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									  The Advisory Council of Classified Employees

                August 10, 2009

Select Committee on Higher Education Personnel;
  Joint Committee on Government and Finance

       The Mandated Charge
Senate Bill No. 603 (2005) charged the
Commission to study numerous higher
education human resources issues in
collaboration with various groups before
preparing and submitting a final report to
LOCEA by December 1, 2008.

                        SB603 Mandated Study
18B-1B-13. Study of issues affecting employees in public higher education.
  (a) In consultation with the Council, the governing boards, the State Advisory Council of Faculty established pursuant to section two,
  article six of this chapter and the State Advisory Council of Classified Employees established pursuant to section five, article six of this
  chapter, the Commission shall conduct a study relating to issues affecting employees in public higher education, (b) The study includes,
  but is not limited to, the following:(1) Reviewing statutes, rules, guidelines, interpretations and other statements of policy; (2) Surveying
  the capacity, professional training and practices of human resources staff by institution, including the number of staff employed in each
  institutional human resources office, their job titles and responsibilities;(3) Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the statewide
  classification and compensation system and examining alternatives;(4) Reviewing job titles and responsibilities to determine if certain
  families of jobs should be classified or nonclassified;(5) Evaluating and recommending best practices and methods to establish salary rates
  for faculty, classified employees, non-classified employees and administrators, including :(A) Developing measurable indicators of "merit"
  and "performance" if these terms are to be used in a system for determining benefits; (B) Developing reliable instruments of performance
  evaluation for all classes of employees; and the feasibility of authorizing employee bonuses under a merit or performance-based system;
  (6) Determining the most effective and efficient method to train administrators who perform employee evaluations and assuring that they
  use these instruments appropriately;(7) Exploring justifications for maintaining or removing the internal preference for hiring, promoting
  and transferring classified employees pursuant to article seven of this chapter;(8) Developing recommendations for a fair and rational
  policy covering reductions in force;(9) Identifying unnecessary state-level paperwork requirements related to personnel and
  recommending methods to eliminate them while maintaining strict fiscal accountability;(10) Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of
  statewide tenure and promotion policies for faculty and examining alternatives;(11) Evaluating the feasibility of implementing differential
  salary rates based on cost of living or other relevant factors;(12) Determining whether employees whose salaries are derived from funds
  other than state appropriations should be subject to the provisions of article seven of this chapter and how such employees should be
  treated in any policy on reductions in force; and(13) Determining the true costs or benefits as well as the advantages and disadvantages
  that may accrue as a result of decisions to outsource certain institutional functions. In order to perform a cost/benefit analysis, the
  Commission must first develop an accurate database of institutional practices including the number of positions being outsourced or filled
  by temporary employees and the true amount of cost savings, if any. (c) The Commission shall report to the Legislative Oversight
  Commission on Education Accountability by the first day of October, two thousand five, and every six months thereafter on the progress
  of the study. (d) The Commission shall complete its work and report its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts
  of any legislation necessary to effectuate the recommendations, to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability by
  the first day of December, two thousand eight.(1) In making its recommendations, the Commission shall take into account the impact of
  proposed changes on employees and the communities in which state institutions of higher education are located; and(2) The Commission
  shall include documentation to support any conclusion or recommendation included as a part of their findings and shall attach estimates
  of cost or savings to each recommendation, if that recommendation has a fiscal impact on any public agency or institution.

       Concerns with Current System
Total avoidance to maintenance of the system and as a result…
       Job Family Reviews didn’t take place – only 5 out of 45 reviewed since implemented in
       Position Information Questionnaires (PIQs) not kept up-to-date, difficult to complete
         and time consuming for both the employee and the supervisor, and no real deadlines
         for action on review requests
       No “best practices” are observed or encouraged
       No training in current best practices and no real expectations for qualifications for
         Human Resources Administrators
       Some institutions created new categories of employees and ignored their own posting
         and hiring policies
       No regular market studies were completed to insure the integrity of the system or to
         update salary information allowing salaries to get farther behind
       Institutions allowed to “do their own thing” when it came to funding salaries and
         without legislative mandate, and as a result, some still have not funded a 2001 salary
       At times there was as much as a $5,000 difference in salaries for the same job titles at
         different institutions
       No sense of fairness or due process is perceived by the employees
       Personnel rules are vague and subject to institutional interpretation forcing employees
         to grieve to settle even minor disputes and fairness issues
       No institutional accountability to a higher authority

Committees Were Formed
Personnel Study Oversight Committee
 -Classification and Compensation Oversight Committee
              -Classification Subcommittee
              -Compensation Steps Subcommittee
              -Market Study Subcommittee
 -Performance Management Committee
 -Professional Development Committee
 -Statutes and Rules Committee
 -Best Practices Committee
              -Technology Subcommittee
 -Outsourcing Committee
 -Reduction-in-Force Committee
 -Faculty Committee

       Areas of Study Left Unfinished
              or Unaddressed
• Cost/Benefit Analysis of Outsourcing
• Formulate Policy on Reduction in Force/Furloughs/Grant
• Formulate Policy on Disciplinary Action
• Non-Classified Employees
• Rules and Statutes Still to be Written
• Institute Best Practices for Human Resources/Personnel
• Justify/Maintain Internal Preference for
  Hiring/Promoting/Transferring Employees
• Recommending Ways to Eliminate State-Level Paperwork
  Requirements While Maintaining Strict Fiscal Accountability
• Develop a Compensation Structure
  Committee was not formed or did not complete their work or made no
  final recommendations.

