DAR File No. 37607

This rule was published in the June 1, 2013, issue (Vol. 2013, No. 11) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Career Service Review Office, Administration

Rule R137-1

Grievance Procedure Rules

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 37607
Filed: 05/08/2013 10:14:52 AM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This amendment is mandated by legislative action pursuant to S.B. 95 in the 2012 General Session. Changes to the definitions are clerical. The amendment also clarifies the scope of a hearing officer's discretion.

Summary of the rule or change:

The amendment makes the Grievance Procedure Rules consistent Sections 67-19a-101 through 67-19a-402.5 and 67-21-2 through 67-21-10, as amended by S.B. 95 (2012). The amendment to Sections R137-1-18 and R137-1-19 allows a hearing officer discretion to expel witnesses. Definitions are amended for clarity.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 63G-4-401
  • Sections 67-21-2 through 67-21-10
  • Sections 67-19a-101 through 67-19a-402.5

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

No fiscal impact to the state budget from the rule but see fiscal note to S.B. 95 (2012).

local governments:

Does not apply--Only executive branch state employees are eligible to grieve at the Career Service Review Office (CSRO). Local governments do not interact with the CSRO and changes to the rule will not affect local governments.

small businesses:

Does not apply--Only executive branch state employees are eligible to grieve at the CSRO. Small businesses do not interact with the CSRO and changes to the rule will not affect small businesses.

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

Does not apply--Only executive branch state employees are eligible to grieve at the CSRO. Changes to the CSRO rule will not affect any persons or entities other than executive branch state employees (see answer under "Compliance for affected persons" below).

Compliance costs for affected persons:

Executive branch state employees will be able to file grievances brought under the Utah Protection of Public Employees Act. There is no filing fee at the CSRO and this will generate no additional costs to employees.

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

There will be no fiscal impact on businesses.

Akiko Kawamura, Administrator

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

Career Service Review Office
Administration
Room 1120 STATE OFFICE BLDG
450 N MAIN ST
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84114-1201

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Annette Morgan at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3048, by FAX at 801-538-3139, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]
  • Akiko Kawamura at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3047, by FAX at 801-538-3139, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

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:

07/01/2013

This rule may become effective on:

07/08/2013

Authorized by:

Akiko Kawamura, Administrator

RULE TEXT

R137. Career Service Review Office, Administration.

R137-1. Grievance Procedure Rules.

R137-1-2. Definitions.

Terms defined in Section 63G-4-103 of the Utah Administrative Procedures Act (UAPA) are incorporated by reference within this rule. In addition, other terms which are used in this rule are defined below:

"Abandonment of Grievance" means either the voluntary withdrawal of a grievance or the failure by an employee to properly pursue a grievance through these grievance procedures.

"Administrative Review of the File" means an informal adjudicative proceeding according to Subsection 67-19a-403(3)(b).

"Administrator" means the [incumbent in the position defined at]person appointed under Subsection 67-19a-[1]201(1).

"Affidavit" means a signed and sworn statement offered for consideration in connection with a grievance proceeding.

"Affirmative Defense" means a responsive answer asserting facts in addition to those alleged that are legally sufficient to rebut asserted allegations.

"Appeal" means a formal request to a higher level of review of a[n unacceptable] lower level decision.

"Appointing Authority" means the officer, board, commission, person or group of persons authorized to make appointments on personnel/human resource management matters in their respective agency.

"Burden of Moving Forward" means a party's obligation to present evidence on a particular issue at a particular time. The burden of moving forward may shift back and forth between the parties based on certain legal principles.

"Burden of Proof" means the obligation to prove affirmatively a fact or set of facts at issue between two parties.[ If proven, the opposing party then has a burden of proving any affirmative defense.]

"CSRO " means the agency of state government that statutorily administers these grievance procedures according to Sections 67-19a-101 through 67-19a-406.

"Closing Argument" means a party's final summation of evidence and argument, which is presented at the conclusion of the hearing.

"Consolidation" means the combining of two or more grievances involving the same controversy for purposes of holding a joint hearing, proceeding, or administrative review.

"Continuance" means an authorized postponement or adjournment of a hearing until a later date, whether the date is specified or not.

