2018 Legislative Salary Increases

The 2018 Legislative Salary increases will take effect this September and October, through a new process set forward by the UNC System Office.

Message to Campus - October 8, 2018

Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

We are writing today with an update on salary increases for faculty and staff. As we’ve shared previously, the UNC System and UNC Asheville did not receive adequate funding for all employees to receive pay increases this fiscal year. However, after much discussion based on the System Office guidelines and exploring every source of funds to apply to the very limited salary pool provided to us, we have determined an equitable and financially-viable path for select equity and merit-based employee increases. 

In September, eligible employees in permanent SHRA (Subject to the State Human Resources Act) positions received a 2% pay increase in September, retroactive to July 1. Information about eligibility may be found at https://hr.unca.edu/2018-legislative-salary-increases

In October, employees whose salaries are below $31,200/year ($15/hour) for full-time, permanent positions will receive an increase to $31,200/year. This rate will be pro-rated for employees in part-time or less than 12-month positions, at an hourly rate of $15/hour. The increase to $31,200 will be retroactive to July 1. The increase to $15/hour does not apply to temporary employees. 

The university was able to provide standard merit increases for faculty. All faculty members who are eligible for merit increase will receive a letter in October that details their merit-based salary increase and their new base salary. Merit increases will be paid in November retroactive to July 1. Faculty increases for reappointment, tenure, and promotion were received in their July paychecks.

Additionally, a 1% pool was created for non-faculty staff in EHRA (Exempt from the State Human Resources Act) positions. As mandated by the UNC Board of Governors and UNC System Human Resources Division, this pool will be allocated by Senior Staff based on merit first and also for market/equity reasons. Eligible employees will receive increases in October, retroactive to July 1.  EHRA Staff who meet the eligibility requirements and who are receiving an increase will receive a letter regarding this increase prior to October 31.

Please direct questions for staff increases to Jaime Head, Classification and Compensation Manager, at 828-350-4587 or jhead@unca.edu, or to your Vice Chancellor. Questions about faculty increases may be addressed to Douglas Luke, Director of Academic Budgeting, at 828-251-6502 or dluke@unca.edu. 

As your Chancellor and Senior Staff, we would like to thank you for your dedication and support of our students and UNC Asheville. This institution is better for the service each of you provides, and for that we are deeply grateful.

Respectfully,

Nancy J. Cable, Chancellor
Sarah Broberg, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Communication and Marketing
Janet Cone, Athletic Director
Shannon Earle, Chief of Staff
Bill Haggard, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Karin Peterson, Interim Provost
John Pierce, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Darin Waters, Executive Director for Community Engagement
Clifton Williams, General Counsel
Carla Willis, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Nicole Norian, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Message to Campus - August 29, 2018

Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

We are writing today to address the matter of salary increases. This year, the General Assembly has provided limited salary increases to be administered through the UNC System and UNC campuses. Countless conversations among system leaders have taken place in Raleigh and in Chapel Hill on this topic. We, at UNC Asheville, despite very limited funding for salaries, are committed to an equitable and financially-viable path for employee increases.

The UNC System and UNC Asheville did not receive adequate funding for all employees to receive pay increases this fiscal year. Per General Assembly guidelines to the System Office, most SHRA (positions Subject to the State Human Resources Act) employees will receive a 2% pay increase in September, retroactive to July 1. Further, UNC Asheville intends to provide merit increases and standard step increases related to promotion and tenure for faculty in a manner that matches prior years, pending sufficient funding. We are exploring other funding lines to identify potential options to reallocate resources and identify limited funding for EHRA (positions Exempt from the State Human Resources Act) staff salary increases.

UNC Asheville’s funding picture will be clearer after “census day,” which is August 31 this year, when our current enrollment numbers are determined. This date is important because the General Assembly allocation of funding to UNC System campuses is no longer based upon enrollment projections but rather on actual student enrollment in coursework.

Please know that we are exploring every source of funds to apply to this very limited salary pool. We will give you additional information once all options have been explored.

Below you will find an overview of this year’s process and what it means for you. Please direct questions to Jaime Head, Classification and Compensation Manager, at 828-350-4587 or jhead@unca.edu, or to your Vice Chancellor.

As your Chancellor and Senior Staff, we recognize and deeply appreciate how tirelessly you all work to support UNC Asheville and our students. Again, thank you for all you do to support our students and this institution. We are grateful you are a member of our campus community.

