Augusta University will mirror the state of Georgia’s plan to provide a one-time bonus of $1,000 to all full-time employees earning less than $80,000 per year.
Employees meeting the following criteria will receive the one-time supplement:
- Are regular, full-time benefits-eligible;
- Have a standard work week of 30 hours or more;
- Are active as of February 15, 2021, and still employed through March 22, 2021; and,
- Earn salaries below $80,000.
To mirror the state plan, part-time and temporary employees will not be eligible for this one-time supplemental payment. The university plans to include the supplemental payment for eligible employees in the March 26 paycheck for non-exempt (hourly, paid every two weeks) employees and March 31 for exempt employees (paid monthly). These payments will not be eligible for retirement contributions and will be subject to FICA and required income tax withholdings. This supplement will also not count toward overtime.
CEO Katrina Keefer and the leadership of AU Health System are working on their own comprehensive plan to enhance the compensation of our health system personnel as well. Details of the health system plan will be announced soon.
“There is no question that the team of medical professionals at our hospital and in our clinics has shown incredible dedication during this pandemic,” said Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD. “I want to thank all of our employees for their hard work and dedication over this past year. Whether in the classroom or at the bedside, your passion for education and health care has translated to better outcomes for our students, patients and the communities we serve.”