Substitute Senate Bill No. 344
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 344

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-168

AN ACT CONCERNING STATE PERSONNEL PROCEDURES.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section   5-196  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    As used in  this  chapter,  unless the context
otherwise requires:
    [(a)] (1) "Agency"  means a department, board,
institution or commission  established by statute,
not  a  part   of  any  other  department,  board,
institution or commission.
    [(b)]  (2)  "Allocation"  means  the  official
assignment of a position in the classified service
to  the  appropriate   standard   class   of   the
classification plan.
    [(c)]  (3)  "Appointing   authority"  means  a
board, commission, officer,  commissioner,  person
or group of  persons  having  the  power  to  make
appointments by virtue of a statute or by lawfully
delegated authority.
    (4) "CANDIDATE LIST" MEANS A LIST OF THE NAMES
OF PERSONS BASED  ON MERIT AS DETERMINED UNDER THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS  CHAPTER,  WHICH  PERSONS  HAVE
BEEN FOUND QUALIFIED THROUGH SUITABLE EXAMINATIONS
FOR  EMPLOYMENT  IN   POSITIONS   ALLOCATED  TO  A
SPECIFIED  CLASS,  OCCUPATIONAL  GROUP  OR  CAREER
PROGRESSION LEVEL.
    [(d)] (5) "Class",  "class  of  positions"  or
"position  classification"  means  a  position  or
group of positions in the state classified service
established under this  chapter that share general
characteristics and are categorized under a single
title for administrative purposes.
    [(e)]  (6) "Classified  service"  means  every
office or position  in  the state service, whether
full-time or part-time,  for which compensation is
paid, except those offices and positions specified
in section 5-198,  AS AMENDED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS
ACT, or otherwise expressly provided by statute.
    [(f)]  (7) "Compensation"  means  the  salary,
wages,  benefits  and   other  forms  of  valuable
consideration  earned  by   and   provided  to  an
employee in remuneration for services rendered.
    [(g)]   (8)   "Compensation    schedule"    or
"compensation  plan"  means   a   list   or  lists
specifying  a series  of  compensation  steps  and
ranges.
    [(h)]  (9)  "Eligible"  or  "eligible  person"
means a person whose name is on a candidate list.
    [(i)]  (10)  "Employee"  or  "state  employee"
means  any person  holding  a  position  in  state
service subject to  appointment  by  an appointing
authority.
    [(j) "Candidate list"  means  a  list  of  the
names of persons  based  on  merit  as  determined
under  the  provisions  of  this  chapter  and  by
regulations  issued  in   accordance   with   this
chapter, which persons  have  been found qualified
through suitable examinations  for  employment  in
positions   allocated  to   a   specified   class,
occupational group and career progression level.]
    [(k)] (11) "Examination"  means  an assessment
device or technique  yielding  scores  OR  RATINGS
designed to determine  the  fitness  of candidates
for [a given class or classes] POSITIONS ALLOCATED
TO A SPECIFIED CLASS, OCCUPATIONAL GROUP OR CAREER
PROGRESSION LEVEL.
    [(l)]  (12)  "Full-time   employee"  means  an
employee  holding a  position  normally  requiring
thirty-five hours or more of service in each week.
    (13)  "GENERIC  JOB   CLASS"   MEANS   A   JOB
CLASSIFICATION COMPRISED OF  POSITIONS  COVERING A
DIVERSITY   OF  ASSIGNMENTS   WHICH   ARE   EITHER
OCCUPATIONALLY OR FUNCTIONALLY RELATED.
    [(m)] (14) "Good standing" means the status of
an employee whose  employment in the state service
has been terminated  other  than  as  a  result of
disciplinary  action  or   during  a  period  when
disciplinary action was pending.
    [(n)] (15) "Grade"  or  "pay  grade"  means  a
relative level, numerically  expressed,  to  which
one or more  classes  may be assigned according to
the degree of  their  complexity,  importance  and
value, and which  refers  to a single pay range in
the compensation schedule.
    [(o)] (16) "Minimum  earned  rating" means the
lowest score OR  RATING  that entitles a candidate
to pass the examination.
    [(p)] (17) "Officer"  or "state officer" means
any person appointed to a state office established
by statute, including appointing authorities.
    [(q)]  (18)  "Part-time   employee"  means  an
employee  holding a  position  normally  requiring
less than thirty-five  hours  of  service  in each
week.
    [(r)]  (19)  "Permanent   appointment"   means
appointment  to  a   position  in  the  classified
service  following successful  completion  of  the
required working test.
    [(s)]  (20)  "Permanent   employee"  means  an
employee  holding a  position  in  the  classified
service  under  a   permanent  appointment  or  an
employee  holding  a   position   in  unclassified
service who has  served  in  such a position for a
period of more  than  six months, except employees
in positions funded  in  whole  or  in part by the
federal government as  part  of any public service
employment program, on-the-job training program or
work experience program.
    [(t)]  (21)  "Permanent  position"  means  any
position in the  classified service which requires
or which is expected to require the services of an
incumbent without interruption  for  a  period  of
more than six  months,  except positions funded in
whole or in part by the federal government as part
of   any  public   service   employment   program,
on-the-job  training program  or  work  experience
program.
    [(u)] (22) "Position"  means a group of duties
and   responsibilities   currently   assigned   or
designated by competent  authority  to require the
services of one employee.
    [(v)] (23) "Public member" means a member of a
board or commission  who  does not hold any office
or position in the state service.
    [(w)] (24) "Reemployment list" means a list of
names of persons  arranged in the order prescribed
by  the  provisions   of   this   chapter  and  by
regulations  issued  in   accordance   with   this
chapter,  which persons  have  occupied  positions
allocated to any  class in the classified service,
and are no  longer  in such class and are entitled
to  have  their   names  certified  to  appointing
authorities when vacancies in such class are to be
filled, in preference  to those whose names are on
the candidate list for such class.
    [(x)] (25) "State  service" means occupancy of
any  office  or  position  or  employment  in  the
service  of  the   state,   but   not   of   local
governmental  subdivisions  thereof,   for   which
compensation is paid.
    [(y)]  (26)  "Temporary   position"   means  a
position in the state service which is expected to
require the services  of an incumbent for a period
not in excess of six months.
    [(z)] (27) "Unclassified  service"  means  any
office or position  in  the state service which is
not in the classified service.
    [(aa)]  (28)  "Working  test"  means  a  trial
working  period  made  a  part  of  the  selective
process under the  provisions  of this chapter and
by  regulations issued  in  accordance  with  this
chapter, during which  the work and conduct of the
employee  shall  be   noted   by   the  appointing
authority or his  authorized  agent  and  reported
upon to determine  whether  such  employee  merits
permanent appointment.
