HB 834, signed into law by the Governor on August 21, 2013, made changes to the state’s Reduction In Force Priority policy. Key changes effective immediately are that the priority given to the employee whose position has been reduced is satisfied (and terminated) when the employee accepts (or refuses) an offered position at the same or higher salary grade/salary grade equivalency or the same or higher salary rate as that of the position held by the employee at the time of official notification of reduction in force. Priority is also satisfied (and terminated) at the completion of the 12-month priority period. Changes to the policy and rules will be submitted to the State Human Resources Commission for approval on October 17, 2013.
A reduction-in-force can be a stressful experience, not only for the employees who are directly affected, but also for their families, friends, supervisors and co-workers. This site was created for state employees who may be notified and/or separated by reduction-in-force, but also for the many others whose lives may be touched by this process.
On this site you will find a Reduction-in-Force Resource Guide to Benefits, policies associated with reduction-in-force, and most importantly, advice from our Employee Assistance Program about how to cope with the disruption and uncertainty that reduction-in-force brings.
As state employees, we may gain strength by relying on each other in these difficult times. Take heart in the fact that, at one time or another, many other state employees have been through this experience and have had similar feelings and circumstances. Your fellow state employees can be a wonderful source of support.
We hope these resources will help to smooth your transition. Please feel free to contact the Office of State Human Resources and let us know how we can help.
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