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H.B. 311 Enrolled
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; CLARIFYING
EXEMPTIONS TO THE CAREER SERVICE SYSTEM; EXEMPTING CERTAIN
DEPARTMENT ACTIONS FROM CERTAIN RECLASSIFICATION AND SALARY
REQUIREMENTS; AMENDING REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATIONS AND
REGISTERS; CLARIFYING SALARY SURVEY PROVISIONS FOR STATE PEACE
OFFICERS; CHANGING THE STATUS OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES ADVISORY
COMMITTEE; AND MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
67-19-6.5, as last amended by Chapters 79, 194 and 243, Laws of Utah 1996
67-19-12, as last amended by Chapters 192 and 283, Laws of Utah 1996
67-19-12.3, as enacted by Chapter 283, Laws of Utah 1996
67-19-15, as last amended by Chapter 128, Laws of Utah 1994
67-19-15.7, as last amended by Chapter 136, Laws of Utah 1995
67-19-16, as last amended by Chapter 130, Laws of Utah 1995
67-20-8, as enacted by Chapter 128, Laws of Utah 1995
67-19-40, as enacted by Chapter 253, Laws of Utah 1991
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 67-19-6.5 is amended to read:
67-19-6.5. Human Resources Advisory Committee created -- Responsibilities.
Committee or if the governor determines that an advisory committee is needed to study or advise
the director on human resource issues, the governor shall direct that a Human Resources Advisory
Committee be created, composed of:
(a) five nonpartisan members appointed by the governor;
(b) one member from the House appointed by the speaker of the House;
(c) one member of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate; and
(d) the director, who shall serve as an ex officio member of the committee.
(2) The members appointed by the governor shall be Utah citizens who are responsible for
human resource functions in organizations other than the state.
(3) The director and the legislative members shall serve as nonvoting members of the
(4) The department shall provide staff and support services to the committee.
(5) Members of the committee shall serve until the purposes of the committee are
accomplished or until the committee is dissolved.
(6) The legislative members of the committee shall serve terms of two years as follows:
(a) the senator's term shall begin on July 1 of each even-numbered year; and
(b) the representative's term shall begin on July 1 of each odd-numbered year.
(7) The committee shall choose a chair and a vice chair from among the voting members.
(8) Three voting members of the committee are a quorum to transact business.
(9) (a) (i) Members who are not government employees shall receive no compensation or
benefits for their services, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the
member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections
63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107.
(ii) Members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service.
(b) (i) State government officer and employee members who do not receive salary, per diem,
or expenses from their agency for their service may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the
performance of their official duties from the committee at the rates established by the Division of
Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107.
(ii) State government officer and employee members may decline to receive per diem and
expenses for their service.
(c) Legislators on the committee shall receive compensation and expenses as provided by
law and legislative rule.
(10) The committee shall:
(a) meet at the call of the director or of the chair;
(b) keep minutes of its meetings;
(c) comply with the procedures and requirements of Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public
(d) advise the director on human resource policies for state employees;
(e) advise the governor and the Appropriations Interim Committee of the Legislature on
human resource policies for state employees if requested to do so by them or by the director; and
(f) study the following through the taking of testimony and by other lawful means:
(i) basic pay policy;
(ii) pay plan design;
(iii) the concept of pay for performance;
(iv) total quality management; and
(v) the funding, administration, implications, principles, techniques, and implementation of
the subjects specified in Subsections (i) through (iv).
(11) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the appointing authority shall
appoint a replacement [
(12) Decisions and recommendations of the committee are advisory only.
Section 2. Section 67-19-12 is amended to read:
67-19-12. State pay plans -- Applicability of section -- Exemptions from section --
Duties of director.
(1) (a) This section, and the rules adopted by the department to implement this section, apply
to each career and noncareer state employee not specifically exempted under Subsection (2).
(b) If not exempted under Subsection (2), a state employee is considered to be in classified
by statute to be exempt from this Subsection (2);
positions are designated as executive/professional positions by the executive director of the
Department of Community and Economic Development with the concurrence of the director[
(3) (a) The director shall prepare, maintain, and revise a position classification plan for each
employee position not exempted under Subsection (2) to provide equal pay for equal work.
(b) Classification of positions shall be based upon similarity of duties performed and
responsibilities assumed, so that the same [
requirements and the same salary range may be applied equitably to[
(c) The director shall allocate or reallocate the position of each employee in classified
service to one of the classes in the classification plan.
(d) (i) The department shall conduct periodic studies and desk audits to provide that the
classification plan remains reasonably current and reflects the duties and responsibilities assigned
to and performed by employees.
(ii) The director shall determine the schedule for studies and desk audits after considering
factors such as changes in duties and responsibilities of positions or agency reorganizations.
(4) (a) With the approval of the governor, the director shall develop and adopt pay plans for
each position in classified service.
(b) The director shall design each pay plan to achieve, to the degree that funds permit,
comparability of state salary ranges to salary ranges used by private enterprise and other public
employment for similar work.
