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Can salary grievances of individual employees be addressed by the board of directors?

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Boards of directors usually only address salary grievances from employees that report directly to the board, such as the CEO. Grievance procedures frequently specify referral to the board or a board committee as the last step in the grievance process.

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Staff members with salary concerns generally work with their supervisors and human resource departments to address these issues. If these efforts are not satisfactory, the next step is to follow the formal grievance procedures. In the absence of formal grievance procedures, writing a letter to the board of directors or its human resource committee is a possible option for the employee who is not able to resolve his issue directly with his supervisor or human resources. A letter to the board president is also warranted if the salary issue is perceived to be the result of management misconduct, such as retaliation. A careful review of the personnel policies, grievance procedures and steps regarding employee communication with the board is essential before bringing a salary grievance to the board.

Typically the board's role is to review and approve management's proposed salary structure on a yearly basis, looking for internal equity and the assignment of position salaries based on job duties and required qualifications. It also considers the salaries in relation to the current market and the agency's overall budget.

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