Mobile Communication Device Review/Renewals Due May 31

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

It’s time for the annual renewal of Mobile Communication Device (MCD) allowances!

Actions Required by May 31, 2021

  • Review these University MCD policy, procedures, and FAQs, and the important reminders below. Note: The “Low” Allowance Amount will  change from $23 to $30 effective July 1, 2021.
  • Attend the applicable MCD Q&A Session via Zoom: (sessions will be recorded)
  • April 22 at 9:00 a.m. for Department Head Delegate Approvers (Register here)
  • April 29 at 10:30 a.m. for Preparers (No registration required - Add to your Google Calendar or Join here).
  • Complete/Approve the electronic MCD Allowance Request Form to establish and/or renew MCD allowances for fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022).
  • University-owned MCDs must also be reviewed and updated at least annually in ARCHIBUS. If any changes are needed, follow the instructions in Section III of the MCD procedures.

Important Reminders

  • Business Use Justification -- Employees are required to provide the “substantial noncompensatory business reason” for the allowance. Use language that includes at least one of the following examples: The employee’s job duties require them to be...
    • Available at all times (24/7) for work-related emergencies; and/or
    • Routinely available at times outside the normal work schedule; and/or
    • Routinely available when the employee is away from the duty station (during normal working hours). Reference this FAQ for further teleworking guidance.
  • Allowance Amount -- Employees should select an allowance amount to cover only their anticipated business-related MCD charges.
    • Departments may establish their own internal guidelines and/or definition of "business-related" when considering an acceptable percentage of total costs incurred by the employee; however, the allowance amount selected should not exceed the employee’s portion of actual monthly service charges incurred. Reference this FAQ for examples of how to determine the employee’s portion of actual monthly service charges for shared plans where there is more than one adult phone line (persons 18 years of age or older).
    • MCD equipment charges, including insurance/protection plans, are not covered by this allowance.
    • If selecting the “Other Amount” option, round to the nearest whole dollar.
  • Supporting Documentation -- Employees are required to provide a copy of their most recent monthly bill or service provider contract with the request form. Reference this FAQ for further guidance on supporting documentation.
  • Central Office Approvals -- Rates exceeding the Average rate (i.e., Exceptions) require Vice Chancellor (VC) for Business Affairs approval.  All requests are reviewed by the Assistant Controller - Compliance before processing through payroll. Employees, supervisors and department heads or delegates will be notified if additional justification, documentation, and/or resubmission is needed.
  • MCD Allowances will not be processed retroactively. Refer to this FAQ for approval deadlines.
    • All MCD Allowances will automatically end on June 30 of the current fiscal year.
    • If a new employee starts before June 30, and is eligible for a MCD allowance, the MCD Allowance Request Form should be used to establish the New Allowance FIRST.
    • A renewal must still be requested for the next fiscal year.

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