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qualifications stated in the class specifications for the position for which the promotional examination is announced. An employee having a current official overall Performance Planning and Review rating of "Poor" or "Needs Improvement" shall not be admitted to any competitive examination.
(b)Repealed, effective March 15, 1973.
(c)Whenever minimum qualification requirements are changed and incumbents of positions in affected classes do not meet the new requirements, such incumbents will be allowed to remain in the class of position occupied and to continue gaining qualifying experience for the higher levels that are in the normal career progression for that class.
(d)When incumbents referred to in (c) above acquire the difference (in experience) between the minimum qualification requirements of their present class and those of higher levels that are in the normal career progression for that class, they will then have met the qualification requirements for the higher level(s). However, incumbents herein referred to may not be eligible for advancement to the higher levels if there are legitimate barriers, such as licensure, certification, accreditation, restrictive funding requirements, etc., which exceed the credentials possessed by the incumbents.
3.Such examination may consist of a rating of training and experience; length of service; an oral examination; a performance test; a factor based on recorded service ratings; a factor based on formal in-service training courses successfully completed; a written objective test; or any combination thereof.
4.The eligible list established from such examination shall contain the names of all candidates who pass the examination, ranked according to their final ratings.
5.In assigning a rating based on training and experience, credit shall not be allowed for periods of leave of thirty days or more absence without pay granted under the provisions of Rule 11.27 (a) and 11.27 (b), unless the work performed during the period of absence is creditable under the examination specifications.

(b)Subject to the provisions of Sub-section (e) of this Rule, the Director may authorize the noncompetitive promotion of a permanent employee who has been designated for promotion by his appointing authority and who meets the qualifications stated in the class specifications for the position to which his promotion is proposed, provided, that in any case the Director may impose a requirement that the employee attain a passing grade in such written examination as may be in use, at the time of the proposed action, for the class of position to which the employee is proposed for promotion.

(c)The Director may indicate the principal or normal lines of promotion from and to each class of position.

(d)If there are sufficient qualified employees in the Classified Service, whose names appear on a list of eligibles prepared from an open competitive examination, the Director may, in his discretion, utilize the names of such employees from such list in lieu of conducting a competitive promotional examination.

(e)No employee who is serving in a position to which he has been noncompetitively appointed under the provisions of Rule 7.20 shall be eligible for noncompetitive promotion to a position for which a competitive examination is

required unless:

1.He attains a grade in such examination as may be in use, at the time of the proposed action, sufficiently high as to place him within reach for certification and appointment to the higher position; or
2.The Director determines that the higher position is within a principal or normal line of promotion; or the Director, upon proper justification, waives the requirement that the employee proposed for promotion be within reach for certification.

7.10Amended and reenacted effective March 15, 1966 as a part of Rule 7.9

7.11Preferential Eligibility Credits

(a)Repealed, effective January 1, 1975.

(b)Subject to the provisions of Subsections (e) and (g) of this Rule, five-point preference in original appointments shall be granted to persons honorably discharged, or discharged under honorable conditions, from the Armed Forces of the United States who served:

1.In the wartime period April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918; or,
2.In the wartime period September 16, 1940 through July 25, 1947; or,
3.In the wartime period June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955; or
4.In the wartime period July 1, 1958 through May 7, 1975; or
5.In a peacetime campaign or expedition for which campaign badges are authorized.

(c)Subject to the provisions of Sub-sections (e) and (g) of this Rule, ten-point preference in original appointment shall be granted to:

1.Each honorably discharged veteran who served either in peace or in war and who has one or more disabilities recognized as service-connected by the Veterans Administration;
2.The spouse of each veteran whose physical condition precludes his or her appointment to a civil service job in his or her usual line of work;
3.The unremarried widow of each deceased veteran who served in a war period as defined in Sub-section (b) of this Rule, or in a peace-time campaign or expedition;
4.The unremarried widowed parent of any person who died in active wartime or peacetime service or who suffered total and permanent disability in active wartime or peacetime service;
5.The divorced or separated parents of any person who died in wartime or peacetime service or who became totally and permanently disabled in wartime or peacetime service.

(d)The ten-point preferences provided for in this Rule shall be utilized in the following manner:

1.Only one ten-point preference shall be allowed in the original appointment to any person enumerated in Sub-Section (c) of this Rule.
2.If the ten-point preference is not used by the veteran, either because of the veteran's physical or mental

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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