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What is a DOS Code?

The Description of Service (DOS) code is a three character code used to identify the various types of compensation in the Personnel Payroll System (PPS). A DOS code is entered in the Appointment Distribution of the Employee Data Base (EDB) record and in Payroll Time Reporting (PTR) to report time worked, leave usage, and other payments.  The DOS code is also used to track information for record keeping and reporting purposes at each campus. On a monthly basis detail DOS code earnings information is submitted to Office of the President for use in corporate systems reports. In addition to the detail campus DOS code data, earnings are summarized into Corporate DOS (CDOS) categories

There are over xxxx DOS codes that exist across campuses, some are common and others are unique to a location. Each DOS is hard-coded with unique attributes such as taxation conditions and inclusion or exclusion in retirement totals to ensure that the DOS Code selected will provide the correct payment result. The DOS code is a control factor in various programs of the PPS.  The following are some examples of how the DOS code is used in the PPS:

  • In the employee updating process to validate the descriptions of service allowed in appointment distributions in the EDB

  • The editing of time and adjustment input to the payroll process

  • The expense distribution process to retrieve object codes and drive the expense distribution for each payment type

  • The range adjustment process to identify payment types eligible for range adjustment

  • Several print programs such as the check write in payroll disbursement to retrieve a verbal description of the payment

  • The processing of cancellation, overpayment, and hand-drawn check transactions

The DOS Code Table is a control file in the Personnel/Payroll System (PPS); it controls how the Description of Service (DOS) code impacts various programs of the PPS. Its primary purpose is to drive the calculation of gross pay. The DOS Code Table lists the valid DOS codes and indicates how they impact the PPS to comply with various rules governing calculation of gross pay, subject grosses, benefits assessment and other procedures for each payment type.

The DOS Code Table report also describes how the DOS code affects benefit charges, work study splits and range adjustments. Each type of payment is treated uniquely based on the attributes associated with the DOS code.  

For example, if an employee is paid using the DOS codes REG (Regular Pay) and OTS (Overtime Straight), the gross pay is calculated in the same way for both. However, the benefits for each of these types of payment are not calculated in the same manner. 

OTS is not subject to retirement, so no retirement benefit would be calculated for this portion of the employee's pay. OTS has a distribution priority of four and REG has a distribution priority of one, so no flat dollar benefits (such as health insurance) would be charged or assessed against an OTS payment to an employee. OTS is not subject to the work study split because work study funds cannot be charged for overtime. 




The Sequence Number is a three-digit number that sequences the table entries.


The Description of Service code is a three character-code that identifies the type of payment.


A 25-character description of the payment type.


The check description appears below the full description. It is the 12-character abbreviation that will appear on the paycheck stub and on the direct deposit earnings statement.


The Payment Category is a one-character code that groups the payment type into one of the following categories:

A = Additional Pay
D = Differential
L = Payment for Leave Time
N = Normal or Regular Pay
P = Perquisite
S = "Suspense" (no payment-holds funding)


The Type of Hours code is a one-character code that groups the hours into one of the following categories:

blank = Hours not applicable

N = Non-worked hours
O = Overtime Straight
P = Overtime Premium
R = Regular


Eight fields that identify whether the earnings are added to, subtracted from or have no effect upon the type of gross pay:

TOT = Total Gross Pay
FWT = Federal Withholding Tax Gross
FICA = OASDI/Medicare Taxable Gross
SWT = State Withholding Tax Gross
UCRS = UC Retirement System Gross 
PERS = Public Employees Retirement System Gross
W.C. = Workers' Compensation Gross
U.I. = Unemployment Insurance Gross

For each of these types of gross pay, the codes are as follows:

"+" = add the earnings to this gross
"-" = subtract the earning from this gross
"N" = the earnings have no effect on this gross
"S" = supplemental flat tax rate for FWT and SWT only
"B" = bonus flat tax rate for FWT and SWT only


A two-digit number that identifies a Pre-Processing routine, which is invoked prior to processing.

For example, when a leave DOS code (L) is used, the system checks the leave balance prior to processing the DOS code.


A two or three character code that identifies the calculation routine used to derive the payment:

01 = Rate x time
02 = Rate x Time x Factor
03-A = Amount added to gross
04 = No payment calculated


A two-digit number that identifies a post-processing routine, which is invoked after the calculation of the payment.

For example, when the DOS code TVP is used, the system deducts the hours from the vacation balance after the calculation.


If the DOS code has a calculation routine (CALC RTN) of 02, this additional factor is used to derive the payment.


These fields are not used at this time.


Four-digit Object Code to which this payment is charged. Consult the published list of object codes.


