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First Substitute S.B. 23

Representative David Ure proposes the following substitute bill:




Sponsor: Thomas V. Hatch

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill modifies provisions of the Utah Municipal Code relating to municipal officers
             9      and employees.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    modifies the officers and employees of a municipality to whom certain provisions
             13      relating to the duration of employment and appeals from employment decisions
             14      apply;
             15          .    modifies the composition of an appeal board for employment decisions;
             16          .    modifies the process for appealing an action or decision of the appeal board;
             17          .    expands circumstances covered by provisions relating to limitations on taking
             18      negative employment action;
             19          .    requires rather than permits the appeal board to provide that an employee receive
             20      back salary if the board finds in favor of the employee; and
             21          .    makes technical changes.
             22      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None

             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:
             28          10-3-1105, as enacted by Chapter 48, Laws of Utah 1977
             29          10-3-1106, as enacted by Chapter 48, Laws of Utah 1977
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 10-3-1105 is amended to read:
             33           10-3-1105. Municipal employees -- Duration and termination of employment --
             34      Exceptions.
             35          [All appointive officers and employees of municipalities, other than members of the
             36      police departments, fire departments, heads of departments, and superintendents,]
             37          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), each employee of a municipality shall hold
             38      [their] employment without limitation of time, being subject to discharge [or dismissal only as
             39      hereinafter provided.], suspension of over two days without pay, or involuntary transfer to a
             40      position with less remuneration only as provided in Section 10-3-1106 .
             41          (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to:
             42          (a) an officer appointed by the mayor or other person or body exercising executive
             43      power in the municipality;
             44          (b) a member of the municipality's police department or fire department who is a
             45      member of the classified civil service in a first or second class city;
             46          (c) a police chief of the municipality;
             47          (d) a deputy police chief of the municipality;
             48          (e) a fire chief of the municipality;
             49          (f) a deputy or assistant fire chief of the municipality;
             50          (g) a head of a municipal department;
             51          (h) a deputy of a head of a municipal department;
             52          (i) a superintendent;
             53          (j) a probationary employee of the municipality;
             54          (k) a part-time employee of the municipality; or
             55          (l) a seasonal employee of the municipality.
             56          (3) Nothing in this section or Section 10-3-1106 may be construed to limit a

             57      municipality's ability to define cause for an employee termination or reduction in force.
             58          Section 2. Section 10-3-1106 is amended to read:
             59           10-3-1106. Discharge, suspension without pay, or transfer -- Appeals -- Board --
             60      Procedure.
             61          (1) [No officer or] An employee [covered by] to which Section 10-3-1105 [shall]
             62      applies may not be discharged, suspended without pay, or involuntarily transferred to a position
             63      with less remuneration:
             64          (a) because of [his] the employee's politics or religious belief[,]; or
             65          (b) incident to, or through changes, either in the elective officers, governing body, or
             66      heads of departments. [In all cases where any officer or]
             67          (2) (a) If an employee is discharged, suspended for more than two days without pay, or
             68      involuntarily transferred from one position to another with less remuneration for any reason,
             69      [he shall have the right to] the employee may, subject to Subsection (2)(b), appeal the
             70      discharge, suspension without pay, or involuntary transfer to a board to be known as the appeal
             71      board [which shall consist of five members, three of whom shall be chosen by and from the
             72      appointive officers and employees, and two of whom shall be members of the governing body],
             73      established under Subsection (7).
             74          (b) If the municipality provides an internal grievance procedure, the employee shall
             75      exhaust the employee's rights under that grievance procedure before appealing to the board.
             76          [(2) The] (3) (a) Each appeal under Subsection (2) shall be taken by filing written
             77      notice of the appeal with the municipal recorder within ten days after:
             78          (i) if the municipality provides an internal grievance procedure, the employee receives
             79      notice of the final disposition of the municipality's internal grievance procedure; or
             80          (ii) if the municipality does not provide an internal grievance procedure, the discharge,
             81      suspension, or involuntary transfer.
             82          (b) (i) Upon the filing of [the] an appeal under Subsection (3)(a), the [city] municipal
             83      recorder shall forthwith refer a copy of the [same] appeal to the appeal board.
             84          (ii) Upon receipt of the referral from the municipal recorder, the appeal board shall
             85      forthwith commence its investigation, take and receive evidence, and fully hear and determine
             86      the matter which relates to the cause for the discharge, suspension, or transfer.
             87          [(3) The] (4) An employee [shall be entitled to] who is the subject of the discharge,

             88      suspension, or transfer may:
             89          (a) appear in person and [to] be represented by counsel[, to];
             90          (b) have a public hearing[, to];
             91          (c) confront the witness whose testimony is to be considered[,]; and [to]
             92          (d) examine the evidence to be considered by the appeal board.
             93          [(4) In the event the appeal board upholds the discharge or transfer, the officer or
             94      employee may have 14 days thereafter to appeal to the governing body whose decision shall be
             95      final. In the event the appeal board does not uphold the discharge or transfer the case shall be
             96      closed and no further proceedings shall be had.]
             97          (5) [The] (a) (i) Each decision of the appeal board shall be by secret ballot, and shall
             98      be certified to the recorder [with] within 15 days from the date the matter is referred to it[. The
             99      board may, in its decision,], except as provided in Subsection (5)(a)(ii).
             100          (ii) For good cause, the board may extend the 15-day period under Subsection (5)(a)(i)
             101      to a maximum of 60 days, if the employee and municipality both consent.
             102          (b) If it finds in favor of the employee, the board shall provide that [an] the employee
             103      shall receive [his]:
             104          (i) the employee's salary for the period of time during which [he] the employee is
             105      discharged[,] or suspended without pay; or
             106          (ii) any deficiency in salary for the period [he] during which the employee was
             107      transferred to a position of less remuneration [but not to exceed a 15 day period. In no case
             108      shall the appointive officer or employee be discharged or transferred, where an appeal is taken,
             109      except upon a concurrence of at least a majority of the membership of the governing body of
             110      the municipality].
             111          [(6) In the event that the appeal board does not uphold the discharge, or transfer, the
             112      recorder shall certify the decision to the employee affected, and also to the head of the
             113      department from whose order the appeal was taken. The employee shall be paid his salary,
             114      commencing with the next working day following the certification by the recorder of the appeal
             115      board's decision, provided that the employee, or officer, concerned reports for his assigned
             116      duties during that next working day.]
             117          (6) (a) A final action or order of the appeal board may be appealed to the Court of
             118      Appeals by filing with that court a notice of appeal.

             119          (b) Each notice of appeal under Subsection (6)(a) shall be filed within 30 days after the
             120      issuance of the final action or order of the appeal board.
             121          (c) The Court of Appeals' review shall be on the record of the appeal board and for the
             122      purpose of determining if the appeal board abused its discretion or exceeded its authority.
             123          (7) (a) The method and manner of choosing the members of the appeal board, [and] the
             124      number of members, the designation of their terms of office, and the procedure for conducting
             125      an appeal shall be prescribed by the governing body of each municipality by ordinance[, but the
             126      provisions for choosing the three members from the appointed officers and employees shall in
             127      no way restrict a free selection of members by the appointive officers and employees of the
             128      municipality].
             129          (b) For a municipality operating under a form of government other than a
             130      council-mayor form under Part 12, Optional Forms of Municipal Government Act, an
             131      ordinance adopted under Subsection (7)(a) may provide that the governing body of the
             132      municipality shall serve as the appeal board.

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