The pay process introduces multiple opportunities for pay and benefits errors, which can sometimes be significant. It’s also possible you’ve made an error yourself.
For example, you might have made a clocking error and then failed to correct it on your TIME exception log. Since only you can modify your TIME log, you must ensure it’s correct.
When reviewing your earnings statements, double-check, at a minimum, your wage rate, gross earnings, and paid time off accruals. Please note: double-checking these numbers won’t uncover all possible pay and benefits errors.
The first number you should double-check is your wage rate, identified at the top of your earnings statement as “Base Rate”. Your wage rate is determined by your job classification, tenure step, and the most recent “across-the-board” raise (percent raise given to all SEIU-UHW members). Your wage rate should increase whenever you complete a year of service, receive an annual ATB (across-the-board) raise, or transfer to a higher-paid classification.
The second number you should double-check is your gross earnings, identified at the intersection of “Current” and “TOTAL GROSS.” If you’re short on time, you can simply compare your gross earnings with the product of your wage rate and the available hours in the pay period (wage rate x number of available hours). If the product is less than or equal to your gross earnings, you’ve been paid for all available hours in the pay period. If the product is greater than your gross earnings, you’ve either missed work or been underpaid.
Accruals (Paid Time Off)
Third, you should double-check your accruals – ed leave, sick leave, and vacation. You should accrue both ed leave and vacation once a month (the latter based on your years of service in a benefited position). Sick leave is front-loaded to you at the beginning of every year. Consult the CBA (collective bargaining agreement) to determine how much ed leave, sick leave, and vacation you are due.
This is only a brief introduction to the intricacies of your earnings statements.