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43A.10 Examinations; eligibility to compete.

Subdivision 1. General. Entrance to the classified service shall be through successful competition in an examination and certification and appointment from an eligible list except as provided in section 43A.15 or other law.

Subd. 2. Examination criteria. All examinations for positions in the classified service shall be job related and designed to fairly assess ability to perform the duties of the class for which the examination is given.

Subd. 3. Facilities furnished examiners. The authorities having control of public buildings in political subdivisions of the state and school districts, upon written request of the commissioner, shall furnish convenient facilities for the administration of examinations. Upon such request, it shall be the duty of state and local authorities and employees, as it is consistent with their other duties, to aid in carrying out the provisions of this section. Campuses of the Minnesota state colleges and universities may charge the commissioner for actual costs incurred in providing facilities for examinations, provided that the costs were incurred due solely to the examination.

Subd. 4. Candidates, eligibles; expenses. The commissioner or an appointing authority may pay travel expenses incurred by candidates or eligibles invited for oral examinations or employment interviews in the manner and amounts authorized by the commissioner.

Subd. 5. Eligibility for competitive open examinations. Competitive open examinations shall, upon public notice, be open to all applicants who meet reasonable job-related requirements fixed by the commissioner.

Subd. 6. Eligibility for competitive promotional examinations. Competitive promotional examinations shall be open only to employees of the civil service, the Minnesota state retirement system, the public employees retirement association, and the teacher's retirement association. The commissioner may require that competition be extended to all employees as defined above or may limit competition to employees of one or more agencies or organizational units thereof or to employees meeting specified employment conditions.

Subd. 7. Examination accommodations. Upon request, the commissioner shall provide examination accommodations to a candidate with a disability that does not prevent performance of the duties of the class. The accommodations must provide an opportunity to fairly examine the ability of the candidate to perform the duties of the class notwithstanding the disability but must preserve, to the extent feasible, the validity of the examination process and equitable comparison of examination scores with competitors without disabilities.

Subd. 8. Eligibility for qualified disabled examinations. The commissioner shall establish alternative examination methods to assess the qualifications of applicants for a competitive open or competitive promotional examination who have a disability that does not prevent performance of the duties of the class but that cannot be accommodated in the regular examination process. Alternative examination methods offered must allow candidates for competitive open and competitive promotional exams to demonstrate possession of the same knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to satisfactory performance in the job class without compromising inferences about other candidates' qualifications.

HIST: 1981 c 210 s 10; 1983 c 39 s 1; 1984 c 544 s 80; 1984 c 642 s 1; 1985 c 11 s 4; 1Sp1985 c 13 s 167; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 232 s 2; 1990 c 571 s 10,11; 1995 c 248 art 10 s 4; 1996 c 398 s 24

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