Payroll Services

Payroll System Changes

Changes to the Payroll System for the July 2013 RG1 pay cycle:


New Work Study Transfer Projects

The projects for Work Study transfer accounts have changed for the new fiscal year.  They are:

Federal Work Study (FWT) 7801 from  2013 to 2014
State Work Study (SWT) 7802 from 2013 to 2014


WFSE Representation Fee

Increase the maximum monthly fee amount effective July 1, 2013 from $51.82 to $59.13. Also, the deduction rate goes from 1.02% to 1.16%   GTN 172 WFSE Rep.


State Share Changes

The monthly employer-paid contribution rate for benefit-eligible employees is lowering to $782.00.


New Rates Department of Retirement System:

New rates have been installed effective July 1 for these plans:

Pers 1, 2, 3 Employer contribution goes from 7.21% to 9.19%
Pers 2 Employee rate goes from 4.64% to 4.92%

Employer contribution goes from 8.62% to 8.57%
Employee rate goes from 8.46% to 8.41%


Classified Employees Longevity Step M:

482 classified employees qualified for the new longevity step M passed in the state budget and approved by the governor.  Eligible Civil Service employees who have been at the top step (step L) in the same salary range for six years will move to the new step M effective July 1, 2013.  It provides an approximate 2.5 percent increase over step L.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Step M are available on the HRS website under Resources

Withholding statuses changed:

The Internal Revenue Service has removed the percentage method of withholding from the W-4 form instruction so earlier this year we notified over 400 active employees that they needed  to change their withholding status by July 12. Withholding statuses were changed to the designation of “Single” with “0” withholding allowances for 2579 former and active employees who had not submitted valid W-4s by the published July 12 cutoff.  Employees can always submit a new W-4 form at any time to Payroll Services. Forms can be downloaded from the front page of payroll’s website or from the IRS website.

Please contact Payroll at (509) 335-1277 or if there are any questions. 

Payroll Services, PO Box 641024, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1024, 509-335-9575, Contact Us