DAR File No. 42812

This rule was published in the May 15, 2018, issue (Vol. 2018, No. 10) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Human Resource Management, Administration

Rule R477-4

Filling Positions

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 42812
Filed: 04/18/2018 09:12:31 AM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purpose of these amendments are to clarify language and remove references to an obsolete tool.

Summary of the rule or change:

The changes revise Subsection R477-4-2(4), revise Subsection R477-4-2(6), revise Section R477-4-7, eliminate the first line of Section R477-4-13, clarify Subsection R477-4-13(6), create Section R477-4-15, and renumber the former Section R477-4-15 to Section R477-4-16.

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 67-19-6
  • Section 67-20-8

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

These amendments are not expected to have any fiscal impact on state government revenues or expenditures because these changes are administrative in nature and do not impact budgets.

local governments:

These amendments are not expected to have any fiscal impact on local governments because this rule only applies to the executive branch of state government.

small businesses:

These amendments are not expected to have any fiscal impact on small businesses because this rule only applies to the executive branch of state government.

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

These amendments are not expected to have any fiscal impact on other persons because this rule only applies to the executive branch of state government.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There are no direct compliance costs 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:

After conducting a thorough analysis, it was determined that these proposed rule changes will not result in a fiscal impact to 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 this rule to employees of the executive branch of state government.

Jeff Mulitalo, Interim 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 [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:


Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:

  • 06/07/2018 11:00 AM, Senate Building, 420 N State Street, Kletting Room, Salt Lake City, UT

This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Jeff Mulitalo, Acting Director


Appendix 1: Regulatory Impact Summary Table*

Fiscal Costs

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

State Government




Local Government




Small Businesses




Non-Small Businesses




Other Person




Total Fiscal Costs:




Fiscal Benefits

State Government




Local Government




Small Businesses




Non-Small Businesses




Other Persons




Total Fiscal Benefits:




Net Fiscal Benefits:





*This table only includes fiscal impacts that could be measured. If there are inestimable fiscal impacts, they will not be included in this table. Inestimable impacts for State Government, Local Government, Small Businesses and Other Persons are described in the narrative. Inestimable impacts for Non - Small Businesses are described in Appendix 2.


Appendix 2: Regulatory Impact to Non - Small Businesses

These amendments are not expected to have any fiscal impact on small business revenues or expenditures, because this rule only applies to the executive branch of state government.



R477. Human Resource Management, Administration.

R477-4. Filling Positions.

R477-4-1. Authorized Recruitment System.

Agencies shall use the DHRM approved recruitment and selection system unless an alternate system has been pre-approved by DHRM.


R477-4-2. Career Service Exempt Positions.

(1) The Executive Director, DHRM, may approve the creation and filling of career service exempt positions, as defined in Section 67-19-15.

(2) Agencies may use any pre-approved process to select an employee for a career service exempt position. Appointments may be made without competitive examination, provided job requirements are met.

(3) Appointments to fill an employee's position who is on approved leave shall only be made temporarily.

(4) Appointments made on a temporary basis shall be career service exempt and:

(a) be Schedule IN, in which the employee is hired to work part time indefinitely and shall work less than [30]1560 hours per [week]fiscal year; or

(b) be Schedule TL, in which the employee is hired to work on a time limited basis;

(c) may, at the discretion of management, be offered benefits if working a minimum of 40 hours per pay period.

(d) if the required work hours of the position meet or exceed [30]1560 hours per [week]fiscal year for Schedule IN or if the position exceeds anticipated time limits for Schedule TL, agency management shall consult with DHRM to review possible alternative options.

(5) Career service exempt appointments may only be considered for conversion to career service when the appointment was made from a hiring list under Subsection R477-4-8.

(6) Agency management shall ensure that all new hire appointees in Schedules AB, AC, AD, AR and AS submit disclosure statements [to DHRM]pursuant to Utah Code Section 67-16-7.


R477-4-3. Career Service Positions.

(1) Selection of a career service employee shall be governed by the following:

(a) DHRM business practices;

(b) career service principles as outlined in R477-2-3 Fair Employment Practice emphasizing recruitment of qualified individuals based upon relative knowledge, skills and abilities;

(c) equal employment opportunity principles;

(d) Section 52-3-1, employment of relatives;

(e) reasonable accommodation for qualified applicants covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act.