"Declaratory Order" means a ruling that is explanatory in purpose; it is designed to clarify what before was uncertain or doubtful. A declaratory order constitutes a declaration of rights between parties to a dispute and is binding as to both present and future rights. It is an administrative interpretation or explanation of a right, statute, order or other legal matter under a statute, rule, or an order.

"Default" means an omission of or untimely failure to take or perform a required act in the processing of a grievance. It is the failure to discharge an obligation which results in a forfeiture.

"Deposition" means a form of discovery in which testimony of a witness is given under oath, subject to cross-examination, and recorded in writing, prior to the hearing.

"Discovery" means the prehearing process whereby one party may obtain from the opposing party, or from other individuals or entities, information regarding the witnesses to be called, the documents and exhibits to be used at the hearing, and the facts and information about the case.

"Evidentiary Hearing" means a proceeding of relative formality, though much less formal than a trial, in which witnesses may be heard and evidence is presented and considered. Specific issues of fact and of law are tried. Afterwards, ultimate conclusions of fact and of law are set forth in a written decision or order.

"Excusable Neglect" means [the exercise of due diligence by a reasonably prudent person and constitutes ]a failure to take proper steps at the proper time, not in consequence of the person's own carelessness, inattention, or willful disregard in the processing of a grievance, but in consequence of some unexpected or unavoidable hindrance or accident.

"Extraordinary Circumstances" means factors not normally incident to or foreseeable during an administrative proceeding. It includes circumstances beyond a party's control that normal prudence and experience could not foresee, anticipate or provide for.

"File" means to submit a document, grievance, petition, or other paper to the CSRO as prescribed by these rules. The term "file" includes faxing and E-mailing.

"Filing Date" means the day that a document, grievance, petition, or other paper is recorded as having been received by the CSRO.

"Grievance Procedures" mean the grievance and appeal procedures codified at Sections 67-19a-101 through 67-19a-406 and promulgated through this rule.

"Grievant" means the person or party advancing one or more issues as a petitioner through these grievance procedures to the evidentiary/step 4 level.

"Group Grievance" means a grievance submitted and signed by two or more aggrieved employees. The term does not include "class action."

"Hearing" means the opportunity to be heard or present evidence in an administrative proceeding.

"Hearing Officer" means an impartial trier of facts appointed by the CSRO administrator and assigned to decide a particular grievance case at the evidentiary/step 4 level.

"Hearsay Evidence" means evidence not based upon a witness's personal knowledge as a direct observer of an event. Rather, hearsay evidence stems from the repetition of what a witness heard another person say. Hearsay's value rests upon the credibility of the declarant. Hearsay is a statement made outside of the hearing that is offered as evidence of the truth of matters asserted in the hearing.

"Initial Hearing" means a hearing conducted by the administrator to make an initial determination regarding timeliness, authority, jurisdiction, direct harm, standing and eligibility to advance a grievance issue to the evidentiary/step 4 level.

"Issuance" means the date on which a decision, order or ruling is signed and dated; it is not the date of mailing, or the date of the mailing certificate, nor the postal date. Date of issuance is the date specified according to Subsection 63G-4-401, of the UAPA.

"Joint Hearing" means the uniting of two or more grievances involving the same, similar, or related circumstances or issues to conduct a single hearing; also see "Consolidation."

"Jurisdiction" means the legal right and authority to hear and decide issues and controversies.

"Management Representative" means a person of managerial or supervisory status who is not subject to exclusion. Legal counsel is not included within the meaning of the term.

"Motion" means a request offered verbally or in writing for a ruling or to take some action.

"Motion to Dismiss" means a motion requesting that a grievance or appeal be dismissed because it does not state a claim for which the CSRO provides a remedy, or is in some other way legally insufficient.

"Notice" and "Notification" mean a proper written notice to the parties involved in a grievance procedural hearing or conference, setting forth date, time, location, and the issue to be considered.

"Pleadings" mean the formal written allegations of the parties that set forth their respective claims and defenses.

"Presiding Hearing Officer" means either the Administrator or designated evidentiary/step 4 hearing officer.

"Pro Se" means in one's own behalf. A person is represented pro se in an administrative proceeding when acting without legal counsel or other representation.

