(1) To promote the most effective use of the state's workforce and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery of services to the citizens of the state, the director shall adopt and maintain a comprehensive classification plan for all positions in the classified service. The classification plan must:
(a) Be simple and streamlined;
(b) Support state agencies in responding to changing technologies, economic and social conditions, and the needs of its citizens;
(c) Value workplace diversity;
(d) Facilitate the reorganization and decentralization of governmental services;
(e) Enhance mobility and career advancement opportunities; and
(f) Consider rates in other public employment and private employment in the state.
(2) An appointing authority and an employee organization representing classified employees of the appointing authority for collective bargaining purposes may jointly request the director of financial management to initiate a classification study.
(3) For institutions of higher education and related boards, the director may adopt special salary ranges to be competitive with positions of a similar nature in the state or the locality in which the institution of higher education or related board is located.
(4) The director may undertake salary surveys of positions in other public and private employment to establish market rates. Any salary survey information collected from private employers which identifies a specific employer with salary rates which the employer pays to its employees shall not be subject to public disclosure under chapter 42.56