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Liaison Ken Ogawa
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2014
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Bucknell University
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Marcia Hoffman
Executive Director Human Resources
Human Resources
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Number of employees:
1203

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
1203

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
226

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
226

A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

In 2002, Bucknell University instituted a wage floor of $9.00/hour ($18,720 annually based on a 40-hour work week) for non-exempt staff who had satisfactorily met the expectations of their positions for four or more years, and in subsequent years, the wage floor has been increased based on the Poverty Guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which assures a consistent, reliable, and credible approach. Many other organizations use these Guidelines to determine eligibility for certain programs including Head Start, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Food Stamp Program, National School Lunch Program, Job Corps, and Youth Activities under the Workforce Investment Act, to name a few.
Human Resources determines the hourly wage floor rate each year based on the poverty guidelines for a family of four with one wage earner, and shares with the Director of Business Services, who is responsible for oversight of various business and auxiliary service units of the University. For 2014-15, the wage floor rate is $11.47/hour. Over the course of the first four years of employment, a wage floor adjustment will be implemented for the affected staff members. Generally, staff members whose hourly wage rate is below the wage floor will receive an adjustment of $0.50/hour each year. While the administration of the wage floor varies for individual groups, all abide to the 4 year guideline.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes
+ Date Revised: Oct. 6, 2014

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
1203

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
226

A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

In 2002, Bucknell University instituted a wage floor of $9.00/hour ($18,720 annually based on a 40-hour work week) for non-exempt staff who had satisfactorily met the expectations of their positions for four or more years, and in subsequent years, the wage floor has been increased based on the Poverty Guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which assures a consistent, reliable, and credible approach. Many other organizations use these Guidelines to determine eligibility for certain programs including Head Start, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Food Stamp Program, National School Lunch Program, Job Corps, and Youth Activities under the Workforce Investment Act, to name a few.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

Human Resources determines the hourly wage floor rate each year based on the poverty guidelines for a family of four with one wage earner. Because Bucknell provides a generous benefits package, including health care coverage (with cost-share based on salary), the calculated wage floor should provide an adequate standard of living for Bucknell staff members. For 2014-15, the wage floor rate is $11.47/hour. Each year, Human Resources, in consultation with Facilities management, implements a wage floor adjustment for those members of the support staff whose compensation is below the wage floor rate. Generally, staff members whose hourly wage rate is below the wage floor will receive an adjustment of $0.50/hour each year. Wage floor adjustments are funded through the staff market adjustment budget established each year.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

Human Resources determines the hourly wage floor rate each year based on the poverty guidelines for a family of four with one wage earner. Because Bucknell provides a generous benefits package, including health care coverage (with cost-share based on salary), the calculated wage floor should provide an adequate standard of living for Bucknell staff members. For 2014-15, the wage floor rate is $11.47/hour. Each year, Human Resources, in consultation with Facilities management, implements a wage floor adjustment for those members of the support staff whose compensation is below the wage floor rate. Generally, staff members whose hourly wage rate is below the wage floor will receive an adjustment of $0.50/hour each year. Wage floor adjustments are funded through the staff market adjustment budget established each year.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

All adhere to at the very least the state minimum wage. And staff are reviewed on an annual basis, if here for a year or more, are eligible for a merit adjustment.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

All adjunct and lecturer faculty members are at or above the sustainable compensation.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):

Student wages use the following guidelines to determine appropriate wage rates for student employees, which are applicable to all students:
Category 1 - $7.25-7.75 - Requires basic skills that can be readily learned on-the-job. Work is fairly routine and usually supervised by a student or staff manager. Examples: Stuffing envelopes; shelving books; filing;
monitoring equipment; simple data entry.
Category 2 - $7.50 – 8.50 - Requires moderate interpersonal, customer service, and/or technical skills that require training beyond what can be learned only on-the-job. Works with occasional direct supervision. Examples: Working at customer service sites; reception duties including answering the phone, making
appointments; basic word processing & spreadsheet work; query into a specialized database.
Category 3 - $7.75 – 8.75 - Requires highly specialized knowledge and skills, and functions in an independent manner. Regularly required to exercise discretion and to demonstrate problem- solving skills without direct supervision. Examples: Computer troubleshooting; data entry into a specialized database; technical media services.
*In addition to the above rates, annual increases of $.25/hour may be given in all categories.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
7.25 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
Yes

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:
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