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9/12 Pay Plan FAQs

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General Questions

What happens to my benefit premium deductions if I elect the 9/12 Pay Plan option?

Your benefit premium deductions will be distributed equally over 12 months beginning on July 1.  You will receive a refund of any premiums that you pre-paid for July 1 through the start of the academic year.

I have been on the 9/12 Pay Plan. Can I return to the standard academic-year payroll (the 9/9 Pay Plan)?

Yes, if you elect to return to the academic-year pay schedule, the change will become effective on July 1, the start of the next fiscal year. A Return to 9/9 Academic Pay Plan Form must be submitted by your department’s business representative to Workforce Systems no later than May 14, 2018.  Please allow your department’s business representative enough time to process the form. It should be attached to a job data change request through MSS Online Forms. The hard copy can be maintained by the department.

Will supplemental compensation be affected if I am on the 9/12 Pay Plan Option?

No, you will still be eligible to earn up to 1/3 of your salary as supplemental compensation. Supplemental compensation monies may be received concurrently with salary payments during July and August.

I signed up for the 9/12 Pay Plan Option. Will I be a fiscal employee?

No, you will remain an academic employee while on the 9/12 Pay Plan.

Is a non-exempt employee eligible to enroll in the 9/12 Pay Plan?

No, non-exempt employees are not eligible to enroll in the 9/12 Pay Plan.

Can I enroll in or withdraw from the 9/12 Pay Plan after the deadline?

No, changes are only permitted during the specified enrollment and withdrawal period each year.

Who is eligible for the 9/12 Pay Plan?

The 9/12 Pay Plan Option is available to full benefits-eligible academic-year faculty and appointed personnel after their first year of employment at UA.

The following individuals are not eligible:

  • Faculty in their final year of a phased retirement agreement
  • Graduate assistants/associates
  • Postdoctoral research associates
  • Visiting, adjunct, and other temporary employees
  • Non-exempt employees
  • Classified staff

Do I need to re-enroll in the 9/12 Pay Plan option every year in order to continue?

No, you will remain enrolled in the 9/12 Pay Plan option until you elect to withdraw from the plan by completing a Return to 9/9 Academic Pay Plan form.

What happens if I terminate my employment, retire, have an FTE reduction, take a leave of absence, or go on long-term disability while on the 9/12 Pay Plan Option?

You will be responsible for repaying the University for any excess payment you may have received by participating in the 9/12 Pay Plan.

What happens if I decide to end my employment at the end of the academic contract period?

Your termination date will be in May at the end of the academic year, and you will receive a one-time lump sum payment to meet the conditions of the 9/12 Pay Plan Option Agreement.  UA benefits will end at the conclusion of the academic year in May.

Will entering into the 9/12 Pay Plan affect my supplemental retirement plan contributions?

If you participate in the Voluntary 403(b) plan and/or the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan, you may wish to consult with an investment company representative regarding any changes that may be required due to your change in pay schedule.  Contact information for investment company representatives can be found on the Division of Human Resources Website.

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