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Andrews University Employee Handbook
III. PHILOSOPHY OF REMUNERATION
YOUR WAGES 4:3-100
- Objectives - The Seventh-day Adventist Church has accepted the commission
given by Jesus Christ to His disciples to proclaim the gospel to all the
The church employs many agencies to accomplish its spiritual task, but
its organizations (conferences, schools, health care institutions, food
factories, publishing houses, radio and television ministries, Adventist Book
Centers, etc.) have one central objective - the salvation of humanity.
Because of this, every denominational employee has a responsibility to
participate in the mission of the church.
- Philosophy - To provide a basis for the remuneration of various
classifications of employees, a denominational remuneration scale has been
adopted. The philosophy of this remuneration scale is predicated upon the
fact that a spirit of sacrifice and dedication should mark God's workers
irrespective of the position they hold or of the department they
The work of the church, including every denominational organization, is a
mission to which lives are dedicated rather than a business or commercial
venture. The church remuneration scale does not always compensate its
dedicated employees in monetary units commensurate with their talents,
accomplishments and contributions, but does provide employees with a modest
living income, which gives recognition of responsibilities borne, preparation
undertaken, professional attainment, previous experience and years of
In addition to basic remuneration, the church has also made provision for
various types of fringe benefits.
- Spirit of Sacrifice - The church believes that modesty and good taste
reasonable comfort will govern the lives of Christian workers. It recognizes
that some areas of its work are more directly affected by economic factors
outside of the church organization than are others, and by local economic
conditions prevailing in different geographical areas. The spirit of
on the part of Adventist employees will be manifest not only by the level of
their financial remuneration, but also by the dedication of time, talents and
energy to the cause of God and humanity. Men and women called to labor
cause of the Adventist Church are to be workers of single purpose and
allegiance. With Paul, the great missionary of the early Christian Church,
they say, "This one thing I do."
- Commitment - The Church's philosophy of remuneration was developed on
scriptural and spiritual imperative, "Give us this day our daily bread." It
is a plan which provides a salary covering the needs of individuals who
that God blesses the spirit of selfless service and who believe that the
Seventh-day Adventist Church has a worldwide mission. This philosophy, from
its inception, has anticipated that, in addition to the contribution of time
and talent, Seventh-day Adventist employees will also, from their modest
remuneration, return a faithful tithe and make voluntary gifts to accelerate
the proclamation of the gospel, and thus exhibit a further demonstration of
faith and commitment. Because of this philosophy, all denominational
in the Seventh day Adventist Church are regarded as church workers and are
called to commitment and sacrifice.
- Non-Discrimination -When considered in the light of the previous
principles, the remuneration scale of the University reflects the spirit of
non-discrimination, and equal pay, as well as being in conformity with the
teachings and beliefs of the church.
WAGES-HOURLY EMPLOYEES 4:3-105
It is the goal of Andrews University to employ and retain the most qualified
personnel in harmony with its priorities of hiring as stated under the
entitled Hiring and Selection. The University has endeavored to
wage and salary system that will be consistent with this goal.
Every non-student hour time position in the University has been assigned a
wage range determined by an analysis of the responsibilities, knowledge,
judgment, working conditions of the job, and several other factors. Each wage
range is structured with a minimum and maximum rate, and all employee
pay will be within the range for each job.
The University is primarily concerned with equity in rates of pay
relative to jobs at Andrews University. However, in order to be equitable
the University endeavors to be aware of community rates and rates of
other comparable institutions.
REMUNERATION SCALES 4:3-110
- Specifications - A remuneration scale based on such considerations as
education, experience, and responsibility, provides minimums and maximums
expressed in percentages of the remuneration factor. It incorporates basic
income rates for various categories of services, with recognition of the
responsibility inherent in each position or category.
- Categories - A spread between minimum and maximum rates in the various
categories from fifteen to forty percent has been incorporated in the
remuneration scale. In setting rates within this spread, Human Resources
may take into consideration the following factors in setting rates within
the spread with respect to each employee:
- Education and training
- Previous experience and achievement
- Skills and abilities
- Years of service
PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATIONS 4:3-115
All employees will participate in annual performance reviews. New
hourly employees of Andrews University will be evaluated at the end
of a 90-day period. Benefits will be activated if the 90-day evaluation
meets job expectations. Performance evaluation reports are filed with
employee records in HR.
ANNUAL INCREMENTS 4:3-120
An employee may receive a remuneration increment if the maximum for the
remuneration category has not been reached. Increases are set by the
administration and are also based in part on performance evaluations.
Annual increases are implemented in July.
COST OF LIVING INCREASES 4:3-125
There is no cost of living percentage increase.
OVERTIME PAY-HOURLY EMPLOYEES 4:3-130
Overtime pay is computed for hours actually worked by non-exempt
employees over forty hours in one week. The rate over time pay is 1.5
times the normal hourly wage. Any overtime worked must have advance
approval by your supervisor. Overtime pay is required by law only on time
actually worked (exclusive of sick time, vacations, holidays, etc.).
In no situation are you to work without reporting the time, even if the time
is in excess of 40 hours in one week. Working "off the clock" (ie., working
without reporting the time) is not legal and must not be done.
PAY DAYS 4:3-135
Employees are paid on a biweekly basis every other Friday. The payroll
check is for the two-week period ending on the Saturday prior to the
Friday that the check is issued.
A schedule of paydays, payroll periods, and account deduction rates is
posted at the HR website.
YOUR PAYCHECK 4:3-140
Paychecks normally include the following items (wherever applicable):
||Salary or hourly wages
||Health insurance, accidental death insurance, voluntary
donations, tax sheltered annuities, etc.
||Other forms of compensation
PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS 4:3-145
Federal and state laws require the withholding of income tax as well as
Social Security (FICA) tax. All deductions, including personal deductions
are listed on the paycheck stub. Voluntary deductions to employee
account, church, or University contributions are subject to authorization by
Any questions regarding deductions should be directed to the payroll
Any changes in the tax exemptions you claim, or employee status, must be made
through the payroll office.
DIRECT DEPOSIT 4:3-150
Direct deposit is the automatic deposit of your paycheck into the
financial institution of your choice. Your paycheck is your earnings
(less deductions) which may be applied to your checking, savings, or loan
accounts according to your arrangements with the financial
Once you have established an account at the financial institution, please
submit a completed authorization form
for direct deposit to payroll, or complete the online form in
Employees are strongly encouraged to have direct deposit set up for their
paycheck to avoid missing checks and the inconvenience of manually
depositing the paycheck in person.
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