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DEFINITIONS

Within this policy:

  1. "Classified employee" means a School employee who holds a classified position.
  2. "Classified position" means a position classified under the state's position classification plan.
  3. "Merit salary increase" means an increase in compensation to a higher rate within the range of the same classified salary group.

PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS

The School shall establish:

  1. a procedure for determining the eligibility of a classified employee to receive a merit salary increase or a one-time merit payment from the School; and
  2. requirements for substantiating the eligibility of a classified employee who receives a merit salary increase or a one-time merit payment from the School.

APPLICATION THROUGH PAY GROUPS

The School shall apply merit salary increases and one-time merit payments throughout the range of classified salary groups used by the School.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MERIT SALARY INCREASE

The School may award a merit salary increase to a classified employee in relation to the employee's performance in the current classified position held by the employee if:

  1. the employee has been employed by the School in that position for at least six continuous months before the effective date of the increase
  2. the effective date of the increase is at least six months after the effective date of the employee's last promotion or merit salary increase for performance in that position.
  3. the employee's job performance and productivity in that position are consistently above that normally expected or required; and
  4. the effective date of the increase is at least six months after the effective date of the School's last:
    1. payment to the employee of an enhanced compensation award authorized by the General Appropriations Act; or
    2. one-time merit payment for performance in that position.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ONE-TIME MERIT PAYMENT

The School may make a one-time merit payment to a classified employee in relation to the employee's performance in the current classified position held by the employee if:

  1. the employee has been employed by the School in that position for at least six continuous months before the effective date of the payment;
  2. the effective date of the payment is at least six months after the effective date of the employee's last promotion or merit salary increase for performance in that position.
  3. the employee's job performance and productivity in that position are consistently above that normally expected or required; and
  4. the effective date of the payment is at least six months after the effective date of the School's last payment to the employee of an enhanced compensation award authorized by the General Appropriations Act or one-time merit payment for performance in that position.

Texas Gov't Code 659.255

PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS REQUIRED

A manager or supervisor whose job responsibilities include the performance appraisal of subordinate staff shall not receive a merit salary increase or one-time merit payment unless performance appraisals for all assigned staff have been completed within the previous 12-month period.

Adopted:          3/11/83
Amended:         5/27/93, 3/25/94, 11/15/96, 11/14/9, 1/28/00, 9/12/03, 1/27/06
Reviewed:        4/5/13