I.ESTIMATED IMPLEMENTATION COSTS (SAVINGS) TO STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (Summary)
There is estimated to be no costs or savings to state or local governmental units. These amendments change the designation of the secretary of the Structural Pest Control Commission, amend requirements for applicants to obtain affidavits of experience, provide for disqualification of applicants based on failure to pass or for cheating on an examination, provide for an appeal from such disqualification, and make technical language changes.
II.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON REVENUE COLLECTIONS OF STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNITS (Summary)
There is estimated to be no effect on the revenue of state or local governmental units.
III.ESTIMATED COSTS AND/OR ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO DIRECTLY AFFECTED PERSONS OR NONGOVERNMENTAL GROUPS (Summary)
There is estimated to be no significant effect on costs or economic benefits to affected persons or non-governmental groups.
IV.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON COMPETITION AND EMPLOYMENT (Summary)
There is estimated to be no effect on competition and employment.
Robert E. Hosse
Legislative Fiscal Office
NOTICE OF INTENT
Department of Civil Service
Civil Service Commission
Civil Service Rules, Chapters 7, 8, 22, 23 and 24
The State Civil Service Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 to consider the following Civil Service Rule changes related to staffing procedures for classified state jobs. The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be held in the Claiborne Building, 1201 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA. The commission will consider action on these proposed Rule changes in accordance with Article X, Section 10 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana.
In 2000, the State Civil Service Commission adopted a comprehensive civil service reform initiative titled ASCEND 2020. One of the major goals of ASCEND 2020 was to re-engineer the application/hiring procedures used by state agencies to fill classified jobs. This reform has been implemented in phases over several years. The final phase is now nearing completion. While the essential principles underlying the current Rules remain unchanged, many of the procedures and terms in the current Civil Service Rules will change or become obsolete. Therefore, we propose to abolish in their entirety, the current Chapter 7, “Examinations and Eligible Lists” and Chapter 8, “Certification and Appointment” and replace them with three new chapters, Chapter 22, “Requirements for Filling Job Vacancies,” Chapter 23, “Appointments” and Chapter 24 “Transfer of Governmental Functions and Acquisitions.” In conjunction with these changes, new definitions to clarify terms used in these chapters, and minor wording changes to related Rules are also proposed.
The proposed Rules provide for merit-based hiring in a clearer, more consolidated format based on the principles set forward in our state constitution: open competition and ability-based appointment. The proposed Rules clearly require that all components of the selection process, from initial screening through final interview questions, whether applied by the Department of State Civil Service, or the hiring agency, be based on job-related merit, efficiency, fitness and length of service.
The current Chapters 7 and 8, proposed for abolishment, are presented in their entirety first. These are followed by the proposed new Chapters 22, 23 and 24, amendments to Definitions (Chapter 1), and resulting minor amendments to associated Rules in other chapters. Explanations of the changes proposed are provided.
Chapter 7 Examinations and Eligible Lists
Repeal Chapter 7 in its entirety and adopt Chapter 22.
(a)The Director shall conduct competitive examinations at such times and places as he deems necessary or desirable to meet the needs of the Classified Service.
(b)Unless specifically provided otherwise in examination announcements, applications for admission to examinations shall be accepted on a continuing basis.
7.2Public Notice of Open Competitive Examinations
(a)The Director shall give reasonable public notice of each open competitive examination in advance of the deadline date for filing applications.
(b)Notices of open competitive examinations shall be posted on a bulletin board maintained at or near the principal office of the Department of State Civil Service. The Director may also advertise tests in such publications as he deems appropriate and use any other means he considers necessary or desirable to bring the notice of the examinations to the attention of the general public and to those qualified for admission.
(c)Each official notice shall state the place and manner of making application, and any other information which the Director considers pertinent and appropriate.
7.3Amended and re-enacted effective March 15, 1966 as a part of Rule 7.9
7.4Minimum Qualifications and Retest Eligibility Standards
(a)The Director shall establish Minimum Qualifications for each job in the classified service. These Minimum Qualifications shall be included as part of the job specification for each classified job. Appointees to any classified job must meet the Minimum Qualifications established for that job unless exempted under provisions of Rules 7.9a) 2 c), 7.9 a) 2 d), 8.16 d), 8.18, or 5.8. The Director may order the removal or separation of any employee found to have been appointed who does not meet the Minimum Qualifications.
(b)A person whose employment is prohibited by any law or Rule shall not be admitted to any examination, except that where, the Director finds there exists reason to believe that the prohibition will cease to exist within a reasonable time, an applicant may be admitted to the examination and certified for a position but such person shall not be appointed as long as his employment is prohibited.
(c)Whenever age limits are specified in the qualification requirements such age limits shall not apply to any applicant
Louisiana Register Vol. 34, No. 10 October 20, 2008