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NO. 141. AN ACT RELATING TO A STUDY OF THE STATE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM.

(H.743)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. STATE CLASSIFICATION STUDY

(a) The commissioner of personnel shall employ a consultant to conduct a study of the state's classification system which shall include as focus areas the general soundness of the current system and whether the system affords internal fairness and equity without gender bias or other biases. The scope of the study shall be determined by the commissioner of personnel in consultation with the director of the governor's commission on women and the director of the Vermont State Employees' Association, Inc. The study shall include at least the following:

(1) Analysis of the existing classification system, including design of the classification structure, correctness of employee and job allocations, accuracy, completeness and definitiveness of class descriptions, effectiveness of the classification process utilized and issues of pay equity and comparable worth.

(2) Assessment of the soundness of the current classification rating system in affording internally fair and equitable classification and pay relationships among all employees based on evaluated worth to the state without gender or other bias and recommend appropriate actions to correct any revealed inequities.

(b) The commissioner shall hire a consultant to conduct the study required by this section. The consultant shall be a comparable worth technical expert in the design and implementation of gender neutral job comparison systems, as well as in the other issues regarding classification systems included in the study.

(c) The commissioner shall report on the progress of the study in the 1999 Report on the State Workforce.

(d) On or before July 1, 1999, an interim report of the study shall be provided to the department of personnel and house and senate committees on government operations. The report may also include recommendations for any modifications to the classification system that may be appropriate.

(e) The completed study and its recommendations shall be provided to the department of personnel and the house and senate committees on government operations and shall be available on the department of personnel Internet home page. Recommendations for implementation that are subject to collective bargaining shall be presented and addressed through that process during the regular bargaining schedule.

Sec. 2. APPROPRIATION

(a) The commissioner of personnel is authorized to enter into a contract in an amount not to exceed $100,000.00 for the purpose of hiring a consultant to perform the study required by this act. The study shall be conducted during fiscal years 1999 and 2000.

(b) The sum of $20,000.00 is appropriated in FY 1999 from the general fund to the department of personnel for the purpose of hiring a consultant to perform the study authorized by this act.

Approved: April 21, 1998