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.
It is the policy of this state to take affirmative action which is not in conflict with other provisions of this chapter.
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.
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
It is the policy of this state to correct pay inequities based on gender or race in the state civil service system.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to either infringe upon or supersede the rights guaranteed state employees under subch. V of ch. 111
Liberal construction of statutes.
Statutes applicable to the division and bureau shall be construed liberally in aid of the purposes declared in s. 230.01
In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
“Administrator" means the administrator of the division.
“Affirmative action" means specific actions in employment which are designed and taken for the purposes of all of the following:
Eliminating a substantial disparity between the proportion of members of racial and ethnic, gender or disabled groups either in job groups within the classified civil service, or in similar functional groups in the unclassified service, and the proportion of members of racial and ethnic, gender or disabled groups in the relevant labor pool.
Eliminating present effects of past discrimination.
“Agency" means any board, commission, committee, council, or department in state government or a unit thereof created by the constitution or statutes if such board, commission, committee, council, department, unit, or the head thereof, is authorized to appoint subordinate staff by the constitution or statute, except the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, a legislative or judicial board, commission, committee, council, department, or unit thereof or an authority created under subch. II of ch. 114
or under ch. 231
, or 279
. “Agency" does not mean any local unit of government or body within one or more local units of government that is created by law or by action of one or more local units of government.
Except as provided in s. 230.80 (1m)
, “appointing authority" means the chief administrative officer of an agency unless another person is authorized to appoint subordinate staff in the agency by the constitution or statutes.
“Bureau" means the bureau of merit recruitment and selection in the division.
“Civil service" means all offices and positions of trust or employment in the service of the state, except offices and positions in the organized militia and the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
“Classified service" means the classified service of the civil service.
“Collective bargaining agreement", “
collective bargaining unit" and other terms relating to collective bargaining for state employees have the meaning set forth for such terms under subch. V of ch. 111
“Commission" means the employment relations commission.
“Director" means the director of the bureau.
“Disabled veteran" means a veteran who has a service-connected disability.
“Division" means the division of personnel management in the department of administration.
“Division of equal rights" means the division of equal rights in the department of workforce development.
“Employee" or “state employee" means an employee of an agency.
“Gender group," when used in connection with affirmative action under this chapter, does not include groups discriminated against because of sexual orientation, as defined in s. 111.32 (13m)
“Job group" means a set of classifications combined by the office on the basis of similarity in responsibility, pay range and nature of work.
“Position" means a group of duties and responsibilities in either the classified or the unclassified divisions of the civil service, which require the services of an employee on a part-time or full-time basis.
“Resident of this state" means a person who, on the date an application under s. 230.16 (1)
Has established a residence, as defined in s. 6.10 (1)
, in this state not less than 10 days earlier;
Has resided in this state for not less than a total of one year out of the immediately preceding 5 years;
Is eligible to register to vote in this state; or
“Unclassified service" means the unclassified service of the civil service.
A person who served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces and who was entitled to receive any of the following:
The armed forces expeditionary medal established by executive order 10977 on December 4, 1961.
The Vietnam service medal established by executive order 11231 on July 8, 1965.
A person who served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces in a crisis zone, as defined in s. 45.01 (11)
A person who served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces for at least one day during a war period, as defined in s. 45.01 (13)
or under section 1 of executive order 10957 dated August 10, 1961.
A person who served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces for 2 continuous years or more or the full period of the person's initial service obligation, whichever is less. A person discharged from the U.S. armed forces for reasons of hardship or a service-connected disability or a person released due to a reduction in the U.S. armed forces prior to the completion of the required period of service shall also be considered a “veteran", regardless of the actual time served.
History: 1971 c. 270
; 1973 c. 333
; 1977 c. 196
; 1977 c. 418
; 1981 c. 20
; 1983 a. 27
, 2200 (15)
; 1983 a. 409
; 1987 a. 32
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 101
; 1993 a. 16
; 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 65
; 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 33
; 2005 a. 22
; 2007 a. 20
; 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 7
; 2013 a. 20
; 2013 a. 165
; 2013 a. 168
; 2015 a. 55
Powers and duties of the administrator. 230.04(1)(1)
The administrator is charged with the effective administration of this chapter. All powers and duties, necessary to that end, which are not exclusively vested by statute in the commission, the division of equal rights, the director or appointing authorities, are reserved to the administrator.
The administrator may delegate, in writing, any of his or her functions set forth in this chapter to an appointing authority, within prescribed standards if the administrator finds that the agency has personnel management capabilities to perform such functions effectively and has indicated its approval and willingness to accept such responsibility by written agreement. If the administrator determines that any agency is not performing such delegated function within prescribed standards, the administrator shall forthwith withdraw such delegated function. Subject to the approval of the joint committee on finance, the administrator may order transferred to the division from the agency to which delegation was made such agency staff and other resources as necessary to perform such functions if increased staff was authorized to that agency as a consequence of such delegation or if the division reduced staff or shifted staff to new responsibilities as a result of such delegation. Any delegatory action taken under s. 230.09 (2) (a)
or 230.13 (1)
by an appointing authority may be appealed to the commission under s. 230.44 (1) (b)
. The administrator shall be a party in such an appeal.
