TOPEKA- Kansas House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney, Greensburg, announced the appointment today of Rep. Tom Hawk, Manhattan, to the State Employee Pay Plan Oversight Committee.

“Rep. Hawk has been involved with the development of the new state employee pay plan from the beginning,” said McKinney.“He is more than qualified to oversee proper implementation across the state.”

The State Employee Pay Plan Oversight Committee was created as part of Senate Sub. for House Bill 2916, and will oversee the development and implementation of new state employee pay plans approved in 2008.Previously, Kansas classified state employees worked under a system based on longevity and position.The new plan will gradually transition to a “compensation philosophy.”Similar to the private sector, this philosophy offers competitive compensation based on relevant labor markets and employee performance.This will help raise expectations for both managers and employees, attracting and retaining better workers.

The five basic pay plans for classified employees include: Basic Vocational Pay, General Classified Pay, Management Pay, Professional Individual Contributor Pay and Protective Services Pay. House Bill 2916 phases out longevity bonuses for all state employees hired after June 2008.Instead, those funds will shift into base salary increases, helping to further decrease the market gap.

First elected in 2004, Hawk represents the 67th House District which includes much of western Riley County, including Ogden and portions of Manhattan.He currently serves on the House committees on Energy and Utilities, Federal and State Affairs and Social Services Budget.Hawk was also the Ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on the State Employee Pay Plan in 2007.