ESSB 5931, enacted in the 2011 1st special legislative session (see chapter 43, Laws of 2011), eliminates the DOP and transfers the human resources policy functions to the office of financial management under the authority of the human resources director. These changes will be effective October 1, 2011. Therefore this agenda addresses the rule-making activity for DOP for the time period of July 1 through September 30, 2011.
The DOP is responsible for TITLE 357 WAC, rules pertaining to civil service. This responsibility remains with the human resources director. During this time, we will begin the rule-making activities to conform the current rules to the new agency structure.
ESSB 5860 enacted in the 2011 legislative session (see chapter 39, Laws of 2011), requires a three percent temporary salary reduction for most state employees. This bill also provides qualified employees who are subject to the temporary salary reduction with an accrual of temporary salary reduction leave each month. The bill was effective July 1, 2011. DOP adopted rules on an emergency basis effective July 1, 2011, and will engage in permanent rule-making activities during this time period.
Additionally, in January 2011, DOP began a review of chapter 357-46 WAC. This chapter of the civil service rules addresses layoff and separation. We will continue to engage in rule-making activities pertaining to the review of chapter 357-46 WAC.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristie Wilson at (360) 664-6408.