    [(bb)]  (29)  "Veteran",  when  used  in  this
chapter  and  in  section  5-180,  AS  AMENDED  BY
SECTION 23 OF  THIS  ACT, means any person who has
been honorably discharged  from  or released under
honorable conditions from  active  service  in the
armed forces of  the  United  States  and  who has
performed such service  in  time  of  war, as such
terms are defined  in  section 27-103, AS AMENDED,
except that the  final date for service in time of
war during World  War  II  shall  be  December 31,
1947.
    [(cc)] (30) "Managerial  employee"  means  any
person   presently   covered   by   the   existing
managerial  compensation  plan   [and  such  other
employees whose compensation  is  covered  by  the
management  incentive plan  and  its  compensation
schedule] PURSUANT TO  SUBSECTION  (g)  OF SECTION
5-270.
    [(dd)] (31) "Senior  executive  service" means
upper   level   career   professional   management
positions in the  executive  branch to which state
employees with at  least  five years of classified
service  may  be   appointed   through   objective
assessment   procedures.   The    provisions    of
subsections (a) and (b) of section 5-236 shall not
apply to such employees.
    [(ee)] (32) "Career  progression  level" means
the following career levels in which each class of
positions shall be  categorized  as  determined by
the Commissioner of  Administrative Services based
on  general  job   characteristics   and   minimum
requirements  for knowledge,  skill  and  ability,
including,   but  not   limited   to,   education,
employment history and  special  skills: [(1)] (A)
Entry, [(2)] (B)  working,  [(3)]  (C) lead, [(4)]
(D) supervisor, and [(5)] (E) manager.
    [(ff)] (33) "Occupational  group"  means broad
occupational  areas  in   which   each   class  of
positions shall be  categorized  as  determined by
the Commissioner of Administrative Services.
    Sec. 2. Section 5-198 of the general statutes,
as amended by  section 39 of public act 95-257, is
amended by adding subsection (bb) as follows:
    (NEW)   (bb)  Employees   in   the   education
professions bargaining unit.
    Sec. 3. Section  5-200 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a)   The   Commissioner   of   Administrative
Services OR HIS  AUTHORIZED  AGENT  shall [examine
and pass upon  the  qualifications  of applicants]
ADMINISTER CENTRALIZED AND DECENTRALIZED SELECTION
PROGRAMS THAT WILL  IDENTIFY THOSE APPLICANTS MOST
QUALIFIED for appointment  to  or promotion in the
state classified service,  and establish candidate
and reemployment lists  for the various classes of
positions within occupational  groups  and  career
progression  levels.  Upon   a  request  from  any
appointing authority or indication of the need for
additional employees, as evidenced by the presence
of a temporary  or  provisional  employee  or by a
request for certification  of a temporary employee
in any class,  the  commissioner [, acting through
the Personnel Division,]  OR  HIS  DESIGNEE  shall
certify  the  names   of   persons   eligible  for
employment  or  reemployment.   The   commissioner
shall: (1) Install  and  administer service-rating
systems; (2) devise plans for, and cooperate with,
appointing  authorities  and   other   supervising
officials  in the  conduct  of  employee  training
programs to the  end  that  the quality of service
rendered by persons  in the classified service may
be continually improved; (3) conduct research into
methods of selection,  service  ratings  and other
problems of personnel  administration; (4) arrange
for   and,   in    cooperation   with   appointing
authorities, effect transfers;  (5) cooperate with
appointing  authorities  in  employee  recruitment
programs; (6) administer  annual  sick and special
leaves of absence and hours of work and attendance
in accordance with  the provisions of this chapter
and   any  regulations   relating   thereto;   (7)
establish    personnel    standards,     governing
promotions, classifications, reclassifications and
the  creation  of  positions,  that  will  provide
guidance to all  agencies  in matters of personnel
management and serve as a means to evaluate agency
performance  in conducting  personnel  management;
and (8) see  that  all  appointments,  promotions,
layoffs,  demotions,  suspensions,   removals  and
retirements  are  made   in  accordance  with  the
applicable provisions of  the general statutes and
regulations   issued   pursuant    thereto.    THE
COMMISSIONER MAY FULLY  OR  PARTIALLY DELEGATE THE
RESPONSIBILITIES SET FORTH  IN  THIS SUBSECTION TO
THE HEADS OF  STATE  AGENCIES  OR THEIR AUTHORIZED
AGENTS, SUBJECT TO  AUDIT,  IN  ORDER  TO  IMPROVE
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT.
    (b)  The commissioner  shall  review  position
classifications in accordance  with subsection (c)
of section 5-206.
    (c) The commissioner  shall  cause  to be kept
for the classified service suitable records of (1)
regulations  adopted  under   this   chapter,  (2)
classifications of positions, occupational groups,
career  progression  levels   and   schedules   of
compensation provided for  under this chapter, (3)
standards   for   examining   qualifications   and
measuring service, (4)  examinations conducted and
candidate and reemployment  lists established, and
(5)  provisional and  temporary  appointments  and
other official acts.
    (d)   The   commissioner    shall    prescribe
procedures for reports to be submitted to him.
    (e)  The  commissioner   shall  establish  and
maintain a complete  roster  of  the employees and
officers in the  state  service, whether under the
classified service or  not,  showing for each such
employee  the title  of  the  position  held,  his
departmental,  agency or  institution  assignment,
rate of compensation, date of appointment and each
change in his  status,  including any increase and
decrease in pay,  change  in  title,  transfers or
other  facts  which   the  commissioner  considers
desirable and pertinent.
    (f)   The   commissioner    shall    prescribe
reasonable conditions and  procedures  under which
the records of  the  Department  of Administrative
Services shall be open to public inspection during
usual  business  hours,   except  as  provided  in
section 5-225, AS  AMENDED  BY  SECTION 11 OF THIS
ACT. He shall  take all due precautions to prevent
the securing in advance by any unauthorized person
of any material  to  be  used  in  any examination
under  this  chapter,   unless  such  material  is
available for all  applicants.  Statements  of the
former employers of applicants shall be considered
confidential and shall  not  be open to inspection
by any person.
    (g) The commissioner and his agents shall have
free access to  premises  and  records  under  the
control of all  officers,  appointing  authorities
and other state  employees  during  usual business
hours  and shall  be  furnished  such  facilities,
assistance and information  as  he  and his agents
require  in carrying  out  their  functions.  This
subsection shall not  apply to the medical records
of state employees,  unless the employee gives his
consent  or  unless   the  information  sought  is
necessary   to   assure    adjudication   of   any
responsibility on the  part of the state or unless
medical interpretations of preemployment and other
examinations are requested by the commissioner.
    (h)   (1)  The   commissioner   shall,   after
completion   of   all    established   preliminary
procedures necessary to  prepare  new  and revised
regulations,  print  and   provide   current   and
complete  personnel  regulations   to   all  state
agencies   and  to   recognized   state   employee
organizations.  (2) New  and  revised  regulations
prepared as the  result  of legislative changes or
development of new  policies shall be processed in
accordance with established  procedures  within  a
period of time not less than six months from their
effective date and distributed in the same manner.
