2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Conference Report)

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Employee Bonus in Second Year Contingent on Revenues (language only)

Item 477 #4c

Item 477 #4c

Central Appropriations
Central Appropriations


Page 204, after line 6, insert:

“CC.  If within five days of the preliminary close of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2021, the Comptroller's analysis determines that revenues met or exceeded the forecast and there is sufficient revenue,  the Governor is authorized to appropriate $97,756,001 the second year for the employee compensation actions included in paragraphs DD., EE., and FF. below.

DD.1. Contingent on the provisions of paragraph CC. above, $79,804,059 from the general fund the second year is available to provide all classified employees of the Executive Branch and other full-time employees of the Commonwealth, except elected officials, who were employed on April 1, 2021, and remain employed until at least August 24, 2021, a one-time bonus payment equal to $1,500 on September 1, 2021.

2. Employees in the Executive Department subject to the Virginia Personnel Act shall receive the bonus payment authorized in this paragraph only if they have attained an equivalent rating of at least "Contributor" on their performance evaluation and have no active written notices under the Standards of Conduct within the preceding twelve-month period.

3. The governing authorities of the state institutions of higher education may provide the bonus for faculty and university staff based on performance and other employment-related factors, as long as the bonuses do not exceed what the average would have been based on the general methodology authorized in this paragraph.

EE. Contingent on the provisions of  paragraph CC. above, $2,408,099 the second year from the general fund is provided for a $750 one-time bonus on September 1, 2021 for adjunct faculty at Virginia two-year and four-year public colleges and higher education institutions.

FF. Included in the contingent appropriation, $15,543,843 from the general fund the second year is provided for a one-time bonus, equal to 1.5 percent of their base salary on September 1, 2021 provided that the governing authority of such employees use such funds to support the provision of a bonus for the following listed employees:

1. Locally-elected constitutional officers;

2. General Registrars and members of local electoral boards;

3. Full-time employees of locally-elected constitutional officers; and,

4. Full-time employees of Community Services Boards, Centers for Independent Living, secure detention centers supported by Juvenile Block Grants, juvenile delinquency prevention and local court service units, local social services boards, local pretrial services act and comprehensive community corrections act employees, and local health departments where a memorandum of understanding exists with the Virginia Department of Health.

GG. If there is no downward revision to the general fund revenue estimate included in this act for fiscal year 2022 and such revenue estimate includes sufficient revenue to provide both (i) the bonus payments for state and state-supported employees provided in paragraphs DD., EE. and FF. and (ii) a salary increase incentive for funded SOQ instructional and support positions in that fiscal year, the Governor shall include such salary increase incentive in his introduced budget for consideration by the 2021 General Assembly."


(This amendment provides language authorizing the use of $97.8 million from the general fund for a bonus for state employees and state supported local employees contingent on the final fiscal year 2021 revenues. This amendment also directs the Governor include a salary increase incentive for K-12 instructional and support positions during the second year in the amended budget to be introduced in December 2020, provided sufficient revenue is projected.)