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SF 754

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/25/2019 02:57pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to local government; amending the St. Louis County Civil Service
Commission; making technical changes; removing obsolete language;amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 383C.031; 383C.032; 383C.033; 383C.034;
383C.035; 383C.037; 383C.038; 383C.039; 383C.04; 383C.041; 383C.042;
383C.043; 383C.044; 383C.045; 383C.046; 383C.048; 383C.05; 383C.051;
383C.055; 383C.056; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter
383C; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 383C.036; 383C.047; 383C.049;
383C.052; 383C.053; 383C.059.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.031, is amended to read:


383C.031 COMMISSIONERS; APPOINTMENT; QUALIFICATIONS.

Within 30 days after a majority of the voters of the county voting upon said question
elect to come within the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059, the board of county
commissioners shall by majority vote, appoint three persons as county civil service
commissioners to serve for designated terms of one for two years, one for four years, and
one for six years. Each alternate year thereafter the board of county commissioners shall
appoint one person as successor for the county civil service commissioner whose term shall
expire, to serve six years. Any vacancies shall be filled by the board of county commissioners
for the unexpired term. No person shall be appointed or shall act as a member of the county
civil service commission at any time while holding any public office or while standing as
a candidate for any public office, notary public excepted, or any public employment or
position in a political party within the two years immediately preceding appointment. Each
member of said commission shall be a resident in the county and on becoming a nonresident,
thereby forfeits the office. Within 15 days after appointment, each commissioner shall
qualify by subscribing to an oath for the faithful discharge of duties and file said oath with
said court administrator of the district court and such oath shall include a statement of belief
in and desire to support the principles of the merit system. If an appointee fails to so qualify,
another shall be named. Each commissioner shall hold office until a successor has been
appointed and qualified, except in case a commissioner shall stand as a candidate for elective
public office, whereupon the filing of candidacy thereby automatically results in forfeiture
of the office. The county civil service commission shall organize by electing one of its
members as presiding officer and the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director hereinafter
provided shall serve as secretary.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.032, is amended to read:


383C.032 APPOINTMENT OF deleted text beginCIVIL SERVICEdeleted text endnew text begin HUMAN RESOURCESnew text end
DIRECTOR.

The county board of commissioners shall appoint a deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director.
The deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director shall be in the unclassified service.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.033, is amended to read:


383C.033 MEETINGS; RECORDS; RULES AND REGULATIONS.

Members of the county civil service commission shall hold regular meetings at least
once each month and may hold such additional meetings as may be required in the proper
discharge of their duties. Meetings of the commission shall be open to the public. The
commission shall keep records and minutes of its business and official actions and such
records and minutes shall be public records open to public inspection, subject to such rules
as to hours and conditions of inspection as the commission may establish. It shall be the
duty of the county civil service commission as a body:

(a) After public hearing to adopt such rules and regulations for the administration of
sections 383C.03 to 383C.059, such classification and compensation plans for the classified
service, together with rules for their administration, and amendments thereof as may be
recommended by the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director after a thorough survey of
personnel organization included in such plan or plans, and suitable regulations covering
vacations, leave of absence and sick leave, the order of layoff in case of a deleted text begincurtailmentdeleted text endnew text begin
reduction
new text end in the number of employees in any class in any department, deleted text begincompulsory retirement
at a fixed age,
deleted text end and any other conditions affecting the employment of persons within the
classified service, which, when approved by the board of county commissioners, shall have
the force and effect of law and be binding upon all county officers, boards and commissions.
deleted text begin Rules and regulations affecting employees of the local social services agency should be in
conformance with any federal regulations established by the Social Security Board.
deleted text end

(b) To make investigations either on petition of a citizen or of its own motion concerning
the enforcement and effect of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059, to require observance of its
provisions and the rules and regulations made thereunder.

(c) To hear and determine appeals or complaints respecting the administrative work of
the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director, the rejection of an applicant for admission to an
examination, and such other matters as may be referred to the commission by the deleted text begincivil
service
deleted text end new text beginhuman resources new text enddirector.

(d) To make such investigations as may be requested by the board of county
commissioners and to report thereon.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.034, is amended to read:


383C.034 DUTIES OF DIRECTOR.

The deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director as executive head of the county civil service
commission shall direct and supervise all of its administrative and technical activities in
addition to the duties imposed, elsewhere in sections 383C.03 to 383C.059, and shall:

(a) Attend the regular and special meetings of the county civil service commission, to
act as its secretary and to record its official actions.

(b) Appoint, supervise and direct such employees of the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end
department as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059.
Such employees shall be chosen in accordance with and shall be subject to the provisions
of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059.

(c) Prepare and recommend rules and regulations for the administration of sections
383C.03 to 383C.059, which shall become effective after approval by the commission and
the board of county commissioners, as provided in sections 383C.03 to 383C.059, to
administer such rules and regulations and to propose amendments thereto.

(d) Establish and maintain deleted text beginin card or other suitable form a rosterdeleted text endnew text begin a recordnew text end of all officers
and employees in the service of the county, which shall show the employment history of
each such employee. The director shall have access to all records and papers, the examination
of which will aid in the discharge of duties in connection with such deleted text beginrosterdeleted text endnew text begin recordnew text end.

(e) Ascertain and record the duties and responsibilities pertaining to all positions in the
classified service and classify such positions in the manner hereinafter provided.