(c) The director shall adhere to the following in developing each pay plan:
(i) Each pay plan shall consist of sufficient salary ranges to permit adequate salary
differential among the various classes of positions in the classification plan.
(ii) The director shall assign each class of positions in the classification plan to a salary range
and shall set the width of the salary range to reflect the normal growth and productivity potential of
employees in that class. The width of the ranges need not be uniform for all classes of positions in
the plan, but each range shall contain merit steps in increments of 2.75% salary increases.
(iii) The director shall issue rules for the administration of pay plans. The rules may provide
for exceptional performance increases and for a program of incentive awards for cost-saving
suggestions and other commendable acts of employees. The director shall issue rules providing for
(iv) Merit step increases shall be granted, if funds are available, to employees who receive
a rating of "successful" or higher in an annual evaluation of their productivity and performance.
(v) By October 15 of each year, the director shall submit market comparability adjustments
to the state budget officer for consideration to be included as part of the affected agency's base
(vi) By October 31 of each year, the director shall recommend a compensation package to
(vii) Adjustments shall incorporate the results of a total compensation market survey of
salary ranges and benefits of a reasonable cross section of comparable benchmark positions in
private and public employment in the state. The survey may also study comparable unusual
positions requiring recruitment outside Utah in the surrounding western states. The director may
cooperate with other public and private employers in conducting the survey.
(viii) The director shall establish criteria to assure the adequacy and accuracy of the survey
and shall use methods and techniques similar to and consistent with those used in private sector
surveys. Except as provided under Section 67-19-12.3, the survey shall include a reasonable cross
section of employers. The director may cooperate with or participate in any survey conducted by
other public and private employers.
(ix) The establishing of a salary range is a nondelegable activity subject to Subsection
67-19-8(1) and is not appealable under the grievance procedures of Sections 67-19-30 through
67-19-32, Title 67, Chapter 19a, Grievance and Appeal Procedures, or otherwise.
(x) The governor shall:
the executive budget and shall recommend the method of distributing the adjustments;
departments and the source of funds.
(xi) If funding is approved by the Legislature in a general appropriations act, the adjustments
take effect on the July 1 following the enactment.
(5) (a) The director shall regularly evaluate the total compensation program of state
employees in the classified service.
(b) The department shall determine if employee benefits are comparable to those offered by
other private and public employers using information from:
(i) the most recent edition of the Employee Benefits Survey Data conducted by the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce Research Center; or
(ii) the most recent edition of a nationally recognized benefits survey.
(6) (a) The director shall submit proposals for a state employee compensation plan to the
governor by October 31 of each year, setting forth findings and recommendations affecting state
(b) The governor shall consider the director's proposals in preparing budget
recommendations for the Legislature.
(c) The governor's budget proposals to the Legislature shall include a specific
recommendation on state employee compensation.
Section 3. Section 67-19-12.3 is amended to read:
67-19-12.3. Peace officer and correctional officer pay plans.
The pay plans for peace officers, as defined under Section 77-1a-1, and correctional officers,
as defined under Section 77-1a-2, employed by the state shall [
on a total compensation [
benefits of the three largest law enforcement agencies of any political subdivision of the state[
Section 4. Section 67-19-15 is amended to read:
67-19-15. Career service -- Exempt positions -- Schedules for civil service positions --
Coverage of career service provisions.
(1) Except as otherwise provided by law or by rules and regulations established for federally
aided programs, the following positions are exempt from the career service provisions of this
(a) the governor, members of the Legislature, and all other elected state officers, designated
as Schedule AA;
(b) the agency heads [
67-22-2, and commissioners designated as Schedule AB;
(c) all employees and officers in the office and at the residence of the governor, designated
as Schedule AC;
(d) employees who are in a confidential relationship to [
commissioner and who report directly to, and are supervised by, a department head, commissioner,
or deputy director of [
(e) unskilled employees in positions requiring little or no specialized skill or training,
designated as Schedule AE;
(f) part-time professional noncareer persons who are paid for any form of medical and other
professional service and who are not engaged in the performance of administrative duties, designated
as Schedule AF;
(g) attorneys in the attorney general's office who are under their own career service pay plan,
designated as Schedule AG;
(h) teaching staff of all state institutions and patients and inmates employed in state
institutions, designated as Schedule AH;
(i) persons [
a right to return under federal or state law or policy, designated as Schedule AI;
(j) noncareer employees compensated for their services on a seasonal or contractual basis
who are hired for limited periods of less than nine consecutive months or who are employed on less
than 1/2 time basis, designated as Schedule AJ;
(k) those employees in a personal and confidential relationship to elected officials,
designated as Schedule AK;
(l) employees appointed to perform work [
two years or to perform work with time-limited funding, designated as Schedule AL;
(m) employees of the Department of Community and Economic Development whose
positions are designated as executive/professional positions by the executive director of the
Department of Community and Economic Development with the concurrence of the director,
designated as Schedule AM;
(n) employees of the Legislature, designated as Schedule AN;
(o) employees of the judiciary, designated as Schedule AO;
(p) all judges in the judiciary, designated as Schedule AP;
(q) members of state and local boards and councils appointed by the governor and governing
bodies of [
faculty, and other employees of state universities and other state institutions of higher education,
designated as Schedule AQ; [
(r) employees who make statewide policy, designated as Schedule AR[
(s) any other employee whose appointment is required by statute to be career service exempt,
designated as Schedule AS.
