Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.59
Liaison Victor Udo
Submission Date Sept. 23, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Bucknell University
PA-11: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
15.05 US/Canadian $

Percentage of all employees (regular full-time, regular part-time, and temporary workers) that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):

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

Percentage of employees of contractors that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations that the institution has verified as receiving a living wage (benefits excluded) (0-100; enter ‘0’ if unknown):

The total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular (i.e., permanent) employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
200 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade, including any in-kind benefits included as part of the total compensation figure :

Total compensation amount includes 42% benefits rate in addition to the base
compensation. Benefits include social security, workers compensation, unemployment
compensation, health care, tuition benefits, retirement, retiree health care, life insurance, LTD and other miscellaneous benefits and payroll taxes.

Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:

A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:

Bucknell completes ongoing cyclical comprehensive staffing reviews in each department across the university. We heavily rely on external, market data from reliable objective surveys and other data sources as well as internal equity. Market data is refreshed each year and reviewed for each staff member in each position annually, and market adjustments are provided as needed.

We review the US Department of Health and Human Services guidelines each year to help to inform our minimum pay. We update this data in the fall of each year. Here is the link to what we historically have used and continue to use in conjunction with market data: https://aspe.hhs.gov/2018-poverty-guidelines, and you'll note that the poverty guidelines for a family of four last year was $25,100 divided by 2,080 annual hours is the same as the MIT poverty guidelines of $12.07 for a family of four. We rounded this up to $12.10 for 2018-2019.

Has the institution made a formal commitment to provide a living wage to its student employees and/or graduate teaching/research assistants (e.g. by adopting a student bill-of-rights)?:

A brief description of the institution’s commitment to a student living wage:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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