Respectfully,

Nancy J. Cable, Chancellor
Sarah Broberg, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Communication and Marketing
Janet Cone, Athletic Director
Shannon Earle, Chief of Staff
Bill Haggard, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Karin Peterson, Interim Provost
John Pierce, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Darin Waters, Executive Director for Community Engagement
Clifton Williams, General Counsel
Carla Willis, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Nicole Norian, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

 

2018 North Carolina Legislative Salary Increases for UNC System Campuses

The 2018 Legislative Salary increases will take effect this September and October, through a new process set forward by the UNC System Office.

The UNC System Board of Governors has approved an across-the-board salary increase of 2% for eligible SHRA employees, along with possible merit-based increases for eligible EHRA employees where funding is available. UNC Asheville has received an allocation of $307,000 for salary increases and the benefits associated with the increased salaries (i.e., employer retirement contributions and payroll taxes). That amount covers the mandated 2% increase for SHRA employees, with a remaining balance of only $30,000 for EHRA faculty and staff salary increases. If UNC Asheville had received a 2% pool for all salary increases for faculty and staff, that figure would have been over $900,000.

What This Means for UNC Asheville Employees


SHRA Staff

Most SHRA employees will receive a 2% pay increase in September, retroactive to July 1.  Additional details are located on the HR website.

EHRA Faculty
The university intends to provide merit increases and standard step increases related to promotions and tenure for faculty, in a manner that matches prior years, pending available funding. This would be paid in October, retroactive to July 1, and paid from salary savings coming from faculty retirements and other factors.

EHRA Staff
In an effort to aim toward greater equity between EHRA faculty and EHRA staff salary increases, the remaining $30,000 referenced above will be allocated to EHRA staff merit increases. The university is currently exploring options to identify possible additional limited funding for EHRA staff salary increases as funding can be identified. We will know more about our funding situation after the August 31 “census day,” when our enrollment picture will be clearer.  Additional details are located on the HR website.

FAQs

What salary increases did the General Assembly approve?

The General Assembly authorized the UNC System to provide salary increases for eligible employees in both EHRA and SHRA positions. The General Assembly provided partial funding to the UNC System for these increases.

They also implemented a minimum salary of $31,200/year ($15/hour) for SHRA and EHRA employees in full-time permanent positions, prorated for employees in part-time and less than 12-month positions.

What salary increases did the Board of Governors approve?

The Board of Governors of the UNC System approved a 2% across-the-board salary increase for eligible employees in SHRA positions.  They also provided options for additional merit-based increases for SHRA and EHRA employees, at each campus’ discretion if the campus has additional funding.

How will the salary increases be funded?

The UNC System received $20M (less than a 1% pool) for SHRA and EHRA salary and related benefit increases.  These funds can be used for employees in positions that are “state funded” (also referred to as “general funds” or “2 funds”).  Funding for employees in positions that are paid from other sources (also referred to as “receipt funds,” “trust funds” or “3 funds”) must be provided by the university.

In addition to the $20M provided to the UNC System, partial funding will be provided from the state for the salary increases to $31,200, for positions that are state funded.

How much funding for salary and related benefit increases did UNC Asheville receive?

We received $307,000, about one-third of the over $900,000 needed to have a 2% pool. After providing funding for SHRA increases of 2% (plus benefits), the university will have about $30,000 remaining from the state allocation to use for EHRA staff increases.

At UNC Asheville, what salary increases will SHRA employees receive?

Eligible employees in SHRA positions will receive a 2% increase in their September pay, retroactive to July 1.  After that increase has been calculated, any full-time SHRA or EHRA employees earning less than $31,200 per year (pro-rated for employees in part-time and less than 12-month positions) will receive a salary increase to $31,200 in their October pay, retroactive to July 1.  Employees receiving an increase will receive written notification from the Office of Human Resources.

When will SHRA salary increases be received?

Eligible employees in SHRA positions will receive a 2% increase in their September pay, retroactive to July 1.  The 2% increase will be calculated on the June 30, 2018 base salary.  Employees receiving a 2% raise will receive a memo confirming their new salary prior to September 30. 

Who will receive the increase to $31,200?

