FLSA Determination

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed an overtime rule increasing the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees to $913 per week (approximately $47,476 per year.) This proposed increase was challenged in court and eventually enjoined by a federal judge who issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the U.S.

Salary Program FY20

It is important that we continue to invest in our staff who provide essential support to the academic mission of the university. Therefore, this year’s Salary Program will be based on merit, internal equity, and the external market. Consistent with the directive from the UC Office of the President, responding to feedback from the staff, across-the-board increases are not permitted.  

Recognition & Achievement Awards

UC Berkeley offers two recognition programs for campus employees, the Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Plan and Non-Cash Awards.

Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR)

Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards allow the campus to acknowledge and reward exemplary performance and contributions by employees. It is governed by Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) 34 which provides guidelines for all University cash recognition awards.



The objective of the Berkeley campus compensation program is to establish salary rates comparable to the market and assist campus managers with salary decisions that help recruit, retain, and motivate highly qualified employees.

This section provides resources to help employees learn more about Compensation and the services we provide.


Completed STAR Plan nomination forms should be submitted to the designated administrator for each control unit. See the following resources for more information:

Nomination Form

Nominations for STAR Plan awards (Achievement or Spot Awards) should be submitted using the Berkeley STAR Plan Nomination form, available in either a Word or PDF format:

Spot Awards

Spot Awards are designed to recognize special contributions, as they occur, for a specific project or task. Spot Awards are generally for a special contribution accomplished over a relatively short time period. A Spot Award lets employees know that someone has noticed their noteworthy contribution. At the same time, it recognizes and reinforces the behaviors and values that are important at UC Berkeley.

Achievement Awards

Achievement Awards are designed to recognize sustained, exceptional performance and/or significant contributions over an extended period of time that represents a major portion of the employee's area of responsibilities, including performance or project goals above and beyond normal performance expectations.