UI staff members employed under the Open Range Pay Plan will notice some changes in the plan's structure, effective Aug. 28, according to Denise Hendricks, assistant vice chancellor and director of Staff Human Resources. Overall, the revisions - implemented as a result of recommendations by review committees and employee surveys that have taken place over the past several years - are expected to result in increased flexibility for employees and their employing units. "While the structure of the plan is different, some components remain the same and new components offer greater flexibility," Hendricks said. "As in the past, there will be an across-the-board market movement increase." One of the biggest changes in the plan, however, is that steps in the salary ranges have been eliminated. And while the merit component will continue, departments will have greater latitude in their ability to recognize and reward employee performance, Hendricks said. In addition to the across-the-board 3.5 percent salary increase for all Open Plan employees, employees may be eligible to receive a merit increase - in any amount - up to 6.5 percent. Another change is the elimination of the periodic, or "anniversary," increases. "We anticipate that this change will have limited impact since, in practice - because of funding limitations - employees have not received these increases for some time," Hendricks said. For more information about changes in the Open Range plan, contact Cheryl Hahn at 333-2136.