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Our employees are a crucial part of everything we do to fulfill our mission at the University of Kentucky. We are thrilled to welcome back all employees to campus with the intention to return to normal operations in the fall. Now, more than ever, we are doing everything we can to offer you support.

As we continue to follow CDC health and safety guidelines, as well as recommendations from UK’s START team, you are critical to our process in returning to a more vibrant and residential campus. 

Working with department and unit managers, staff will begin transitioning to on-site work July 1, with a few exceptions for areas with work needs that require staff to return sooner. The expectation is that all staff who are working on site or in a hybrid schedule (some days on site and some days remote, for example) will be fully transitioned by the week of August 2. 

We have learned much about what is possible since the start of the pandemic. We will continue to explore flexible work options throughout the next year as we create a long-term plan for our post-pandemic workforce.  

Design teacher Greg Luhan
President Eli Capilouto at lunch for vaccine volunteers and healthcare workers
UK employees talking in student center

Increased Minimum Hourly Rate

We will increase the minimum hourly rate for regular employees at the University of Kentucky from $12.50 to $13.75 on July 1 and then to $15 beginning January 1, 2022.

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New Paid Leave

We will create new paid leave for staff employees to welcome a new child or care for an ill parent. In a first step toward expanding our leave benefits, .5 FTE and greater regular staff employees will receive two weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child. We also will offer one week of paid leave to care for a parent who is ill.

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Retirement Contribution

We will, as promised, resume the 10% employer retirement contribution rate on July 1. We are pleased to restore this outstanding benefit, one of the most competitive retirement benefits available anywhere, which reflects our commitment to our employees.

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In addition to increased minimum wage, new paid leave and updates to retirement contribution, the University of Kentucky is improving employee benefits in other ways. Please click here to learn more about how we are doing more to invest in our most precious resource– you.