Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.37
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Lowell
PA-12: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.58 / 3.00 Kimberley Casey
Director of Compensation & Benefits
Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Outreach
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
20.41 US/Canadian $

Percentage of employees that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):

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

A list or brief description of significant on-site contractors:

Dining Services

Percentage of employees of on-site contractors known to receive a living wage or be covered by collective bargaining agreements (i.e., union contracts):

Total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time or full-time employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
125 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade:

Benefited employees (both full-time and part-time) receive benefits available through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Group Insurance Commission for their health, life and disability insurance. Retirement benefits are available through the State Employees Retirement System. There is also a choice of another retirement plan known as the Optional Retirement Program for all benefited employees (with the exception of those in the 3 classified unions –Teamsters, Maintenance & Trades and Clerical, as well as the Post Doctoral Research Associates).

In addition, benefited employees are eligible for paid time off benefits such as holidays, sick, vacation and personal days (with the exception of most faculty who are eligible only for sick time but do not work summers). Dental benefits are available through the union or by a non-union welfare trust. Finally, UMass Lowell pays for all staff (and students) to have access to free public transportation through the Lowell Regional Transit Authority and a Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority.

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:

Website URL where information about employee compensation is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Similar to many other institutions during the pandemic, UMass Lowell experienced fluctuating levels of regular and contract staffing resulting in significant changes to regular compensation and benefits. The compensation data used is from the beginning of academic year 2022 (7/1/2021), which most accurately reflects UMass Lowell staffing and compensation levels and is from less than one year prior to the STARS report submission.

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