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    What does this sentence mean?

    The city I work for just passed a resolution to change the “Classification and Compensation Plan” and how to implementation the plan. The resolution contains a statement I would like an interpretation of from an English language sentence structure point of view.


    The statement as passed by the city council
    “All employees will be brought to the minimum of their new pay grade or step plan and adjusted 2% for each year of service in their current position.”

    Do all employees get the 2% or just those brought to their minimum?

    The HR department’s intent was
    “Only employees currently below the minimum of their new pay grade or step plan will be brought to the minimum of their new pay grade or step plan and then adjusted 2% for each year of service in their current position.”

    But I read it as
    “Any employee currently below the minimum of their new pay grade or step plan will be brought to the minimum of their new pay grade or step plan and all employees will be adjusted 2% for each year of service in their current position.”


    These are very different interpretations, how do you see it?

    Thank you




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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    The statement says "All employees will be brought to the minimum of their new pay grade." This means that those who make less and those who make more will be brought to the new minimum.
    The inherent meaning of the sentence is straightforward.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Thank you Raymott for replying. You're correct the beginning of the statement is straightforward. I am asking about the that ending part "and adjusted 2% for each year of service in their current position.. From an English sentence structure point of view does it apply to all employees or just those brought to their minimum?

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    The inherent meaning is that it applies to all employees. I can't guarantee that that's what the writer intended.

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