The North Carolina General Assembly’s recently approved biennial state budget included several provisions affecting UNC Charlotte employees. Below is information on salary increases and bonus leave. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.
SHRA permanent employees will receive a $1,000 salary increase (also known as a “legislative increase”). The increase will be effective July 1 and should begin appearing in the July 31 payroll, retroactive to July 1.
The increase is for all permanent SHRA employees who were on payroll June 30 and continued on July 1. It does not apply to employees who retired or were new hires effective July 1 or later. It will be provided regardless of performance ratings or disciplinary action. Increases will be prorated for permanent part-time employees working a 9-, 10- or 11-month schedule. Employees on a leave of absence without pay will receive the increase when they return to work and a paid status.
The University is currently awaiting further guidance from the UNC Board of Governors, but it is anticipated the appropriated state funds for EHRA increases, equivalent to the legislative increase, will be allocated to the University and used in an annual merit-based salary adjustment process.
There is no requirement in the legislation for an increase for EHRA employees, nor was there a provision for an across-the-board increase.
Additional information is expected in late July or early August from the UNC Board of Governors and General Administration.
Special bonus annual leave
All SHRA and EHRA leave-earning employees will receive three days of special bonus leave, which will be pro-rated for part-time employees. More information about this special leave will be shared after it is received from General Administration and the NC Office of State Human Resources.
Voluntary bonus leave payout
There is language in the state’s budget that continues the option for institutions to voluntarily offer payouts for accrued bonus leave to eligible employees, subject to the guidelines set by each institution. UNC Charlotte will be responsible for funding the buyouts, and University leadership is currently considering the feasibility of again offering an opportunity for employees to receive payment for unused bonus leave. More information on this will be shared later, most likely in the fall.
SHRA employees: Kieffer Gaddis, email@example.com, 704-687-0654
EHRA employees (non-faculty): Sara Ekis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-687-1433
EHRA employees (faculty): Elizabeth Moll, Elizabeth.Moll@uncc.edu, 704-687-5777
Krissy Kaylor, email@example.com, 704-687-0649