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  Date of enactment: February 12, 2016
2015 Assembly Bill 373   Date of publication*: February 13, 2016
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes: Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication."
2015 WISCONSIN ACT 150
(Vetoed in Part)
An Act to repeal 230.16 (7m) (c), 230.16 (9), 230.19 (2), 230.19 (3), 230.28 (6), 230.31 (2) and 230.40 (3); to renumber 230.19 (1); to renumber and amend 230.01 (2), 230.16 (7), 230.25 (1m), 230.34 (1) (a) and 230.43 (1) (a); to amend 62.13 (4) (d), 63.08 (1) (f) 1., 63.08 (1) (f) 2., 63.08 (1) (f) 3., 63.37, 63.39 (2m), 66.0509 (1), 230.04 (14), 230.046 (2), 230.05 (7), 230.08 (2) (c), 230.12 (1) (h), 230.13 (1) (a), 230.13 (3) (b), 230.15 (1), 230.15 (1m) (c) 1., 230.16 (title), 230.16 (1) (a), 230.16 (2), 230.16 (3), 230.16 (4), 230.16 (5), 230.16 (6), 230.16 (7m) (b) 4., 230.16 (10), 230.16 (11), 230.17 (1), 230.17 (2), 230.18, 230.21 (1), 230.21 (2), 230.21 (3), 230.213, 230.24 (1), 230.24 (2), 230.25 (1), 230.25 (1g), 230.25 (2) (a), 230.25 (2) (b), 230.25 (3) (a), 230.26 (2), 230.26 (4), 230.28 (1) (a), 230.28 (1) (am), 230.28 (1) (c), 230.31 (1) (intro.), 230.32 (4), 230.34 (1) (am), 230.34 (2) (intro.), 230.34 (2) (a), 230.34 (2) (b), 230.35 (3) (d), 230.37 (1), 230.43 (1) (title), 230.43 (1) (b), 230.43 (1) (c), 230.43 (1) (d), 230.43 (1) (e), 230.43 (5), 230.44 (1) (c), 230.44 (1) (e) and 321.65 (3) (g); to create 20.865 (1) (dm), 20.928 (1f), 230.01 (2) (bm), 230.01 (2) (bp), 230.04 (13m), 230.04 (19), 230.05 (10), 230.06 (1) (m), 230.06 (4), 230.13 (3) (c), 230.15 (6), 230.15 (7), 230.16 (1) (ap), 230.25 (1m) (a) to (d), 230.25 (2) (am), 230.31 (3), 230.34 (1) (a) 1. to 9. and 230.445 of the statutes; and to affect 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, section 9101 (5n) (a), 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, section 9101 (5n) (b) and 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, section 9101 (5n) (c); relating to: the state civil service and making an appropriation.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
150,1 Section 1. 20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert the following amounts for the purposes indicated: - See PDF for table PDF
150,2 Section 2. 20.865 (1) (dm) of the statutes is created to read:
20.865 (1) (dm) Discretionary merit compensation program. The amounts in the schedule to supplement the appropriations to state agencies for the cost of discretionary merit compensation awards approved by the division of personnel management in the department of administration under s. 20.928 (1f).
150,3 Section 3. 20.928 (1f) of the statutes is created to read:
20.928 (1f) Each state agency head shall certify to the administrator of the division of personnel management in the department of administration, at such time and in such manner as the administrator prescribes, the sum of money needed from the appropriations under s. 20.865 (1) (dm) for the state agency to make lump sum discretionary merit compensation awards to its classified employees. Upon receipt of the certifications together with such additional information as the administrator prescribes, the administrator shall determine the amounts required from the appropriation to supplement state agency budgets. The administrator may not approve an agency request for money from the appropriation under s. 20.865 (1) (dm) for a discretionary merit award that increases an employee's base compensation.
150,4 Section 4. 62.13 (4) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
62.13 (4) (d) The examination shall be free for all U.S. citizens over 18 and under 55 years of age, with proper limitations as to health and, subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322, and 111.335, arrest and conviction record. The examination, including minimum training and experience requirements, shall be job-related in compliance with appropriate validation standards and shall be subject to the approval of the board and may include tests of manual skill and physical strength. All relevant experience, whether paid or unpaid, shall satisfy experience requirements. The board shall control examinations and may designate and change examiners, who may or may not be otherwise in the official service of the city, and whose compensation shall be fixed by the board and paid by the city. Veterans and their spouses shall be given preference points in accordance with s. 230.16 (7) 63.08 (1) (fm).
