ESSB 5860 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor on June 15, 2011. This legislation reduces base salary by 3 percent for most state employees of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches whose full-time monthly salary is $2500 or greater. There are some limited exceptions.
Temporary Salary Reduction (TSR) Leave
The bill also provided that employees who are subject to the salary reduction would accrue additional Temporary Salary Reduction (TSR) leave at the rate of up to 5.2 hours per month. Because the savings comes from the actual reduction to salary, not from a reduction in time worked, TSR leave will be a form of paid leave.
Restoring the Temporary Salary Reduction
Unless superseded by Legislative action, the 3 percent salary reduction will expire as of June 30, 2013.
In addition to the salary reduction, TSR leave was granted to state employees subject to the 3 percent salary reduction. TSR leave will not be earned after June 30, 2013.
Employees must use all except 16 hours of TSR leave by June 30, 2013. The remaining 16 hours must be used by the end of August 2013.
Employees covered by the Teamsters Local Union 117 collective bargaining agreement may carry forward their entire TSR leave balances until March 1, 2014.