Important leadership message regarding One Payroll initiative and financial support for employees

One Payroll Postponement; One-Time Bonus Payment in February; Medical Premiums Remain Flat for Six Months

Dear RIT Faculty and Staff,

I am writing to inform you that the university will postpone the transition to the One Payroll biweekly payroll cycle for exempt faculty and staff, initially scheduled to take place in January 2023.

One Payroll is an important initiative for the university. However, we are taking this action based on faculty and staff concerns and the current inflationary environment.  We do not expect to renew conversations on this topic until next calendar year and when we do so, we will be engaging with both the Faculty Senate and Staff Council over an extended period, assuring full consideration of all views.

Over the past few weeks, senior leadership has listened to feedback and advice from faculty and staff across the university. We appreciate the efforts of the Staff Council and Faculty Senate to facilitate those conversations. Thank you to those who took the time to ask questions and provide critical feedback. I would also like to express my gratitude to the members of the One Payroll team, who have put forth a tremendous amount of effort.

One-Time Bonus Payment

Despite the postponement of One Payroll, we remain committed to the previously announced one-time bonus. The university is mindful of the rising costs and inflationary pressures you are facing, as we are experiencing similar challenges in many areas of university operations. To assist our employees in this difficult economic environment, a one-time payment will be provided to all employees who earn $150,000 or less. All regular and adjunct employees will automatically receive this one-time bonus on either the 15th (semimonthly) or 17th (biweekly) of February, depending on their payroll cycle.

RIT regular employees who meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • Start date in an eligible position on or before December 1, 2022, and continuously employed through the bonus payment date.
  • If an employee qualifies under more than one eligible position, only one bonus will be provided, consistent with the greater amount.

The following employees are not eligible for this one-time bonus:

  • Employees with an annualized salary greater than $150,000 (note: faculty salary calculated on base = academic year salary including administrative stipends)
  • Employees of an RIT subsidiary
  • Employees on an unpaid leave

For more information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s), please visit the Human Resources website.

Medical Premiums

In addition to the one-time bonus payment, and to further support our employees, we are pleased to announce that the medical premiums increase scheduled to go into effect in January 2023 will be delayed until July 2023. The University will absorb this increase for all employees for these six months of 2023. The employee portion of the medical premiums will remain unchanged during this time. New premium rate deductions will begin in July 2023.

We hope that these programs provide some relief for you and your families. We are very grateful for your unwavering commitment to our students and the broader RIT community. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources or Payroll.


David Munson, President