DAR File No. 41508

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

Human Resource Management, Administration

Rule R477-11


Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 41508
Filed: 04/26/2017 02:32:53 PM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purpose of this amendment is to clarify edits and correct a citation error.

Summary of the rule or change:

The changes clarify edits in Subsections R477-11-1(4)(c)(i) and (ii), clarify edits in Subsection R477-11-1(7), and correct a citation in Subsection R477-11-2(1).

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

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

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 .

R477-11. 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 .

(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, the reasons supporting the intended action, and the right to reply within five working days.

(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 reply or does not reply within the time frame established by the agency representative or within five working 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 forms of disciplinary action:

(a) written reprimand;

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

(c) demotion of any employee, in accordance with Section R477-11-2, 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[.]; or

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

(d) dismissal in accordance with 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]Imposed disciplinary actions are subject to the grievance and appeals procedure by law for career service employees, except under Section 67-19a-402.5. 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.


R477-11-2. Dismissal or Demotion.

An employee may be dismissed or demoted for cause under Subsection R477-10-2(3)(e) and Section R477-11-1, and through the process outlined in this rule.

(1) An agency head or appointing officer may dismiss or demote a probationary employee or career service exempt employee for any or for no reason without right of appeal, except under Sections 67-21-[2]3.5 and 67-19a-402.5.[ Such dismissal or demotion may be for any reason or for no reason.]

(2) No career service employee shall be dismissed or demoted from a career service position unless the agency head or designee has observed the Grievance Procedure Rules and law cited in Section R137-1-13 and Title 67, Chapter 19a, and the following procedures:

(a) The agency head or designee shall notify the employee in writing of the specific reasons for the proposed dismissal or demotion.

(b) The employee shall have up to five working days to reply. The employee shall reply within five working days for the agency head or designee to consider the reply before discipline is imposed.

(c) The employee shall have an opportunity to be heard by the agency head or designee. This meeting shall be strictly limited to the specific reasons raised in the notice of intent to demote or dismiss.

(i) At the meeting the employee may present, either in person, in writing, or with a representative, comments or reasons as to why the proposed disciplinary action should not be taken. The agency head or designee is not required to receive or allow other witnesses on behalf of the employee.

(ii) The employee may present documents, affidavits or other written materials at the meeting. However, the employee is not entitled to present or discover documents within the possession or control of the department or agency that are private, protected or controlled under Section 63G-2-3.

(d) Following the meeting, the employee may be dismissed or demoted if the agency head finds adequate cause or reason.

(e) The employee shall be notified in writing of the agency head's decision. The reasons shall be provided if the decision is a demotion or dismissal.

(3) Agency management may place an employee on paid administrative leave pending the administrative appeal to the agency head.


R477-11-3. Discretionary Factors.

(1) When deciding the specific type and severity of discipline, the agency head or representative may consider the following factors:

(a) consistent application of rules and standards;

(i) the agency head or representative need only consider those cases decided under the administration of the current agency head. Decisions in cases prior to the administration of the current agency head are not binding upon the current agency head and are not relevant in determining consistent application of rules and standards.

(ii) In determining consistent application of rules and standards, the disciplinary actions imposed by one agency may not be binding upon any other agency and may not be used for comparison purposes in hearings wherein the consistent application of rules and standards is at issue.

(b) prior knowledge of rules and standards;

(c) the severity of the infraction;

(d) the repeated nature of violations;

(e) prior disciplinary/corrective actions;

(f) previous oral warnings, written warnings and discussions;

(g) the employee's past work record;

(h) the effect on agency operations;

(i) the potential of the violations for causing damage to persons or property.


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

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [July 1, 2016]2017

Notice of Continuation: February 3, 2012

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 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.