    (i) The commissioner  may designate any two or
more of his staff to serve as a hearing panel with
respect to any matter before the commissioner. The
commissioner and any  hearing panel shall have the
power to make  investigations,  inquiries and hold
hearings. Any such  panel  shall  report  and  may
submit  recommendations to  the  commissioner  but
shall have no  other  power  except  as  otherwise
specified in this chapter.
    (j)   The  commissioner   shall   issue   such
regulations   as  he   may   find   necessary   or
appropriate for the  administration  of  personnel
pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
    (k) The commissioner  shall,  subject  to  the
approval of the  Secretary of the Office of Policy
and Management, establish  compensation  schedules
or plans pertaining  to all state employees except
employees   of  the   Judicial   and   Legislative
Departments and employees  whose  compensation  is
prescribed  by  statute.  The  commissioner  shall
prescribe higher compensation  for  work performed
under  less  desirable   conditions   or  at  less
desirable hours.
    (l) The commissioner  shall  establish classes
of  positions,  occupational   groups  and  career
progression levels for all state employees holding
positions in the classified service.
    (m) The commissioner  shall  maintain  current
compensation schedules pertaining to all employees
specified in subsection  (k) of this section and a
comprehensive  plan  of  position  classifications
pertaining   to   all   employees   specified   in
subsection (l) of this section.
    (n)    Any    interested     employee,     his
representative  or any  appointing  authority  may
submit to the  commissioner  written  data, views,
arguments or request  for  a  hearing in regard to
specified position classifications  or  allocation
of  a  class  of  positions  to  the  compensation
schedule. Within two months after the commissioner
shall have received  such data, views or arguments
or shall have held any requested hearing, he shall
forward  to  such   employee,   representative  or
appointing authority his written decision thereon,
together with all  written  materials submitted to
him   by   the    interested   employee   or   his
representative and such  other  information  as he
considers appropriate.
    (o)  The  commissioner  may  at  any  time  [,
subject to the  approval  of  the Secretary of the
Office  of  Policy   and  Management,]  establish,
abolish, divide or  combine  classes  of positions
and allocation of  classes  of  positions  to  the
compensation schedule. ANY  SUCH  ACTION  HAVING A
FISCAL IMPACT MUST BE APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY OF
THE  OFFICE  OF   POLICY   AND   MANAGEMENT.   The
commissioner  may at  any  time,  subject  to  the
approval of the  Secretary of the Office of Policy
and Management, amend or repeal any portion of any
compensation schedule. The  commissioner  need not
conduct any investigation  or hearing prior to any
such action.
    (p)  When  such  authority  is  not  otherwise
conferred by statute,  the  commissioner may issue
orders to provide  that  (1) executive or judicial
branch  employees  exempt   from   the  classified
service  or  not   included   in   any  prevailing
bargaining  unit  contract,   except  unclassified
employees  of  any   board   of  trustees  of  the
constituent units of  higher education, be granted
rights and benefits not less than those granted to
employees in the  classified  service  or  covered
under such contracts  or,  (2) retirement benefits
for state employees  exempt  from  the  classified
service  or  not   included   in   any  prevailing
bargaining   unit  contract   and   employees   of
state-aided institutions, as  defined  in  section
5-175, be adjusted  to provide retirement benefits
for such employees  which  are  the  same as those
most  frequently  provided   under  the  terms  of
approved bargaining unit  contracts  in  effect at
the time of  such  adjustment. When such authority
is not otherwise  conferred  by statute, the board
of trustees of  any  constituent unit of the state
system of higher  education  may  issue  orders to
provide that the  unclassified  employees  of such
board be granted rights and benefits not less than
those granted to  employees  of  the board who are
covered  under  a   prevailing   bargaining   unit
contract. Where there  is  a  conflict  between an
order granting such  rights  and  benefits and any
provision  of the  general  statutes,  such  order
shall prevail. Such orders shall be subject to the
approval of the  Secretary of the Office of Policy
and Management. If  the  secretary  approves  such
order, and such  order  is  in  conflict  with any
provision of the  general  statutes, the secretary
shall forward a  copy  of  such order to the joint
committee   of   the   General   Assembly   having
cognizance of labor matters.
    (q)   When  requested   by   the   appropriate
appointing  authority,  the   commissioner   shall
establish  classes  of   positions  for  employees
holding positions in  the unclassified service and
shall establish compensation  schedules pertaining
to  employees  of  the  Judicial  and  Legislative
Departments,  subject  to   the  approval  of  the
Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.
    (r) The commissioner  and  any municipality or
other political subdivision of the state may enter
into  an  agreement   whereby  the  Department  of
Administrative   Services   shall   provide   such
personnel  administration  services   as   may  be
requested  by  such   municipality   or  political
subdivision. Such agreement  shall provide for the
payment   by  such   municipality   or   political
subdivision,  to  the  commissioner,  of  expenses
incurred  in  the   provision  of  such  personnel
services.   All   payments    received    by   the
commissioner pursuant to  this  section  shall  be
deposited in the  General Fund and credited to the
appropriations of the Department of Administrative
Services  in accordance  with  the  provisions  of
section 4-86.
    Sec. 4. Section 5-215a of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    When a vacancy  in  any  permanent position in
the  classified  service  is  to  be  filled,  the
appointing    authority    shall    request    the
Commissioner of Administrative Services to provide
a candidate list.  The candidate list certified by
the commissioner shall  contain  the  final earned
rating of each candidate. The appointing authority
shall fill the  vacant  position  by selecting any
candidate on the candidate list. [who has received
a final earned  rating  that is in the two highest
statistically derived confidence  intervals  based
on actual examination  scores  when  the  list  is
promulgated. If such  candidate  list contains ten
or fewer candidates,  the appointing authority may
fill  the  vacant   position   from   among  those
candidates. If fewer than five names are available
in the highest two intervals, additional intervals
may be certified  to  provide  a  minimum  of five
candidates.] In the  event  that  fewer  than five
names are available  on the candidate list to fill
a  position, the  Commissioner  of  Administrative
Services may authorize  a new examination based on
documented need. The appointing authority may fill
the  position from  either  the  new  or  original
candidate list in  accordance  with the provisions
of this section.  [For  candidate  lists  on which
candidates are subject to further evaluation under
the  provisions  of  section  5-219,  all  passing
candidates  may be  certified  to  the  appointing
authority.]
