like to hear about are the number of pay plans, the pay grade structure, the basis of employee pay and pay administration.

According to a letter from the commission’s chair, Carol Foreman, the state employee work force in Kansas is the most occupationally diverse group of employees in the state. Kansas currently uses a single pay plan to determine pay for all employees. The pay plan uses specific wage rates and longevity to determine an employee’s pay within the pay grade.

The commission is looking for commentary on those kinds of topics.

Foreman’s letter noted that other states use more than one pay plan to compensate diverse employees and some use open pay grades, allowing an employee’s salary to fall between a minimum and maximum rate, in accordance with established guidelines and marketplace salaries.

 Other states also allow other factors than longevity to determine pay, such as work performance, continuing education and professional development.
Another topic is how pay is administered. The same pay plan is applied to all state agencies; the commission would like to hear whether the one-size-fits-all plan is limiting agencies from meeting their organization’s needs.

To read Foreman’s letter, please click here http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/news/news.asp?__A=article&__NID=2685.



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