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Commonwealth of Virginia 2022 Bonus

As part of Commonwealth of Virginia’s fiscal year 2023 approved budget, full-time faculty and classified staff who were hired into salaried positions at George Mason University on or before August 10, 2022, and who remain active employees on November 10, 2022, will receive a $1,000 bonus. (Part-time salaried faculty and staff who meet the same criteria will receive a prorated amount based on FTE as of November 10, 2022.) 

The bonus will be paid to semi-monthly employees on their December 1, 2022, paycheck. The bonus will be paid to bi-weekly employees on their November 25, 2022, paycheck. 

The eligibility of most employees will be determined by performance evaluations that were completed this fall for the performance cycle of October 2021 to October 2022.

Please review the FAQs below for more information. 

 

Who receives the bonus?  

  • Full-time faculty and classified staff who were hired into salaried positions at George Mason University on or before August 10, 2022 and who remain active employees on November 10, 2022, will receive a $1,000 bonus.  
  • Part-time salaried faculty and staff who meet the same criteria will receive a prorated amount based on FTE as of November 10, 2022. 

  

When will the bonus be paid?  

  • The bonus will be paid to semi-monthly employees on their December 1, 2022, paycheck.  
  • The bonus will be paid to Bi-weekly employees on their November 25, 2022, paycheck. 

 

How is “salaried” defined? 

For the purposes of this bonus, salaried faculty and staff include instructional faculty, research faculty, research staff, administrative faculty, professional faculty, post-docs, and classified staff.  

  

Can I put my bonus into my supplemental retirement plan?  

Yes, please complete either the Mason 403(b) One-Time ONLY Deferment (pdf) for TIAA or Fidelity or the 457 One-Time Deferral form for Mission Square. Once your form is completed, please upload through the Benefits Secure File Share Dynamic Form, before 5pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. 

  

Is this bonus based on performance? 

Employees are eligible to receive the bonus payment only if they have attained an equivalent rating of at least “Contributor*” on their most recent performance evaluation and have no active written notices under the Standards of Conduct within the preceding 12-month period (November 10, 2021 through November 10, 2022). *Must be “Developing/Fair” or higher 

 Eligibility will be determined by performance evaluations that were conducted in the fall of 2022 for the performance cycle (Classified cycle - October 25, 2021 through October 24, 2022, Faculty cycle – July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022). If ratings for this cycle are unavailable, the most recent performance evaluation will be used. Units are responsible for ensuring that sufficient documentation exists to support or deny satisfactory performance assessments for employees. This documentation could include the annual performance evaluation, interim evaluation, probationary progress review forms, notice of sub-standard performance forms, and active written notices issued.  

 NOTE: Units shall certify to HR & Payroll that faculty (both instructional/research and administrative/professional faculty) receiving the bonus have at least a satisfactory evaluation rating. HR & Payroll will provide each unit with instructions on how to provide this information. 

 Evals need to be submitted by November 18 in order to ensure that their bonuses can be paid by December 1 (November 25 for biweekly). Delays in receiving evaluations and/or ratings may delay payout of the bonus.   

 

What if an employee does not have a performance evaluation?  

HR & Payroll will be sending out a list of individuals who do not have a completed performance evaluation for those hired on or before August 10, 2022 to the unit HR Liaison.   

The HR Liaisons will need to complete the list by providing an evaluation rating and units may be requested to submit additional supporting documentation at a later date. 

If HR Liaisons do not receive a list, then they do not have any missing evaluation ratings for their unit.  

 

Will faculty and staff who are on leave receive the bonus?  

  • Otherwise-qualified employees who are on short-term disability or other paid leave will receive the bonus on December 1, 2022.  
  • Employees on long-term disability-working will also receive the bonus on December 1. However, individuals who are on long-term disability-non-working are not eligible for the bonus. 
  • Employees on leave without pay are not eligible for the bonus until they return to work or paid leave.  

 

How do I see the bonus on my paycheck in Patriot Web?  

Sign into Patriot Web and go to your Employee Dashboard. The bonus will be a line item on your paystub. If you need additional guidance, please contact payroll@gmu.edu.  

 

Is the bonus being grossed up?  

The bonus is not being grossed up.  

  

Will the bonus be taxed? 

Your bonus will be taxed as income to you. As a result, you will see the after-tax amount of the bonus in your net pay.  

  

Is the bonus discretionary pay? 

Yes, this bonus is discretionary pay. 

 

What if I do not receive my bonus on the December 1st paycheck (November 25th for biweekly) even though I was eligible? 

Please contact hrdm@gmu.edu.  

  

How is the bonus being funded? 

Central funding will be provided to cover the full cost of the bonuses for employees in education and general fund units only. All other self-supporting units (including Auxiliary Enterprises, Sponsored Research, Indirect) will need to cover the full cost of the bonuses.  The bonus will be charged consistent with the labor distribution for the employee as of November 10, 2022. 

  

Can the department supplement the bonus? 

No, the bonus amount may not be increased with additional departmental funding. 

 

What if a Commonwealth of Virginia eligible employee transferred from one agency to another with no break in service. Will they still get bonus?

If anyone has transferred from an eligible position from another state agency, they should be eligible for the bonus.