Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.34
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Santa Cruz
PA-11: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.02 / 3.00 Ellen Vaughan
Water & Climate Action Manager
Sustainability Office
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
20.50 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?:
100 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 :

Lowest paid regular (i.e., permanent) employee: $31,225 total wages, $11,728 total retirement and health contribution. Total compensation = $42,953. Living wage is $20.50 or $42,640 annually. Therefore, UCSC's lowest paid regular employee's total compensations is greater than the living wage.

For all part-time employees (including adjunct faculty) - UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan guarantees a minimum rate of $15/hour for all UC employees hired to work at least 20 hours a week (i.e., 50% time) and to all contract workers.
Therefore, a part-time employee will make approximately $15,612 total wages and $11,728 total retirement and health contributions, so, our part-time employees do exceptionally well and make much more than a living wage in consideration of their hours.

Regular, part-time employees in career, academic, limited, partial-year career and contract appointments, working at least 20 hours per week (i.e., 50% time) are eligible for Full Benefits.
• Choice of medical plans
• Choice of dental plans
• Vision
• Legal
• Disability, life & accident insurance
• Tax-savings programs:
o Tax Savings on Insurance Premiums (TIP)PDF
o Health Flexible Spending Account PDF
o Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account PDF
• Family care resources

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:

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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