    Sec. 5. Subsection (c) of section 5-216 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) The commissioner may consolidate, continue
or cancel candidate  lists  and  may  remove names
from such lists  for  good cause. THE COMMISSIONER
MAY   APPLY  AN   EXAMINATION   SCORE   FROM   ONE
EXAMINATION TO THE  CANDIDATE LIST ESTABLISHED FOR
ANOTHER  EXAMINATION, PROVIDED  SUCH  EXAMINATIONS
ARE THE SAME  OR  EQUIVALENT  FORMS  OF  THE  SAME
EXAMINATION,  SUCH  PROVISION   IS  PUBLICIZED  ON
APPROPRIATE EXAMINATION NOTICES  AND THE CANDIDATE
SATISFIES ALL OTHER STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS.
    Sec. 6. Section  5-217 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner of  Administrative  Services
shall specify, at  the  time any candidate list is
promulgated, the period  during  which  such  list
shall  remain  in   force.  In  no  case  shall  a
candidate list remain  in  force  for  a period of
less than six months or more than one year, unless
the period is  extended  by the commissioner for a
period not to  exceed  an  additional  two  years,
EXCEPT   FOR  CANDIDATE   LISTS   FOR   CONTINUOUS
RECRUITMENT EXAMINATIONS, WHICH MAY BE EXTENDED BY
THE COMMISSIONER FOR  A  PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED FIVE
YEARS.
    Sec. 7. Section  5-218 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a)   The   Commissioner   of   Administrative
Services  shall  prepare   lists   of  preliminary
requirements and subjects  of examination for [the
several] positions in  the  classified service and
[advertise]  PUBLICIZE each  such  examination  in
such  manner as  the  nature  of  the  examination
requires, INCLUDING POSTING EXAMINATION NOTICES IN
STATE AGENCIES IN  LOCATIONS  ACCESSIBLE  TO STATE
EMPLOYEES  AT  LEAST   TWO   WEEKS  PRIOR  TO  THE
APPLICATION   CLOSING   DATE.    All   competitive
examinations  shall be  held  at  such  times  and
places as, in  the judgment of the Commissioner of
Administrative  Services  most   nearly  meet  the
convenience  of  applicants   and   needs  of  the
service.
    (b)   The   Commissioner   of   Administrative
Services  shall  give   public   notice   of  such
examinations  for  positions   in  the  classified
service at least  two weeks in advance by posting,
or causing to  be posted, an appropriate notice on
the  bulletin board  maintained  in  or  near  the
quarters  of  the   Department  of  Administrative
Services, by advertising  such examination once in
at  least  one   newspaper   published   in   each
congressional  district  in   the   state  and  by
submitting the notice to the director of the state
employment service. Such  notice  shall  set forth
the  time,  place   and   general   scope  of  the
examination   and   shall    contain   appropriate
information concerning the  duties, work location,
conditions,  salary  and   requirements   of   the
positions,   and   the   examination   procedures,
including one arrangement  of  the  weights  to be
given for the weighted parts of the examination if
applicable, provided once  such  notice  has  been
given, the weights  established  in the notice for
the weighted parts of the examination shall not be
altered in any manner.
    Sec. 8. Section  5-219 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    Examinations shall be in such form and of such
character and shall relate to such matters as will
fairly  test  and  determine  the  qualifications,
fitness  and ability  of  the  persons  tested  to
perform the duties  of  the  class  or position to
which they seek appointment. Examinations shall be
formulated in cooperation with agencies appointing
specific  classes  of   employees   and  shall  be
competitive,  free  and,   except   as   otherwise
expressly provided by statute, open to all persons
who may be  lawfully  appointed to any position in
the class for  which  examinations  are held, with
such limitations as  to  age,  residence,  health,
habits, character, sex  and  qualifications as are
considered  desirable  by   the   Commissioner  of
Administrative Services and  as  are  specified in
the  public  announcement   of   the  examination,
provided no such  limitation  shall  be made as to
age or sex  except  in  the  case  of  a bona fide
occupational    qualification   or    need.    [In
determining the qualifications of persons who will
be admitted to an examination, consideration shall
be  given to  any  previous  volunteer  experience
which such persons  may  have.]  Formal  education
requirements may be  considered as a condition for
the taking of  such  examinations. Possession of a
professional license or  degree,  or  satisfactory
completion  of an  accreditation,  certificate  or
licensure program may  serve as the sole basis for
appointment,  provided  such   credentials  are  a
mandatory requirement for  employment in a [class]
POSITION.  Examinations  may   take  the  form  of
written or oral  tests,  demonstration of skill or
physical   ability,   experience    and   training
evaluation,  or  in   the   case   of  promotional
examinations, evaluation of  prior performance, or
any other [examination  devices] ASSESSMENT DEVICE
OR TECHNIQUE deemed  appropriate  to  measure  the
knowledge, [skill or  ability] SKILLS OR ABILITIES
required to SUCCESSFULLY perform the duties of the
job. All persons  competing  for  placement on any
one candidate list  shall be administered the same
OR EQUIVALENT FORMS  OF  THE  SAME  examination or
examination phases, except  as necessary to comply
with the federal  Americans with Disabilities Act,
and be required  to achieve passing scores on each
successive phase and  for  the  examination  as  a
whole  in order  to  remain  in  competition.  The
provisions  of this  section  shall  be  the  sole
determinant  for  qualification   and   no   other
examination [or device]  shall be permitted by any
agency head to  further  qualify  persons  seeking
appointment   except   as    authorized   by   the
commissioner.
    Sec. 9. Subsection (b) of section 5-220 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)  Notwithstanding any  other  provision  of
this chapter to  the contrary, the Commissioner of
Administrative  Services may  fully  or  partially
delegate  to  the  heads  of  state  agencies  the
authority  to  administer  [specified  promotional
examinations] PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMS  for  positions
in state service  subject  to  post  audit  by the
Department   of   Administrative   Services.   The
delegation  plan  shall   be   approved   by  said
commissioner, shall provide  for  consideration of
all eligible persons  and  shall  include adequate
notice  of  the   vacancy   or  vacancies  to  all
potentially eligible employees, the procedures for
application and methods  to  be used to [determine
the  rating]  EVALUATE   THE   QUALIFICATIONS   of
eligible persons.
    Sec.  10.  Section   5-221a   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Within [seven] TEN  days  of the receipt by an
applicant for employment  or  an  employee  in the
classified service of a notice of rejection of his
application for admission  to  an examination held
for the purpose  of  establishing a candidate list
for any position  in  the classified service, such
applicant or employee may appeal such rejection IN
WRITING  to  the  Commissioner  of  Administrative
Services, PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTARY  INFORMATION  ON
QUALIFICATIONS  AS  MAY   BE  NECESSARY,  AND  MAY
REQUEST A HEARING  TO  REVIEW  SUCH REJECTION. The
commissioner shall appoint  [a panel consisting of
one personnel officer  from  each  of  three state
agencies, each of  which has more than one hundred
employees, which panel  shall hear and decide upon
such applicant's or employee's appeal within sixty
days from the date such appeal was received by the
commissioner]   AN  INDEPENDENT   HUMAN   RESOURCE
PROFESSIONAL TO RENDER  A  FINAL  DECISION  ON THE
APPLICANT'S  OR EMPLOYEE'S  APPEAL  WITHIN  THIRTY
DAYS THEREAFTER.