The administrator may utilize the services of technical or specialized personnel to assist in implementing and maintaining a sound personnel management program. These services may be obtained from persons inside or outside of state service.
The administrator may issue enforceable orders on all matters relating to the administration, enforcement and effect of this chapter and the rules prescribed thereunder except on matters relating to the provisions of subch. III
or to those provisions of subch. II
for which responsibility is specifically charged to the director.
The administrator shall establish and maintain a collective bargaining capability under s. 111.815 (2)
The administrator shall promulgate rules on all matters relating to the administration of the division and the performance of the duties assigned to the administrator, except on matters relating to those provisions of subch. II
for which responsibility is specifically charged to the director.
The administrator shall establish an employee performance evaluation program under s. 230.37 (1)
The administrator shall do all of the following:
Establish standards for affirmative action plans to be prepared by all agencies and applied to all employees in and applicants for employment in the unclassified and classified services, except for state officers elected by the people. The standards shall state the time periods within which these plans shall be prepared.
Review and approve or disapprove any affirmative action plan prepared by an agency to ensure compliance with the standards established under par. (a)
, and send any approved affirmative action plan to the governor with comments.
Monitor, evaluate and make recommendations to each agency to improve its progress toward providing equal opportunity to employees, applicants for employment and clients of the agency.
Provide each agency with technical assistance in exploring and implementing innovative personnel policies in compliance with standards established under par. (a)
Annually, prepare and submit to the governor and the legislature a summary of existing agency affirmative action program accomplishments, including the information obtained from agencies under sub. (10) (b)
, future goals and recommended actions.
Annually, prepare and submit to the governor and the legislature a summary of the progress being made to provide employment opportunities in civil service for veterans under this chapter, including the information obtained from agencies under sub. (10) (c)
Establish an affirmative action subunit. The affirmative action subunit shall advise and assist the director, the administrator, and agency heads on establishing policies and programs to ensure appropriate affirmative action. The subunit shall advise and assist the administrator in monitoring such programs and shall provide staff to the council on affirmative action.
“Independent" means the extent to which persons with disabilities exert control and choice over their own lives.
“Severely disabled employee" means an employee in the classified service with a chronic disability if the chronic disability meets all of the following conditions:
It is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments.
It results in substantial functional limitations in one or more of the following areas of major life activity: self-care; receptive and expressive language; learning; mobility; capacity for independent living; and economic self-sufficiency.
The administrator shall keep a record of all of the following:
The number of severely disabled employees and the percentage of severely disabled employees of the total number of employees in the classified service.
The number of severely disabled employees hired in each calendar year and the percentage of severely disabled employees among all persons hired in the classified service in that year.
The administrator may require all agencies and their officers to comply with the administrator's request to furnish current information pertaining to authorized positions, payroll and related items regarding civil service and employment relations functions.
The administrator shall request from each agency and each agency shall furnish to the administrator relevant racial, ethnic, gender and disability information on every new employee hired by the agency including limited term, project, seasonal and sessional employees. The administrator shall maintain the data to permit a periodic review of the agency's affirmative action plan accomplishments.
The administrator shall request from each agency and each agency shall furnish to the administrator relevant information regarding the prior military service, if any, of every new employee hired by the agency including limited term, project, seasonal and sessional employees. The administrator shall maintain the data to permit a periodic review of the progress being made to provide employment opportunities in civil service for veterans and disabled veterans.
The administrator may provide by rule for an understudy program to assure continuity in selected positions.
The administrator shall keep in the division an official roster of all permanent classified employees which shall include classification titles, pay and employment status changes and appropriate dates thereof.
The administrator shall do all of the following:
Establish standards for plans to increase state employment of recipients of aid under s. 49.19
or benefits under s. 49.147 (3)
prepared by agencies under s. 230.147 (1)
. The standards shall state the time periods within which these plans shall be prepared.
Review and approve or disapprove plans prepared under s. 230.147 (1)
to ensure compliance with the standards established under par. (a)
Monitor, evaluate and make recommendations to agencies to improve progress toward meeting the goal in s. 230.147 (1)
On or before September 30 annually beginning in 1989, prepare and submit to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
a report that includes all of the following information for the fiscal year preceding the date that the report is due:
The number of persons receiving aid under s. 49.19
or benefits under s. 49.147 (3)
who were employed by each agency under s. 230.147
during that fiscal year and the job title or classification of each position filled under s. 230.147
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.
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.
The administrator shall review and either approve or disapprove each determination by an agency head regarding the classification of a state employee as a protective occupation participant for purposes of the Wisconsin retirement system.