2016-2017 Merit Bonus Program

The following outlines the 2016-17 Bonus Pay program guidelines for all eligible, non-union employees at FAU.

The bonus pay program will constitute a one-time bonus of up to 5%.The university will fund employees charged to E&G; employees funded from other sources, such as Grants and Contracts and Auxiliaries, will need to identify an amount equal to this program for their employees in these categories, as well.In other words, the 2016-17 bonus pay program is for all FAU eligible employees; employees should neither be advantaged nor disadvantaged relative to their source of funding.

Outlined below are the guidelines and eligibility criteria for all AMP and SP employees:

  1. The FAU employment cut-off date for employees to be eligible is April 30, 2016.Any employee hired into FAU after that date is not eligible.The employee must have been continuously employed by FAU through November 18, 2016.
  2. Employees must have demonstrated consistent, effective, and sustained satisfactory performance.Employees who, during this period have received a disciplinary action of written reprimand and/or suspension, who have received an overall appraisal rating at or below “Needs Improvement”, or have had their probationary period extended for disciplinary or performance reasons, are ineligible for this bonus program.
  3. Employees who have received notice of separation or layoff notice are not eligible.
  4. Employees who are covered by an individual employment agreement (contracts, etc.) are not eligible.
  5. Employees whose positions are included in a union collective bargaining unit are not eligible.
  6. Eligible part-time employees shall receive a payment prorated based on the full-time equivalent of the position held.
  7. Guidelines apply to all employees. Employees on contracts or grants shall receive a bonus equivalent to similar employees on E&G or other funding, provided that such bonus payments are permitted by the terms of the contract or grant and adequate funds are available for this purpose in the contract or grant.
  8. Employees classified as Temporary/OPS are not eligible to receive the bonus.
  9. DROP participants are eligible to receive the bonus amount.
  10. Special Note:The College of Medicine,designatedas a” Special Unit” and separately funded by the Florida legislature, will develop its own out-of-unit faculty compensation package for this year, and therefore, COM faculty will not be included in the program described above. However, for this year, eligible AMP/SP employees in the COM will remain in the bonus program mentioned above.

Increases will be awarded based on the employee’s base salary as of October 31, 2016.Because of the need to process the information quickly and accurately, the Human Resources unit will place a moratorium on processing any salary increase to an employee in Workday after November 19, 2016 through December 9, 2016.

Performance reviews in Workday (2016 Employee Performance Review) for each employee will determine the amount of the bonus.Only employees who received a “Meets Expectations”, “Exceeds Expectations” or “Outstanding” rating on their most recent appraisal will be eligible.

It is important to assure that all employees have received a performance review for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. For newer employees who have not been employed for the full year but were hired or promoted into an SP, AMP position prior to April 30 (and are therefore, eligible to receive a bonus amount), supervisors will be able to provide a review and rating based upon experience-to-date. If an employee has been rated “Too New to Rate” in Workday but began their employment or were promoted into a line position on or before 4-30-2016, managers will need to complete a performance review on them immediately. In some cases, that may mean working with a supervisor from another department where this employee worked during the past year. If you have any questions or need assistance in this process, please contact Natalie Manoogian at nmanoogian@fau.edu .

Bonuses will be reflected in the employee’s paycheck on December 9, 2016.

For staff, this program also stipulates that, at a minimum, $500 or funds equivalent to the distribution shown below on a full-time base salary (whichever is greater) will be applied.

Meets Expectations:2.5%

Exceeds Expectations:3.5%

Outstanding 5.0%

Out-of-Unit faculty will be rated on the 5-point scale developed by the Office of the Provost.

The Department of Human Resources welcomes your questions regarding this merit bonus program. Please contact Dave Tomanio, Assistant Vice-President – Human Resources, at 561-297-3076 or email tomaniod@fau.edu.

 Last Modified 11/17/17