WSR 04-07-052



[ Filed March 11, 2004, 11:33 a.m. , effective January 1, 2005 ]

Date of Adoption: March 11, 2004.

Purpose: To implement RCW 41.06.136 and 41.06.139 as adopted under SHB 1268. The law requires the board to adopt rules regarding the framework of the new classification plan for state employees and provide an appeal right of the classification plan.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.06.150.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-04-109 on February 4, 2004.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: In WAC 357-10-020 language was added to clarify how appeals will be handled when received by the Washington Personnel Resources Board.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2005.

March 11, 2004

E. C. Matt


WAC 357-10-005   Definitions.   The following definitions apply to the rules in Chapter 357-10 WAC:

(1) Board is the Washington personnel resources board.

(2) Director is the director of department of personnel.

(3) Employee is a person working in the classified service who is subject to chapter 41.06 RCW and the civil service rules as codified in Title 357 WAC.

(4) Employer is a state agency, an institution of higher education, or a related higher education board.

(5) Position is a group of duties and responsibilities to be performed by an employee


WAC 357-10-010   Classification plan -- Framework and general direction.   (1) Beginning January 1, 2005, the director must implement a comprehensive classification plan that includes allocation and reallocation of positions. The plan must support state government's efforts to deliver effective and efficient services to the citizens of the state. To achieve this goal, the classification plan, and any modifications to it, shall be designed in accordance with the following goals for the state:

(a) The plan shall be modern, simple, and streamlined, with the number of job classifications and administrative processes kept to a reasonable minimum;

(b) It must be flexible and able to quickly respond to a dynamic workplace and workforce, changing technologies, varying economic and social conditions, and citizen needs;

(c) It must facilitate the reorganization and decentralization of government services;

(d) It must enhance employee mobility and career advancement opportunities; and,

(e) It must support the value state government places on workplace diversity.

(2) The plan shall be prepared in consultation with employers, employee organizations, and other interested parties. Following twenty calendar days' notice, the director shall hold open public hearings prior to adoption or revision of the plan.

(3) Subsequent revisions to the classification plan that are initiated by the director, employers, employees, and/or employee organizations must adhere to the goals listed in subsection (1), and any other provisions adopted by the director.


WAC 357-10-020   Classification plan -- Implementation--Appeal.   (1) Any employee who believes that the new comprehensive classification plan adopted by the director does not adhere to the goals listed in WAC 357-10-010 and can demonstrate how the plan doesn't meet the goals may appeal to the board by filing written notice within 30 calendar days of notification of the director's action.

(2) The board will review the appeal and:

(a) Notify the parties of the time for submitting written argument; or

(b) Notify the parties of a time and place for hearing oral argument.

(3) The party filing the appeal has the burden of proof.

(4) The board's decision is final and not subject to further appeal.


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