"Quash" means to cancel, annul, or vacate.[ a subpoena.]

"Relevant" means directly applying to the matter in question; pertinent, germane. It is evidence that tends to make the existence of any facts more probable or certain than they would be without the evidence; and tending to prove the precise fact at issue.

"Remand" means to send back, as for further deliberation and judgment, to the presiding official or other tribunal from which a grievance was appealed.

"Standard of Proof" means the evidentiary standard, which in CSRO adjudications is the substantial evidence standard.

"Stay" means a temporary suspension of a case or of some designated proceeding within the case. A stay is different than a continuance or extension of time and can only be granted when agreed to by the parties and when the administrator or assigned hearing officer finds a stay necessary for judicial economy and the interest of justice.

"Submit" means to commit to the discretion of another; to present for determination.

"Subpoena" means a formal legal document issued under authority to compel the appearance of a witness at an administrative proceeding, the disobedience of which may be punishable as a contempt of court.

"Subpoena Duces Tecum" means a formal legal document issued under authority to compel specific documents, books, writings, papers, or other items.

"Substantial Evidence" means evidence possessing something of substance and relevant consequence, and which furnishes substantial basis of fact from which issues tendered can be reasonabl[e]y resolved. It is evidence that a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion, but is less than a preponderance.

"Summary Judgment" means a ruling made upon motion by a party or the presiding hearing officer when there is no dispute as to either material fact or inferences to be drawn from undisputed facts, or if only a question of law is involved. The motion may be directed toward all or part of a claim or defense.

"Transcript" means an official verbatim written record of an adjudicative proceeding or any part thereof, which has been recorded and subsequently transcribed by a certified court reporter.

"UAPA" means the Utah Administrative Procedures Act found at Sections 63G-4-102 through 63G-4-601.

"Withdraw" means to recall or retract a grievance from further consideration under these grievance procedures.

"Witness Fee" means an appearance fee and may also include a mileage rate established by statutory provision pursuant to Section 78B-1-119.

"Working Days" means for purposes of the time periods for filing a grievance, advancing an appeal or responding to an employee's grievance or appeal, all days except Saturdays, Sundays and recognized State holidays.

 

R137-1-10. Eligibility to Grieve.

(1) Standing. Only executive branch career service employees and reporting employees alleging retaliatory action, as defined by Subsections 67-19a-101(7) and 67-19a-101(8), may use these grievance procedures.

(a) Pursuant to Subsection 67-19-16[-](6) and Section 67-19a-301, the CSRO has no jurisdiction over grievance petitions filed by probationary employees, public applicants, exempt employees, noncareer service employees, public employees of the state's political subdivisions, public employees covered by other grievance systems, or employees of state institutions of higher education.

(2) Questionable Standing. Where a question or dispute exists whether an employee qualifies to use these grievance procedures, such controversies must be resolved through application of R137-1-17 by the administrator. The administrator's determination shall be final and subject to review only in the Utah Court of Appeals for formal adjudications and in the district court for informal adjudications according to Subsections 67-19a-301(2) and 67-19a-403(2)(a)(i), and Sections 63G-4-402 and 63G-4-403 of the UAPA.

(3) Class Action. Pursuant to Subsection 67-19a-401(8), class action grievances will not be admissible for consideration by the CSRO under these grievance procedures.

(4) Group Grievance. A group grievance is admissible provided that each aggrieved employee signs the grievance, according to Subsections 67-19a-401(8)(a) and (b).

 

R137-1-11. Issues Appealable to the Evidentiary/Step 4 Level.

[(1) ]All grievances shall be reviewed to determine:

(1) Whether the matters or issues raised in a grievance fall within the CSRO's limited jurisdiction as set forth in Subsections 67-19a-202(1)(a) and 67-19a-202(1)(6), or

(2) Whether any issues or components of a grievance were satisfactorily resolved at an earlier step in the grievance procedures. Matters or issues resolved at an earlier step in the grievance procedures may not be advanced to the CSRO.

 

R137-1-12. Employees' Rights.

