What is the difference between lockstep pay and lump-sum performance awards?

Lockstep pay came into effect on May 10, 2013 for LP1, LP2 and LP3 levels.   Lockstep increases for these levels are automatic and no longer merit-based. Only those at the LP1, LP2 and LP3 levels who receive a “does not meet” rating are ineligible to move up the lock step pay grid.  As such, LPs continue to receive performance assessments and ratings but only those already at the top of the range are eligible to receive lump-sum performance pay at the applicable percentage commensurate with their “meets” or “exceeds” rating.  The percentage increase between lock steps is 4.7%, which is higher than the lump-sum performance pay percentage that applies to those who are at the top of the scale and who receive a “meets” rating.  Currently, 20% percent of LPs at DOJ and PPSC receive “exceeds” ratings and approximately 80% receive “meets” ratings.   

Please refer to appendix B the AJC Collective Agreement.

Pay increments for LP2s and LP3s are every 12 months, generally based on one’s anniversary date and every 6 months for LP1s.  For those LPs whose last appointment predates March 31, 2013, you are likely at the top of the scale by now and under the current collective agreement expiring in 2022, now eligible to your lump-sum performance award within one hundred and twenty (120) days from the end of the fiscal period of each year for performance in the prior fiscal year.   This is a change from the prior May 10 payout date.