H.B. 280 Threatens Merit System Protections

House Bill 280, State Employee Amendments, sponsored by Representative Kay Christofferson was released on Monday, February 1.  UPEA is very concerned about H.B. 280.  This bill will affect state employees, who are currently Schedule B and supervise one or more employees and create a new Schedule AX exempt position.  On or after May 5, 2021, supervisory employees can either keep their career service status (Schedule B) or convert to career service exempt status (Schedule AX).

This means that an employee who chooses to retain their career service status (Schedule B) will keep this status only if they remain in that position.  If the employee is promoted or transferred to a different supervisory position, then the new position will be Schedule AX at-will.

This is not the first time UPEA has had to defend the state’s career service system.

UPEA has scheduled a meeting with the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget to discuss this bill.  In addition, UPEA has reached out to Rep Christofferson, the sponsor of the bill.  As communicated before, this Legislative Session is proving to be difficult because of the pandemic.

UPEA will keep you updated on the status of this bill.

Please update your coworkers about this legislation and the importance of being a member of UPEA.  We are your only voice – we need your support to overcome attacks on public employees and the career service system. Join UPEA today!