DAR File No. 41504

This rule was published in the May 15, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 10) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Human Resource Management, Administration

Rule R477-5

Employee Status and Probation

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 41504
Filed: 04/26/2017 02:28:06 PM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purpose of this amendment is to revise for clarity and include a new program per H.B. 232 from the 2015 General Session.

Summary of the rule or change:

The changes revise Subsection R477-5-1(3)(b) to say "career service exempt" rather than listing all career service exempt schedule codes, add the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Program to the rule as required by H.B. 232 (2015) to Subsection R477-5-1(3)(c), and clarify Subsection R477-5-2(2)(c) that changing agencies does not require new probationary period.

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 67-19-6
  • Subsection 67-19-15(5)(b)

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 government.

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. This rule has no financial impact on state employees.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There is no direct compliance cost for these amendments. This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on other persons. This rule has no financial impact on state employees.

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 affect 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.

Debbie Cragun, Executive Director

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

Human Resource Management
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84114-1201

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Bryan Embley at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3069, by FAX at , or by Internet E-mail at bkembley@utah.gov

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:


Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:

  • 06/08/2017 09:00 AM, Senate Building, 420 N State Street, Kletting Room, Salt Lake City, UT

This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Debbie Cragun, Executive Director


R477. Human Resource Management, Administration .

R477-5. Employee Status and Probation.

R477-5-1. Career Service Status.

(1) Only an employee who is hired through a pre-approved process shall be eligible for appointment to a career service position.

(2) An employee shall complete a probationary period prior to receiving career service status.

(3) Management may convert a career service exempt employee to career service status, in a position with an equal or lower salary range to the previous career service position held, when:

(a) the employee previously held career service status with no break in service between the last career service position held and career service exempt status;

(b) the employee was hired from a hiring list to a [schedule A, TL or IN]career service exempt position, in the same job title to which they would convert, as prescribed by Subsection R477-4-8; or

(c) the employee was hired through the Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) or Veterans Employment Opportunity Program (VEOP) and successfully completed a six month on the job examination period.


R477-5-2. Probationary Period.

The probationary period allows agency management to evaluate an employee's ability to perform the duties, responsibilities, skills, and other related requirements of the assigned career service position. The probationary period shall be considered part of the selection process.

(1) An employee shall receive an opportunity to demonstrate competence in a career service position. A performance plan shall be established and the employee shall receive feedback on performance in relation to that plan.

(a) During the probationary period, an employee may be separated from state employment in accordance with Subsection R477-11-2(1).

(b) At the end of the probationary period, an employee shall receive a performance evaluation. Evaluations shall be entered into HRE as the performance evaluation that reflects successful or unsuccessful completion of probation.

(2) Each career service position shall be assigned a probationary period consistent with its job.

(a) The probationary period may not be extended except for periods of leave without pay, long-term disability, workers compensation leave, temporary transitional assignment, military leave under USERRA, or donated leave from an approved leave bank.

(b) The probationary period may not be reduced after appointment.

(c) An employee who has completed a probationary period and obtained career service status shall not be required to serve a new probationary period including when changing agencies unless there is a break in service.

(3) An employee in a career service position who works at least 50% of the regular work schedule or more shall acquire career service status after working the same amount of elapsed time in hours as a full-time employee would work with the same probationary period.

(4) An employee serving probation in a career service position may be transferred, reassigned or promoted to another career service position. Each new appointment shall include a new probationary period unless the agency determines that the required duties or knowledge, skills, and abilities of the old and new position are similar enough not to warrant a new probationary period. The probationary period shall be the full probationary period defined in the job description of the new position.


R477-5-3. Policy Exceptions.

The Executive Director, DHRM, may authorize exceptions to this rule, consistent with Subsection R477-2-2(1).


KEY: employment, personnel management, state employees

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [July 1, 2013]2017

Notice of Continuation: February 2, 2012

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 67-19-6; 67-19-16(5)(b)

Additional Information

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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Bryan Embley at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3069, by FAX at , or by Internet E-mail at bkembley@utah.gov.  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.