Stipends are temporary, non-base-building sums of money (not permanently and added to the base salary).
They are awarded in the following instances:
- To career employees who are temporarily assigned responsibilities of a higher-level position (also known as an "acting appointment"), or
- To career employees who are temporarily assigned higher-level duties which, if permanent, would result in an upward reclassification.
- The relevant collective bargaining agreement may govern the duration and amount of a stipend.
- Stipends are not granted while a classification review is pending or underway.
Departments need to document the process used for selecting the employees for whom a stipend will be requested. Consideration should be given to the business needs of the department; the knowledge, skills and abilities required to meet those needs; the qualifications of the employees who are eligible for the stipend opportunity; and the department’s obligations for promoting diversity and equal opportunity.
The relevant policy or bargaining agreement may govern the duration and amount of a stipend, which will typically be limited to 5% for up to six months. Larger stipends may be required if necessary to ensure the employee’s total compensation equals at least the minimum of the salary range for a higher classification. In other cases, stipends greater than 5% require the approval of the appropriate Associate Director or Department Chair, and are subject to review and approval by the Compensation Unit.
Please note that approval by the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor – Human Resources is required for stipends for MSP employees.