    Sec. 11. Section 5-225 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    All persons competing in any examination shall
be given written  notice  of  their  final  earned
ratings  and  [,   except   in   the  case  of  an
examination administered in  accordance  with  the
provisions of subsection  (b)  of  section  5-216,
shall be given  written  notice  of their relative
standing  upon the  eligible  lists  or  of  their
failure to attain  the  required  minimum  passing
score. The] THE MINIMUM EARNED RATING NECESSARY TO
PASS  THE  EXAMINATION.   WITHIN  THIRTY  DAYS  OF
RECEIPT OF THE  FINAL  EARNED RATING, A PERSON MAY
INSPECT HIS papers,  markings, background profiles
and other items  used  in  determining  the  final
earned ratings, other  than  examination questions
and other materials  constituting the examination,
[shall  be open  to  inspection  by  the  person,]
subject to such  regulations  as  may be issued by
the  Commissioner  of   Administrative   Services.
WITHIN THIRTY DAYS  OF  INSPECTING  HIS  PAPERS, A
PERSON MAY, IN WRITING, APPEAL TO THE COMMISSIONER
OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES  THE  ACCURACY  OF  HIS
FINAL EARNED RATING,  AS  BASED  ON  THE  ORIGINAL
EXAMINATION PAPER OR  RESPONSES.  THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL RENDER A  FINAL  DECISION  ON  THE  PERSON'S
APPEAL WITHIN THIRTY  DAYS  THEREAFTER AND CORRECT
CANDIDATE LISTS AS APPROPRIATE.
    Sec.  12.  Section   5-227a   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    [(a) Each promotion  in the classified service
to the next  higher  level within a career series,
below the career  progression level of lead, shall
be made by the reclassification of the position of
the   employee  being   promoted,]   WHENEVER   AN
EMPLOYEE'S POSITION IN  THE  CLASSIFIED SERVICE IS
RECLASSIFIED, THE PROMOTION  OF THE EMPLOYEE SHALL
BE  MADE WITHOUT  EXAMINATION  provided:  (1)  The
employee   meets   the    minimum   qualifications
established by the  Commissioner of Administrative
Services for the  career  progression level of the
reclassified position; [(2)  the  reclassification
is made to  the  next  higher  position within the
career progression level;  (3)]  (2)  the employee
has maintained an  adequate performance record and
has  received a  satisfactory  appraisal  on  [the
employee's]  HIS  two   most   recent  consecutive
performance evaluations; [(4)]  (3)  the  employee
has worked at  his  existing  level in his current
position for a  minimum  period of six months; and
[(5)] (4) the reclassified position is approved by
the commissioner OF  ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES. [The
titles of the  higher classes in the career series
to which such  promotions  may  be  made  shall be
shown on the affected class specification.
    (b)  No  examination   for   any  reclassified
position shall be  required if the requirements of
subdivisions (1) to  (5), inclusive, of subsection
(a) of this  section  are met. If the requirements
of  subdivisions  (1)   to   (5),   inclusive,  of
subsection (a) of  this  section  cannot be met, a
vacant reclassified position  shall be filled from
a candidate list.
    (c)  Each  vacancy  in  any  position  in  the
classified  service  in   the  career  progression
levels of lead  or  above  shall  be filled from a
candidate list.]
    Sec. 13. Section 5-228 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) When a  vacancy  in any permanent position
in the classified  service  is  to  be filled, the
appointing authority shall notify the Commissioner
of Administrative Services  of  such fact, stating
the title of  the position to be filled. Vacancies
in such positions  shall  be  filled,  so  far  as
practicable  and for  the  best  interest  of  the
state, by reemployment,  as provided in subsection
(b) of section  5-241, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 30 OF
THIS ACT, promotional appointments from within the
agency and service-wide  promotional  appointments
or transfers in accordance with regulations issued
by  the commissioner.  The  appointing  authority,
with  the  approval  of  the  commissioner,  shall
decide  whether  a  vacancy  shall  be  filled  by
promotion  from  within   the   agency,   from   a
state-wide employment list,  transfer  or, if such
is not practicable, by original appointment.
    (b)  If  a  vacancy  is  to  be  filled  by  a
promotional appointment from  within  the  agency,
the commissioner shall  certify  to the appointing
authority the names  of  all  candidates  from the
agency  in  accordance   with  the  provisions  of
section 5-215a, AS  AMENDED  BY  SECTION 4 OF THIS
ACT.
    (c) If a  vacancy is to be filled by promotion
from   a   service-wide    candidate   list,   the
commissioner  shall  certify   to  the  appointing
authority the names  of  all  candidates  on  that
candidate list in  accordance  with the provisions
of section 5-215a, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS
ACT.
    (d)  If a  vacancy  is  to  be  filled  by  an
original  appointment,  the   commissioner   shall
certify to the  appointing  authority the names of
all  candidates  on   that   candidate   list   in
accordance with the  provisions of section 5-215a,
AS AMENDED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS ACT.
    [(e)   If   the    candidates   eligible   for
appointment in accordance  with  the provisions of
section  5-215a do  not  include  protected  class
members, the commissioner,  upon  written  request
from the appointing  authority,  may  approve  the
selection of any  protected  class  members on the
candidate  list.  Such   request   shall   include
documentation that the  agency (1) has established
a goal for the protected class in the occupational
category,  position  or   position  classification
containing such vacancy  in its affirmative action
plan  developed  and  filed  pursuant  to  section
46a-68 and (2)  is  unable  to meet its goal using
the  names otherwise  provided  pursuant  to  said
subsections.  A copy  of  such  request  shall  be
furnished to the  director  of  the  Commission on
Human Rights and  Opportunities,  who  may comment
thereon  in  writing   to   the   Commissioner  of
Administrative   Services   and   the   appointing
authority.  For  purposes   of   this  subsection,
"protected class" means  those  classes of persons
specified in and  protected by applicable state or
federal antidiscrimination laws,  subject  to  the
limitations established in section 46a-61.]
    [(f)] (e) Appointees  to  any  position in the
classified service shall  be required to serve the
working test period  provided for in this chapter.