(f) deleted text beginAs soon as practicable after the adoption of the classification plan, prepare a schedule
of salary or wage rates and ranges for each class, grade or group of positions in the
classification. Such salary and wage schedules when approved by the civil service
commission after public hearing shall be submitted to the board of county commissioners
who may approve or reject such schedules. When approved by the board of county
commissioners, they shall be used in connection with all payrolls and accounting records
and with all budget estimates for all departments or agencies of the county government.
Nothing in this section shall prevent the board of county commissioners from increasing or
reducing the salary or wage rates of positions to conform to the terms of a negotiated labor
agreement.
deleted text endnew text begin Develop, administer, and update salary plans as negotiated for exclusively
represented employees and established for unrepresented employees as approved by the
county board of commissioners.
new text end

(g) Provide for, formulate and hold competitive tests to determine the relative
qualifications of persons who seek employment in any class of positions and as a result
thereof, establish employment lists for the various classes of positions.

deleted text begin (h) When a vacant position is to be filled, to certify to the appointing authority the names
of the three persons highest on the reemployment or promotional list, or the names of the
seven persons highest on the employment list for the class, provided, however, that if there
are less than three names remaining on the reemployment or the promotional lists, the
director shall certify such lesser numbers remaining on said lists, thereby using all names
of persons willing to accept appointment before drawing any names from an employment
list. When the director determines that there is significant under representation of a protected
group with respect to race or sex in the class, and the first seven candidates on the
employment list do not include a member of the under represented group, the director shall
add the highest ranking available individual on the employment list from that group to the
list of the candidates certified. If there are no such lists, the director may authorize provisional
appointments pending the establishment of such employment list for such class. Such
provisional appointment shall not continue for a period longer than four months, nor shall
any person receive more than one provisional appointment or serve more than four months
as a provisional appointee in any one fiscal year, nor shall there be more than one provisional
appointment to any given position in any 12-month period; except that, after November 3,
1942, and prior to the time that lists of eligibles are available, appointments to offices and
employments in the classified service may be made in accordance with existing laws and
without regard to the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059. Persons so appointed
shall not be entitled to any of the privileges set forth in sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 except
in the case of appointments made through merit examinations under authority of Laws 1941,
chapter 476, section 1, but they shall be permitted to apply for and take any competitive
examination for which they may be eligible. Such employees may continue in such
employment, notwithstanding any contrary provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059,
until 60 days after the director shall have certified that lists of eligibles are available for
such office or employment, whereupon the employment of such persons shall automatically
terminate and such office or employment shall be filled from such lists of eligibles as
provided in sections 383C.03 to 383C.059. In case of an emergency, an appointment may
be made of not to exceed ten days duration without regard to the provisions of sections
383C.03 to 383C.059, which appointment shall be immediately reported to the civil service
director. Successive emergency appointments shall not be made.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (i)deleted text endnew text begin (h)new text end Establish the length of the deleted text beginprobation or working testdeleted text endnew text begin probationarynew text end period new text beginfor each
position
new text endwhich shall not be less than new text beginthe full-time equivalent of new text endsix months and not more
than new text beginthe full-time equivalent of new text end12 months, new text beginnot to exceed 24 calendar months, new text endduring which
time deleted text begindischarges may be effecteddeleted text endnew text begin the employee may be dischargednew text end without specifying cause
or granting a hearingdeleted text begin, to enable the appointing authority to determine whether new officers
and employees are able and willing to perform their duties satisfactorily; and for the method
of removal or transfer of such officers and employees whose work or conduct during such
period is unsatisfactory
deleted text end.new text begin The purpose of a probationary period is to provide an opportunity
to observe an employee performing the duties of the job to ensure the required work can be
performed as expected. An appointing authority may require a probationary period for
transfers, voluntary demotions, and appointments from reemployment lists to a different
department. An appointing authority may extend the probationary period of an employee,
not to exceed 24 calendar months, if the employee is unable to perform a majority of the
essential functions of their position due to an approved work accommodation or approved
leave of absence.
new text end

deleted text begin (j)deleted text endnew text begin (i)new text end Establish record of performance and a system of service ratings to be used in
determining increases and decreases in salaries and in promotions.

deleted text begin (k)deleted text endnew text begin (j)new text end Keep such record as may be necessary for the proper administration of sections
383C.03 to 383C.059.

deleted text begin (l)deleted text endnew text begin (k)new text end Provide a system of checking payrollsdeleted text begin, estimatesdeleted text end and accounts for payment of
salaries or wages to employees in the classified service, as to enable the director upon
satisfactory evidence thereof, to certify or cause to be certified that the persons whose names
appear thereon have been regularly employed in the performance of the duties indicated at
the compensation rates and for the periods for which compensation is claimed or are on
authorized leave before payment may be lawfully made to such employees.

deleted text begin (m)deleted text endnew text begin (l)new text end Make investigations concerning the administration and effect of sections 383C.03
to 383C.059 and the rules made thereunderdeleted text begin, and report the findings and recommendations
to the commission
deleted text end.

deleted text begin (n) Make an annual report to the county civil service commission.
deleted text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.035, is amended to read:


383C.035 UNCLASSIFIED CIVIL SERVICE.

(a) The officers and employees of the county and of any agency, board, or commission,
supported in whole or in part by taxation upon the taxable property of the county or appointed
by the judges of the district court for the county, are divided into the unclassified and
classified service.

