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Register June 2005 No. 594
Chapter ER 46
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
ER 46.01 Policy.
ER 46.02 Definitions.
ER 46.03 Scope.
ER 46.04 Management rights.
ER 46.05 Form and filing of the grievance.
ER 46.06 Procedures and time limits.
ER 46.065 Agency amendments.
ER 46.07 Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission.
ER 46.08 Failure to meet time limits.
ER 46.09 Grievant representation.
ER 46.10 Retaliation prohibited.
ER 46.11 Retroactivity.
ER 46.12 Notification of employees.
ER 46.13 Informal discussions.
Ch. ER 46 Note Note: Corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6., Stats., Register December 2003 No. 576.
ER 46.01 ER 46.01 Policy.
ER 46.01(1)(1) Although the state encourages continuing informal communication between employees and management, it recognizes the value of a formal grievance procedure in a sound management program. It is the policy of the state and responsibility of the director to ensure that an established written grievance procedure relating to conditions of employment is available to state employees who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement under subch. V of ch. 111, Stats., for the disposition of employee grievances.
ER 46.01(2) (2) This grievance procedure shall ensure that each employee may, without prejudice, express and present a grievance through proper channels with the assurance of timely and thorough consideration.
ER 46.01(3) (3) During the formal grievance procedures, the grievant and employer shall make efforts to resolve the grievance by seeking a mutually acceptable solution to the matters grieved.
ER 46.01 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1984, No. 338, eff. 3-1-84.
ER 46.02 ER 46.02 Definitions. In this chapter:
ER 46.02(1) (1) "Decision" means the written response to a grievance by the employer representative, which includes the rationale for the response.
ER 46.02(2) (2) "Employee" means a state employee in the classified civil service under s. 230.08 (3), Stats., except a limited term employee or an employee covered by a collective bargaining agreement under subch. V of ch. 111, Stats.
ER 46.02(3) (3) "Employer" means an agency defined under s. 230.03 (3), Stats., in which the employee is or has been employed.
ER 46.02(4) (4) "Grievance" means a written complaint by an employee requesting relief in a matter which is of concern or dissatisfaction relating to conditions of employment and which is subject to the control of the employer and within the limitations of this chapter.
ER 46.02(5) (5) "Grievant" means an employee who has filed a grievance.
ER 46.02(6) (6) "Group grievance" means a grievance filed by more than one grievant which involves like circumstances and facts for the grievants involved.
ER 46.02(7) (7) "Relief" means a specific remedy directly affecting a grievant.
ER 46.02(8) (8) "Retaliation" means any action taken by an employer in order to adversely affect the employee's conditions of employment, when such action is taken because of the employee's exercise of rights under this chapter.
ER 46.02(9) (9) "Step" means a level of management authority where a grievance may be pursued.
ER 46.02(10) (10) "Work rule" means a written regulation promulgated by the employer within its discretion which regulates the conduct of employees as it affects their employment.
ER 46.02 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1984, No. 338, eff. 3-1-84; am. (4) and (6) to (8), Register, May, 1988, No. 389, eff. 6-1-88.
ER 46.03 ER 46.03 Scope.
ER 46.03(1)(1) Under this chapter, an employee may grieve issues which affect his or her conditions of employment, including any matter on which the employee alleges that coercion or retaliation has been practiced against the employee except as provided in sub. (2).
ER 46.03(2) (2) An employee may not use this chapter to grieve:
ER 46.03(2)(a) (a) A personnel action or decision of the administrator or the director that is directly appealable to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission under s. 230.44, Stats.;
ER 46.03(2)(b) (b) An action delegated by the administrator or by the director to an appointing authority;
ER 46.03(2)(c) (c) A demotion, suspension, discharge, removal, layoff or reduction in base pay;
ER 46.03(2)(d) (d) A personnel action after certification which is related to the hiring process;
ER 46.03(2)(e) (e) Denial of hazardous employment benefits under s. 230.36 (4), Stats.;
ER 46.03(2)(f) (f) The reassignment of a career executive employee under s. ER-MRS 30.07 (1);
ER 46.03(2)(g) (g) The failure of a supervisor to process a reclassification request.
ER 46.03(2)(h) (h) An oral reprimand;
ER 46.03(2)(i) (i) The content of written agency rules and policies;
ER 46.03(2)(j) (j) A condition of employment which is a right of the employer as defined in s. ER 46.04; or
ER 46.03(2)(k) (k) Any matter related to wages, hours of work, and fringe benefits.
ER 46.03 Note Note: An employee may appeal actions or decisions listed in sub. (2) (a) through (e) directly to the Wisconsin employment relations commission under s. 230.44, Stats.
ER 46.03 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1984, No. 338, eff. 3-1-84; reprinted to correct an error in (2) (b), Register, September, 1984, No. 345; am. (1), (2) (i) and (j), cr. (2) (k), Register, May, 1988, No. 389, eff. 6-1-88; correction in (2) (f) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, October, 1994, No. 466.
ER 46.04 ER 46.04 Management rights.
ER 46.04(1)(1) Nothing in this chapter is intended to interfere with the sole right of the employer to carry out its statutory mandate and goals.
ER 46.04(2) (2) For the purpose of this chapter, the management rights of the employer include, but are not limited to, the following:
ER 46.04(2)(a) (a) Utilizing personnel, methods and means to carry out the statutory mandate and goals of the agency.
ER 46.04(2)(b) (b) Determining the size and composition of the work force.
ER 46.04(2)(c) (c) Managing and directing the employees of the agency.
ER 46.04(2)(d) (d) Hiring, promoting, transferring, assigning or retaining employees.
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