Distribution Priority, a one-digit number with values of zero to four which govern the distribution of expense of each DOS code for flat amount benefits.

Flat amount benefits are charged and distributed to the payments associated with only the lowest non-zero priority code.


These one-character indicators are used for processing by other systems; "Y" means the indicator applies to the DOS code and "N" or blank means the indicator does not apply to the DOS code.

FACU SSAL - gross is included in the Faculty Summer Salary Defined Contribution Plan.

PAY STAT - hours count toward hours on pay status.

TM BEN - hours count when calculating sick or vacation leave accruals.

LV ASM - payment will be included in the charging of leave expense.

RNG ADJ - gross is included in the Range Adjustment process.

INS BEN - gross is included in annual recalculation of benefits bases.

TOC IND - a non-blank value indicates that the gross is used to calculate a Time On Call rate. Valid values are 1,2, and 3.

FLSA IND - gross is included in the rate calculation of the regular rate for premium overtime.

CSER IND - gross is subject to CSER (Committed Salary Expenditure Reporting).

SAB IND - code represents a sabbatical on a distribution in the Employee Database (EDB).

MED CMP - for the Health Sciences Compensation Plan (HSCP), identifies to UCRS, the component of pay that represents the difference between scale three and the new salary scale.

INTERFACE CODES: Four codes appear on the line below and to the right of the indicators; these codes are used to translate Description of Service (DOS) codes to allow them to interface with other systems. For more information on DOS codes, see the related article "What is a DOS Code?".


This code identifies DOS codes that are exempt from the work study program (WSP) earnings split process.

X = Not eligible for WSP earnings split
blank = Eligible for WSP earnings split


Special retirement contributions and Health Science Severance Pay

N = Not subject to any contributions
S = Subject to basic contributions
E = Not subject to any contributions but reportable to UCRS
T = Subject to basic contributions and faculty benefit contributions
C = Not subject to basic contributions but subject to medical faculty /summer salary contributions

TC - Times Codes

1 = regular
2 = overtime straight
3 = overtime at 1 1/2
4 = overseas premium
5 = on call time
7 = terminal vacation
8 = reg at other rate
9 = by agreement or perquisite


This two-character code is used to map campus-unique DOS codes into categories for use within the Corporate Personnel System.

AA = Additional Compensation - Consultant
AB = Add. Comp-Stipend (Covered Comp)
AC = Additional Compensation - Other
AD = Additional Compensation - Research
AE = Add. Comp-Teaching & Summer Sess.
AF = By Agreement
AG = Call Back - Regular Time
AH = Call Back - Overtime at Time & ½
AI = Call Back - Overtime at Double
AJ = Call Back - Overtime at Triple
AK = Comp Time Paid - Straight Time
AL = Add. Comp-Honor.&Stip. (Uncovered)
AM = Leave With Pay
AN = Maritime Differential
AO = On Call Time
AP = Overseas Premium/Incentive Pay
AQ = Overtime - Straight Time
AR = Overtime - Time and One Half
AS = Overtime - Double Time
AT = Overtime - Triple Time
AU = Perquisites
AV = Regular Pay
AW = Sabbatical Leave - In Residence
AX = Sabbatical Leave - Not in Residence
AY = Shift Differential
AZ = SPA/Incentive Pay/Bonus
BA = Suspense
BB = Terminal Vacation Payment
BC = Without Salary
BD = Call Back - Straight Overtime
BE = Overtime - Half

BF = Specialty Pay - Police
BG = Severance Pay
BR = Bonus - Hire and Refer
CD = Consecutive Days Worked Prem.
CN = Charge Differential
EA = Employment Allowance
HC = Differential-Health Science-Suspense
HD = Health Sci-Base Pay-APU Scale Diff.
HO = Health Sci-Bonus/Incentive Pay - Other/Non-clinical
HP = Holiday Premium
HR = Regular Pay - Health Science
HS = Salary Disclosure - Health Science
HT = Reg Time-Health Science-Suspense
HY = Health Sci - Negotiated Component
HZ = Health Sci - Bonus/Incent - Clinical
LS = Mass Lump Sum Payments
LV = Vacation Leave
MI = Military Leave - Special Payment
NB = Non-Base Pay
RB = Retirement Benefits Allowance
RP = START program reduction - stipend
RS = START program reduction - shift diff.
RT = START program reduction
SO = Shift Differential - Overtime Straight
SP = Shift Differential - Overtime Premium
TF = Taxable Fringe Ben. - Not for Service
TI = Termination-Involuntary
TR = Miscellaneous Transfer of Expenses
TI = Termination-Voluntary
ZZ = Other


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