Staff Appreciation & Recognition (STAR) Plan Guidelines for Policy-Covered Staff

Information regarding UCLA’s Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Plan for FY 2012-13 is now available. The guidelines in Related Information are consistent with Staff Policy 34, Incentive and Recognition Award Plans—Managers & Senior Professionals (MSP) and Professional & Support Staff (PSS).

STAR Plan eligibility requirements for policy-covered staff (PSS and MSP) include the following conditions, as described in the attached Guidelines. Senior Management Group (SMG) members are not eligible for awards under the STAR Plan.

  • Awards are in the form of a lump sum and may not exceed 10% of an employee’s base salary or a maximum of $10,000, whichever is less. (The XSL DOS Code should be used to process awards.)
  • The Chancellor has delegated authority for approval of any awards that exceed $5,000 to the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, Deans, Vice Provosts, and Vice Chancellors for employees within their jurisdiction. This authority may not be re-delegated.
  • Policy-covered staff must be on pay status for at least six months to be eligible to receive an award and must be on pay status at the time of the payout to receive an award.
  • All awards require specific documentation of performance and achievements that are the basis for the award. Only those employees who have achieved a performance rating of “meets expectations” or better are eligible to receive an award. Please utilize the CHR Award Nomination Form, which is in Related Information.

The STAR Plan applies only to policy-covered staff. Exclusively represented staff are not eligible to participate in or receive awards under STAR unless specifically bargained.

Campus departments may contact CHR Compensation Services for questions. Guidelines for the UCLA Health System and the Medical Sciences will be issued under separate cover by Health System Human Resources.


Campus Human Resources, Compensation Services
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