The Senate State and Local Government committee today (3-21-18) passed an amended version of SB2443 on to the Senate Calendar Committee. To view the committee’s discussion on the bill, including testimony from TSEA, visit this link: https://goo.gl/3wHRyc
During the committee’s discussion, Committee Chairman Sen. Ken Yager also indicated his interest in signing on as a co-sponsor and thanked Sen. Frank Niceley for bringing this legislation.
On March 20, the House State Government Committee passed the amended version of HB2589 on to the House Calendar and Rules Committee.
SB2443/HB2589 is sponsored by Sen. Frank Niceley and Rep. Timothy Hill and is part of TSEA’s legislative agenda.
About the bill as amended:
This legislation as amended would restore subsequent probation as it was prior to May 18th, 2017. This probationary period serves as an extension of the selection process, providing time for employees to adjust and supervisors to ensure new employees can satisfactorily meet performance expectations and perform essential job functions. This policy applies to all individuals receiving a promotion, transfer, reassignment or reclassification. What this would do is give those employees who fall under the before mentioned statuses the ability to appeal adverse actions against them.
Reason for legislation:
State employees who have given years into the service of our state deserve security. An employee with 15 years of service should not be punished for being rewarded, title changed or laterally moving within the same agency. This bill will help with recruiting, retaining, and rewarding as is the intent of the TEAM Act.