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To begin the address verification process, you will need your 6-digit PeopleSoft employee ID. If you do not know your ID number, please contact your last employing agency HR office. Once you have authenticated your address you will not be allowed any changes. Please note: If your employee ID does not populate an address as being identified as eligible, follow the instructions at the following link for eligibility review: http://www.spo.state.nm.us/fy09-union-lawsuit-information.aspx
When will employees eligible for Phase 2 back pay receive it?
The State continues to work through this process with its independent contractor, and we are preparing additional special payrolls. The pending uploads involve more complex calculations, which has required more time for calculation and validation. We are continuing to work closely with the independent contractor to put together a schedule for special payrolls based upon the contractor’s ability to complete the remaining calculations. To date, approximately 4,200 checks have been processed.
To date, we were able to run special payrolls on September 17, October 1, and October 30, 2014.
We will continue to run special payrolls as we receive completed calculations from our independent contractor, subject to the regular payroll constraints. If you are an eligible employee and you did not receive your check during the last two special payrolls, you will receive your check during one of the future special payrolls.
WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS COMPLICATED PROCESS.
Current employees will receive manual warrants from their agencies’ HR Bureaus as they become available. Current employees will be required to show identification, and sign for the receipt of their warrants. Manual warrants will not be available by agency or alphabetically; thus, it is possible that employees at the same agency will receive manual warrants at different times. We appreciate current employees’ patience in this regard. Checks are not available by agency or alphabetically because the State’s independent contractor sorted the calculations by level of complication for purposes of validation. Thus, it is possible that employees at the same agency and employees that have separated or retired will receive checks at different times depending on which special payroll they fall into. We appreciate your patience in this regard.
Please note that if you cannot retrieve your check from your HR Manager, your check will be mailed to you via certified mail. You do not need to travel to retrieve your check.
Former employees should update their addresses on the State Personnel Office website: http://www.addressverify.spo.state.nm.us/. Former employees will receive their manual warrants by mail sometime after the special payrolls have been completed. If former employees do not update their addresses by October 31, 2014, their checks will be mailed to their last known address of record.
Is the calculator AFSCME posted on its website an accurate indication of how much money eligible employees will receive?
No. The State, AFSCME, and CWA have agreed upon a more accurate method of calculating the salary increase and back pay. Additionally, the calculator fails to take into account the legislative salary increases that applied to all State employees, or each employee’s individual salary history.
How were the Phase 1 adjustments calculated for eligible employees?
Below, please see the graphical depiction of the methodology agreed upon by AFSCME, CWA, and the State:
How was the Phase 2 back pay calculated for eligible employees?
Gross back wages were determined based on the difference between what eligible employees were paid, and what eligible employees should have been paid, times the number of hours worked by each eligible employee. Subsequent salary changes, multiple components of pay, and overtime hours are all considered. Mandatory deductions (taxes, Public Employees Retirement Association contributions, etc.) will be taken out, in order to arrive at the net back wages figure.
Eligible employees receiving back pay will be issued an itemization, outlining their gross back wages, required withholdings, and net back wages.
The State will submit its portions of required contributions to the Internal Revenue Service, Taxation and Revenue Department, Public Employees Retirement Association ("PERA"), and Retiree Health Care Authority.
What was the average Phase 1 increase?
The currently calculated average Phase 1 increase is approximately nineteen cents per hour ($0.19/hour).
What is the average Phase 2 back pay amount?
Individual back pay amounts will vary due to each individual’s unique circumstances and events in their job history.
When will PERA be able to proceed with correcting the contributions and retirement pay for eligible retirees?
According to PERA, after Phase 1 and Phase 2 calculations are complete, and PERA receives the Phase 1 and Phase 2 data from the employer for each eligible employee, then PERA will begin to perform its calculations.
Any questions regarding the impact of the FY09 Arbitration Awards to PERA should be directed to PERA.