150,5 Section 5. 63.08 (1) (f) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
63.08 (1) (f) 1. The commission may not impose any restriction as to age on any veteran who is applying or eligible for a position under this section. The commission shall give preference points to veterans and their spouses under s. 230.16 (7) par. (fm), except as provided under subd. 2.
150,6 Section 6. 63.08 (1) (f) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
63.08 (1) (f) 2. Notwithstanding s. 230.16 (7) par. (fm), persons shall be certified from the eligible list under s. 63.05 (1) (b) without adding any preference points to any person's grade.
150,7 Section 7. 63.08 (1) (f) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
63.08 (1) (f) 3. After the certification under subd. 2., any veteran or veteran's spouse whose grade, plus the points to which the veteran or spouse is entitled under s. 230.16 (7) par. (fm), is equal to or higher than the lowest grade on the list made under subd. 2. shall be added to the certification list under s. 63.05 (1) (b). The number of persons added to a certification list under this subdivision may not exceed the number of persons initially certified under subd. 2.
150,8 Section 8. 63.37 of the statutes is amended to read:
63.37 Board to keep a register of eligibles. From the returns or reports of the examiners, or from the examinations made by the board, the board shall prepare and keep a register for each grade or class of position in the service of such city, of the persons whose general average standing upon examinations for such grade or class is not less than the minimum fixed by the rules of such board, and who are otherwise eligible, and such persons shall take rank upon the register as candidates in the order of their relative excellence as determined by examination without reference to priority of time of examination. The board shall impose no restrictions as to age in case of veterans, and veterans and their spouses shall be given preference points in accordance with s. 230.16 (7) 63.08 (1) (fm).
150,9 Section 9. 63.39 (2m) of the statutes is amended to read:
63.39 (2m) Notwithstanding s. 230.16 (7) 63.08 (1) (fm), the board shall certify persons from the list of eligibles without adding preference points to their grades. After the certification under sub. (1) or (2), the board shall add to the certification list any veteran or veteran's spouse whose grade, plus the points to which the veteran or spouse is entitled under s. 230.16 (7) 63.08 (1) (fm), is equal to or higher than the lowest grade on the list of eligibles.
150,10 Section 10. 66.0509 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0509 (1) Any city or village may proceed under s. 61.34 (1), 62.11 (5) or 66.0101 to establish a civil service system of selection, tenure and status, and the system may be made applicable to all municipal personnel except the chief executive and members of the governing body, members of boards and commissions including election officials, employees subject to s. 62.13, members of the judiciary and supervisors. Any town may establish a civil service system under this subsection. For veterans there shall be no restrictions as to age, and veterans and their spouses shall be given preference points in accordance with s. 230.16 (7) 63.08 (1) (fm). The system may also include uniform provisions in respect to attendance, leave regulations, compensation and payrolls for all personnel included in the system. The governing body of any city, village or town establishing a civil service system under this section may exempt from the system the librarians and assistants subject to s. 43.09 (1).
150,11 Section 11. 230.01 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 230.01 (2) (a) and amended to read:
230.01 (2) (a) It is the policy of the state and the responsibility of the director and the administrator to maintain a system of personnel management which fills positions in the classified service through methods which apply the merit principle, with adequate civil service safeguards.
(b) It is the policy of this state to provide for equal employment opportunity by ensuring that all personnel actions including hire, tenure or term, and condition or privilege of employment be based on the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities assigned to the particular position without regard to age, race, creed or religion, color, disability, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
(c) It is the policy of this state to take affirmative action which is not in conflict with other provisions of this chapter.
(d) It is the policy of the state to ensure its employees opportunities for satisfying careers and fair treatment based on the value of each employee's services.
(e) It is the policy of this state to encourage disclosure of information under subch. III and to ensure that any employee employed by a governmental unit is protected from retaliatory action for disclosing information under subch. III.
(f) It is the policy of this state to correct pay inequities based on gender or race in the state civil service system.