Any promotional appointee  from  within the agency
who is dismissed from the position to which he was
promoted during such  working  test  period, or at
the conclusion thereof,  shall  be  restored  to a
position in the  same  class  in which he had been
employed  prior  to   his   promotion.  Any  other
appointee  who  was  employed  in  the  classified
service  prior  to  his  appointment  and  who  is
dismissed  from  the  position  to  which  he  was
appointed during such  working  test  period or at
the conclusion thereof,  shall  be  restored  to a
vacancy in the  same  class,  or  a  vacancy  in a
comparable  class  or   a  vacancy  in  any  other
position the employee is qualified to fill, in the
agency in which  he had been employed prior to his
appointment, or shall  have  his  name placed on a
reemployment list. No appointing authority who has
removed  such an  employee  as  provided  in  this
section may exercise  such  right of removal again
with respect to  any  other  employee  in the same
position within three  calendar  months after such
original removal, except  with  the consent of the
commissioner. No provision  of  this section shall
be  construed  to  prevent  any  employee  in  the
unclassified service from  competing for positions
in the classified  service  if  he  possesses  the
minimum   qualifications   established    by   the
commissioner, except that  no  such employee shall
be   eligible  to   compete   in   a   promotional
examination [except in accordance with the federal
merit system standards,  if  the agency is subject
to  them or,  in  all  other  agencies,  unless  a
minimum of four  qualified applicants file] UNLESS
HE HAS PREVIOUS  PERMANENT  STATUS  IN  CLASSIFIED
SERVICE. In the  certification of names of persons
eligible for appointment, sex shall be disregarded
except when otherwise  provided by statute or upon
request of the appointing authority subject to the
approval of the commissioner.
    [(g) When a  vacancy  in a managerial position
is to be  filled  from  a  selection process for a
generic job class,  the  commissioner  may certify
the highest two  intervals, in accordance with the
provisions of section  5-215a, of a candidate list
which contains the  names of candidates who passed
the applicable examination  and  whose  background
profiles correspond with  the  requirements of the
vacancy. Requests for  a  candidate  list  by  any
state agency must  be accompanied by documentation
that specific knowledge,  skills and abilities are
needed for reasons  of  business  necessity and to
satisfy essential job requirements. Any person who
is ineligible for  certification on the basis of a
background profile may  request  an appeal of such
eligibility pursuant to  the provisions of section
5-225. For purposes  of  this subsection, "generic
job class" means  a  group  of  positions within a
class, as defined  in  subsection  (d)  of section
5-196,  covering  a  diversity  of  occupationally
related assignments.]
    Sec. 14. Section 5-234 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    [(a)]  The  Commissioner   of   Administrative
Services  may  provide   by   regulation  for  the
appointment,  with  or   without  examination,  of
qualified  persons  in   a   class  in  which  the
incumbent serves for  not more than three years in
the  class as  part  of  an  established  training
program. Any person so appointed [from a candidate
list  following competitive  examination  for  the
class]  TO  A   PROFESSIONAL   OR  PREPROFESSIONAL
TRAINING CLASS, may  upon successful completion of
the  required  minimum  working  test  period  and
training program, be  [reassigned  without further
examination] RECLASSIFIED to  a  position  in  the
next higher level  class  for  which  the training
program is established.  [,  subject to successful
completion  of  a   working   test   period.]  The
provisions of this  section  shall  not  apply  to
sections 5-224 and  7-415  concerning the veterans
preference.
    [(b)  The commissioner  may  provide  for  the
establishment of classes which are preprofessional
in nature and  are  designed  as entry classes for
the   disadvantaged.  Appointment   of   qualified
applicants to positions  in  such  classes  may be
made on the  basis  of  such form of evaluation as
the commissioner may  require.  Incumbents of such
positions  shall  receive  appropriate  on-the-job
training and shall  serve  in  such  positions  or
class of positions  for  a period of not more than
two years, provided,  upon  recommendations of his
appointing  authority, an  incumbent  who  has  so
served may be  appointed  for  not  more  than one
additional  year in  such  position  or  class  of
positions.]
    Sec. 15. Subsection  (a)  of  section 5-235 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  When  a  candidate  list  provided  under
section 5-215a, AS  AMENDED  BY  SECTION 4 OF THIS
ACT, [contains three or fewer candidates] CONTAINS
FEWER THAN FIVE CANDIDATES, in order to facilitate
the  carrying  on  of  public  business  or  avoid
inconvenience to the  public,  but  not otherwise,
the Commissioner of  Administrative  Services  may
authorize the filling  of  the position at once by
provisional appointment, pending the establishment
of a reemployment  or  candidate  list.  Any  such
provisional appointment shall  continue only until
a reemployment or candidate list for such position
is established and,  in  no  case,  for  a  period
exceeding a total  of  six months. No person shall
receive more than  one  provisional appointment or
serve  more  than  six  months  as  a  provisional
appointee in any one fiscal year.
    Sec. 16. Subsection  (e)  of  section 5-248 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (e) [When any  employee  has  resigned in good
standing  with  the   consent  of  the  appointing
authority under whose jurisdiction he was employed
and has withdrawn his resignation within one year,
the commissioner of  administrative services shall
refer the name  of such employee to the appointing
authority for possible  reinstatement to positions
in classes in  which  he  has  attained  permanent
status. Such employee  may  be  reinstated  at the
discretion  of  the   appointing  authority.]  ANY
AGENCY  MAY REINSTATE,  WITHOUT  EXAMINATION,  ANY
EMPLOYEE WHO HAS RESIGNED IN GOOD STANDING AND HAS
WITHDRAWN  HIS  RESIGNATION  WITHIN  ONE  YEAR  TO
POSITIONS IN CLASSES  IN  WHICH  HE  HAS  ATTAINED
PERMANENT STATUS. A  classified  employee  with at
least five years  of state service appointed to an
unclassified position may  be  granted  a leave of
absence without pay  from  the  classified service
for such length  of  time  as  he  shall hold such
appointive position.
    Sec. 17. Subsection  (a)  of  section 5-247 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Each appointing  authority shall grant, on
account of illness  or  injury,  to each full-time
employee in a  permanent  position  in  the  state
service who has  furnished  satisfactory  proof of
such illness or  injury,  such sick leave with pay
as has accrued  to  his  credit at the rate of one
and one-quarter working  days  for  each completed
calendar  month of  continuous  full-time  service
which may be  computed  on an hourly basis. Hourly
computation  of  sick  leave  shall  not  diminish
benefit entitlement. On or before October 1, 1980,
the Commissioner of  Administrative Services shall
adopt regulations, in  accordance with chapter 54,
concerning the accrual,  prorating and granting of
sick leave with  pay  to  other  employees  in the
state service and extending sick leave with pay or
with part pay  for  longer  periods  to  full-time
permanent employees disabled  through  illness  or
injury. Each such  employee  who retires under the
provisions of chapter  66  shall  be  compensated,
effective as of the date of his retirement, at the
rate of one-fourth  of  such employee's salary for
sick leave accrued  to  his  credit as of his last
day on the  active payroll up to a maximum payment
equivalent to sixty  [days  or four hundred twenty
hours'] DAYS' pay.  Such  payment  for accumulated
sick leave shall  not  be  included  in  computing
retirement income and  shall  be  charged  by  the
State Comptroller to  the  department,  agency  or
institution in which the employee worked.
