Kan. Admin. Regs. § 1-5-8 - Beginning pay

(a) Except as specified in subsection (b), each new hire and each rehire not based on a reemployment or reinstatement shall be paid at the minimum step of the pay grade for the class.
(b) New hires and rehires not based on a reemployment or a reinstatement may be paid at higher steps in the pay grade only under the following circumstances:
(1) If an agency has an eligible candidate with exceptional qualifications directly related to the vacant position and the agency cannot employ the person at the minimum step, the appointing authority may approve beginning pay for the individual at a higher step in the pay grade. Exceptional qualifications shall be based on the candidate's education, training, experience, skills, and other job-related qualifications.
(2) If there is a lack of candidates for a class of positions available for employment at the minimum step, one or more appointing authorities may request that the director establish some higher step in the pay grade as the beginning pay in the class for new hires and for rehires not based on a reemployment or a reinstatement. Authorization for the higher beginning pay may be given to a designated agency or agencies, to all agencies, or for a particular geographical area. This authorization shall remain in place until canceled by the director. If the authorization has remained in place for three years for reasons other than a geographic basis, a compensation study shall be conducted by the director.
(A) If the director authorizes higher beginning pay under paragraph (b)(2), each appointing authority whose agency has positions in the class or geographical area that is authorized for a higher beginning pay shall be notified of the authorization by the director. Except as provided below, the appointing authority of each agency to which the authority has been granted shall then raise the pay of each incumbent in the class who is being paid at a lower step to the higher beginning pay. These pay increases shall take effect on the first day of the first pay period following the date of the director's authorization. The length of time that the incumbent has spent on the previous step of the pay grade shall count toward the time-on-step requirement for the new step.
(B) If the authorization granted under paragraph (b)(2) is only for a particular geographical area, the appointing authority shall not raise the pay of incumbents in other geographical areas.
(3) Any appointing authority may pay a temporary employee at a higher step in the pay grade if the candidate has exceptional qualifications directly related to the position or has former permanent status in the same class or another class at the same or higher pay grade.
(c) In a manner prescribed by the director, the appointing authority shall report to the director each hire above the minimum step made by the appointing authority as provided in this regulation.
(d) The beginning pay for any unclassified employee hired into a position in the classified service shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of this regulation.


Kan. Admin. Regs. § 1-5-8
Authorized by K.S.A. 75-2950 and K.S.A. 2005 Supp. 75-3747; implementing K.S.A. 75-2938, 75-2938a, 75-2950, 75-3707, and 75-3746; effective May 1, 1979; amended, E-81-14, June 12, 1980; amended May 1, 1981; amended, T-86-17, June 17, 1985; amended May 1, 1986; amended May 1, 1987; amended Dec. 17, 1995; amended Oct. 24, 1997; amended, T-1-1-30-01, Feb. 4, 2001; amended May 25, 2001; amended June 5, 2005; amended Sept. 29, 2006.

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