(1) Representation. The state does not provide legal counsel or representation to aggrieved employees nor pay the fees for an employee's representation. Also, Subsection 67-19a-406(4)(a) precludes the CSRO from[the] awarding [of] fees or costs to an employee's attorney or representative. Pursuant to Subsection 67-19a-402.5(6)(a), an appellate court may award costs and attorney fees, accrued at the appellate court level, to a prevailing employee in a retaliatory action grievance.

(2) Pro Se Status. A party or person to a grievance proceeding may [be represented]appear pro se. When a party or person [is represented]appears pro se, the party or person is entitled to request the issuance of subpoenas, directly examine and cross-examine witnesses, make opening and closing statements, submit documentary evidence, summarize testimony, and in all respects fully present one's own case.

(3) No Reprisal. Pursuant to Subsection 67-19a-303(3), no appointing authority, director, manager, or supervisor may take action to retaliate against a grievant, a representative, or a witness who participates in or is scheduled to participate in a grievance proceeding.

 

R137-1-13. Automatic Processing, Waiver, Excusable Neglect, Abandonment of Grievance, Default, Transfer and Stay.

(1) Automatic Processing. An agency's failure to reply in writing to an aggrieved employee's grievance within the prescribed time period automatically grants the aggrieved employee the right to advance the grievance to the next step of these grievance procedures listed in Section 14 (below). [However, p]Pursuant to Subsection 67-19a-401(2), the parties may mutually agree to waive or extend steps 1, 2, or 3 or extend the statutory time period for those steps. Waivers of the statutory time periods by agency management and the aggrieved employee must be in writing and submitted to the administrator.

(2) Waiver. When the administrator finds that a grievance is one that an agency cannot resolve because of the nature of the grievance, the matter may be waived in writing to a higher level. Steps 1, 2, or 3 may be waived, but not step 4. Any waiver agreed to between the parties must be in writing, dated and submitted to the administrator according to Subsection 67-19a-401(2) and (3).

(3) Excusable Neglect. The standard of excusable neglect may be offered as a defense to lack of timeliness in processing a grievance or for not appearing at a scheduled proceeding.

(a) The administrator or appointed CSRO hearing officer shall determine the applicability of the excusable neglect standard when offered as a defense to lack of timeliness or not appearing at a scheduled proceeding.

(b) All questions are to be resolved at the original level of occurrence.

(4) Abandonment of Grievance. In the event the administrator or CSRO hearing officer determines that a grievance claim has been withdrawn, abandoned, or otherwise neglected beyond either the established time lines or a reasonable period, the matter no longer qualifies for further processing through these grievance procedures. When withdrawal is intended, it should be accomplished in writing.

(5) Default. An employee who defaults in processing a grievance forfeits further rights granted by these rules and under Section 63G-4-209 of the UAPA, which is incorporated by reference.

(6) Transfer. The administrator may administratively transfer a grievance [case] from the aggrieved employee's department to another, more appropriate department to respond as necessary to serve the ends of justice and fairness.

(7) Stay. Upon written request, the administrator or the CSRO hearing officer may grant a stay of a decision, order, ruling, remedy, or proceeding. However, stays may be granted only when agreed to by the parties and when the administrator or assigned hearing officer finds a stay necessary for judicial economy and the interest of justice.

 

R137-1-14. Grievance Procedure Steps.

Persons acting on grievances pursuant to Sections 67-19a-402 and 67-19a-402.5, and in accordance with these rules, shall conduct their filings through the following steps, or levels, of increasing accountability:

Step 1; A written grievance shall be submitted to the employee's immediate supervisor. A standard grievance form is available from the CSRO. Once submitted, the written grievance then becomes a formal complaint necessitating a response. Steps 2 and 3 also necessitate responses within time periods outlined in Section 67-19a-402. Such responses are to be issued by only one supervisor, director, etc. at each step.

Step 2; If the grievance is not resolved at step 1, the employee may advance their grievance to step 2. Step 2 requires the grievance be reviewed by the agency or division director or designee;

Step 3; If the grievance is not resolved at step 2, the employee may advance their grievance to step 3. Step 3 requires the grievance be reviewed by the department head, executive director, commissioner or their designated representative.

Step 4; If the grievance is not resolved at step 3, the employee may advance their grievance to step 4. Step 4 is an evidentiary de novo hearing conducted before a CSRO hearing officer.

