Additional Updates to Classified Pay Plan to Increase Competitiveness of Government Positions
Councilmembers passed another round of updates to the Classified Pay Plan today relative to Service Wide Increases, Cost of Living Adjustments, and the position of Police Human Service Administrator.
The first of the three motions (M-22-385) approves a series of across-the-board hiring rate increases, raising the current hiring rates of all classified city classifications by 10% over the next three years. In conjunction with the implementation of these pay plan changes, a pay policy is also being recommended to guarantee that all city classified employees receive a 5% percent increase in 2023, and a 2.5% increase both in 2024 and 2025, provided that no base rate shall be above the maximum established in the pay plan.
Motion M-22-386 approves an amendment relative to Cost of Living Adjustment. The motion authorizes a one-time discretionary Cost of Living Payment of five percent to address the increasing difficulties of recruitment and retention issues in a period of persistent inflationary pressures. These payments should be implemented as soon as possible and based on the feasibility of implementation by the City's and Sewerage and Water Board's payroll systems or no later than December 31.
Finally, the Council passed Motion M-22-389 approving an amendment requested by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) in order to attract a viable applicant pool to fill the specialized vacancy for the position of Police Human Resource Administrator, having noted the previous salary inadequate in accomplishing the department’s recruitment goal.