After the 2% increases for SHRA employees have been calculated, any full-time SHRA or EHRA employees earning less than $31,200 per year (pro-rated for employees in part-time and less than 12-month positions) will receive a salary increase to $31,200 in their October pay, retroactive to July 1. The minimum salary does not apply to temporary employees. Employees receiving an increase in October to bring them to $31,200 will receive a memo confirming the change prior to October 31.

Who is an “eligible SHRA employee”?

  • A full-time, part-time and time-limited SHRA employee who is working in a permanent position (probationary employees who meet the other eligibility requirements are eligible).
  • Newly hired at UNC Asheville on or before October 1, 2017 and has a 2017-2018 performance appraisal with a rating of meets expectations or higher.  NOTE: Employees must work 6 months of more during a performance cycle to receive an annual performance evaluation. SHRA employees hired after October 1 were not employed long enough to receive an evaluation and are not eligible for the increase.
  • An employee who transferred from another state agency or university without a break in service and who has a 2017-2018 performance appraisal with a rating of meets expectations or higher and who meets the other eligibility criteria is also eligible.
  • In good standing as of July 1, 2018 (i.e., no active disciplinary action).
  • Still employed when the salary increase is paid in September.
  • Paid from state General Fund appropriations or non-General Fund receipts.

Will EHRA employees receive salary increases?

This process is more challenging, as the university has limited funding. University leadership will have a better understanding of our funding situation after student “census day,” which is August 31.  Our enrollment numbers that are reported on “census day” and the enrollment funding resulting from that calculation is a key factor in determining if additional funding is available.

Changes in the enrollment funding formula and the fixed-tuition policy for all UNC campuses passed by the General Assembly last fiscal year created a situation in which our funding is more constrained than in the past.

If granted, would all EHRA employees receive the same increase?

EHRA employee increases must be based on merit, market factors, or equity adjustments.

What is the Annual Raise Process (ARP)?

The Annual Raise Process is the UNC System Office’s process for providing retroactive pay increases.  The ARP is only permissible once during the year, when approved, to provide salary increases retroactively to July 1. Guidelines for the ARP are issued each year by the UNC System Office.

In the past, employees have received a one-time bonus instead of a pay increase.  Is that an option this year?

Unfortunately, no.  Universities do not have the authority to provide bonuses. Bonuses are permissible only by legislative authority, and were not included as an option this year. However, the legislature did grant a special annual leave bonus for staff (see bonus leave).

 

For Additional Information

Questions regarding the legislative increase process for staff may be directed to Jaime Head, Classification and Compensation Manager, in the Office of Human Resources at 350-4587 or jhead@unca.edu.

$31,200 Minimum Salary

The General Assembly implemented a minimum salary of $31,200/year ($15/hour) for SHRA and EHRA employees in full-time permanent positions, prorated for employees in part-time and less than 12-month positions.


The 2% increases for SHRA employees will be calculated and processed in September.  In October, any full-time SHRA or EHRA employees earning less than $31,200 per year (pro-rated for employees in part-time and less than 12-month positions) will receive a salary increase to $31,200 in their October pay, retroactive to July 1. The minimum salary does not apply to temporary employees. Employees receiving an increase in October to bring them to $31,200 will receive a memo confirming the change prior to October 31.

Key Terms

Annual Raise Process (ARP) – UNC System Office’s process for providing retroactive pay increases.  The ARP is only permissible once during the year, when approved, to provide salary increases retroactively to July 1. Guidelines for the ARP are issued each year by the UNC System Office.

EHRA – positions that are Exempt from the State Human Resources Act

EHRA Employees - faculty and staff members working in positions classified as EHRA, under the authority of the UNC Board of Governors

Census Day – a count of the enrolled degree-credit students, full-time equivalent students, and student credit hours for budgeting and reporting purposes that occurs the 10th day of class in the term

Enrollment Funding – updated by the General Assembly in 2017 to calculate enrollment increase funds. The allocation of these funds is no longer based upon projections, but is now based upon the students who actually enroll in coursework.

General Funds – commonly referred to for employment purposes as “2 funds” or “state funds”

Non-General Funds – commonly referred to for employment purposes as “3 funds,” “receipt funds,” or “trust funds”

SHRA – positions that are Subject to the State Human Resources Act, under the authority of the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR)

SHRA Employees - staff members working in positions classified as SHRA