150,12 Section 12. 230.01 (2) (bm) of the statutes is created to read:
230.01 (2) (bm) It is the policy of this state to recruit, select, and promote employees based on their relative skills, abilities, competencies, and knowledge, including using open processes to consider qualified applicants for initial employment.
150,13 Section 13. 230.01 (2) (bp) of the statutes is created to read:
230.01 (2) (bp) It is the policy of this state to retain employees on the basis of the adequacy of their performance, to correct inadequate performance when possible and appropriate, and to separate from state service employees whose performance and personal conduct is inadequate, unsuitable, or inferior.
150,14 Section 14. 230.04 (13m) of the statutes is created to read:
230.04 (13m) The administrator shall establish standards for progressive discipline plans to be prepared by all agencies and applied to all employees in the classified service. The standards shall address progressive discipline for personal conduct and work performance that is inadequate, unsuitable, or inferior. The standards established under this subsection shall allow an appointing authority to accelerate progressive discipline if the inadequacy, unsuitability, or inferiority of the personal conduct or work performance for which an employee is being disciplined is severe.
150,15 Section 15. 230.04 (14) of the statutes, as affected by 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, is amended to read:
230.04 (14) The Except as provided in s. 230.445, the administrator shall establish, by rule, the scope and minimum requirements of a state employee grievance procedure relating to conditions of employment.
150,16 Section 16. 230.04 (19) of the statutes is created to read:
230.04 (19) The administrator shall develop and implement a discretionary merit award program to distribute money under s. 20.928 (1f) to agencies for the purpose of providing lump sum monetary awards to classified employees whose job performance has exceeded agency expectations.
150,16m Section 16m. 230.046 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
230.046 (2) Supervisory training. After initial appointment to a supervisory position, each appointing authority shall ensure that each classified service supervisor successfully completes a supervisory development program. A waiver of any part of the probationary period under s. 230.28 (1) (c) may not be granted before completion of the development program. The program shall include such subjects as state personnel policies, grievance handling, discipline, performance evaluation, understanding the concerns of state employees with children, the supervisor's role in management and the concept of the total quality leadership process, including quality improvement through participatory management.
150,17 Section 17. 230.05 (7) of the statutes, as affected by 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, is amended to read:
230.05 (7) The director shall use techniques and procedures designed to certify eligible applicants to any vacant permanent position within 45 30 days after the filing of an appropriate request by an appointing authority.
150,17m Section 17m. 230.05 (10) of the statutes is created to read:
230.05 (10) The director shall establish standards for what constitutes a serious violation of the code of ethics for purposes of s. 230.34 (1) (a) 9.
150,18 Section 18. 230.06 (1) (m) of the statutes is created to read:
230.06 (1) (m) Prepare a progressive discipline plan which complies with the standards established by the administrator under s. 230.04 (13m).
150,19 Section 19. 230.06 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
230.06 (4) An appointing authority shall maintain permanently an employee's disciplinary records in the employee's personnel file. Unless otherwise ordered by a court or, during the grievance process under s. 230.445, by the appointing authority, administrator, or commission, or unless otherwise agreed to in a settlement agreement, disciplinary records may not be removed from an employee's personnel file.
150,20 Section 20. 230.08 (2) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
230.08 (2) (c) The director, associate director, and state historian of the historical society; and, with the approval of the board of curators and the administrator, such number of specialists as are required by the society for specific research, writing, collecting, or editing projects which for a limited period of time not to exceed 2 years, renewable at the discretion of the board of curators and the administrator for an additional 2-year period, require persons with particular training or experience in a specialized phase or field of history, historical research, writing, collecting, or editing, and any persons whose entire salary is paid from funds reappropriated to the society by s. 20.245 (1) (r) where a competitive examination process is impractical.
150,21 Section 21. 230.12 (1) (h) of the statutes is amended to read:
230.12 (1) (h) Other pay, benefits, and working conditions. The compensation plan may include other provisions relating to pay, benefits, and working conditions that shall supersede the provisions of the civil service and other applicable statutes and rules promulgated by the director and the administrator.
150,22 Section 22. 230.13 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
230.13 (1) (a) Examination scores and ranks and other evaluations Evaluations of applicants, including any examination scores and rankings.
150,23 Section 23. 230.13 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
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