R477-4-4. Recruitment and Selection for Career Service Positions.

(1) Prior to initiating recruitment, agencies may administer any of the following personnel actions:

(a) reemployment of a veteran eligible under USERRA;

(b) reassignment within an agency initiated by an employee's reasonable accommodation request under the ADA;

(c) fill a position as a result of return to work from long term disability or workers compensation at the same or lesser salary range;

(d) reassignment or transfer made in order to avoid a reduction in force, or for reorganization or bumping purposes;

(e) reassignment, transfer, or career mobility of qualified employees to better utilize skills or assist management in meeting the organization's mission;

(f) reclassification; or

(g) conversion from schedule A to schedule B as authorized by Subsection R477-5-1(3).

(2) Agencies shall use the DHRM approved recruitment and selection system for all career service position vacancies. This includes recruitments open within an agency, across agency lines, or to the general public. Recruitments shall comply with federal and state laws and DHRM rules and procedures.

(a) All recruitment announcements shall include the following:

(i) Information about the DHRM approved recruitment and selection system; and

(ii) opening and closing dates.

(b) Recruitments for career service positions shall be posted for a minimum of three business days, excluding state holidays.

(3) Agencies may carry out all the following steps for recruitment and selection of vacant career service positions concurrently. Management may make appointments according to the following order:

(a) from the reappointment register created prior to March 2, 2009, provided the applicant applies for the position and meets minimum qualifications.

(b) from a hiring list of qualified applicants for the position, or from another process pre-approved by the Executive Director, DHRM.


R477-4-5. Transfer and Reassignment.

(1) Positions may be filled through a transfer or reassignment.

(a) The receiving agency shall verify the employee's career service status and that the employee meets the job requirements for the position.

(b) Agencies receiving a transfer or reassignment of an employee shall accept all of that employee's previously accrued sick, annual, and converted sick leave on the official leave records.

(c) A transfer may not include an increase but may include a decrease in actual wage.

(d) A reassignment may not include a decrease in actual wage except as provided in federal or state law.

(e) An employee who is transferred or reassigned to a position where the employee's current actual wage is above the salary range maximum of the new position, is considered to be above maximum and may not be eligible for a longevity increase. Employees shall be eligible for a longevity increase only after they have been above the salary range maximum for 12 months and all other longevity criteria are met.

(f) An employee with a wage that is above the salary range maximum because of a longevity increase, who is transferred or reassigned and remains at or above the salary range maximum, shall receive their next longevity increase three years from the date they received the most recent increase if they receive a passing performance appraisal rating within the previous 12 months.

(2) A reassignment or transfer may include assignment to:

(a) a different job or position with an equal or lesser salary range maximum;

(b) a different work location; or

(c) a different organizational unit.


R477-4-6. Rehire.

(1) A former employee shall compete for career service positions through the DHRM approved recruitment and selection system and shall serve a new probationary period, as designated in the official job description.

(2) Employees rehired under the Phased Retirement Program pursuant to Utah Code Section 49-11-13 shall be:

(a) Classified as time-limited (Schedule TL) for the duration of a phased retirement employment period; and

(b) Placed at or below the employee's wage at the time of retirement. Employees cannot be placed below the minimum of the established salary range of the job.


R477-4-7. Examinations.

(1) Examinations shall be designed to measure and predict applicant job performance.

(2) Examinations shall be based on documented job related criteria and include the following:

(a) [a detailed position record (DPR) based upon a current job or position analysis;

(b) ]an initial, impartial screening of the individual's qualifications;

([c]b) an impartial evaluation and results; and

([d]c) reasonable accommodation(s) for qualified individuals with disabilities.

(3) Examinations and ratings shall remain confidential and secure.


R477-4-8. Hiring Lists.

(1) The hiring list shall include the names of applicants to be considered for appointment or conditional appointment to a specific job, job series or position.

(a) An individual shall be considered an applicant when the individual applies for a particular position identified through a specific recruitment.

(b) Hiring lists shall be constructed using a DHRM approved recruitment and selection system.

(c) Applicants for career service positions shall be evaluated and placed on a hiring list based on job, job series or position related criteria.

(d) All applicants included on a hiring list shall be examined with the same examination or examinations.