The purpose for the above steps, or levels, is to curtail employees from having to submit their grievances to persons in agency management not specified in the above steps or levels. Only the above-listed persons (or their designated representatives) in agency management are authorized to respond to state employees' grievances.

 

R137-1-17. Initial Review by Administrator.

When an employee advances a grievance to the CSRO or directly appeals a department head's decision to the CSRO, the administrator shall make an initial determination of whether the CSRO has authority to review or decide the grievance or appeal. In order to make this determination, the administrator may hold an initial adjudicative hearing in accordance with Subsections 67-19a-403(2), 67-19a-402.5(2)(b)(i) and Section 63G-4-206 or conduct an informal adjudicative review of the file in accordance with Subsections 67-19a-403(2), 67-19a-402.5(2)(b)(ii) and Section 63G-4-202 which are incorporated by reference.

(1) Procedural Issues. The administrator shall make an initial determination of the following: timeliness, direct harm, jurisdiction, standing, eligibility of the issues to be advanced, and any other procedural matters or jurisdictional controversies according to Sections 67-19a-402.5, 67-19a-403 and 67-19a-404.

(2) Determination. The administrator has authority to determine which types of grievances may be heard at the evidentiary/step 4 level. Those types of grievances found to have been resolved at a lower level or those that do not qualify for advancement to the evidentiary/step 4 level are precluded from further consideration in any grievance submitted for CSRO consideration.

(3) Preclusion. Those types of actions not listed in Subsections 67-19a-202(1)(a) or 67-19a-202(1)(b) and referenced in Subsection 67-19a-302(1) and 67-19a-302(3) are precluded from advancement to the evidentiary/step 4 level. When the grievance is precluded from the evidentiary/step 4 level, the matter under dispute shall be deemed as final at the level of the department head/step 3 according to Subsection 67-19a-302(2).

(4) Reconsideration. A written request for reconsideration may be filed with the administrator. It must be filed within 20 days from the date the administrator issues a decision regarding whether the CSRO has authority to review or decide a grievance or appeal. Section 63G-4-302 of the UAPA incorporated by reference. The written reconsideration request must contain specific reasons why a reconsideration is warranted with respect to the factual findings and legal conclusions of the hearing decision or administrative review of the file decision. New or additional evidence may not be considered.

(5) Judicial Review.

(a) The aggrieved employee or the responding agency may appeal the administrator's initial adjudicative hearing decision and final agency action to the Utah Court of Appeals within 30 calendar days from the date of issuance according to Subsection 63G-4-401(3)(a) and Section 63G-4-403 of the UAPA which are incorporated by reference.

(b) The aggrieved employee or the responding agency may appeal the administrator's informal adjudicative decision and final agency action of an administrative review of the file to the district court according to Sections 63G-4-402 and 63G-4-404 of the UAPA which are incorporated by reference.

(c) A decision reached by the CSRO in reviewing a retaliatory action grievance from a reporting employee, as defined by Subsections 67-19a-101(7) and 67-19a-101(8),may be appealed to the Utah Court of Appeals.

(6) Summary Judgment. The administrator or the ([p]Presiding Officer, Utah Code Ann. Section 63G-4-103(1)(h)(i)) hearing officer may, pursuant to an administrative review of the procedural facts and circumstances of a grievance case, summarily dispose of a case on the ground that:

(a) the matter is untimely;

(b) the grievant has failed to appear at the properly scheduled date, time, and place pursuant to written notice;

(c) the grievant lacks standing;

(d) the grievant has withdrawn or otherwise abandoned the grievance;

(e) the grievant has not been directly harmed;

(f) the issue grieved does not qualify to be advanced beyond step 3; or

(g) the requested remedy or relief exceeds the scope of these grievance procedures.

(7) Transcription and Transcript Fees. If a party appeals the administrator's initial adjudicative hearing decision to the Utah Court of Appeals or to the district court, the appealing party is responsible for paying all transcription costs and any transcript fees. The CSRO does not participate in the payment of these fees when appeals are taken to the appellate or trial court. See Utah Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 11, and Section 63G-4-403(3), regarding transcript costs from formal adjudications under the UAPA.

