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Comment on ERIT, military pay renewal proposals

The voluntary Employee-Initiated Reduction in Time (ERIT) Program and Policy on Supplement to Military Pay are up for renewal and open for employee comment.

Both policies are set to expire on June 30. UC is proposing to renew them for two additional years from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014.

UC developed ERIT as an optional tool to help locations address budget reductions resulting from the state’s continued disinvestment in public higher education. Each UC location would decide whether to offer this tool.

ERIT allows career staff — except senior management group members — to voluntarily reduce their hours and pay to help campuses gain temporary salary savings. In exchange, employees would receive certain advantages, such as accrual of vacation and sick leave at their pre-ERIT rates.

UC is also proposing to renew its Supplement to Military Pay policy to continue to support employees called to active military duty.

The university would compensate eligible employees for the difference between their university base pay and military pay and allowances until the end of an employee’s active military duty or until June 30, 2014, whichever comes first.

Those not eligible for supplemental pay because their military pay and allowances exceed their university wages would be able to continue their health plan coverage while on military leave. The university would continue to pay the UC contribution to those plans.

Both ERIT and the Supplement to Military Pay policy would be subject to collective bargaining for represented employees.

Please submit any comments on the ERIT and/or the Supplement to Military Pay policies to Michael Lum at by 5 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2012.

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