(2) The civil service shall consist of two schedules as follows:
(a) (i) Schedule A is the schedule consisting of positions exempted by Subsection (1).
(ii) Removal from any appointive position under Schedule A, unless otherwise regulated by
statute, is at the pleasure of the appointing officers without regard to tenure.
(b) Schedule B is the competitive career service schedule, consisting of all positions filled
through competitive selection procedures as defined by the director.
(3) (a) The director, after consultation with the heads of concerned executive branch
departments and agencies and with the approval of the governor, shall allocate positions to the
appropriate schedules under this section.
(b) Agency heads shall make requests and obtain approval from the director before changing
the schedule assignment and tenure rights of any position.
(c) Unless the director's decision is reversed by the governor, when the director denies an
agency's request, the director's decision is final.
(4) (a) Compensation for employees of the Legislature shall be established by the directors
of the legislative offices in accordance with Section 36-12-7.
(b) Compensation for employees of the judiciary shall be established by the state court
administrator in accordance with Section 78-3-24.
(c) Compensation for officers, faculty, and other employees of state universities and
institutions of higher education shall be established as provided in Title 53B, Chapters 1 and 2.
(d) Unless otherwise provided by law, compensation for all other Schedule A employees
shall be established by their appointing authorities, within ranges approved by, and after consultation
with the director of the Department of Human Resources.
(5) All employees of the Office of State Auditor, the Office of State Treasurer, the Office
of the Attorney General, excluding attorneys who are under their own career service system, and
employees who are not exempt under this section are covered by the career service provisions of this
Section 5. Section 67-19-15.7 is amended to read:
67-19-15.7. Promotion -- Reclassification -- Voluntary acceptance of lower positions
-- Market adjustment.
(1) (a) Each employee who is promoted or whose position is reclassified to the next higher
salary range shall be placed at the merit step within the new range corresponding to a salary increase
of between 2.75% and 11%.
(b) The employee may not be placed higher than the highest merit step in the new salary
(2) Each employee who is promoted or whose position is reclassified to a salary range higher
than the next higher range shall be placed at the merit step within the new range corresponding to
a salary increase of between 5.5% and 11%. The employee may not be placed lower than the lowest
merit step in the new salary range.
(3) Each employee who voluntarily accepts a position in the next lower salary range shall
be placed at the merit step within the new range corresponding to a salary decrease of 2.75% or as
close to 2.75% as possible. The employee may not be placed lower than the lowest merit step in the
new salary range.
(4) Each employee who voluntarily accepts a position in a salary range lower than the next
lower range shall be placed at the merit step within the new range corresponding to a salary decrease
of 5.5% or as close to 5.5% as possible. The employee may not be placed higher than the highest
merit step in the new salary range.
(5) (a) Each employee whose salary range is approved by the Legislature for a selective
salary adjustment consistent with Subsection 67-19-12(4)(c)(viii) shall be adjusted to the new range
at the beginning of the next fiscal year.
(b) Employees shall be placed at the step value on the new range consistent with the
appropriation authorized by the Legislature.
(6) (a) Department-initiated revisions in the state classification system that result in
consolidation or reduction of class titles or broadening of pay ranges may not be regarded as a
reclassification of the position or promotion of the employee.
(b) These revisions are exempt from the provisions of Subsections (1) and (2).
Section 6. Section 67-19-16 is amended to read:
67-19-16. Appointments to Schedule B positions -- Examinations -- Hiring lists --
Probationary service -- Dismissal.
(1) Each appointment to a position under Schedule B shall be made from [
lists of applicants who have been selected by competitive procedures as defined by the director.
career service positions:
(3) The director shall make rules establishing standards for the development, approval, and
implementation of examining instruments.
by the director.
(5) (a) The agency head shall make appointments to fill vacancies from [
(b) The director shall make rules establishing probationary periods.
(6) A person serving a probationary period may not use the grievance procedures provided
in this chapter and in Title 67, Chapter 19a, Grievance and Appeal Procedures, and may be dismissed
at any time by the appointing officer without hearing or appeal.
(7) Career service status shall be granted upon the successful completion of the probationary
Section 7. Section 67-20-8 is amended to read:
67-20-8. Volunteer experience credit.
(1) State agencies shall designate positions for which approved volunteer experience satisfies
(2) When evaluating applicants for those designated positions, state agencies shall consider
documented approved volunteer experience in the same manner as similar paid employment.
(3) The Department of Human Resource Management shall make statewide rules governing
(a) designation of volunteer positions; and
(b) a uniform process to document the approval, use, and hours worked by volunteers.
Section 8. Repealer.
This act repeals:
Section 67-19-40, State benefits for service members activated due to Operation Desert
Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
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