 

R137-1-18. Procedural Matters.

The provisions under this section pertain to initial administrative and evidentiary/step 4 proceedings before the CSRO.

(1) Purpose. A formal adjudicative proceeding provides a fair and impartial opportunity for the parties to be heard and to present their evidence. The adjudicative process allows the CSRO administrator or the CSRO hearing officer to be completely informed about the case. After having considered the parties' evidence, the CSRO administrator or the CSRO hearing officer may then render a proper determination based upon all of the facts, circumstances, and applicable laws, rules and policies.

(2) Types of Adjudications. For purposes of Section 63G-4-202 of the UAPA:

(a) All initial administrative and evidentiary/step 4 adjudications at the CSRO are formal adjudicative proceedings. Sections 63G-4-205 through 63G-4-209, 63G-4-401 and 63G-4-403 through 63G-4-405 of the UAPA are incorporated by reference within this rule and are applicable to these adjudicative proceedings.

(b) An administrative review of the file, pursuant to Subsections 67-19a-403(2) and 67-19a-402.5(2)(b)(2), is an informal adjudicative proceeding with Sections 63G-4-203, 63G-4-402, and 63G-4-404 of the UAPA incorporated by reference.

(3) Rules of Evidence/Procedure Inapplicable. The technical rules of evidence and the formal rules of civil procedure as observed in the courts of law are inapplicable to these grievance procedure proceedings, except for the rules of privilege as recognized by law and those specific references to the rules of evidence and procedure as set forth in the UAPA.

(4) Expelling. The presiding CSRO hearing officer may clear the proceeding of witnesses not under examination and may exclude any unruly or disruptive person. The hearing officer may also expel any persons whose presence is antagonistic, oppressive, intimidating or appears to have a chilling effect on the witness under examination.

(5) Presentation of Case. Each party['s representative] is given the opportunity to make an opening statement[. At the appropriate time, each party's representative is given the opportunity]and to present evidence. After [each party's representative has presented its respective case,] the evidence is closed, each party [the moving party, followed by the responding party,] may offer a closing argument. The moving party may offer one rebuttal. Continuous rebuttal is not permissible.

(6) Objections.

(a) When an objection is made as to the admissibility of evidence, the presiding CSRO hearing officer shall note the objection for the record and make a ruling or take the objection under advisement to be ruled upon later.[ A ruling is then made by the presiding CSRO hearing officer, or the objection may be taken under advisement to be ruled upon later.]

(b) The presiding CSRO hearing officer has discretion to exclude inadmissible evidence and to order that cumulative or repetitive evidence be discontinued.

(c) A party objecting to the introduction of evidence must state the precise grounds of the objection at the time such evidence is offered.

(7) Marking Exhibits. All exhibits shall be numerically marked and labeled in the order received into evidence, unless previously marked and labeled.

(8) Motion to Dismiss. The administrator or CSRO hearing officer may, upon a party's motion or upon their own motion, dismiss the grievance or appeal before the CSRO.

(9) Consolidation of Grievances. Grievances of the same or of a sufficiently similar context may be consolidated by the administrator for purposes of conducting a single or joint hearing.

(10) Standard of Proof. In all CSRO adjudicative proceedings, the standard of proof is the substantial evidence standard according to Subsections 67-19a-406(2) and 67-21-3.5.

(11) Hearsay Evidence. Hearsay evidence is admissible in CSRO formal adjudicative proceedings as qualified by Subsection 63G-4-208(3) of the UAPA which is incorporated by reference.

(12) Discovery. The following rule provisions satisfy Section 63G-4-205 of the UAPA on discovery.

(a) Discovery shall be limited to that which is relevant and nonprivileged, and for which each party has a substantial, demonstrable need for supporting their respective claims or defenses.

(b) At the discretion and approval of the administrator or appointed CSRO hearing officer, parties to a dispute may obtain discovery. The CSRO administrator or hearing officer has discretion to entertain discovery motions [to conduct discovery] on a case-by-case basis regarding the following:

(i) production of documents, records and things under Utah Rule 34 of Civil Procedure; and

(ii) depositions only when a proposed witness is unavailable for giving testimony at a scheduled hearing.