(b) The unclassified service comprises:

(1) all officers elected by popular vote or persons appointed to fill vacancies in such
offices;

deleted text begin (2) judges and receivers, referees, arbiters, court reporters, jurors, notaries public, and
persons appointed by a court to make or conduct any special inquiry of a judicial and
temporary character;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end superintendent or principal administrative officer or comptroller of any separate
department of county government which is now or hereafter created pursuant to law, who
is directly responsible to the board of county commissioners or any other board or
commission, as well as the county agricultural agents deleted text beginand the home demonstration agents
under the control of
deleted text endnew text begin reporting tonew text end the county extension committee;

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end members of nonpaid board, or commissioners appointed by the board of county
commissioners or acting in an advisory capacity;

deleted text begin (5)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end assistant county attorneys or special investigators in the employ of the county
attorney. For purposes of this section, special investigators are defined as all nonclerical
positions in the employ of the county attorney;

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end all common labor temporarily employed on an hourly basis;

deleted text begin (7) all inmate or patient help in county institutions;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (8) all physicians, dentists, registered nurses and medical laboratory technicians working
under the direction of a licensed physician or dentist in any hospital or sanitarium operated
by a commission or board of such county;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (9)deleted text endnew text begin (6)new text end not more than a total of nine deleted text beginclerksdeleted text endnew text begin full-time equivalent clerical employeesnew text end serving
the county board and administrator;

deleted text begin (10)deleted text endnew text begin (7)new text end a legislative lobbyist/grant coordinator appointed by the county board to act as
legislative liaison with the St. Louis County legislative delegation and pursue legislative
concerns and grant opportunities for the county, and the clerk for that position;

deleted text begin (11) the county recorder;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (12)deleted text endnew text begin (8)new text end any department head new text beginand deputy director new text enddesignated by the county board;

deleted text begin (13)deleted text endnew text begin (9)new text end three administrative assistants in the county administrator's office; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

deleted text begin (14) deleted text end new text begin (10) the county administrator and two deputy administrators; and
new text end

new text begin (11)new text end all court bailiffs.

(c) The classified service includes all other positions now existing and hereinafter created
in the service of the county or any board or commission, agency, or offices of the county.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.037, is amended to read:


383C.037 CLASSIFICATION PLAN.

The deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director shalldeleted text begin, as soon as practicable after sections
383C.03 to 383C.059 take effect and after consultation with appointing authorities and
principal supervising officials, recommend to the county civil service commission
deleted text endnew text begin establish
and maintain
new text end a classification plan, together with proposed rules for its administration. deleted text beginSuchdeleted text endnew text begin
The
new text end classification plan shall show each class of positions in the classified deleted text beginservicedeleted text endnew text begin and
unclassified services
new text end, and when approved by the county civil service commission, shall be
made public, together with the rules for its administration. Each such class shall include
such positions requiring duties which are substantially similar in respect to duties and
responsibilities and shall be designated by titles indicative of the duties; and that the same
schedule of compensation can be made to apply with equity under like working conditions.
The class titles shall be used in personnel, budget and financial recordsnew text begin,new text end and communications.
deleted text begin As far as practicable the natural or probable line of promotion to and from the class of
positions shall be designated or indicated.
deleted text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.038, is amended to read:


383C.038 ALLOCATION OF POSITIONS.

The deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director shalldeleted text begin, as soon as practicable after the adoption
of the classification plan, and after consultation with appointing authorities,
deleted text end allocate each
position to its proper classnew text begin and reallocate positions between classes as needednew text end. Any employee
whose position or title is affected by such allocation shall be notified thereof and may appeal
the allocation to the county civil service commission within 30 new text begincalendar new text enddays of such notice,
and after hearing such employee the civil service commission shall approve or modify such
allocation.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.039, is amended to read:


383C.039 ADDITIONAL CLASSES.

With the approval of the county civil service commission deleted text beginadditional classes may be
established for new positions created, or positions not included in any previously established
class may be allocated thereto, as good administration may require. Any existing class or
classes may be divided, combined, altered or abolished and positions allocated to any class
or classes may be reallocated. The appointing authorities shall promptly report to the civil
service director intention to establish new positions that may be classified and allocated,
and that certifications may be made or appropriate tests provided for and held for the purpose
of establishing requisite employment lists from which appointments may be made as provided
in sections 383C.03 to 383C.059
deleted text endnew text begin, the human resources director may create, merge, divide,
and abolish classes, revise the descriptions of classes, and change the titles of classes as
necessary to meet the needs of the county
new text end.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.04, is amended to read:


383C.04 deleted text beginLAYOFFSdeleted text endnew text begin REEMPLOYMENTnew text end.

Whenever any employee in the classified service, who has been performing all duties
in a satisfactory manner, as shown by the records of the employing department or other
agency, is laid off because of lack of work or lack of funds, or has been on authorized leave
of absence for more than one year and is ready to report for duty when a position is open,
or has resigned in good standing deleted text beginanddeleted text end with the consent of the deleted text begincounty civil service commission deleted text endnew text begin
human resources director
new text endand the employing department, and has deleted text beginwithdrawn the resignation
without being restored to the position
deleted text endnew text begin requested reemploymentnew text end, the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human
resources
new text end director shall deleted text begincausedeleted text endnew text begin placenew text end the name of such employee deleted text beginto be placeddeleted text end on the
reemployment list for the appropriate class. No reemployment list shall be valid for more
than two years. The order in which names shall be placed on the reemployment list for any
class shall be established by rule. No person shall be reinstated or be restored to a
reemployment list unless such deleted text beginresignation is withdrawndeleted text endnew text begin request is madenew text end within deleted text beginone yeardeleted text endnew text begin
two years
new text end after deleted text beginit has been presented and accepteddeleted text endnew text begin the effective date of resignationnew text end.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.041, is amended to read:


383C.041 deleted text beginCIVIL SERVICE DIRECTOR;deleted text end TESTS.

The deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director shalldeleted text begin, from time to time, as conditions warrant,deleted text end
hold tests for the purpose of establishing employment lists for the various positions in the
classified service. Such tests shall be public, competitive and open to all persons who may
be lawfully appointed to any position within the class for which such examinations are held
with limitations specified in the rules of the commission as to deleted text beginresidence, age, health, habits,
moral character and
deleted text end prerequisite new text beginminimum new text endqualifications deleted text beginto perform the duties of such
positions
deleted text endnew text begin of the job classificationnew text end. Promotion tests shall be competitive to deleted text beginsuch persons
examined or appointed under the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 and
deleted text endnew text begin employeesnew text end
who have deleted text begincompleted the probationarydeleted text end new text beginattained permanent status in the classified service by
successfully completing a probationary
new text endperiod deleted text beginin a class or rank previously declared by the
commission to involve the performance of duties which tend to fit the incumbent to the
performance of duty in the class or rank for which the promotion test is held. In promotion
tests, efficiency in service shall form part of such tests
deleted text endnew text begin and who meet the prerequisite
minimum qualifications of the job classification
new text end. The deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director
shall hold promotion tests for each deleted text beginsuperiordeleted text end new text beginjob new text endclass deleted text beginof servicedeleted text end whenever there is deleted text beginan inferior
rank
deleted text endnew text begin a lower-level classnew text end in the same deleted text beginclassdeleted text endnew text begin classification seriesnew text end, the duties of which directly
deleted text begin tend todeleted text end fit the incumbents thereof for the performance of the duties of the deleted text beginsuperior gradedeleted text endnew text begin
higher-level class
new text end. If fewer than two new text beginqualified new text endpersons submit themselves for a promotion
test, or if after such test is held deleted text beginall applicants fail to attain a general average of not less than
the minimum standard fixed by the rules of the county civil service commission
deleted text endnew text begin no applicants
pass the test
new text end, the director deleted text beginshall forthwithdeleted text endnew text begin may, at the request of the appointing authority,new text end
hold an original entrance test and deleted text begincertifydeleted text endnew text begin refer namesnew text end from the employment list resulting
deleted text begin therefromdeleted text endnew text begin from the original entrance testnew text end.

All tests shall be practical, and shall consist only of subjects which will fairly determine
the capacity of the persons examined to perform the duties of the class of work for which
the examination is being conducted, and may include tests of physical fitness or of manual
skill. deleted text beginNo credit shall be allowed for service rendered under provisional appointment.deleted text end No
question in any test shall relate to religious or political opinions or affiliations. As many
tests shall be held as may be necessary to provide deleted text begineligiblesdeleted text endnew text begin qualified applicantsnew text end for each
deleted text begin class of position, and to meet all requisitions and to fill all positions held by provisional
appointees
deleted text endnew text begin vacancynew text end. From the return and report of the examiners or from the tests provided
by the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director, the director shall prepare a list of eligible
persons who shall attain such minimum mark as may be fixed for the various parts of such
test, and whose general average standing upon the test for such position is not less than the
minimum fixed by the rules of the commission, and who may lawfully be appointed. Such
persons shall take rank upon the list in the order of their relative excellence as determined
by the tests. The markings of all tests shall be completed and the resulting employment list
posted as soon as possible thereafter. The life of any deleted text begineligibilitydeleted text endnew text begin promotional or open
employment
new text end list shall not exceed one yearnew text begin,new text end but may be extended an additional year deleted text beginby motion
of the civil service commission
deleted text end.

The markings and test papers of deleted text begineachdeleted text endnew text begin thenew text end candidate shall be open to the candidate's
inspection. deleted text beginThe markings and test papers of all persons upon any list of eligibles may be
opened to public inspection in the discretion of the county civil service commission.
deleted text end An
error in the markings of any test other than an error in judgment, if called to the attention
of the commission within one month after the establishment of an employment list resulting
from such test, shall be corrected by it; provided, however, that such correction shall not
invalidate any certification or appointment previously made. Public notice of each
examination shall be given.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.042, is amended to read:


383C.042 deleted text beginPOWERS OF DIRECTORdeleted text endnew text begin REJECTION OF APPLICATION; REFUSAL
TO TEST OR REFER
new text end.

The deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director may reject an application of any person for
admission to a test or refuse to test any applicant, or to deleted text begincertifydeleted text endnew text begin refernew text end the name of an deleted text begineligibledeleted text endnew text begin
applicant
new text end for employment who is found to lack any of the established qualification
requirements for the position applied for or tested on, or who is physically deleted text beginunfitdeleted text endnew text begin unablenew text end to
effectively perform the duties of the position, deleted text beginor who is addicted to the use of drugs or the
habitual use of intoxicating liquors to excess, or who has been guilty of any crime or infamous
or notoriously disgraceful conduct,
deleted text endnew text begin with reasonable accommodation,new text end or who has been
dismissed from the public service for deleted text begindelinquencydeleted text endnew text begin misconductnew text end, or who has made a false
statement of any material fact or practiced or attempted to practice deception or fraud in
the application or in the test, or in securing eligibility or appointment. Any such person may
appeal to the county civil service commission from the action of the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human
resources
new text end director in accordance with the rules established hereunder.

