Date of Adoption: July 11, 2002.
Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to deal with incumbent status for positions converted by the Washington Personnel Resources Board from exempt to classified.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.06.150.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 02-12-110 on June 5, 2002.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making:
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Effective Date of Rule: September 1, 2002.
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(2) The incumbent shall not be required to pass a qualifying examination or meet the minimum qualifications for the Washington general service classification to which their position is allocated.
(3) Incumbents who have been continuously employed for a period of time equivalent to or greater than the probationary period established for their Washington general service classification shall not be required to complete the probationary period. Incumbents who have not been continuously employed for a period of time equivalent to or greater than the probationary period shall be required to complete the remaining portion of their probationary period.
(4) Incumbents whose salary is higher than the salary range assigned to their Washington general service classification shall be Y-rated in accordance with WAC 356-14-075.
(5) The periodic increment date (PID) for incumbents placed in positions converted by the board on or before the 15th of the month shall be set at the first day of that month. The PID for incumbents placed in positions converted by the board after the 15th of the month shall be set the first day of the following month.
(6) Incumbents shall be credited with all unused sick leave credits, if any, that they had accrued up to the time of placement in a position converted by the board and shall begin to accrue sick leave as provided in WAC 356-18-050.
(7) Incumbents shall be credited will all unused vacation leave credits, if any, that they had accrued up to the time of placement in a position converted by the board and shall begin to accrue vacation leave as provided in WAC 356-18-090.
(8) With regard to calculation of unused sick and vacation leave credits upon conversion, the employing agency's leave records are presumed to be accurate and in accordance with Chapter 356-18 WAC. If the incumbent disagrees he or she bears the burden of proof, by a preponderance of the evidence, that a different leave amount is correct under Chapter 356-18 WAC.
(9) The board will determine the methodology to be used for establishing the effective date for incumbent seniority. When feasible, the board will apply the methodology as prescribed in WAC 356-05-390. The employing agency shall set the seniority date in accordance with the board's instruction. Thereafter, incumbents shall accrue seniority in accordance with WAC 356-05-390. As provided in WAC 356-30-130, seniority gained by seasonal career employees during seasonal layoff will be disregarded. If an incumbent believes the agency did not set the seniority date in accordance with the board's instructions, the incumbent may request a review with the director. The written request for review must be filed with the director and received within 30 calendar days from the date the agency informed the employee of their seniority date. The request must contain the reasons and basis for the review. Once the review is completed the director or designee shall issue a decision, which will be final and binding.
(10) Once an incumbent is placed in a position converted under the provisions of this section, he/she shall be covered by the merit system rules and shall have appeal rights as set forth in these rules and Title 358 WAC.