WSR 01-04-079



[ Filed February 7, 2001, 8:53 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: WAC 356-15-125 Assignment pay provisions.

Purpose: The board may grant additional pay to recognize assigned duties that exceed the ordinary.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 41.06 RCW.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 41.06.150.

Summary: This modification will allow the board to grant additional pay to positions in which agencies are experiencing recruitment and/or retention problems and are located in a high cost of living area.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Sharon Whitehead, 521 Capitol Way South, Olympia, WA, (360) 664-6348; Implementation and Enforcement: Department of Personnel.

Name of Proponent: Department of Personnel, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: This rule allows the board to grant additional pay to recognize assigned duties that exceed the ordinary.

Agencies are experiencing recruitment and retention issues in areas of the state with the high cost of living. This modification, adopted on emergency on February 2, 2001, will allow agencies to provide additional pay for individual positions in specific locations with a high cost of living.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See above.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not required.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. These rules relate to internal government operations that are not subject to violation by a nongovernmental party. Therefore, pursuant to RCW 34.05.328 [(5)](b)(ii), Section 201 does not apply.

Hearing Location: Department of Personnel, 521 Capitol Way South, Olympia, WA, on March 20, 2001, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Department of Personnel by March 13, 2001, TDD (360) 753-4107, or (360) 664-6331.

Submit Written Comments to: Sharon Whitehead, Department of Personnel, P.O. Box 47500, fax (360) 586-4694, by March 16, 2001.

Date of Intended Adoption: March 20, 2001.

February 7, 2001

Doug Tanabe

Acting Secretary

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-19-034, filed 9/10/98, effective 10/12/98)

WAC 356-15-125   Assignment pay provisions.   The board may grant additional pay to recognize assigned duties and/or conditions that exceed the ordinary ((conditions)). Hazards, equipment operations and other specialized skills are examples of areas for board consideration. Out of the ordinary conditions include being in a position which is experiencing recruitment and/or retention problems and is located in an area where the cost of living impacts the agency's ability to recruit and/or retain employees. Approved classes will have the letters "AP" appearing after their class title in the compensation plan.

Details of the affected classes or positions within a class, with the additional amount granted, will appear in the salary schedule section of the compensation plan.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.06.150. 98-19-034, 356-15-125, filed 9/10/98, effective 10/12/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.06.040 and 41.06.150. 92-20-024 (Order 409), 356-15-125, filed 9/28/92, effective 11/1/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.06.150. 87-15-065 (Order 281), 356-15-125, filed 7/16/87, effective 9/1/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.06.150(17). 81-23-031 (Order 163), 356-15-125, filed 11/16/81.]

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