Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.47
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date Aug. 26, 2016
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San Jose State University
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.15 / 3.00 Carrie Medders
Senior Director
Human Resources
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Number of employees:
4720

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
3615

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
No

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
0

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
0

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

Staff and faculty on campus are represented by the following collective bargaining agreements:
Unit 1/UAPD;
Units 2,5,7,9/CSUEU;
Unit 3/CFA;
Unit 4/APC;
Unit 6/SETC;
Unit 8/SUPA.
(www.sjsu.edu/hr/employee_rights/grievances_complaints/union_representation/index.html)

Management employees are covered by the Management Personnel Program of the CSU (http://www.calstate.edu/hradm/policies/mpp.shtml).

Confidential employees are covered by the CSU's confidential employees guide (http://www.calstate.edu/hradm/policies/confidential.shtml).


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
No

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
3615

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
0

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

SJSU uses the following two methods:

1) A sustainable compensation standard that is in use in the institution’s locality. The standard may be formal (e.g. a “living wage” ordinance covering public employees) or informal (e.g. a standard adopted by a local, regional or national campaign).

The California State University determines the salary ranges for each classification across the CSU system. The midpoint of each range is based on the market rate, as determined by the Chancellor's Office. Each campus is responsible for setting equitable and fair salaries based on local and system wide benchmarking, as well as comparison to the local market where appropriate.

SJSU uses system wide salary data to analyze and set hiring salaries, and salaries for changes in classification, as appropriate. Collective Bargaining Agreements dictate minimum amounts for certain transactions. In setting staff salaries, SJSU assesses market data using PayScale, and works to ensure internal equity.
The CSU Compensation data can be found here: http://www.calstate.edu/hr/compensation/

2) A sustainable compensation (or 'living wage') standard developed or adopted by a committee with multi-stakeholder representation (i.e. its membership includes faculty, staff, and students and may include Human Resources administrators or other parties). The standard need not be formally adopted by the institution.

Each collective bargaining agreement was developed by committees including CSU executive management and respective union represented CSU employees.
Each collective bargaining agreement is ratified by union member voting before becoming the current collective bargaining agreement. Updates to each collective bargaining agreement is released as public notices. Bargaining updates are also published to provide insight into the current status of CSU contract negotiations. Union members and managers rely on these updates to stay informed on when new contracts will be introduced and on how they differ from current agreements.


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

All full-time regular employees have a base salary and may enroll in benefits that range from 32-37% of the employee's salary. The percentage value is dependent on the medical benefits selected. Most of these employees are also eligible for staff/faculty fee waiver for themselves or an eligible dependent and they may elect to enroll in tax sheltered annuity plans, as well as health or dependent care reimbursement accounts.

Benefit Summaries for each employee type can be found here: http://www.calstate.edu/hr/benefits/benefits-summaries.shtml


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

Part-time employees have a base salary and, if eligible, may enroll in benefits that range from 32-37% of the employee's salary. The percentage value is dependent on the medical benefits selected. Most of these employees are also eligible for staff/faculty fee waiver for themselves or an eligible dependent and they may elect to enroll in tax sheltered annuity plans, as well as health or dependent care reimbursement accounts.

Benefit Summaries for each employee type can be found here: http://www.calstate.edu/hr/benefits/benefits-summaries.shtml


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

Temporary employees, whether full or part-time, have a base salary and, if eligible, may enroll in benefits that range from 32-37% of the employee's salary. The percentage value is dependent on the medical benefits selected. They may elect to enroll in tax sheltered annuity plans, as well as health or dependent care reimbursement accounts. Those are who full-time temporary are also eligible for staff fee waiver for themselves or an eligible dependent.

Benefit Summaries for each employee type can be found here: http://www.calstate.edu/hr/benefits/benefits-summaries.shtml


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

All temporary faculty members have a base salary and, if eligible, may enroll in benefits that range from 32-37% of the employee's salary. The percentage value is dependent on the medical benefits selected. Most of these employees are also eligible for faculty fee waiver for themselves or an eligible dependent, and they may elect to enroll in tax sheltered annuity plans, as well as health or dependent care reimbursement accounts.

Benefit Summaries for each employee type can be found here: http://www.calstate.edu/hr/benefits/benefits-summaries.shtml


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 Assistants, Work Student Students, Instructional Student Assistants, and Non-Resident Alien Tax Students are all compensated by the hour based on the work they do, and none is paid less than 10.30/hour. Teaching Associates (graduate students) are offered benefits similar to those of eligible faculty and staff employees, including fee waiver.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
10.30 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:

Employee headcount includes part time, auxiliary and full time employees, excludes volunteers.

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