  Market Study Was Completed
Mercer, Inc. was hired to complete salary surveys,
recommend a fair and equitable compensation system,
determine how employee salaries compare to
appropriate markets across all employee types,
investigate whether geographical differences in labor
costs occur across the state, and provide a starting point
for developing a new compensation system.

RFP explicitly states that we “do not want a cookie cutter
product but rather, information and options fashioned
for the unique culture, limitations, and strengths that
make up the HEPC/CCTCS systems.”

            Ultimate Goal
To create an integrated human resources
system which will withstand the demands of
change and allows for the ability to recruit,
motivate, and retain the best employees while
maintaining internal equity and pursuing
external competitiveness and upholding
accountability and fiscal responsibility.

           Things Classified Employees
           Want You to Keep In Mind:
Personnel rules should be given scrutiny beyond mere
  “bare-bones” compliance - they should
•meet technical legal requirement
•be consistent with the intent of the law
•make provision for best practices
•identify how a proposed personnel policy will align with the state-wide
   human resources plan
•require proper input from affected constituencies

What Expectations Do Classified
      Employees Have?

   What Expectations Do Classified
         Employees Have?
Upholds federal and state laws and adheres to policies and rules
     •Conforms with the Fair Labor Standards Act, Equal Pay Act, FMLA and others
     •Conforms with the NEW Legislative Rule for Personnel
     •Conforms with the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action
     •Conforms with the Personnel Action Procedures

Implements best practices throughout every component of the
human resources system
• PIQ reviews are completed on a regular basis
• Equitable treatment for all employees, faculty, non-classified and classified
• Creates a transparent system that employees can easily understand and are more likely to
• Continuation of equal representation and required consensus for approving system changes
• Job Family Reviews are completed on a regular basis
• Market Surveys are conducted on a regular recurring basis and schedules adjusted
• Institutions apply rules and statutes uniformly
• Uniform hiring practices adopted system-wide
• Improvements in data collection/tracking
• HEPC analyst perform annual audits to ensure institutions are establishing
 and following identified “best practices”                                               11
               ACCE Goals with Regard to
                  the Study Outcomes
•   Classified, Non-Classified and Faculty are treated equitably
•   Experience and skills of long-term employees are valued and respected
•   Accountability, Accountability, Accountability
•   Annual Human Resources Report Card on how institutions handle/track/improve employee
    relations and maintain the personnel system
•   A system where employees are paid a fair and livable wage
•   Clarify in statute the responsibility of the Legislature, the Commission/Council and the
    institutional administrations and Governing Boards
•   Enact meaningful consequences for a lack of accountability
•   Put an end to arbitrary and capricious decisions affecting employees
•   Development of a fair compensation system which can grow with our system and not become
    stagnant and can be authenticated with market data
•   A clear definition for non-classified employees and agree on reasonable number/percentage
•   Do away with unfair hiring/posting practices and loopholes
•   Support language in state statute which requires institutions to pay at least a minimum salary
•   Require campus human resources staff to attend HR training or continuing education and to
    acquire certification

             ACCE Goals with Regard to
               the Study Outcomes
•   Revise institutional compact requirements to include reporting on human
    resources best practices, human resources data management, and
    maintenance of the classification and compensation systems and
    personnel administration
•   Put in place personnel rules for all classes of employees
•   Provide training for supervisors on how to properly evaluate their
    subordinates and provide them with the proper evaluation instruments to
    be used
•   Provide training and transparency with regard to job evaluation
•   Put in place a personnel system that is fair and equitable to all classes of
    employees--one that can further evolve over the years

         How Do We Get It Done?
• By hiring a consultant with World@Work background to pull
  together all the work the existing committees completed under the
  guidance of then Vice Chancellor Dennis Taylor

• By authorizing through code or rule a finalized plan for
  classification and compensation and determining the staffing needs
  and staff responsibilities at the HEPC/CCTCE level

• By authorizing continued work in those areas that either remain
  unfinished or have never been addressed with a specific timeline
  and charge

        By the mile – it’s a trial; but by the inch – it’s a cinch!

Classified employees believe we are equal partners with faculty and non-classified employees in
the success of students and in fulfilling the mission of the institutions. While we certainly have
different roles, one group is as essential as the other and cannot function without the other.

The approval and implementation of a new system should only be the BEGINNING of our
commitment to improving our personnel administration and human resources practices.

We truly believe that if we complete this study as it should be completed, and under the same
philosophies it was begun, that we can have a system that can be a model for other state
agencies to follow.

We believe that without accountability with meaningful consequences any system will eventually
fail. Without proper human resources training, action and participation any system will
eventually fail.

       Thank You!
    The Advisory Council
   of Classified Employees
appreciates the opportunity to
address the Select Committee.


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