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Fiscal Year 2016 Salary Increases

Fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget and corresponding employee association agreements approved by the Board of Education allow for salary increases effective October 17, 2015. The increases include a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for all employees and step increases for eligible employees. This page will walk you through some of the negotiated changes and help you determine how you will be impacted.

How does this apply to you?

Follow these steps to determine if you will be eligible for a step increase.

1. Determine your current status, including your current salary step. To determine your current salary step, reference your Salary Information Notice (SIN) that was sent to you last August or any Personnel Action Notice (PAN) that you have received since then.

2. Review the information below that is specific to your union. Once you know your current salary step, the information below will help you determine whether or not you are eligible for a step increase.

  • SEIU—If you were hired prior to February 1, 2015, you will be eligible for a salary step increase on October 17, 2015 unless you were on unpaid leave for five months or more during FY 2015 or are currently at the top step of your pay grade.
    • Employees who are off scale—on steps 50 or 60 due to a 2 percent salary increase during FY 2013 or FY 2014—will receive the 2 percent COLA, but will not receive a step increase on October 17, 2015.
  • MCEA—Click on the link below that encompasses your hire date for a printable infographic that will ask you some simple questions and help you determine your eligibility for a step increase. Please note: When viewing onscreen, simply click the "+" that appears at the bottom of your screen to increase the document size.
  • MCAAP/MCBOA—If you were hired prior to February 1, 2015, you will be eligible for a salary step increase on October 17, 2015 unless you were on unpaid leave for five months or more during FY 2015 or are currently at the top step of your pay grade.
    • Employees who are off scale—on steps 50 or 60 due to a 2 percent salary increase during FY 2013 or FY 2014—will receive the 2 percent COLA, but will not receive a step increase on October 17, 2015.

3. Compare the outcome with the FY 2016 Salary Schedules Effective October 17, 2015. Now that you know your current step and what you will receive, refer to the salary schedules to see exactly how that translates to dollars and cents.

What to expect next

Verify the increase you have received
In late October, you will receive a Salary Information Notice to inform you of your new salary information including your rate of pay, prorated annual salary, biweekly rate, and hourly rate for the coming FY. The notices will be sent to all employees electronically via their MCPS Outlook e-mail accounts. Salary Information Notices for 9- and 10-month SEIU employees also will be mailed to their home addresses.

Look for your salary increase in your November 13, 2015 paycheck
Pay increases that result from the FY 2016 COLA and step increase take effect on October 17, 2015, the first day of the October 17-30, 2015 pay period. Remember: MCPS employees are paid two weeks after the last day of a pay period. This means that you will receive your COLA and, if you are eligible for it, a FY 2016 step increase beginning with your November 13, 2015 paycheck.

For more information regarding the 2015-2017 budget and negotiated agreements, visit the Association Relations web page.

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