File No. 33647

This rule was published in the June 1, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 11) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Human Resource Management, Administration

Section R477-11-1

Disciplinary Action

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 33647
Filed: 05/13/2010 04:28:59 PM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This amendment gives discretion to the Attorney General's Office in determining which discipline issues they will require to be consulted on.

Summary of the rule or change:

In Subsection R477-11-1(2)(a) the words "if necessary" are added to allow the Attorney General's Office discretion on which discipline cases they require consultation for.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 67-19-6
  • Section 67-19-18
  • Section 63G-2-3

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

These changes are administrative and do not directly impact state budgets.

local governments:

This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on local governments.

small businesses:

This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on small businesses.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on other persons.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

No compliance cost anticipated. This rule only affects agencies of the executive branch of state government.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

Rules published by the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) have no direct effect on businesses or any entity outside state government. DHRM has authority to write rules only to the extent allowed by the Utah Personnel Management Act, Title 67, Chapter 19. This act limits the provisions of career service and these rules to employees of the executive branch of state government. The only possible impact may be a very slight, indirect effect if an agency passes costs or savings on to business through fees. However, it is anticipated that the minimal costs associated with these changes will be absorbed by agency budgets and will have no effect on business.

Jeff Herring, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Human Resource Management
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84114-1201

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • J.J. Acker at the above address, by phone at 801-537-9096, by FAX at 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Jeff Herring, Executive Director


R477. Human Resource Management, Administration.

R477-11. Discipline.

R477-11-1. Disciplinary Action.

(1) Agency management may discipline any employee for any of the following causes or reasons:

(a) noncompliance with these rules, agency or other applicable policies, including but not limited to safety policies, agency professional standards, standards of conduct and workplace policies;

(b) work performance that is inefficient or incompetent;

(c) failure to maintain skills and adequate performance levels;

(d) insubordination or disloyalty to the orders of a superior;

(e) misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance;

(f) any incident involving intimidation, physical harm, or threats of physical harm against co-workers, management, or the public;

(g) no longer meets the requirements of the position;

(h) conduct, on or off duty, which creates a conflict of interest with the employee's public responsibilities or impacts that employee's ability to perform job assignments;

(i) failure to advance the good of the public service, including conduct on or off duty which demeans or harms the effectiveness or ability of the agency to fulfill its mission;

(j) dishonesty; or

(k) misconduct.

(2) Agency management shall consult with DHRM prior to disciplining an employee

(a) DHRM shall consult with the Office of the Attorney General, if necessary, prior to agency management imposing discipline on an employee that is grievable to the Career Service Review Office.

(3) All disciplinary actions of career service employees shall be governed by principles of due process and Title 67, Chapter 19a. The disciplinary process shall include all of the following, except as provided under Subsection 67-19-18(4):

(a) The agency representative notifies the employee in writing of the proposed discipline and the underlying reasons supporting the intended action.

(b) The employee's reply shall be received within five working days in order to have the agency representative consider the reply before discipline is imposed.

(c) If an employee waives the right to respond or does not reply within the time frame established by the agency representative or within five days, whichever is longer, discipline may be imposed in accordance with these rules.

(4) After a career service employee has been informed of the reasons for the proposed discipline and has been given an opportunity to respond and be responded to, the agency representative may discipline that employee, or any career service exempt employee not subject to the same procedural rights, by imposing one or more of the following:

(a) written reprimand;

(b) suspension without pay up to 30 calendar days per incident requiring discipline;

(c) demotion of any employee through one of the following actions:

(i) An employee may be moved from a position in one job to a position in another job having a lower maximum salary range and shall receive a reduction in the current actual wage.

(ii) An employee's current actual wage may be lowered within the current salary range, as determined by the agency head or designee.

(d) dismissal.

An agency head shall dismiss or demote a career service employee only in accordance with Subsection 67-19-18(5) and Section R477-11-2.

(5) If agency management determines that a career service employee endangers or threatens the peace and safety of others or poses a grave threat to the public service or is charged with aggravated or repeated misconduct, the agency may impose the following actions, under Subsection 67-19-18(4), pending an investigation and determination of facts:

(a) paid administrative leave; or

(b) temporary reassignment to another position or work location at the same current actual wage.

(6) At the time disciplinary action is imposed, the employee shall be notified in writing of the discipline, the reasons for the discipline, the effective date and length of the discipline.

(7) Disciplinary actions are subject to the grievance and appeals procedure by law for career service employees only. The employee and the agency representative may agree in writing to waive or extend any grievance step, or the time limits specified for any grievance step.


KEY: discipline of employees, dismissal of employees, grievances, government hearings

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: 2010

Notice of Continuation: June 9, 2007

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 67-19-6; 67-19-18; 63G-2-3


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact J.J. Acker at the above address, by phone at 801-537-9096, by FAX at 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at