Sec. 12.

new text begin [383C.0425] PROHIBITING OR OBSTRUCTING PERSONS FROM
TAKING TESTS.
new text end

new text begin No person shall deceive or obstruct any person in respect to the right of test under the
provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059; falsely mark, grade, estimate, or report upon
the test or standing of any person tested under this chapter, or aid in so doing; or furnish to
any person, except in answer to inquiries of the civil service commission, any special
information for the purpose of influencing the rating of any such person for appointment
or employment. No applicant shall deceive the county civil service commission for the
purpose of improving the applicant's prospects for appointment. No person shall solicit,
verbally or in writing, and no public officer or employee shall receive or be in any manner
concerned in the receiving or soliciting of any money or item of value from any officer or
employee holding a position in the classified service for any purpose. No person shall use
or promise to use personal influence or official authority to secure appointment or prospect
of appointment to a position classified under sections 383C.03 to 383C.059. No public
officer or employee shall by means of threat or coercion influence any person holding a
position in the classified service to resign the position, take a leave of absence from duty,
or waive any right under sections 383C.03 to 383C.059.
new text end

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.043, is amended to read:


383C.043 VACANCIES.

new text begin (a) new text endWhenever a position in the classified service becomes vacant new text beginand new text endthe appointing
authoritydeleted text begin, if itdeleted text end desires to fill the vacancy, new text beginthe appointing authority new text endshall deleted text beginmakedeleted text endnew text begin submit anew text end
requisition deleted text beginupondeleted text endnew text begin tonew text end the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director deleted text beginwhereupondeleted text endnew text begin.new text end The deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin
human resources
new text end director shall deleted text begincertifydeleted text endnew text begin refer the names of candidates to the appointing
authority in the order as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) when the position is to be filled promotionally,new text end the deleted text beginnamesdeleted text endnew text begin namenew text end of the deleted text beginthree personsdeleted text endnew text begin
person
new text end highest on the new text beginappropriate reemployment-layoff list. If there are no names on the
reemployment-layoff list, then:
new text end

new text begin (i) the names of the persons on the new text endreemployment list, deleted text beginor where there is no reemployment
list the director shall certify the names of the three highest on the promotional list.
deleted text endnew text begin if any;
and
new text end

new text begin (ii) the names of the persons associated with the three highest scores on the promotional
list; or
new text end

deleted text begin In case there are less than three names on the reemployment or promotional lists, the
director shall certify the number of names remaining on said lists willing to accept
appointment provided that no name shall be certified from an employment list as long as
there is a reemployment list or a promotional list for the class.
deleted text end

new text begin (2) when the position is to be filled from an open competitive employment list, new text end new text begin the name
of the person highest on the appropriate reemployment-layoff list. If there are no names on
the reemployment-layoff list, then:
new text end

new text begin (i) new text end new text begin the names of the persons on the reemployment list, if any; and
new text end

new text begin (ii) the names of the persons associated with the 20 highest scores on the open list.
new text end

new text begin (b) The hiring authority must interview all referred candidates if promotional, or ten
candidates if open, unless fewer are available for referral from all applicable lists. When
the director determines that there is significant underrepresentation of a protected group
with respect to ethnicity or gender in the class, and the highest 20 scores on the open
employment list do not include a member of the underrepresented group, the director shall
refer the highest-ranking available individual on the list from that protected group.
new text end

new text begin (c) new text endThe appointing authority shallnew text begin,new text end at its discretionnew text begin,new text end appoint one of the persons so deleted text begincertifieddeleted text endnew text begin
referred
new text end for the deleted text beginworking testdeleted text endnew text begin probationarynew text end period. At the end of the deleted text beginworking testdeleted text endnew text begin probationarynew text end
period the appointing deleted text beginofficerdeleted text endnew text begin authoritynew text end shall notify the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director
in writing whether the deleted text beginprobationerdeleted text endnew text begin individualnew text end is a satisfactory employee and should receive
the status of a permanent deleted text beginappointeedeleted text endnew text begin employeenew text end. Upon such noticenew text begin,new text end the employeedeleted text begin, if service
during the working test period did not fall below such minimum standards as have been
prescribed by the civil service director,
deleted text end shall be deemed to have a permanent new text beginstatus in the
new text end classified deleted text begincivildeleted text end service deleted text beginstatusdeleted text end; otherwise the employee is automatically separated from the
service.

new text begin (d) If there is no appropriate reemployment or employment list, the director may authorize
a temporary appointment of a qualified individual pending the establishment of an
employment list for the class.
new text end

new text begin (e) Temporary appointments shall not continue for a period longer than six months unless
extended through mutual agreement with the exclusive bargaining unit.
new text end

new text begin (f) In case of an emergency, an appointment of a qualified individual may be made of
not to exceed the full-time equivalent of ten days' duration without regard to the provisions
of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059, the appointment shall be immediately reported to the
human resources director. Successive emergency appointments shall not be made.
new text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.044, is amended to read:


383C.044 TRANSFER new text beginAND DEMOTION new text endOF EMPLOYEES.

The deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director may at any time authorize the transfer of any
new text begin permanent qualified new text endemployee in the classified service from one position to another position
in the same class or grade deleted text beginand not otherwise; provided, however, that persons who are not
members of the classified service under the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059
shall not be entitled to transfer.
deleted text endnew text begin and may authorize the transfer of any qualified probationary
employee from one position to another position within the same class and department. The
new text endnew text begin human resources director may also authorize the voluntary demotion of a permanent qualified
employee in the classified service from one position to another position in a lower class or
grade. In all cases of transfer or demotion, the person to be transferred or demoted must be
determined by the human resources director to meet the qualifications for the position into
which they will be transferring or demoting and may, at the discretion of the director, be
required to pass a qualifying test.
new text endTransfers shall be permitted only with the consent of the
deleted text begin civil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director and the department concerned. deleted text beginThe civil service
commission shall adopt rules to govern the transfer of an employee from a city to the county,
when the employee is performing community development block grant services for the
county pursuant to a contract between the city and county.
deleted text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.045, is amended to read:


383C.045 LAYOFF OF EMPLOYEES.

In accordance with the rules, an appointing authority may lay off an employee in the
classified service whenever the authority deems it necessary by reason of shortage of work
or funds, or the deleted text beginabolitiondeleted text endnew text begin eliminationnew text end of a position or other material change in duties or
organization. The seniority of employees shall be the factor in determining the order of
layoffs. The appointing authority shall give written notice to the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end
director of every proposed layoff a reasonable time before the effective date thereof, and
the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director shall make such orders relating thereto as the
director considers necessary to secure compliance with the rules. The name of every regular
employee so laid off shall be placed on the appropriate reemployment list.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.046, is amended to read:


383C.046 CERTIFICATION OF PAYROLLS.

new text begin (a) new text endThe county deleted text beginauditor, county treasurer, anddeleted text endnew text begin auditor/treasurer,new text end the board of county
commissioners, deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin andnew text end any other officer or employee of the county, shall not approve the
payment of, or be in any manner concerned in paying, auditing, or approving any salary,
wage or other compensation for services to any person holding a position in the classified
service unless there shall first have been filed with the county deleted text beginauditordeleted text endnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1) an employment record and supporting documentation;
new text end

new text begin (2) an approved wage or salary schedule;
new text end

new text begin (3) a completed time sheet;
new text end

new text begin (4) new text enda payrolldeleted text begin, estimate, ordeleted text end account for such salary, wage or other compensation containing
the names of the persons to be paiddeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;new text end and

new text begin (5) new text enda statement of the amount to be paid new text beginto new text endeach deleted text beginsuch person and the services on account
of which the same is paid, and a statement that such services have been performed, and
bearing the certificate of the civil service director that the persons
deleted text endnew text begin employee.
new text end

new text begin (b) The human resources director shall certify that the employeesnew text end named in such payrolldeleted text begin,
estimate, or account
deleted text end have been appointed deleted text beginor employed in pursuance of law and of the rules
made by the county civil service commission under
deleted text endnew text begin pursuant tonew text end the provisions of sections
383C.03 to 383C.059 deleted text beginand have complied with the terms of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059
and of the rules of the commission when required so to do
deleted text end.

new text begin (c)new text end Before making any such deleted text begincertificatedeleted text endnew text begin certificationnew text end the deleted text begincivil servicedeleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end
director deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin maynew text end investigate the nature of each item of such payrolldeleted text begin, estimate ordeleted text end account
and on ascertaining that the provisions of the law in respect to any such item have not been
strictly complied with, the director shall refuse to certify such itemnew text begin pursuant to section
43A.37
new text end. deleted text beginThe civil service director shall refuse to certify the pay of any such public officer
who shall willfully or through culpable negligence violate or fail to comply with the
provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 and the rules of the county civil service
commission.
deleted text end

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.048, is amended to read:


383C.048 COMMISSION MAY SUBPOENA WITNESSES.

In an investigation conducted new text beginpursuant to sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 new text endby the deleted text begincounty
civil service commission or civil
deleted text endnew text begin human resourcesnew text end director deleted text begintheydeleted text end new text beginor designee, the civil service
commission
new text endshall have the power to subpoena and require the attendance of witnesses and
the production deleted text beginby them of books and papersdeleted text endnew text begin of evidencenew text end pertinent to the investigation and
to administer oaths to such witnesses.

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.05, is amended to read:


383C.05 POLITICAL ACTIVITY.

No officer or employee in the classified service is under any obligation to contribute to
any political fund or to render any political service to any person or body whatsoever and
no person shall be removed, reduced in grade, or salary, or otherwise prejudiced for refusal
deleted text begin sodeleted text end to donew text begin sonew text end. No public officer whether elected or appointed shall discharge, promote, demote,
or in any manner change the official rank of the employee or the compensation of any person
in the classified service or promise or threaten to do so, for the giving or withholding or
neglecting to make any contribution of money or services or any other valuable thing for
any political purpose.