    Sec.  18.  Section   5-247a   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any state employee who opted for membership in
the  teachers'  retirement   system   pursuant  to
chapter 167a and  who retires under the provisions
of said chapter shall be compensated, effective as
of the date of his date of retirement, at the rate
of one-fourth of  such  employee's salary for sick
leave accrued to  his credit as of his last day on
the  active  payroll,  up  to  a  maximum  payment
equivalent to sixty  [days  or four hundred twenty
hours'] DAYS' pay.  Such  payment  for accumulated
sick leave shall  not  be  included  in  computing
retirement income and  shall  be  charged  by  the
State Comptroller to  the  department,  agency  or
institution in which the employee worked.
    Sec. 19. Subsection  (a)  of  section 5-250 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Each appointing  authority  shall grant to
each full-time employee in a permanent position in
the state service,  who  has  worked  at least one
full calendar year, an annual vacation with pay of
twenty-one  consecutive  calendar   days   or  its
equivalent. Each such  employee  who has completed
twenty years of  service  shall be entitled to one
day [or seven  additional  working hours] for each
additional  year  up   to   twenty-five  years  of
service, and each  such  employee with twenty-five
or more years  of service shall be entitled to not
more than twenty days [or one hundred forty hours]
vacation, subject to  regulations  issued  by  the
Commissioner  of  Administrative   Services.   The
Commissioner of Administrative  Services may adopt
regulations, in accordance  with the provisions of
chapter 54, concerning  the accrual, prorating and
granting of vacation  leave  with pay as required.
Computation of such  vacation leave may be made on
an hourly basis.  Hourly  computation  of vacation
leave shall not diminish benefit entitlement.
    Sec.   20.   (NEW)    The    Commissioner   of
Administrative Services may  develop and implement
guidelines,   in   cooperation   with   interested
employee organizations, as  defined  in subsection
(d) of section  5-270  of  the  general  statutes,
authorizing    telecommuting   and    work-at-home
programs   for   state    employees   where   such
arrangements are determined to be cost effective.
    Sec. 21. (NEW)  Any employee of a state agency
may   be   authorized    to   participate   in   a
telecommuting or work-at-home  assignment with the
approval of his  appointing authority and with the
approval  of the  Commissioner  of  Administrative
Services.  Approval  of  such  assignment  may  be
granted only where  it  is  determined  to be cost
effective. Any assignment  shall be on a temporary
basis only, for  a period not to exceed six months
and may be extended as necessary.
    Sec.   22.   (NEW)    The    Commissioner   of
Administrative Services shall  report  annually to
the  joint  standing   committee  of  the  General
Assembly having cognizance  of matters relating to
labor and public employees as to the extent of use
by employees as  provided  pursuant to sections 20
and 21 of this act.
    Sec. 23. Section 5-180 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) The war  service before September 1, 1939,
of a veteran,  as  defined  in  section 27-103, AS
AMENDED, and [subsection (bb)] SUBDIVISION (29) of
section 5-196, AS  AMENDED  BY  SECTION  1 OF THIS
ACT, shall be  counted  as  state  service  if the
member began to  make his retirement contributions
before  September 1,  1941,  and  made  retirement
contributions on all  salary  received by him from
September 1, 1939, until his retirement date.
    (b) The war  service before September 1, 1939,
of a veteran  who  became a member after September
1, 1939, and  the  war service or military service
during  a  national   emergency  declared  by  the
President  of  the  United  States  on  and  after
September 1, 1939,  of  a  veteran  who  became  a
member at any  time,  shall  be  counted  as state
service   if   the    member    makes   retirement
contributions for each  month  of  war  service as
defined  by  section   27-103,   AS  AMENDED,  and
[subsection  (bb)]  SUBDIVISION  (29)  of  section
5-196, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, or for
each  month of  such  service  during  a  national
emergency, as the  case  may  be.  Any veteran who
becomes a member  on  or after July 1, 1975, shall
not  receive  credit  for  such  war  or  military
service if such member has received or is entitled
to receive any  retirement  allowance for the same
years of such service from the federal government.
Any veteran who  is  a member and who has not made
application for such credit prior to July 1, 1975,
shall not receive  credit for such service if such
member has received  or is entitled to receive any
retirement allowance for  the  same  years of such
service from the  federal  government  unless such
member makes application  for  such  credit to the
Retirement  Commission on  or  before  October  1,
1975, and makes  retirement contributions for each
month  of such  service  in  accordance  with  the
provisions of this  subsection. The comptroller of
the  state  may   notify  each  employee  of  this
provision on or  before  September  1,  1975. Such
contributions shall equal  one-twelfth of four per
cent  of  his  first  year's  salary  as  a  state
employee multiplied by  the total number of months
of such war  service or national emergency service
and, if such  employee became a member after April
1, 1958, shall  be accompanied by interest at four
per cent per  year  from the time such war service
was rendered or  from September 1, 1939, whichever
is later, until  the date of payment or January 1,
1962, whichever is earlier. Such contributions may
be paid by payroll deductions as determined by the
Retirement Commission over  a period not to exceed
thirty-six months, interest thereon to be paid not
later than the last day of the month following the
payment of the  last  of  such deductions. Service
credit  for  retirement   purposes  shall  not  be
granted  unless  payment   of   contributions  and
interest is completed.  No  credit  shall be given
hereunder for military  service  during a national
emergency to any  state  employee  who  has served
less than ten years as a permanent full-time state
employee, nor for any such military service beyond
a total period  of his compulsory service, if any,
plus three years.
    (c) A member  who leaves state service for the
sole purpose of  entering  the armed forces of the
United   States   may    make    his    retirement
contributions while in  the  armed  forces  in the
monthly amount he was making immediately before he
left state service.  Such  contributions  shall be
deducted from any  salary  payable  to  the member
during his absence.  Alternately, if no salary was
payable to him,  he  may  make  such contributions
after his return  to  state service, with interest
thereon at five  per cent per year from a date six
months after he left the armed forces, provided he
shall make application for return to state service
within  ninety  days   after  he  has  received  a
certificate  for  satisfactory  service  from  the
armed  forces.  No   contributions  may  be  made,
however, at any  time  for  service  in  the armed
forces beyond a  total  period  of  his compulsory
service therein, if any, plus three years.
