To add Section 36-26-48 to the Code of Alabama 1975, relating to state employees; to authorize lump sum merit reward payments for certain full-time state employees who have reached the maximum of their assigned pay ranges under certain conditions; to provide for the amount of the payments; and to provide for exemptions.
Section 36-26-48 is added to the Code of Alabama 1975, to read as follows: §36-26-48. (a) Commencing on the first October 1 immediately following the effective date of this act, and based on the availability of funds, an appointing authority may provide a lump sum merit reward payment, in an amount of up to two and one-half percent of the annual base salary of a qualified employee on his or her anniversary date if, on October 1 of the fiscal year in which the merit reward payment is to be paid, all of the following conditions have existed for the previous two consecutive fiscal years: (1) The employee has earned the maximum rate of pay allowed in his or her pay range. (2) The employee has met or exceeded standards on his or her annual performance appraisal. (3) A cost-of-living increase has not been provided to state employees. (b) At the beginning of each fiscal year, an appointing authority shall determine what percentage amount shall be used for calculating the total amount of lump sum merit reward payments to be paid to all qualified agency employees for that fiscal year. If the appointing authority determines that agency funds are insufficient to provide lump sum merit reward payments to all qualified agency employees for any fiscal year, no lump sum merit reward payments may be provided to any qualified employee of the agency for the duration of that fiscal year. (c) An employee may not receive a lump sum merit reward payment pursuant to this section every year. An agency may not adjust the anniversary date of an employee to provide a lump sum merit reward payment to the employee on an earlier date. A lump sum merit reward payment issued pursuant to this section may not increase the salary of an employee for retirement purposes. (d) For the purposes of this section, a qualified agency employee does not include any of the following: (1) An employee, including an hourly employee, whose service or rate of pay is covered by any labor agreement or contract. (2) Any retired person performing duties in accordance with Section 36-27-8.2. (3) Any employee who does not receive an annual performance appraisal or service rating. (4) Any appointing authority or employee who is considered the head of an agency. (5) Any deputy appointing authority or employee who is considered the deputy head of an agency. (6) Any unclassified employee or exempt employee. (e) An employee who has received an increase in his or her pay, bonus pay, or incentive pay during the previous two years may not receive a lump sum merit reward payment under this section. (f) Any law to the contrary notwithstanding, any branch of state government may provide lump sum merit reward payments to qualified employees pursuant to this section if the government entity regularly assigns employees to standardized pay ranges and administers annual performance appraisals. The award of lump sum merit reward payments to employees pursuant to this subsection shall be subject to the approval of the applicable appointing authority.
This act shall become effective immediately following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law. Senate Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Finance and Taxation Gen- eral Fund ........................................ 0.5-MAR-19 Read for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment......................... 0.3-APR-19 Read for the third time and passed as amended .......................................... 0.2-MAY-19 Yeas 32 Nays Patrick Harris, Secretary.
|May 28, 2019||S||Assigned Act No. 2019-397.|
|May 28, 2019||S||Enrolled|
|May 28, 2019||H||Signature Requested|
|May 28, 2019||S||Passed Second House|
|May 23, 2019||H||Motion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 929|
|May 23, 2019||H||Third Reading Passed|
|May 8, 2019||H||Read for the second time and placed on the calendar|
|May 2, 2019||H||Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Ways and Means General Fund|
|May 2, 2019||S||Engrossed|
|May 2, 2019||S||Motion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 565|
|May 2, 2019||S||Orr motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 564|
|May 2, 2019||S||Finance and Taxation General Fund Amendment Offered|
|May 2, 2019||S||Third Reading Passed|
|April 3, 2019||S||Read for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment|
|March 5, 2019||S||Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Finance and Taxation General Fund|