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SHARP Message #738






Longevity Bonus Eligibility Changes for Hires and Rehires Completed in SHARP

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The Longevity Bonus program in SHARP has been updated to include changes to the eligibility requirements authorized by House Bill 2916 approved by the 2008 Kansas Legislature.

H.B. 2916 contains a new subsection that states "...(h) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any state officer or employee who is employed or re-employed as a state officer or employee on or after June 15, 2008.” http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2008/2916.pdf

If an employee separated from the State prior to June 15, 2008 and subsequently returns, the employee will not be eligible for a longevity bonus regardless of his or her length of service. However, if the person was laid off prior to June 15, 2008 and comes back to active classified service under the provisions of K.A.R. 1-6-23 (Reemployment) they would still be eligible to receive a longevity bonus.

In addition, if the employee was previously eligible for a longevity bonus, moves to a position in the unclassified service (that is not eligible), and returns to a classified position after June 15, 2008, provided there was no break in service with the State, that employee would be eligible for the longevity bonus.

In order for the Longevity automation in SHARP to work properly, it is imperative you enter the correct Hire or Rehire action and reason codes as you appoint employees in Job Data. Please refer to the Action/Reason Code Guide located at http://www.da.ks.gov/sharp/documents/actionreasonuserguide.pdf for information on the usage of these codes.