(c) No other form of discovery is permitted.

(d) Witness lists and copies of exhibits shall be offered by each party to the opposing party and to the presiding CSRO hearing officer during a prehearing/scheduling conference, unless the exchange is scheduled for a later date.

(i) Each party's list of witnesses shall contain a brief statement describing the nature of the proposed testimony to be offered by each witness.

(ii) A party may not surprise the opposing party with a witness or an exhibit at the hearing which was not made known at the prehearing/scheduling conference, or by a scheduled exchange date, unless the witness or exhibit is in direct rebuttal to admitted opposing evidence. Also refer to R137-1-7(1)(c).

(13) Page Limitation.

(a) Written motions, pleadings, briefs, and memoranda for all CSRO proceedings may not exceed 20 typed, double-spaced 8-1/2 x 11 inch pages, exclusive of any statement of facts. Reply briefs may not exceed ten pages.

(b) An application for an exception to the above-stated page limitation provisions must be timely filed in writing, and not more than ten double-spaced 8-1/2 x 11 inch pages in a 12-point font. The applicant party has the burden to offer sufficient justification for requests more than 20 and 10 pages respectively to the CSRO for the granting of any exceptions to the page limitation provision.

(c) The CSRO may weigh all requests to exceed the page limitation provision based upon the reasonableness and necessity of such requests in light of each case and its circumstances. The CSRO does not automatically grant exceptions simply on the basis of a request.

 

R137-1-19. Witnesses.

(1) Availability of State Employees to Testify. An agency shall be responsible for making available any of its employees who are subpoenaed to testify in a hearing.

(a) Off Duty Employees. Agencies are not responsible for making available an employee who is: off duty; on sick, annual or other approved leave; or who, for any other reason, is not at work during the time the hearing is in progress.

(b) Nondisruption. The parties and their representatives, the administrator and the CSRO hearing officer shall make every effort to avoid disruption to the operation of state government in the calling of state employees to testify in hearings under these grievance procedures.

(c) Witness Failure. If a requested witness does not appear at the scheduled hearing, the witness's failure to appear may not necessitate the postponement of any proceedings.

(d) Excessive Witnesses. If the number of witnesses requested by a party is excessive, the administrator or the CSRO hearing officer may require the party to justify the request or face denial of part or all of the request.

(e) Witness Fees and Mileage Fees. A witness fee and a mileage fee are available to nonstate employees and to state employees who use nonworking hours if their presence is required in a grievance proceeding as a witness according to Section 78B-1-119. The CSRO reserves the right to determine on an individual case basis whether it will authorize a travel fee, and to what extent, for an out-of-state witness called by a party.

(2) Hostile Witnesses. When the presiding CSRO hearing officer determines that a witness is uncooperative or even hostile, the witness may be examined by the party calling that witness as if under cross-examination. The party calling the witness may, upon showing that the witness was called in good faith but that the testimony is a surprise, proceed to impeach the witness by proof of prior inconsistent statements.

(3) Exclusion/Sequestering of Witnesses.

(a) The presiding CSRO hearing officer may sequester witnesses from the hearing until they are called to testify.

(b) Witnesses not presently testifying may be sequestered on motion by one or both parties or in the presiding hearing officer's discretion.

(c) The presiding CSRO hearing officer will counsel the witnesses not to discuss the case with those witnesses who have not yet testified.

(4) Management Representative. Prior to every hearing the agency may designate [a]one person to serve as the agency's management representative. The agency's management representative is entitled to remain throughout the hearing to represent the agency at any proceeding even if called to testify , unless the hearing officer determines it is reasonable to expel the management representative for any or part of the hearing.[ Neither the grievant nor the management representative may be excluded from the hearing.]

 

KEY: grievance procedures, reconsiderations

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [February 21, 2012]2013

Notice of Continuation: July 18, 2011

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 34A-5-106; 67-19-16; 67-19-30; 67-19-31; 67-19-32; 67-19a et seq.; 63G-4 et seq.

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Annette Morgan at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3048, by FAX at 801-538-3139, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]; Akiko Kawamura at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3047, by FAX at 801-538-3139, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected].