Misdemeanors; how punished.
Powers and duties of commission and division of equal rights.
Duties of council on affirmative action.
State employees suggestion board.
Processing of information.
Retaliatory action prohibited.
Discipline based on surveillance.
Payment of award, judgment or settlement; effect of order, arbitration award or commencement of court action.
Rule making and reporting.
EMPLOYEE FREEDOM OF SPEECH PROTECTION
Government employer retaliation prohibited.
Statement of policy. 230.01(1)(1)
It is the purpose of this chapter to provide state agencies with competent personnel who will furnish state services to citizens as fairly, efficiently and effectively as possible.
It is the policy of the state and the responsibility of the director and the administrator to maintain a system of personnel management which fills positions in the classified service through methods which apply the merit principle, with adequate civil service safeguards. It is the policy of this state to provide for equal employment opportunity by ensuring that all personnel actions including hire, tenure or term, and condition or privilege of employment be based on the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities assigned to the particular position without regard to age, race, creed or religion, color, disability, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation or political affiliation. It is the policy of this state to take affirmative action which is not in conflict with other provisions of this chapter. It is the policy of the state to ensure its employees opportunities for satisfying careers and fair treatment based on the value of each employee's services. It is the policy of this state to encourage disclosure of information under subch. III
and to ensure that any employee employed by a governmental unit is protected from retaliatory action for disclosing information under subch. III
. It is the policy of this state to correct pay inequities based on gender or race in the state civil service system.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to either infringe upon or supersede the rights guaranteed state employees under subch. V of ch. 111
Liberal construction of statutes.
Statutes applicable to the office shall be construed liberally in aid of the purposes declared in s. 230.01
History: 1977 c. 196
; 2003 a. 33
In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
"Administrator" means the administrator of the division.
"Affirmative action" means specific actions in employment which are designed and taken for the purposes of all of the following:
Eliminating a substantial disparity between the proportion of members of racial and ethnic, gender or disabled groups either in job groups within the classified civil service, or in similar functional groups in the unclassified service, and the proportion of members of racial and ethnic, gender or disabled groups in the relevant labor pool.
Eliminating present effects of past discrimination.
"Agency" means any board, commission, committee, council, or department in state government or a unit thereof created by the constitution or statutes if such board, commission, committee, council, department, unit, or the head thereof, is authorized to appoint subordinate staff by the constitution or statute, except the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, a legislative or judicial board, commission, committee, council, department, or unit thereof or an authority created under subch. II of ch. 114
or under ch. 231
, or 279
. "Agency" does not mean any local unit of government or body within one or more local units of government that is created by law or by action of one or more local units of government.
Except as provided in s. 230.80 (1m)
, "appointing authority" means the chief administrative officer of an agency unless another person is authorized to appoint subordinate staff in the agency by the constitution or statutes.
"Civil service" means all offices and positions of trust or employment in the service of the state, except offices and positions in the organized militia and the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
"Classified service" means the classified service of the civil service.
"Collective bargaining agreement", "collective bargaining unit" and other terms relating to collective bargaining for state employees have the meaning set forth for such terms under subch. V of ch. 111
"Commission" means the employment relations commission.
"Director" means the director of the office.
"Disabled veteran" means a veteran who has a service-connected disability.
"Division" means the division of merit recruitment and selection in the office.
"Division of equal rights" means the division of equal rights in the department of workforce development.
"Employee" or "state employee" means an employee of an agency.
"Gender group", when used in connection with affirmative action under this chapter, does not include groups discriminated against because of sexual orientation, as defined in s. 111.32 (13m)
"Job group" means a set of classifications combined by the office on the basis of similarity in responsibility, pay range and nature of work.
"Office" means the office of state employment relations.
"Position" means a group of duties and responsibilities in either the classified or the unclassified divisions of the civil service, which require the services of an employee on a part-time or full-time basis.
"Resident of this state" means a person who, on the date an application under s. 230.16 (1)
Has established a residence, as defined in s. 6.10 (1)
, in this state not less than 10 days earlier;
Has resided in this state for not less than a total of one year out of the immediately preceding 5 years;
Is eligible to register to vote in this state; or
"Unclassified service" means the unclassified service of the civil service.
A person who served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces and who was entitled to receive any of the following:
The armed forces expeditionary medal established by executive order 10977
on December 4, 1961.
The Vietnam service medal established by executive order 11231
on July 8, 1965.
A person who served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces in a crisis zone, as defined in s. 45.01 (11)
A person who served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces for at least one day during a war period, as defined in s. 45.01 (13)
or under section 1 of executive order 10957
dated August 10, 1961.
A person who served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces for 2 continuous years or more or the full period of the person's initial service obligation, whichever is less. A person discharged from the U.S. armed forces for reasons of hardship or a service-connected disability or a person released due to a reduction in the U.S. armed forces prior to the completion of the required period of service shall also be considered a "veteran", regardless of the actual time served.
History: 1971 c. 270
; 1973 c. 333
; 1977 c. 196
; 1977 c. 418
; 1981 c. 20
; 1983 a. 27
, 2200 (15)
; 1983 a. 409
; 1987 a. 32
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 101
; 1993 a. 16
; 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 65
; 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 33
; 2005 a. 22
; 2007 a. 20
; 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 7
; 2013 a. 20
; 2013 a. 165
; 2013 a. 168
Powers and duties of the director. 230.04(1)
The director is charged with the effective administration of this chapter. All powers and duties, necessary to that end, which are not exclusively vested by statute in the commission, the division of equal rights, the administrator or appointing authorities, are reserved to the director.
The director may delegate, in writing, any of his or her functions set forth in this chapter to an appointing authority, within prescribed standards if the director finds that the agency has personnel management capabilities to perform such functions effectively and has indicated its approval and willingness to accept such responsibility by written agreement. If the director determines that any agency is not performing such delegated function within prescribed standards, the director shall forthwith withdraw such delegated function. Subject to the approval of the joint committee on finance, the director may order transferred to the office from the agency to which delegation was made such agency staff and other resources as necessary to perform such functions if increased staff was authorized to that agency as a consequence of such delegation or if the office reduced staff or shifted staff to new responsibilities as a result of such delegation. Any delegatory action taken under s. 230.09 (2) (a)
or 230.13 (1)
by an appointing authority may be appealed to the commission under s. 230.44 (1) (b)
. The director shall be a party in such an appeal.
The director may utilize the services of technical or specialized personnel to assist in implementing and maintaining a sound personnel management program. These services may be obtained from persons inside or outside of state service.
The director may issue enforceable orders on all matters relating to the administration, enforcement and effect of this chapter and the rules prescribed thereunder except on matters relating to the provisions of subch. III
or to those provisions of subch. II
for which responsibility is specifically charged to the administrator.
The director shall establish and maintain a collective bargaining capability under s. 111.815 (2)
The director shall promulgate rules on all matters relating to the administration of the office and the performance of the duties assigned to the director, except on matters relating to those provisions of subch. II
for which responsibility is specifically charged to the administrator.
The director shall establish an employee performance evaluation program under s. 230.37 (1)
The director shall do all of the following:
Establish standards for affirmative action plans to be prepared by all agencies and applied to all employees in and applicants for employment in the unclassified and classified services, except for state officers elected by the people. The standards shall state the time periods within which these plans shall be prepared.
Review and approve or disapprove any affirmative action plan prepared by an agency to ensure compliance with the standards established under par. (a)
, and send any approved affirmative action plan to the governor with comments.
Monitor, evaluate and make recommendations to each agency to improve its progress toward providing equal opportunity to employees, applicants for employment and clients of the agency.
Provide each agency with technical assistance in exploring and implementing innovative personnel policies in compliance with standards established under par. (a)
Annually, prepare and submit to the governor and the legislature a summary of existing agency affirmative action program accomplishments, including the information obtained from agencies under sub. (10) (b)
, future goals and recommended actions.
Annually, prepare and submit to the governor and the legislature a summary of the progress being made to provide employment opportunities in civil service for veterans under this chapter, including the information obtained from agencies under sub. (10) (c)
Establish an affirmative action subunit. The affirmative action subunit shall advise and assist the director, the administrator and agency heads on establishing policies and programs to ensure appropriate affirmative action. The subunit shall advise and assist the director in monitoring such programs and shall provide staff to the council on affirmative action.
"Independent" means the extent to which persons with disabilities exert control and choice over their own lives.
"Severely disabled employee" means an employee in the classified service with a chronic disability if the chronic disability meets all of the following conditions:
It is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments.