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1997 Minnesota Statutes

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43A.18 Total compensation; collective bargaining agreements; plans.

Subdivision 1. Collective bargaining agreements. Except as provided in section 43A.01 and to the extent they are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, the compensation, terms and conditions of employment for all employees represented by an exclusive representative certified pursuant to chapter 179 shall be governed solely by the collective bargaining agreement executed by the parties and approved by the legislature.

Subd. 2. Commissioner's plan. Except as provided in section 43A.01, the compensation, terms and conditions of employment for all classified and unclassified employees, except unclassified employees in the legislative and judicial branches, who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement and not otherwise provided for in chapter 43A or other law are governed solely by a plan developed by the commissioner. The legislative coordinating commission shall review and approve, reject, or modify the plan under section 3.855, subdivision 2. The plan need not be adopted in accordance with the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14.

Subd. 3. Managerial plan. (a) The commissioner shall identify individual positions or groups of positions in the classified and unclassified service in the executive branch as being managerial. The list must not include positions listed in subdivision 4.

(b) The commissioner shall periodically prepare a plan for total compensation and terms and conditions of employment for employees of those positions identified as being managerial and whose salaries and benefits are not otherwise provided for in law or other plans established under this chapter. Before becoming effective those portions of the plan establishing compensation and terms and conditions of employment must be reviewed and approved or modified by the legislative coordinating commission and the legislature under section 3.855, subdivisions 2 and 3.

(c) Incumbents of managerial positions as identified under this subdivision must be excluded from any bargaining units under chapter 179A.

(d) The management compensation plan must provide methods and levels of compensation for managers that will be generally comparable to those applicable to managers in other public and private employment. The plan must ensure that compensation within assigned salary ranges is related to level of performance. The plan must also provide a procedure for establishment of a salary rate for a newly created position and a new appointee to an existing position and for progression through assigned salary ranges. The employee benefits established under the provisions of the managerial plan may be extended to agency heads whose salaries are established in section 15A.0815 and to constitutional officers, judges of the workers' compensation court of appeals, and tax court judges.

Subd. 3a. Board of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities plan. Total compensation for unclassified managerial positions under section 43A.08, subdivision 1, clause (9), in the board of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities not covered by a collective bargaining agreement must be determined by the board of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities. Before submitting a compensation plan to the legislature and the legislative commission on employee relations, the board of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities must submit the plan to the commissioner of employee relations for review and comment. The commissioner must complete the review within 14 days of its receipt. Compensation plans established under this subdivision must be approved by the legislature and the legislative commission on employee relations under section 3.855, before becoming effective.

Subd. 4. Plans not established but approved by commissioner. (a) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, terms and conditions of employment for employees listed in this subdivision must be set by appointing authorities within the limits of compensation plans that have been approved by the commissioner before becoming effective. Compensation plans established under paragraph (c) must be reviewed and approved, modified, or rejected by the legislature and the legislative coordinating commission under section 3.855, subdivisions 2 and 3, before becoming effective.

(b) Total compensation for employees who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement in the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state auditor, and state treasurer must be determined by the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state auditor, and state treasurer, respectively.

(c) Total compensation for unclassified positions not covered by a collective bargaining agreement in the higher education services office must be determined by the higher education services office.

Subd. 4a. Compensation reports. On July 1 of each odd-numbered year the state agricultural society, the World Trade Center corporation board of directors, the Minnesota Technology, Inc. board of directors, and the governing board of the Minnesota state high school league shall each submit a report to the legislative commission on employee relations on the total compensation plan for their employees.

Subd. 5. Appointing authorities to recommend certain salaries. (a) The governor, or other appropriate appointing authority, may submit to the legislative coordinating commission recommendations for salaries within the salary limits for the positions listed in section 15A.0815, subdivisions 2 to 4. An appointing authority may also propose additions or deletions of positions from those listed.

(b) Before submitting the recommendations, the appointing authority shall consult with the commissioner of administration, the commissioner of finance, and the commissioner of employee relations concerning the recommendations.

(c) In making recommendations, the appointing authority shall consider the criteria established in subdivision 8 and the performance of individual incumbents. The performance evaluation must include a review of an incumbent's progress toward attainment of affirmative action goals. The appointing authority shall establish an objective system for quantifying knowledge, abilities, duties, responsibilities, and accountabilities and in determining recommendations rate each position by this system.

(d) Before the appointing authority's recommended salaries take effect, the recommendations must be reviewed and approved, rejected, or modified by the legislative coordinating commission and the legislature under section 3.855, subdivisions 2 and 3. If, when the legislature is not in session, the commission fails to reject or modify salary recommendations of the governor within 30 calendar days of their receipt, the recommendations are deemed to be approved.

(e) The appointing authority shall set the initial salary of a head of a new agency or a chair of a new metropolitan board or commission whose salary is not specifically prescribed by law after consultation with the commissioner, whose recommendation is advisory only. The amount of the new salary must be comparable to the salary of an agency head or commission chair having similar duties and responsibilities.

(f) The salary of a newly appointed head of an agency or chair of a metropolitan agency listed in section 15A.0815, subdivisions 2 to 4, may be increased or decreased by the appointing authority from the salary previously set for that position within 30 days of the new appointment after consultation with the commissioner. If the appointing authority increases a salary under this paragraph, the appointing authority shall submit the new salary to the legislative coordinating commission and the full legislature for approval, modification, or rejection under section 3.855, subdivisions 2 and 3. If, when the legislature is not in session, the commission fails to reject or modify salary recommendations of the governor within 30 calendar days of their receipt, the recommendations are deemed to be approved.

Subd. 6. Legislative and judicial branch compensation. Total compensation plans for unclassified employees of the legislature and of legislative commissions shall be determined by the legislature consistent with chapter 3, provided that insurance benefits for these employees and for legislators shall be determined by the legislative coordinating commission, consistent with sections 43A.22 to 43A.30. Total compensation plans for unclassified employees of the judicial branch shall be determined by the appointing authority, unless other law provides a different method for establishing this compensation. Judicial branch compensation plans shall be consistent with sections 43A.22 to 43A.30.

Subd. 7. Members of Minnesota national guard. Members of the Minnesota national guard shall receive the pay and allowances prescribed by the armed forces of the United States for similar rank and time in service.

Subd. 8. Compensation relationships of positions. In preparing management negotiating positions for compensation which is established pursuant to subdivision 1, and in establishing, recommending and approving total compensation for any position within the plans covered in subdivisions 2, 3 and 4, the commissioner shall assure that:

(a) Compensation for positions in the classified and the unclassified service compare reasonably to one another;

(b) Compensation for state positions bears reasonable relationship to compensation for similar positions outside state service;

(c) Compensation for management positions bears reasonable relationship to compensation of represented employees managed;

(d) Compensation for positions within the classified service bears reasonable relationships among related job classes and among various levels within the same occupation; and

(e) Compensations bear reasonable relationships to one another within the meaning of this subdivision if compensation for positions which require comparable skill, effort, responsibility, and working conditions is comparable and if compensation for positions which require differing skill, effort, responsibility, and working conditions is proportional to the skill, effort, responsibility, and working conditions required.

HIST: 1981 c 210 s 18; 1982 c 424 s 130; 1982 c 560 s 27,28; 1982 c 634 s 7; 1983 c 216 art 1 s 12; 1983 c 258 s 12; 1983 c 299 s 15-17; 1984 c 462 s 27; 1984 c 640 s 32; 1Sp1985 c 10 s 48; 1Sp1985 c 13 s 170; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 186 s 6; 1988 c 667 s 9; 1990 c 375 s 3; 1990 c 571 s 22-24; 1991 c 238 art 1 s 5; 1993 c 122 s 2; 1994 c 532 art 4 s 3,4; 1994 c 560 art 2 s 13-16; 1995 c 212 art 3 s 59; art 4 s 64; 1995 c 248 art 2 s 7; 1996 c 425 s 5; 2Sp1997 c 3 s 11,12,18

* NOTE: Subdivision 4, paragraph (e), was also amended by *Laws 1994, chapter 560, article 2, section 15, to read as *follows:

* "(f) Total compensation for unclassified managerial *positions not covered by a collective bargaining agreement in *the higher education board must be determined by the higher *education board."

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