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Restore Current Pay Periods For State Employees

Concerning changes to the state's payroll system to codify current pay periods for state employees.
2023 Regular Session
State Government
Bill Summary

Joint Technology Committee. The majority of state employees who are paid through the state's payroll system (state employees) are paid based on a monthly pay period and some state employees are paid based on a biweekly pay period. In 2015, in anticipation of the implementation of a new payroll system for state employees, the general assembly enacted a bill to require that all state employees be paid twice a month for pay periods that began on or after July 1, 2017. However, the payroll system that would have paid state employees twice a month was not implemented. The bill repeals the requirement that state employees be paid twice a month and restores the monthly and biweekly pay periods.

In 2015, the general assembly also enacted a one-time loan program that allowed any state employee to apply to the department of personnel for a loan to assist the employee in July 2017, when the transition to the twice a month payroll system would have created a 2-week lag in state employees' pay. It was not necessary for any state employee to use the one-time loan program, and the bill repeals the program.

In 2016, the general assembly enacted a bill to allow the state personnel director to delay the date by which state employees would be paid twice a month after providing notice to state employees and the general assembly. The bill repeals such authority, as the state personnel director no longer intends to implement a twice a month payroll system.

The bill also makes necessary conforming amendments to allow the state's payroll system to pay employees on either a monthly or biweekly basis.

In addition, current law specifies that state employee salaries that are paid on a monthly basis are paid on the last working day of the month; except that the salary for the month of June is paid on the first working day of July (pay-day shift). The bill codifies current practice by specifying that the pay-day shift does not apply to institutions of higher education.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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