Utah Administrative Code

The Utah Administrative Code is the body of all effective administrative rules as compiled and organized by the Division of Administrative Rules (see Subsection 63G-3-102(5); see also Sections 63G-3-701 and 702).

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R477. Human Resource Management, Administration.

Rule R477-2. Administration.

As in effect on October 1, 2018

Table of Contents

R477-2-1. Rules Applicability.

These rules apply to the executive branch of Utah State Government and its career service and career service exempt employees. Other entities may be covered in specific sections as determined by statute. Any inclusions or exceptions to these rules are specifically noted in applicable sections. Entities which are not bound by mandatory compliance with these rules include:

(1) members of the Legislature and legislative employees;

(2) members of the judiciary and judicial employees;

(3) officers, faculty, and other employees of state institutions of higher education;

(4) officers, faculty, and other employees of the public education system, other than those directly employed by the State Board of Education;

(5) employees of the Office of the Attorney General;

(6) elected members of the executive branch and their Schedule A employees;

(7) employees of independent entities, quasi-governmental agencies and special service districts;

(8) employees in any position that is determined by statute to be exempt from these rules.

R477-2-2. Compliance Responsibility.

Agencies shall comply with these rules.

(1) The Executive Director, DHRM, may authorize exceptions to these rules where allowed when:

(a) applying the rule prevents the achievement of legitimate government objectives; or

(b) applying the rule infringes on the legal rights of an employee.

(2) Agency personnel records, practices, policies and procedures, employment and actions, shall comply with these rules and are subject to compliance audits by DHRM.

R477-2-3. Fair Employment Practice and Discrimination.

All state personnel actions shall provide equal employment opportunity for all individuals.

(1) Employment actions including appointment, tenure or term, condition or privilege of employment shall be based on the ability to perform the essential duties, functions, and responsibilities assigned to a particular position.

(2) Employment actions may not be based on race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected activity under the anti-discrimination statutes, political affiliation, military status or affiliation or any other non-job related factor, except as provided under Subsection 67-19-15(2)(b)(ii).

(3) An employee who alleges unlawful discrimination may:

(a) submit a complaint to the agency head; and

(b) file a charge with the Utah Labor Commission Antidiscrimination and Labor Division within 180 days of the alleged harm, or directly with the EEOC within 300 days of the alleged harm.

(4) A state official may not impede any employee from the timely filing of a discrimination complaint in accordance with state and federal requirements.

R477-2-4. Control of Personal Service Expenditures.

(1) Statewide control of personal service expenditures shall be the shared responsibility of the employing agency, the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Human Resource Management and the Division of Finance.

(2) Changes in job identification numbers, salary ranges, or number of positions listed in the Detailed Position Record Management Report shall be approved by the Executive Director, DHRM or designee.

(3) No person shall be placed or retained on an agency payroll unless that person occupies a position listed in an agency's approved Detailed Position Record Management Report.

R477-2-5. Records.

Access to and privacy of personnel records maintained by DHRM are governed by Title 63G, Chapter 2, the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) and applicable federal laws. DHRM shall designate and classify the records and record series it maintains under the GRAMA statute and respond to GRAMA requests for employee records.

(1) DHRM shall maintain an electronic record for each employee that contains the following, as appropriate:

(a) Social Security number, date of birth, home address, and private phone number.

(i) This information is classified as private under GRAMA.

(ii) DHRM may grant agency access to this information for state business purposes. Agencies shall maintain the privacy of this information.

(b) performance ratings;

(c) records of actions affecting employee salary history, classification history, title and salary range, employment status and other personal data.

(2) DHRM shall maintain, on behalf of agencies, personnel files.

(3) DHRM shall maintain, on behalf of agencies, a confidential medical file. Confidentiality shall be maintained in accordance with applicable regulations. Information in the medical file is private, controlled, or exempt in accordance with Title 63G-2.

(4) An employee has the right to review the employee's personnel file, upon request, in the presence of a DHRM representative.

(a) An employee may request corrections, amendments to, or challenge any information in the DHRM electronic or hard copy personnel file, through the following process:

(i) The employee shall request in writing to the appropriate agency human resource field office that changes occur.

(ii) The employing agency shall be given an opportunity to respond.

(iii) Disputes over information that are not resolved between the employing agency and the employee shall be decided in writing by the Executive Director, DHRM. DHRM shall maintain a record of the employee's letter, the agency's response, and the DHRM Executive Director's decision.

(5) When a disciplinary action is rescinded or disapproved upon appeal, forms, documents and records pertaining to the case shall be removed from the personnel file.

(a) When the record in question is on microfilm, a seal will be placed on the record and a suitable notice placed on the carton or envelope. This notice shall indicate the limits of the sealed Title and the authority for the action.

(6) Upon employee separation, DHRM shall retain electronic records for thirty years. Agency hard copy records shall be retained at the agency for a minimum of two years, and then transferred to the State Record Center to be retained according to the record retention schedule.

(7) When an employee transfers from one agency to another, the former agency shall transfer the employee's personnel file, medical and I-9 records to the new agency.

(8) An employee who violates confidentiality is subject to disciplinary action and may be personally liable.

(9) Records related to conduct for which an employee may be disciplined under R477-11-1(1) are classified as private records under Subsection 62G-2-302(2)(a).

(i) If disciplinary action under R477-11-1(4) has been sustained and completed and all time for appeal has been exhausted, the documents issued in the disciplinary process are classified as public records under Subsection 63G-2-301(3)(o).

R477-2-6. Release of Information in a Reference Inquiry.

Reference checks or inquiries made regarding current or former public employees, volunteers, independent contractors, and members of advisory boards or commissions can be released if the information is classified as public, or if the subject of the record has signed and provided a current reference release form for information authorized under Title 63G, Chapter 2, of the Government Records Access and Management Act.

(1) The employment record is the property of Utah State Government with all rights reserved to utilize, disseminate or dispose of in accordance with the Government Records Access and Management Act.

(2) Additional information may be provided if authorized by law.

R477-2-7. Employment Eligibility Verification (Immigration Reform and Control Act -- 1986).

Employees newly hired, rehired, or placed through reciprocity with or assimilation from another career service jurisdiction shall provide verifiable documentation of their identity and eligibility for employment in the United States by completing all sections of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 as required under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

R477-2-8. Public Officers Supervising a Relative or Household Member.

A public officer may not appoint, directly supervise, or make salary, performance, disciplinary, or other employment matter decisions regarding a family member, including a household member.

(1) A public officer supervising a family member, including a household member, shall make a complete written disclosure of any such relationship to the agency head and be recused from any and all employment matter discussions or decisions relating to the family member, including a household member.

R477-2-9. Employee Liability.

An employee who becomes aware of any occurrence which may give rise to a lawsuit, who receives notice of claim, or is sued because of an incident related to state employment, shall give immediate notice to his supervisor and to the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Risk Management.

(1) In most cases, under Title 63G, Chapter 7, the Governmental Immunity Act, an employee shall receive defense and indemnification unless the case involves fraud, malice or the use of alcohol or drugs by the employee.

(2) Before an agency may defend its employee against a claim, the employee shall make a written request for a defense to the agency head within ten calendar days, under Subsection 63G-7-902(2).

R477-2-10. Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Agency management may establish a voluntary alternative dispute resolution program under Chapter 63G, Chapter 5.

KEY

administrative responsibility, confidentiality of information, fair employment practices, public information

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

July 1, 2018

Notice of Continuation

April 27, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

52-3-1; 63G-2; 63G-5-201; 63G-7; 67-19-6; 67-19-15; 67-19-18


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R477, please contact the promulgating agency (Human Resource Management, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.