What is the change?

MIT is changing its pay schedule for faculty, salaried staff, graduate students, and fellows from monthly to semimonthly.

 

Will my total monthly pay change?

No. Affected groups (MIT faculty, salaried staff, graduate students, and fellows) will receive the same total amount of pay each month as they do with the current pay cycle.

 

What is a semimonthly pay cycle?

A semimonthly pay cycle occurs twice per month—on the 15th of the month and the last day of the month. If either of these dates falls on a weekend or holiday, the pay date will be on the preceding business day. Instead of the current 12 pay dates per year in the monthly pay schedule, there will be 24 pay dates per year in the semimonthly schedule.

 

How is semimonthly different from biweekly?

A biweekly pay schedule occurs every other week and would generate 26 pay dates per year.

 

Who is affected by this change?

MIT faculty, salaried staff, graduate students, and fellows.

 

When will the change go into effect?

The change will go into effect for April 2018 pay. The pay date for March 2018 will be March 30, 2018 (this is the last month you will receive the entire month’s pay at the end of the month). Pay for April 2018 will be divided into two payments, on Friday, April 13, and Monday, April 30.

 

I am part-time salaried staff. Does this affect me as well?

Yes. You will transition to a semimonthly pay schedule too.

 

Does this change affect hourly employees?

No. Hourly employees will continue to be paid on a weekly basis.

 

Can I opt out of this change?

No. All monthly-paid faculty, salaried staff, graduate students, and fellows will transition to the semimonthly pay schedule.

 

How will this change affect my tax withholdings and deductions?

Monthly payroll tax withholdings and deductions will be equally divided between the two semimonthly pay periods, with two exceptions—Commuter Rail and Vanpool deductions, which will continue to be deducted on the last pay date of the month only.

 

Will I need to re-elect additional tax withholdings?

No. If you already have elected to have additional tax withholdings, they will be equally divided between the two semimonthly pay periods.

 

I have my direct deposit sent to two banks (or two accounts at the same bank). Do I need to take action for my additional direct deposit?

No. You do not need to make any changes. Whether you have set it up for a fixed amount or a percentage amount, the pay will be split evenly between the two semimonthly pay periods.
 

Does this change affect Lincoln Laboratory?

Yes. All MIT faculty, salaried staff, graduate students, and fellows—including those at Lincoln Laboratory—will transition to the semimonthly schedule.
 

What are the advantages of a twice monthly pay cycle?

  • A more frequent pay schedule results in earlier pay each month and more frequent contributions to your 401(k).
  • The semimonthly pay schedule aligns with payroll best practices and the trend among Boston-area universities and businesses.
  • The current monthly pay schedule can be difficult for individuals coming to MIT from an institution or business with a more frequent pay cycle. The semimonthly schedule can ease this transition.

 

Do I need to adjust the timing of my bill payments?

No. Because you will receive half of your pay earlier than in the monthly schedule, there is no need to adjust the timing of your current bill payments.

 

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have additional questions, please contact the VPF Communications Team at vpfcomm@mit.edu.

There will also be several information sessions for members of the community who would like to learn more about the transition. Click here for details. 

 

For Administrators Who Provide HR/Payroll Support to Their Areas:
 

Will salary distribution still be monthly?

Yes. Salary distribution will continue to be monthly, posting on the last business day of the month. DACCA reporting will also remain unchanged.

 

Does the cutoff calendar change for the new schedule?

Yes. Click this link to view the cutoff calendar.

 

What if I miss the first cutoff date?

Employee will be paid the full monthly amount on the second pay date of the month.

 

How is salary proration calculated?

The salary proration methodology will not change and will continue to be based on the number of calendar days in the pay period.  The first semimonthly pay period of each month will be 15 calendar days, so for an employee who works less than the full period, the salary proration calculation will be the number of calendar days in active status divided by 15.  The second semimonthly pay period of each month can vary from 13 to 16 days, so for an employee who works less than the full period, the salary proration calculation will be the number of calendar days in active status divided by the total calendar days in the pay period (e.g., 16 days in January, 13 days in February, and 15 days in April).