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Retroactive Salary Increases

Retroactive salary increases to State employees (including UNM employees) for work already performed are considered in violation of the "gifts" provision of New Mexico State Constitutional Law, unless it has been formally recognized by the institution that a back payment is necessary remediate an earlier nonpayment caused by an administrative error or operational oversight, such as misclassification or other failure to duly compensate for additional duties on the part of the employee's management.

Therefore, a salary adjustment resulting from reclassification, career ladder, or assumption of higher responsibilities within range will not be backdated further than the first pay period following the official signature date of the department's initial formal request for HR review.