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Classification & Compensation

Classification systems are frequently used to organize and define different types of work when organizations have large numbers of diverse jobs. Classification systems create a "matrix of relative value" and provide a basis for establishing and maintaining pay rates, which within OUS are collectively bargained. OUS uses a narrative classification system comprised of approximately three hundred distinct classifications, with each written classification specification representing a level of responsibility within this matrix.

A classification specification is a generic document that describes the level of work to be performed and not the specific content of any given job. A position is a single job defined by a written position description in which the unique assigned duties are clearly delineated.

Allocation to a class, or movement of a position from one classification to another, is based on the preponderance of assigned duties. Job duties must be analyzed by Human Resources in order for a classification change to occur. This change process, known as reclassification, is "incumbent neutral" and thus not dependent upon personal employee characteristics (knowledge, skills, abilities, performance, amount of work produced, seniority, etc.). Review of a position for classification also relies on "benchmark" jobs, comparable positions, and precedent, in addition to OUS classification specifications.

For further information, please contact Human Resources at 541 346-6296.

Positions at UO are determined to be eligible or ineligible for overtime compensation based on federal law (Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, or "FLSA").  Non-exempt employees are eligible for overtime compensation of 1.5 times the regular rate for all hours over 40 in the workweek.  Exempt employees are not eligible for overtime compensation.  The majority of classified positions and some unclassified positions at UO are eligible for overtime compensation.  Temporary and student employees are non-exempt and are eligible for overtime compensation. 

ANNUAL MERIT STEP INCREASES:  Classified employees receive annual merit step increases on their salary eligibility date until reaching the top of the pay range.  In all cases, step increases are based on merit. 

Effective November 1, 2015, per Article 21, Sections 3 of the SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Section 4. Selective Salary Adjustments  “…employees in the classifications listed in Section 4(E) shall be placed in the new salary range in the following manner….

The Oregon University System and the Services Employees International Union, Local 503 SEIU (OPEU), have worked together with a consultant, Fox Lawson & Associate, to study the current classification/compensation structure for Classified employees and make recommendations for improving the system. The sole purpose of this effort is to develop the foundation for a new job classification and compensation system that is designed specifically for the Oregon University System.