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Lateral Moves and Transfers

Lateral Moves

A lateral move occurs when an employee moves into a new position within the same pay grade as their current position. 

Lateral move example: An employee is an Project Assistant at a paygrade 22. There is an open Medical Office Assistant paygrade 22.  The employee applies, interviews, receives and accepts the offer. This is a lateral move. The pay range and paygrade remain the same. This can occur within the current department or moving to a different department.

  • Typically, employees moving laterally may be eligible to receive up to a 2% increase depending upon budgetary considerations.
  • Salary adjustments for lateral moves are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


A transfer is when an employee moves to a position outside their current department.  Salary changes may or may not be warranted in the case of a transfer.