Except as herein provided, any officer or employee holding office or deleted text beginplacedeleted text endnew text begin positionnew text end in
the classified service may become a candidate for nomination or election to any public
office or may seek and accept election, nomination or appointment as an officer of a political
group, or organization, or take part in a political campaign or serve as a member of a
committee of any such club or organization, or circulate or seek signatures to any petition
deleted text begin provided for by any primary or election lawdeleted text endnew text begin,new text end or act as a worker at the polls, or distribute
badges, colors, or deleted text beginindiciadeleted text endnew text begin materialsnew text end favoring or opposing the candidate for election or
nomination to a public office whether federal, state, countynew text begin,new text end or municipal, if the officer or
employee does not engage in such activities during working hours or to such an extent off
duty that the officer's or employee's efficiency during working hours is impaired or that
tardiness or absence from work without notice or permitted leave results.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit or prevent any such officer or
employee from becoming or continuing to be a member of a political club or organization
or from attendance at political meetings or from enjoying entire freedom from all interference
in casting a vote or from seeking or accepting election or appointment to public office.

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.051, is amended to read:


383C.051 DISCIPLINE LISTED IN THIS SECTION REQUIRES CAUSE.

new text begin (a) new text endNo person in the classified service who shall have been permanently appointed or
inducted into the classified service under provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 shall
be removed, suspended, demoted or discharged except for cause deleted text beginwhich will promote the
efficiency of the service and not for political or religious reasons and only upon the written
accusation of the appointing power or any citizen or taxpayer. A written statement of such
accusation shall be served upon the accused, and a duplicate filed with the county civil
service commission
deleted text end. Any person so removed, suspended, demotednew text begin,new text end or discharged, may
new text begin appeal to the county civil service commission new text endwithin ten days from the deleted text begintimedeleted text endnew text begin written
notification
new text end of the removal, suspension, demotion or dischargedeleted text begin, file with the commission a
written demand for an investigation, whereupon the commission shall conduct such
investigation
deleted text end. The deleted text begininvestigationdeleted text endnew text begin appealnew text end shall be confined to the determination of the question
of whether such removal, suspension, demotion or discharge was or was not made for
deleted text begin political or religious reasons or was or was not made for justdeleted text end cause. After deleted text beginsuch investigationdeleted text endnew text begin
a hearing,
new text end the commission maydeleted text begin, if in its estimation the evidence is sufficient,deleted text end affirmnew text begin or
reverse
new text endthe deleted text beginremoval, or if it shall find that the removal, suspension, or demotion was made
for political or religious reasons, or was not made for just cause, shall order the immediate
reinstatement or reemployment of such person in the office, place, position or employment
from which such person was removed, suspended, demoted or discharged, which
reinstatement shall, if the commission so provides in its discretion, be retroactive, and entitle
such person to pay or compensation from time of such removal, suspension, demotion or
discharge. The commission upon such investigation, in lieu of affirming the removal,
suspension, demotion or discharge may place such employee on the reemployment list for
service in the same or lower classification in a different branch of the service when a vacancy
may occur
deleted text end new text beginaction being appealednew text end.

new text begin (b) new text endAll deleted text begininvestigations madedeleted text endnew text begin appeals heardnew text end by the commission pursuant to the provisions
of this section shall be by public hearingdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin in accordance with section 13D.01.new text end After deleted text beginreasonabledeleted text end
notice to the deleted text beginaccuseddeleted text endnew text begin appellantnew text end of the time and place of such hearing, deleted text beginat which hearingdeleted text end the
deleted text begin accuseddeleted text endnew text begin appellantnew text end shall be afforded deleted text beginandeleted text endnew text begin thenew text end opportunity deleted text beginof appearingdeleted text endnew text begin to appear and present
the basis for the appeal
new text end in persondeleted text begin, and presenting a defense. If such judgment or order be
concurred in by the commission or a majority thereof, the accused may appeal therefrom
deleted text endnew text begin.
Either the appellant or the human resources director may appeal the commission's decision
new text end
to the district court where the issue shall be heard de novo and determined in the same
manner as a court case. The district court shall deleted text beginthereupon proceed todeleted text end hear and determine
deleted text begin suchdeleted text endnew text begin thenew text end appeal in a summary manner, provided, however, that such hearing shall be confined
to the determination of whether the deleted text beginjudgment or order of removal, discharge, demotion or
suspension made by
deleted text endnew text begin decision ofnew text end the commissiondeleted text begin,deleted text end was or was not made in good faith for
cause, and no appeal to such court shall be taken except upon such grounds deleted text beginor grounddeleted text end.

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.055, is amended to read:


383C.055 PENALTY.

Any person who willfully or through culpable negligence violates any deleted text beginof provisionsdeleted text endnew text begin
provision
new text end of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059, or of the rules of the county civil service
commission, shall be guilty of a deleted text begingrossdeleted text end misdemeanor. Conviction of same shall render the
public office or position held by such person vacant.

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 383C.056, is amended to read:


383C.056 INCONSISTENT ACTS REPEALED.

All acts and parts of acts inconsistent with sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 are hereby
repealed to the extent necessary to give effect to the provisions of sections 383C.03 to
383C.059deleted text begin, any provision of Laws 1931, chapter 347, to the contrary notwithstandingdeleted text end.

Sec. 22. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 383C.036; 383C.047; 383C.049; 383C.052; 383C.053;
and 383C.059,
new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

Sec. 23. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin This act is effective the day after the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners and its
chief clerical officer timely complete their compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section
645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 19-2284

383C.036 CLASSIFICATIONS; EXAMINATIONS.

Subdivision 1.

Classified service.

