University of Kansas Health System increases minimum wage of employees to $15

photo by: Associated Press

Buildings at the University of Kansas Hospital are seen, Monday, March 9, 2020, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

All employees at the University of Kansas Health System will now make at least $15 an hour, according to a news release Friday from the Kansas City, Kan., medical center.

The decision to raise the minimum wage for employees was based on a comprehensive review of salary data, cost of living and other factors. It was also an effort to support front-line workers “and the critical role they play in providing care in our communities,” the release stated. The pay changes took effect on Feb. 7 and will be reflected in paychecks beginning on March 5.

In addition to raising the wages of employees who previously made less than $15 an hour, the University of Kansas Health System also increased pay for other employees who were making more than $15 an hour “to ensure appropriate differences in pay based on experiences and responsibilities,” the release stated.

According to the release, the University of Kansas Health System has not laid off or furloughed any staff members, despite financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The medical center said it remains committed to maintaining jobs.

“For more than two decades, our health system has succeeded because we have followed a simple guiding formula. We believe providing world-class service and world-class outcomes delivered by the right team of people will lead to strong growth and sustainability,” Tammy Peterman, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at the University of Kansas Health System said in the release. “This hourly increase reflects our continued commitment to our people and the important role each and every employee has in our collective success.”

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