WSR 05-08-135

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL


[ Filed April 6, 2005, 9:39 a.m. , effective July 1, 2005 ]


Purpose: These rules explain how a general government employee's seniority date is determined after July 1, 2005.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 41.06 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-01-242 on December 22, 2004.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: January 26, 2005.

Eva Santos

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 357-46-055   How is a general government employee's seniority date determined?   (1) For a full-time general government employee, the seniority date is the employee's most recent date of hire into state service as adjusted for any period of leave without pay which exceeds 15 consecutive calendar days except when the leave without pay is taken for:

(a) Military leave as provided in WAC 357-31-370;

(b) Compensable work-related injury or illness leave;

(c) Government service leave not to exceed two years and one month;

(d) Educational leave, contingent upon successful completion of the coursework; and/or

(e) Reducing the effects of layoff.

(f) When an employee is on leave without pay for more than 15 consecutive calendar days and the absence is not due to one of the reasons listed above, the employee's seniority date must be moved forward in an amount equal to the number of calendar days on leave without pay.

(2) For a part-time general government employee, the seniority date is calculated by determining the number of actual hours worked and/or in paid status. Time spent in leave without pay status is not credited unless the leave without pay is taken for:

(a) Military leave as provided in WAC 357-31-370;

(b) Compensable work-related injury or illness leave;

(c) Government service leave not to exceed two years and one month;

(d) Educational leave, contingent upon successful completion of the coursework; and/or

(e) Reducing the effects of layoff.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 357-46-056   How does a general government employee's seniority as of June 30, 2005 transfer under Title 357 WAC?   A general government employee's unbroken service date as of June 30, 2005 will become the employee's seniority date as of July 1, 2005. From July 1, 2005 forward, any adjustments to the seniority date for leave without pay must be in accordance with WAC 357-46-055.

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