This filing was published in the 05/15/2008, issue, Vol. 2008, No. 10, of the Utah State Bulletin.
Human Resource Management, Administration
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE
DAR File No.: 31209
Filed: 04/25/2008, 01:29
Received by: NL
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
These amendments add language to release agency heads from being bound by disciplinary decisions made prior to their administration. Nonsubstantive changes are also made to comply with rulemaking style, replace terms for consistency, and to correct references.
Summary of the rule or change:
Subsection R477-11-3(1)(a)(i) is added to release agency heads from being bound by disciplinary decisions made prior to their administration when considering the type and severity of discipline in a current situation.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
Sections 67-19-6 and 67-19-18, and Title 63, Chapter 2
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
This rule is administrative and has no direct budget impact, but has the potential to reduce liability due to grievances.
This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on local governments.
small businesses and persons other than businesses:
This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on other persons.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
This rule only affects agencies of the executive branch of state government.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
Rules published by the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) have no direct effect on businesses or any entity outside state government. DHRM has authority to write rules only to the extent allowed by the Utah Personnel Management Act, Title 67, Chapter 19. This act limits the provisions of career service and these rules to employees of the executive branch of state government. The only possible impact may be a very slight, indirect effect if an agency passes costs or savings on to business through fees. However, it is anticipated that the minimal costs associated with these changes will be absorbed by agency budgets and will have no effect on business. Jeff Herring, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Human Resource Management
Room 2120 STATE OFFICE BLDG
450 N MAIN ST
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84114-1201
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
Tina Sweet or J.J. Acker at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3761 or 801-537-9096, by FAX at 801-538-3081 or 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Jeff Herring, Executive Director
R477. Human Resource Management, Administration.
R477-11-1. Disciplinary Action.
(1) Agency management may discipline any employee for any of the following causes or reasons:
(a) noncompliance with these rules, agency or other applicable policies, including but not limited to safety policies, agency professional standards, standards of conduct and workplace policies;
(b) work performance that is inefficient or incompetent;
(c) failure to maintain skills and adequate performance levels;
(d) insubordination or disloyalty to the orders of a superior;
(e) misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance or failure to advance the good of the public service;
(f) any incident involving intimidation, physical harm, or threats of physical harm against co-workers, management, or the public;
(g) no longer meets the requirements of the position.
(2) All disciplinary actions of career service employees shall be governed by principles of due process and Title 67, Chapter 19a. The disciplinary process shall include all of the following, except as provided under Subsection 67-19-18(4):
(a) The agency representative notifies the employee in writing of the proposed discipline and the underlying reasons supporting the intended action.
(b) The employee's reply must be received within five working days in order to have the agency representative consider the reply before discipline is imposed.
(c) If an employee waives the right to respond or does not reply within the time frame established by the agency representative or within five days, whichever is longer, discipline may be imposed in accordance with these rules.
(3) After a career service employee has been informed of the reasons for the proposed discipline and has been given an opportunity to respond and be responded to, the agency representative may discipline that employee, or any career service exempt employee not subject to the same procedural rights, by imposing one or more of the following:
(a) written reprimand;
(b) suspension without pay up to 30 calendar days per incident requiring discipline;
(c) demotion of any employee through one of the following methods:
(i) An employee may be moved from a position in one job to a position in another job having a lower maximum salary range and shall receive a reduction in the current actual wage.
(ii) A demotion within the employee's current salary range may be accomplished by lowering the employee's current actual wage, as determined by the agency head or designee.
An agency head
shall dismiss or demote a career service employee only in accordance with [
provisions of ]Subsection 67-19-18(5) and Section R477-11-2.
(4) If agency management determines that a
career service employee endangers or threatens the peace and safety of others
or poses a grave threat to the public service or is charged with aggravated or
repeated misconduct, the agency may impose the following actions, [
provided by] Subsection 67-19-18(4), pending an investigation
and determination of facts:
(a) paid administrative leave; or
(b) temporary reassignment to another position or work location at the same current actual wage.
(5) At the time disciplinary action is imposed, the employee shall be notified in writing of the discipline, the reasons for the discipline, the effective date and length of the discipline.
(6) Disciplinary actions are subject to the
grievance and appeals procedure [
as provided ]by law for career service
employees only. The employee and the
agency representative may agree in writing to waive or extend any grievance
step, or the time limits specified for any grievance step.
R477-11-2. Dismissal or Demotion.
An employee may be
dismissed or demoted for cause [
as explained ]under [ Sections]
R477-10-2 and R477-11-1, and through the process
outlined in this rule.
(1) An agency head or appointing officer may dismiss or demote a probationary employee or career service exempt employee without right of appeal. Such dismissal or demotion may be for any reason or for no reason.
(2) No career service employee shall be dismissed or demoted from a career service position unless the agency head or designee has observed the Grievance Procedure Rules and law cited in Section R137-1-13 and Title 67, Chapter 19a, and the following procedures:
(a) The agency head or designee shall notify the employee in writing of the specific reasons for the proposed dismissal or demotion.
(b) The employee shall have up to five working days to reply. The employee must reply within five working days for the agency head or designee to consider the reply before discipline is imposed.
(c) The employee shall have an opportunity to be
heard by the agency head or designee.
The hearing before the [
department] head or designee
shall be strictly limited to the specific reasons raised in the notice of
intent to demote or dismiss.
(i) At the hearing the employee may present, either in person, in writing, or with a representative, comments or reasons as to why the proposed disciplinary action should not be taken. The agency head or designee is not required to receive or allow other witnesses on behalf of the employee.
(ii) The employee may present documents, affidavits or other written materials at the hearing. However, the employee is not entitled to present or discover documents within the possession or control of the department or agency that are private, protected or controlled under Title 63, Chapter 2, the Governmental Access and Records Management Act.
(d) Following the hearing, the employee may be dismissed or demoted if the agency head finds adequate cause or reason.
(e) The employee shall be notified in writing of the agency head's decision. Specific reasons shall be provided if the decision is a demotion or dismissal.
(3) Agency management may place an employee on paid administrative leave pending the administrative appeal to the agency head.
R477-11-3. Discretionary Factors.
(1) When deciding the specific type and severity of discipline, the agency head or representative may consider the following factors:
(a) consistent application of rules and standards;
(b) prior knowledge of rules and standards;
(c) the severity of the infraction;
(d) the repeated nature of violations;
(e) prior disciplinary/corrective actions;
(f) previous oral warnings, written warnings and discussions;
(g) the employee's past work record;
(h) the effect on agency operations;
(i) the potential of the violations for causing damage to persons or property.
KEY: discipline of employees, dismissal of employees, grievances, government hearings
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive
July 1, 2006]
Notice of Continuation: June 9, 2007
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 67-19-6; 67-19-18; 63-2
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Tina Sweet or J.J. Acker at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3761 or 801-537-9096, by FAX at 801-538-3081 or 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules (801-538-3764). Please Note: The Division of Administrative Rules is NOT able to answer questions about the content or application of these administrative rules.
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