Federal Human Resources
Course Name: Federal Pay Setting
Credits: CEUs: 1.6

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This course is only available for group, on-site training at your location. Please fill out the On-site Request Form located on this page or call 301-749-5600 for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is open to anyone planning to enter into or already in the human resources profession, including HR professionals, HR assistants, and administrative and management support professionals and assistants. It is also designed to provide awareness to other individuals in organizations who have a need to understand the basic principles and practices of pay setting in the Federal government, including supervisors, managers, and other non-HR professionals. 

Course Overview

You will acquire the knowledge necessary to set and administer pay for General Schedule (GS) employees. You will also learn to research and apply a variety of pay administration rules, including those related to:
  • new appointments
  • reinstatement and reassignments
  • transfers and conversions
  • promotions and changes to lower grade
  • pay changes
  • recruitment
  • relocation
  • retention incentives
  • superior qualifications
  • grade and pay retention
  • severance pay
  • movement between pay systems.

Course Topics

• OPM policies and guidance

• Research and utilize various legal and regulatory resources and reference materials

• Pay Setting Directives

• Federal Pay Systems

• General Schedule Pay Setting

• Within Grade Increases

• Setting Pay – New Appointments

• Highest Previous Rate

• Setting Pay for Promotions/CLG

• Pay Incentives

• GS-Advanced Hire Rates

• Grade and Pay Retention

• Special Pay Options

• Severance Pay

• Federal Benefits

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