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Employees to receive letters, emails about COMP 2014 Project

Letters will be provided to 1,900 classified non-bargaining unit and administrative employees in the next few days that contain detailed information about the Compensation 2014 Project and how it will directly affect them. Hard copy letters will be distributed within the planning units, followed by an email version on Oct. 2.

The letters will explain how positions are assigned to the job framework and pay grade, based on one of three following results:

  • Compensation is in line with the market and no changes will occur.
  • Compensation is low in comparison to the market. An increase in compensation will occur.
  • Compensation is high in comparison to the market. A freeze in current base compensation will occur as part of a red-circling process, and future pay increases may be granted in a lump sum payment. For more information on the red-circling process, please refer to the project FAQ at http://www.ohio.edu/hr/compensation/comp2014/faq.cfm.

Since the inception of the project, Ohio University has communicated that employee pay will not be reduced as a result of this effort.

About COMP 2014

In April 2012, the University started work on the first phase of COMP 2014, which was initiated to satisfy a resolution agreement with the Department of Education in which the University voluntarily agreed to review the compensation of each employee. The goal of the project was to implement a job framework for non-bargaining unit classified and administrative employees to ensure salaries align to the market with a targeted completion date of Dec. 1.

The University engaged Mercer Consulting for assistance in performing a comprehensive analysis for the 1,900 positions in the scope of the project. Job documentation was collected from employees, supervisors, and planning units for the impacted positions.

A job framework was developed incorporating feedback from the COMP 2014 Steering Committee and subject matter experts across the University. This framework includes 28 job families and 124 sub-families within three career tracks.

Positions were market-priced based upon the assignment of their sub-family and job level. Positions were assigned to pay grades based upon the market analysis conducted by Mercer. To review the Job Framework and Pay Grade structure, visit the COMP 2014 website at http://www.ohio.edu/hr/compensation/comp2014.

The University will now have one pay structure for all non-bargaining unit classified and administrative jobs. Pending approval of the pay structure by the Ohio University Board of Trustees at their Oct. 17 meeting, the new structure will go into effect with the start of the first pay periods in November (Nov. 1 for administrative positions and Nov. 2 for non-bargaining classified positions).

Informational sessions

Employees interested in understanding more about the COMP 2014 project can attend an informational session on Oct. 1 and 2 in Human Resources Training Center 141-145. The sessions will provide an overview of the project and the processes used to create the job framework and pay structure. The one hour sessions will be held each day at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and are open to non-bargaining unit classified and administrative employees. Time will be included for questions about the process, but the session will not address questions about employee specific results.

To register for a session, visit http://seminars.admsrv.ohio.edu/seminars/signup.cfm?TID=4409.

The information contained in this report was submitted by the Office of Finance and Administration.