Introduction Classification Compensation
The University of Nebraska makes all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotion, and all other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, veterans status or individual characteristics other than qualifications for employment, quality of performance of duties, and conduct related to employment in accordance with University policies and rules and applicable law.
Unless otherwise specified in a written appointment or in a written contract of employment approved by UNK, office/service and managerial/professional employees are employed at the will of UNK and, with the advance notice prescribed in Resignation and Dismissal, UNK may dissolve the employment relationship for any reason that is not otherwise unlawful without the necessity of showing cause for such action. UNK may also dissolve the employment relationship for cause as provided in Dismissal for Cause.
The NU Values program shall be applicable to all regular University of Nebraska Office/Service and Managerial/Professional positions.
The NU Values program is a compensation and performance management system for Office/Service and Managerial/Professional employees of the University of Nebraska. NU Values:
- Links performance of employees to the mission and the vision of the University.
- Focuses on job families as the basis for market relevance and equity in pay decisions.
- Provides the tools for growth and development of employees.
- Provides an open framework whereby the tools/processes used to make pay decisions are widely known.
- Utilizes a simple yet effective job evaluation system.
- Utilizes competencies as a basis for employee performance
The NU Values program groups all positions having similar characteristics into job families so that an effective, equitable and market relevant level of compensation may be identified. This categorization is based on an analysis of each position in order to determine the general function, the duties and responsibilities, the supervision received and exercised, and the educational background, training, and experience needed for the position.
Under NU Values the role of Human Resources (HR) is that of a business partner to unit leadership, consulting with them as decisions are made concerning their employees classification/compensation. HR will continue to monitor for compliance with state and federal regulations, as well as University policy and may be required to review documentation describing pay or zone placement decisions that are outside of certain policy and governmental parameters.
Compensation decisions are initiated by requests routed through the unit leadership and approved by HR using either the Position Questionnaire form (in the case of classifications & reclassifications) or through salary discussions at the time of a job offer
Under NU Values system, HR will hold the primary responsibility of ensuring that staff is compensated appropriately and fairly. HR will provide unit leaders with the necessary resources to make decisions on job title, family and zone placement and salary. The unit leadership holds responsibility for making and documenting decisions in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies. HR will retain primary responsibility for determining market relevance, the employment category (managerial/professional or office/service) and the exemption designation (exempt/salaried or nonexempt/hourly-paid). In order to make these determinations, HR will acquire and maintain internal and external salary data, review all newly created positions, review all changes of zone or family, and review all salary changes that exceed policy guidelines.
Authority & Responsibility
- The Vice President for Business and Finance is responsible for the maintenance and revision of the NU Values program.
- The Director of Human Resources, Central Administration, coordinates the administration of the NU Values program and shall develop procedures, as required, to facilitate the consistent application and administration of policies related to NU Values.
- The Chief Business Officers are responsible for the overall direction of the NU Values program at the campus level.
- The Human Resources Directors are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the NU Values program at the campus level.