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.
As a readily available reference, these links lead you to the policies and procedures for Reduction in Force, Priority Reemployment, and Severance. If you have additional questions about the RIF process or resources, please contact the Office of State Human Resources at 919-807-4800.