Faculty, University Staff to See 2% One-Time Payment in July Paychecks

May 10, 2021
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In recognition of the challenges employees met during the past year’s pandemic and the compensation cycle shift approved by the Board of Regents on April 8, 2021, CU Denver is providing, for this fiscal year only, a one-time, non-base building payment to eligible faculty, research faculty, and university staff employees. The one-time payment will be funded and directly charged to central campus sources, which were made available because of federal pandemic relief funding. 

The Anschutz Medical Campus is providing base-building increases geared toward employee retention, and salary adjustments necessary for market alignment to eligible Anschutz Medical Campus faculty, staff, PRAs and dual-campus Central Services Administration employees.

Who is eligible?

Eligible CU Denver employees include regular faculty, research faculty, and university staff who:

  • have an active appointment on July 1, 2021;
  • were hired prior to Jan. 31, 2021;
  • and received a “meeting expectations” or higher performance rating during the 2020 performance management cycle

Temporary employees are not eligible. 

Classified Staff Increases

As approved by the Colorado legislature, classified staff employees will receive a 3% across-the-board base-building merit increase effective July 1, 2021, instead of the one-time, non-base building payment. 

What does “non-base building” mean?

“Non-base building” means the pay increase is temporary or one-time and does not add to the employee’s continuing regular salary rate. An increase that raises an employee’s ongoing salary is considered a “base-pay” increase. A non-base building pay increase has an end date. In this case, it is a one-time payment.  

How is this one-time payment calculated? 

The one-time payment is based on the employee’s base salary. The 2% payment covers the six-month gap between the previous July 1 merit date and the new Jan. 1 merit date. This results in a payment for the employee equivalent to 1% of their annual academic year contract or 12-month salary. 

This does not include summer appointments or other administrative/academic appointments for faculty. Only the academic year, or 12-month (for faculty with 12-month appointments), base salary for faculty or university staff will be considered in the calculation.

When will I receive the one-time, base-building increase? 

The one-time, non-base building payment to eligible faculty, research faculty, and university staff employees will be included on the July 30 paycheck. 

For additional information, please contact your HR business partner within your school, college, or department. An FAQ with additional details will be added to the Human Resources website.