Thursday, October 15, 2009

Memo: State workers need OK to attend civil service hearings

The state government’s employment agency advised that state employees must get their bosses’ permission to attend a public hearing on proposed changes in the state’s pay raise policy.

State employees must take annual leave, which their bosses must approve, if they want to participate in the State Civil Service Commission hearing if it is held during their regular work hours, the memo said.

The Civil Service hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Nov. 4, a work day.

Classified state employees — about 60,000 workers — would be covered by the new pay proposal. It would eliminate 4 percent annual pay raises for employees when they meet or exceed job expectations or when they score outstanding on their performance reviews.

The pay plan would be replaced with one that sets different pay-raise ceilings for job performance categories. It would give agencies total discretion on whether to grant pay raises and how much. Employees who rate meets or exceeds job expectations or outstanding could receive no pay raises.

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