The Office of Financial Management (OFM) has, among several duties, responsibility for the direction and supervision of personnel policies and application of the civil service laws of the state. The Department of Enterprise Services directs and supervises the implementation of those laws and policies for the state workforce. Each agency has responsibilities for reporting on and implementing changes to the structure of salaries and employment of the state workforce.
Salary schedule language related to comparable worth and locally competitive higher education salary schedules is repealed. Several temporary salary freeze provisions dating from February 2009 to July 2013 are also repealed.
Annual reporting requirement from each state agency to OFM on the number of specified types of employees and the use of bonus or incentive awards are eliminated. Language that prohibits monetary performance-based awards or incentives during the period between February 15, 2010, and June 30, 2013, is repealed.
State employees appointed on or after July 1, 2023, must be paid only through electronic transfers of funds. The requirement to pay new employees by electronic transfer of funds does not apply to new employees at the University of Washington until July 1, 2025.
The right of civil service exempt employees to revert to a classified position is suspended if the employee has been notified in writing that they are the subject of a workplace investigation that could result in a gross misconduct or malfeasance finding. Written notice includes notice sent by email to the employees' work email address.
Submittal requirements for state agency reports to the Department of Social and Health Services and the Governor's Disability Employment Task Force are changed from adhering to a calendar year to a fiscal year.
PRO: This is OFM request legislation that will help OFM complete HR tasks more efficiently, and close a rare, but concerning loophole. The two areas of substantive change in this bill are employees being paid through electronic transfer of funds which increases efficiency and provides a cost-savings, and suspending civil service exempt employees from the ability to revert back to classified positions in situations where they have been notified in writing that there is an ongoing investigation.