Thursday, November 12, 2009

State Civil Service Commission to hold evening session to consider merit change plan

The State Civil Service Commission will hold a 5:00 p.m. public hearing on Tuesday, December 8th. to take comment on proposed changes to state employee pay rules. Chairman James A. Smith said the Commission decided to hold the evening meeting to make it easier for state employees to attend. Commission meetings are usually held during business hours.

The proposed changes, would impact classified state employees’ annual merit increases. After hearing initial comments at their public hearing on the morning of November 4th, the Commission decided to continue the matter to December to allow more time for comment.

The December 8th hearing will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A further hearing is scheduled at 9:00 a.m. December 9th. Both hearings will be held in the Louisiana Purchase Room in the Claiborne Bldg at 1201 North Third Street in Baton Rouge.

The best option for those wishing to address the Civil Service Commission will be to call in advance to 225-342-8083 or email to pre-register. Those that pre-register will have reserved seating in the Louisiana Purchase Room. Registration on Tuesday, December 8th for the Civil Service Commission meeting will begin at 4 p.m. There will be three sign-in tables outside of the Louisiana Purchase Room:

· A table for individual employees

· A table for individuals representing groups

· A table for pre-registered employees

Comments will be limited to three minutes and will be strictly enforced to ensure all comments can be heard.

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