All regular employees holding positions which are placed in the classified service under the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 shall be permanent members of the classified service without examination or working test period if they have been in the employ of the county for five consecutive years or more, immediately previous to December 31, 1943, or when a regular employee has been transferred from the unclassified service to the classified service and has been in the employ of the county for five consecutive years or more, immediately previous to said transfer from the unclassified service to the classified service, and all employees who have been appointed through merit examinations administered under authority of Laws 1941, chapter 476, section 5, and who have not since been separated from the service shall also be permanent members of the classified service without further examination or working test period, except that any employee who has not completed a working test period as provided under the rules of the merit plan, shall be on probation for that period of time of service otherwise necessary to complete the working test period under the merit plan. All other employees shall not be members of such classified service until such time as they shall have been appointed to such position in accordance with the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059. The civil service director subject to rules and regulations of the county civil service commission shall within two years of the date the board of county commissioners of such county elects to avail itself of the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059, prepare and offer once to all persons who, on the date the board of county commissioners of such county elects to avail itself of the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059, are incumbents of positions in the classified service with less than five years of service, a qualifying examination that is designed to test fitness to perform the work of the class to which the position has been allocated. No person holding an office for employment in the classified service previous to December 31, 1943, who is required by sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 to take a qualifying examination shall be laid off, suspended, discharged or reduced in pay or position, except in accordance with the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 applicable to members of the classified service having permanent status until they have completed such qualifying examination and shall have been notified of the results thereof. If such incumbents pass such qualifying examination, they shall become permanent members of the classified service. If, however, any of the aforementioned incumbents who are required by sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 to take a qualifying examination shall fail to pass the same, they shall be removed from their positions at or before the expiration of three months following receipt of notice of failure to pass such examination. All persons who shall willfully fail or refuse to take the examination when offered without reasonable excuse, shall be removed from their positions immediately.

Subd. 2.

Education employees.

All regular employees of the county board of education on the effective date of Laws 1961, chapter 329, section 2, holding a position which is placed in the classified service under the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 shall be subject to and have the benefit of all provisions of subdivision 1 of this section in like manner as all county employees subject thereto on the effective date of Laws 1941, chapter 423, were subject thereto and had the benefit thereof.

383C.047 CIVIL ACTIONS.

It shall be the duty of the county civil service commission to begin and conduct all civil suits for the proper enforcement of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 and of the rules of the commission and to defend all civil suits which shall be brought against the commission. The commission shall be represented in such suits by the county attorney or by special counsel provided by the board of county commissioners. Any taxpayer of the county may maintain an action in the district court to recover for the treasury any sums paid contrary to the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 or the rules of the county civil service commission from the person or persons authorizing such payment or to enjoin the person or persons from making such payment or to enjoin the civil service director from attaching a certificate to a payroll in violation of the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059.

383C.049 PROHIBITING OBSTRUCTING PERSONS FROM TAKING TESTS.

No person shall deceive or obstruct any person in respect to the right of test under the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 or falsely mark, grade, estimate or report upon the test or standing of any person tested hereunder, or aid in so doing, or furnish to any person, except in answer to inquiries of the civil service commission, any special information for the purpose of either improving or injuring the rating of any such person for appointment or employment. No applicant shall deceive the county civil service commission for the purpose of improving the applicant's chances or prospects for appointment. No person shall solicit, orally or by letter, and no public officer or employee shall receive or be in any manner concerned in the receiving or soliciting of any money or valuable thing from any officer or employee holding a position in the classified service for any political party or purpose whatsoever. No person shall use or promise to use personal influence or official authority to secure any appointment or prospect of appointment to any position classified under sections 383C.03 to 383C.059 as a regard or return for personal or partisan political service. No public officer or employee shall by means of threats or coercion induce or attempt to induce any person holding position in the classified service to resign the position or to take a leave of absence from duty or to waive any right under sections 383C.03 to 383C.059. A resignation executed previous to appointment shall be of no effect.

383C.052 ANNUAL REPORT.

The county civil service commission shall investigate and report annually to the board of county commissioners concerning the administrative needs of the service, the personnel and positions in the service, and the compensation provided therefor, the examinations held by the commission, the appointments made, service ratings and removal in the civil service, the operation of the rules of the commission, and recommendations for promoting efficiency and economy in the service, with details of expenditures and progress of work. The board of county commissioners may require a report from said commission at any time respecting any matter within the scope of its duties hereunder.

383C.053 OFFICE IN COUNTY SEAT.

Office accommodations for the county civil service commission shall be provided at the county seat. All compensation, salaries and other expenses of the county civil service commission and employees thereof shall be paid out of the county revenue fund within the amount appropriated by the board of county commissioners, which amount shall not be less than $10,000 annually except that during the first two years any county elects to avail itself of the provisions of sections 383C.03 to 383C.059, said amount shall be $15,000 annually, unless a smaller appropriation is requested by the civil service commission.

383C.059 TRANSFER OF EMPLOYEES.

When practicable and with due regard to similarity of standards, rules and regulations, the commission may enter into arrangements with suitable agencies in other local, state or federal jurisdictions, or with any other local nonprofit voluntary nursing agency which has coordinated its services heretofore for any period of time with the St. Louis County Community Health Board as defined in section 145A.02, subdivision 5, for the purpose of exchanging services or effecting transfers of employees or eligibles for appointment to positions under the civil defense department, local social services agency, and the community health board of St. Louis County, and any other board of said county that may be created by law.