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Many of you are aware that as part of the 2021 Appropriations Act, the North Carolina General Assembly extended EHRA classification to include certain University Auditing, Business, and Finance (ABF) professional positions (that are exempt from overtime requirements and have at least one-third of their job duties reflected as professional accounting duties). This change in law means that filled positions meeting those requirements are eligible to become EHRA Non-Faculty and be subject to the University’s human resources polices rather than to the NC State Human Resources Act (SHRA).

The University sought this change to gain greater salary and more flexible leave for employees to help compete for talent within the highly competitive auditing, business, and finance labor markets.

What does this mean for you?

As an employee whose position is currently in an eligible SHRA ABF classification, exempt from overtime, and has one-third or more professional accounting duties, you will be offered an opportunity to convert to EHRA Non-Faculty status. You will not be compelled or required to change your employment status.

You will have a 90-day election period (Jan. 16 – April 16, 2023) to decide whether to convert to EHRA Non-Faculty or to remain SHRA. During the election period, you must complete an online election form in ConnectCarolina Self Service, indicating your voluntary decision to convert to EHRA or to remain SHRA. After the 90-day election period, employees will not be given another opportunity to opt in to EHRA status and will remain SHRA for as long as they stay in their current SHRA position.

If you choose to convert to EHRA Non-Faculty, the change will be effective May 8, 2023. If you choose to remain SHRA, you will continue in that employment status for as long as you remain in your current position with no break in service, and your position and salary would continue to be managed under standard SHRA policies and eligibilities.

What is the difference between SHRA and EHRA?

The primary difference between SHRA and EHRA positions are the policies that apply to these employment classifications. Some polices, such as sick leave and holidays, are the same for both SHRA and EHRA employees, but key differences exist in other policies, including policies for:

  • Salary ranges.
  • Salary adjustments.
  • Leave accruals.
  • Terms of appointment.
  • Grievance rights.

To help you make a well-informed decision about which employee type is best for you, more details on the differences between SHRA and EHRA employment are outlined on the Auditing, Business and Finance Conversion page of the HR at UNC website. This webpage provides:

  • Details about the ABF classifications.
  • SHRA and EHRA policy comparison chart (see the Resources section).
  • List of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  • Important dates for this ABF EHRA conversion.

Information sessions for ABF EHRA conversion

To obtain specific details regarding the differences between SHRA and EHRA employment, we’ll be holding three Zoom information sessions. Each session will cover the same content, so there is no need to attend each session.

Please note that no other calendar invitation will be sent for these sessions, so please mark your calendars for one of the following information sessions, which can be accessed by clicking the Zoom links below:


For questions regarding this EHRA ABF conversion, please contact your departmental HR Representative; you can find the contact information for your school/division Human Resources Officer on the School/Division HR Offices page of the HR at UNC website. You can also email with questions or for more information.

Thank you,

Linc Butler, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Academic Personnel

Vanessa Ragland, Senior Director of EHRA Human Resources

Adam Beck, Senior Director, Classification and Compensation


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