• The latest on the temporary 2.5 times overtime rate

    The latest on the temporary 2.5 times overtime rate

    Last updated Jan. 5, 2023 — PEF has been notified that the State will not be extending the 2.5 Overtime Agreements now in effect at the three SUNY Hospitals, DOCCS, OMH, OPWDD, DOH (specified hospitals/facilities), OCFS, and OASAS.

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  • State of Emergency FAQ

    State of Emergency FAQ

    With winter (almost!) officially here, it’s a good time to review this memo from PEF’s Contract Administration department about Article 12.13 of the 2019-2023 PEF/State Agreement that pertains to “Extraordinary Circumstances.

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  • Do you pay license or certification fees for your job?

    Do you pay license or certification fees for your job?

    Are you a teacher, nurse, engineer or other professional whose state job requires a license or certification? If you paid for certification and license renewals required for your job, you may be eligible for reimbursement up to $200 per fiscal year (April 1-March 31) under the Certification and License Renewal Fee Reimbursement Pilot Program negotiated...

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  • Carried-over vacation accruals: Use or lose in 2022!

    Carried-over vacation accruals: Use or lose in 2022!

    Employees with carried-over vacation accruals must use those accruals by December 31, 2022, or they will be forfeited. Employees may have banks of both carried-over vacation accruals and regular non-carried-over accruals.    This is because PEF and the State previously reached agreements during the COVID-19 pandemic allowing eligible employees to carry over unused vacation accruals over...

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  • Do I need to fill out a Health Care Workforce Bonus form?

    Do I need to fill out a Health Care Workforce Bonus form?

    PEF members who are eligible for the Health Care Workforce Bonus signed into law by the governor have asked whether they need to fill out a form to claim the money.  The Office of Employee Relations has advised that State employees do not need to fill out Health Care Workforce Bonus forms unless directed...

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  • Certification & license renewal reimbursement has increased

    Certification & license renewal reimbursement has increased

    Are you a teacher, nurse, engineer or other professional whose state job requires a license or certification? If you paid for certification and license renewals required for your job, you may be eligible for reimbursement up to $200 per fiscal year under the Certification and License Renewal Fee Reimbursement Pilot Program negotiated between PEF and...

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  • April 2022 contractual raises, advances and awards are coming!

    April 2022 contractual raises, advances and awards are coming!

    Last week, the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) released Payroll Bulletin 2016 providing information about payment of the April 2022 contractual Performance Advances (Increments). Complete details regarding eligibility for these payments can be found in the bulletin. The effective dates for these base salary changes are as follows: Institution Payroll (effective 4/7/2022 in...

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  • Winter Storm FAQs

    Winter Storm FAQs

    With a winter storm expected to start overnight on Feb. 24 and continue throughout the day on Feb. 25, President Wayne Spence asked PEF Contract Administration to answer frequently asked questions about work absences during extraordinary circumstances. Please see the full memo from Director of Contract Administration Debra Greenberg.

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  • Quality of Work Life grants now available

    Quality of Work Life grants now available

    The Quality of Work Life grant program is back up and running.  This program allows divisions to spend up to $1,000 per year to purchase a microwave, refrigerator, or coffee maker, subject to funding limitations.  The guidelines for the program can be read here and the application, which is a fillable PDF form, can...

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