Human Resources

ATR Severance Agreement

Pursuant to the agreement between the New York City Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers, all UFT-represented school-based titles in excess who are classified as in  the Absent Teacher Reserve (“ATR”) as of June 1, 2014, except paraprofessionals and occupational and physical therapists are eligible to participate in the ATR Voluntary Severance Program. Note that ATRs who transferred to a long-term provisional assignment are not eligible for the severance. Short-term ATRS who were temporary transfers as provisional placements are eligible for the severance.

Eligible ATRs who wish to do so must complete and submit a notarized copy of the ATR Voluntary Severance Agreement and General Release Form.

The original, completed, signed and notarized form must be submitted to the HR Connect Walk-In Center – Room 102 at 65 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, beginning July 3, 2014 and no later than August 4, 2014 at 5 PM.

The Division of Human Resources will review applications received and make a determination regarding eligibility for the severance payment and the amount based on years of service. ATRs who are eligible for retirement must contact the Teachers Retirement System as soon as possible to submit required documentation for their retirement which will take effect no later than August 4, 2014. Participating ATRs who are not eligible for retirement will be considered to have submitted a binding resignation that will take effect on August 4, 2014.  ATRs who accept the severance agreement and later elect to return to full-time DOE employment must repay the payment received within six (6) months through payroll deductions. This does not apply to occasional per diem employment. Health benefits will remain in effect through September 1, 2014.

Pursuant to the agreement, eligible employees will receive the following, subject to review and verification of service by the Division of Human Resources:

  • One (1) week of pay for ATRs with three (3) years of service or more, but less than four (4) years of service, as of June 3, 2014.
  • Two (2) weeks of pay for ATRs with four (4) years of service or more, but less than six (6) years of service, as of June 3, 2014.
  • Three (3) weeks of pay for ATRs with six (6) years of service or more, but less than eight (8) years of service, as of June 3, 2014.
  • Four (4) weeks of pay for ATRs with eight (8) years of service or more, but less than ten (10) years of service, as of June 3, 2014.
  • Five (5) weeks of pay for ATRs with ten (10) years of service or more, but less than twelve (12) years of service, as of June 3, 2014.
  • Six (6) weeks of pay for ATRs with twelve (12) years of service or more, but less than fourteen (14) years of service, as of June 3, 2014.
  • Seven (7) weeks of pay for ATRs with fourteen (14) years of service or more, but less than sixteen (16) years of service, as of June 3,2014.
  • Eight (8) weeks of pay for ATRs with sixteen (16) years of service or more, but less than eighteen (18) years of service, as of June 3, 2014.
  • Nine (9) weeks of pay for ATRs with eighteen (18) years of service or more, but less than twenty (20) years of service, as of June 3, 2014.
  • Ten (10) weeks of pay for ATRs with twenty (20) years of service or more, as of June 3, 2014.

(Note: For purposes of this Severance Program, one week of pay shall be defined as 1/52nd of an ATR’s annual salary.)

For more information, review the ATR Severance Agreement and General Release Form carefully. Other general questions about the Severance program may be directed to HR Connect, Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM, at 718-935-4000.