||Special Recognition Awards
When employees distinguish themselves, their departments, or the University, by exceptional job performance, special bonus pay may be awarded. In such cases, a lump-sum award may be made in an appropriate amount recommended by the department head and approved by the appropriate Vice President or the Provost.
The special recognition award does not affect the employee's base salary.
Special Situations for Exempt Employees
In certain circumstances, additional pay may be awarded to an exempt employee whose workload has significantly deviated from the job's normal expectations. Examples of special situations include: long-term special projects; significant accomplishments, assigned work in another department; and performing a specific job or function that is significantly different from the position for which the employee was originally hired. Supervisors who wish to recognize these special situations should consult with Human Resources for direction and guidance before arranging for additional pay. These payments must be approved by the appropriate Campus Finance Office.
Other Salary Increases
Occasionally, a department may adjust specific salaries to resolve inequities or meet job market conditions. These adjustments do notinclude normal merit increases, promotions, transfers, general wage adjustments, or job reevaluations. This mechanism can be used to reward employees who have salaries that are at or near the maximum of their pay range.
Department heads may make such salary adjustments if funds are available (other than funds budgeted for merit increases). Such salary adjustments must be coordinated with the appropriate Human Resources department and approved by the appropriate Campus Finance Office.