OPE (Other Payroll Expenses)
Includes the University’s share of an employee’s medical & dental insurance, retirement, Social Security, Medicare, Workman’s Comp, Unemployment, Lane County Transit tax and the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF). For Classified employees, it includes the Employee Relations Board (ERB). OPE consists of two basic components, Fixed (Insurance and Employee Relations Board) and Variable
Other Payroll Expenses as a blended rate rather than an actual charge, based on previous fiscal expenses.
BLENDED OPE RATE
This refers to all of the costs included in Other Payroll Expenses for any given employee, including leave, that is then totaled to one number. This total OPE number is then divided by the employee’s salary, which is equal to the Blended OPE rate.