(2) An individual who falsifies any information in the job application, examination or evaluation processes may be disqualified from further consideration prior to hire, or disciplined if already hired.

(3) The appointing authority shall demonstrate and document that equal consideration was given to all applicants on a hiring list whose final score or rating is equal to or greater than that of the applicant hired.

(4) The appointing authority shall ensure that any employee hired meets the job requirements as outlined in the official job description.


R477-4-9. Job Sharing.

Agency management may establish a job sharing program as a means of increasing opportunities for part-time employment. In the absence of an agency program, individual employees may request approval for job sharing status through agency management.


R477-4-10. Internships.

Interns or students in a practicum program may be appointed with or without competitive selection. Intern appointments shall be to temporary career service exempt positions.


R477-4-11. Volunteer Experience Credit.

(1) Documented job related volunteer experience shall be given the same consideration as similar paid employment in satisfying the job requirements for career service positions.

(a) Volunteer experience may not be substituted for required licensure, POST certification, or other criteria for which there is no substitution in the job requirements in the job description.

(b) Court ordered community service experience may not be considered.


R477-4-12. Reorganization.

When an agency is reorganized, but an employee's position does not change substantially, the agency may not require the employee to compete for his current position.


R477-4-13. Career Mobility Programs.

[Employees and agencies are encouraged to promote career mobility programs.

](1) A career mobility is a temporary assignment of an employee to a different position for purposes of professional growth or fulfillment of specific organizational needs. Career mobility assignments may be to any salary range.

(2) Agencies may provide career mobility assignments inside or outside state government in any position for which the employee qualifies.

(3) An eligible employee or agency may initiate a career mobility.

(a) Career mobility assignments may be made without going through the competitive process but shall remain temporary.

(b) Career mobility assignments shall only become permanent if:

(i) the position was originally filled through a competitive recruitment process; or

(ii) a competitive recruitment process is used at the time the agency determines a need for the assignment to become permanent.

(4) Agencies shall develop and use written career mobility contract agreements between the employee and the supervisor to outline all program provisions and requirements. The career mobility shall be both voluntary and mutually acceptable.

(5) A participating employee shall retain all rights, privileges, entitlements, [tenure]career service status subject to R477-5-2, and benefits from the previous position while on career mobility.

(a) If a reduction in force affects a position vacated by a participating employee, the participating employee shall be treated the same as other RIF employees.

(b) If a career mobility assignment does not become permanent at its conclusion, the employee shall return to the previous position or a similar position at a salary rate described in R477-6-6(10).

(6) An employee who has not attained career service status prior to the career mobility program cannot permanently fill a career service position until the employee obtains career service status through a competitive process.


R477-4-14. Assimilation.

(1) An employee assimilated by the state from another government career service system to fill a Schedule B position shall receive career service status after completing a probationary period if originally selected through a competitive examination process judged by the Executive Director, DHRM, to be equivalent to the process prescribed in DHRM Rules.

(a) Assimilation agreements shall specify whether there are employees eligible for reemployment under USERRA in positions affected by the agreement.

(b) An assimilated employee shall accrue leave at the same rate as other career service employees with the same seniority.


R477-4-15. Hiring of Administrative Law Judges

(1) Utah Code Section 67-19e-104.5 applies to hiring Administrative Law Judges. Utah Code Section 67-19e-104.5 does not apply to:

(a) An administrative law judge who is appointed by the governor; or

(b) Procurement of administrative law judge service under Utah Code Section 63G-6a-116.

(2) The hiring panel shall consist of:

(a) The head or designee of the hiring agency;

(b) The Executive Director, DHRM or designee; and

(c) The head of another agency, as appointed by the Executive Director, DHRM. The appointed agency head may select a designee to serve on her or his behalf.

(3) Only the agency heads described in subsection (2) may designate another individual to serve on the hiring panel on the agency head's behalf in consultation with the designee of the Executive Director, DHRM.

(4) In addition to the panel members established in subsection (2), the hiring agency may select one or more additional subject matter experts to serve on the panel, in consultation with DHRM.


R477-4-16. Policy Exceptions.

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


KEY: employment, fair employment practices, hiring practices

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [July 1, 2017]2018

Notice of Continuation: April 27, 2017

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 67-19-6; 67-20-8

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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 [email protected].  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.