    Sec. 24. Subsection  (a)  of section 5-248a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Each permanent  employee,  as  defined  in
[subsection  (s)]  SUBDIVISION   (21)  of  section
5-196, AS AMENDED  BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, shall
be entitled to  the  following:  (1)  A maximum of
twenty-four  weeks  of  family  leave  of  absence
within  any two-year  period  upon  the  birth  or
adoption of a  child of such employee, or upon the
serious illness of  a  child,  spouse or parent of
such employee; and  (2)  a  maximum of twenty-four
weeks  of medical  leave  of  absence  within  any
two-year period upon  the  serious illness of such
employee.  Any such  leave  of  absence  shall  be
without pay. Upon the expiration of any such leave
of absence, the  employee shall be entitled (A) to
return to the  employee's  original job from which
the leave of  absence  was  provided  or,  if  not
available,   to  an   equivalent   position   with
equivalent pay, except  that  in  the  case  of  a
medical leave, if the employee is medically unable
to perform the  employee's  original  job upon the
expiration of such  leave,  the Personnel Division
of the Department of Administrative Services shall
endeavor to find  other  suitable  work  for  such
employee  in  state   service,   and  (B)  to  all
accumulated seniority, retirement,  fringe benefit
and other service  credits the employee had at the
commencement of such  leave.  Such service credits
shall not accrue during the period of the leave of
absence.
    Sec. 25. Subsection  (d)  of  section 5-257 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (d)  The insurance  of  any  employee  insured
under this section  shall  cease on termination of
employment,  and of  any  member  of  the  General
Assembly at the end of his term of office, subject
to any conversion  privilege provided in the group
life insurance policy or policies. Notwithstanding
anything to the  contrary  in  this  section,  the
amounts of life  insurance  of  insured  employees
retired in accordance with any retirement plan for
state employees shall be as follows: The amount of
life insurance of  an  insured employee retired on
or before December 31, 1954, shall be five hundred
dollars,  the  amount  of  life  insurance  on  an
insured employee retired  on  or  after January 1,
1955, but before  July  1, 1957, shall be one-half
of the amount  for  which the employee was insured
immediately  before  retirement  or  two  thousand
dollars, whichever is less, and the amount of life
insurance of an  insured  employee  retired  on or
after July 1, 1957, but before July 5, 1963, shall
be one-half of  the  amount for which the employee
was   insured   immediately   before   retirement,
provided in no case shall such amount be less than
two thousand dollars  nor more than three thousand
dollars;  the  amount  of  life  insurance  of  an
insured employee who  was retired on or after July
5,  1963,  but  before  July  1,  1967,  shall  be
one-half of the amount of life insurance for which
the  employee  was   insured   immediately  before
retirement, provided in  no case shall such amount
be less than  three thousand dollars nor more than
five thousand dollars;  and  the  amount  of  life
insurance of an insured employee who is retired on
or after July  1,  1967,  shall be one-half of the
amount of life  insurance  for  which the employee
was   insured   immediately   before   retirement,
provided in no case shall such amount be less than
five thousand dollars nor more than seven thousand
five  hundred dollars;  and  the  amount  of  life
insurance of an insured employee who is retired on
or after July  1,  1969,  with twenty-five or more
years of state  service, as defined in [subsection
(x)] SUBDIVISION (25) of section 5-196, AS AMENDED
BY SECTION 1  OF  THIS  ACT,  or  a  member of the
general assembly who  is  retired on or after July
1,  1988,  with   twenty-five  or  more  years  of
service, shall be  one-half  of the amount of life
insurance  for  which  the  employee  was  insured
immediately before retirement, provided in no case
shall the amount  be less than seven thousand five
hundred dollars, those  with less than twenty-five
years of service  shall  receive the proportionate
amount  that  such   years   of   service   is  to
twenty-five  years  rounded  off  to  the  nearest
hundred  dollars  of  coverage,  except  that  the
amount of life  insurance  of  an insured employee
who is retired on or after July 1, 1982, under the
provisions of section  5-173, AS AMENDED, shall be
one-half of the amount of life insurance for which
the  employee  was   insured   immediately  before
retirement, regardless of  the  number of years of
service by such  employee.  In  no  case  shall  a
retired employee be  required to contribute to the
cost  of  any  such  reduced  insurance.  For  the
purposes of this  section,  no  employee  shall be
deemed to be  retired  so  long  as his employment
continues under subsections (b) and (e) of section
5-164.
    Sec. 26. Subsection  (a)  of section 45a-54 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Any judge  or  employee  who  is  not  yet
receiving a retirement  allowance may apply to the
Retirement Commission for  credit for service as a
member of the  General  Assembly  and for military
service, consisting of  war service, as defined in
section 27-103, AS  AMENDED, and [subsection (bb)]
SUBDIVISION (29) of  section  5-196, AS AMENDED BY
SECTION 1 OF  THIS  ACT,  and  national  emergency
service as defined  by  law,  provided  credit for
such military and  General  Assembly service shall
not exceed three  years in the aggregate. Any such
application for credit  for service as a member of
the General Assembly must be filed within one year
of the date upon which the judge or employee first
becomes a member  or within one year of October 1,
1986, whichever is later. Any such application for
credit for military  service  must be filed within
one year of  the  date  upon  which  the  judge or
employee first becomes a member or within one year
of October 1, 1994, whichever is later.
    Sec. 27. Section 4-61t of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    There  shall be  established  a  Committee  on
[Upward]  CAREER  Mobility,   appointed   by   the
Commissioner   of  Administrative   Services   and
chaired  by  the  Commissioner  of  Administrative
Services or his  designee,  which  shall include a
representative  of  the   Office   of  Policy  and
Management, a representative  of the Department of
Administrative  Services  who   is   involved   in
classification activity, a  representative  of the
Commission on Human  Rights  and  Opportunities, a
representative of the  Permanent Commission on the
Status  of  Women,   and   [nine]  TEN  additional
persons,  two  of   whom  shall  be  state  agency
personnel  administrators, [three]  FOUR  of  whom
shall be labor  representatives  and  four of whom
shall be employed  in  state  service and familiar
with the problems  of [upward] CAREER mobility and
affirmative  action  and   the  implementation  of
corrective programs. The committee shall determine
how career counseling  can  be  best  provided and
training opportunities best met and made available
within the funds  allotted.  THE  COMMITTEE  SHALL
ALSO DEVELOP MECHANISMS TO COMMUNICATE INFORMATION
ABOUT  STATE  EMPLOYMENT  OPPORTUNITIES  TO  STATE
EMPLOYEES.   The  committee   shall   advise   the
Commissioner of Administrative Services concerning
broader usage of  classification  titles affecting
upward mobility and  an  effective  procedure  for
reporting  compliance  to   the  legislature.  The
committee  shall prepare  written  guidelines  for
implementation  of the  [upward]  CAREER  mobility
program described in sections 4-61u, AS AMENDED BY
SECTION 28 OF  THIS  ACT, and 4-61w, AS AMENDED BY
SECTION 29 OF  THIS  ACT,  and  this  section. The
committee shall meet  at  least  once each quarter
and  shall  submit   periodic   reports   to   the
Commissioner of Administrative Services.
    Sec. 28. Section 4-61u of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    Under the supervision  of  the Commissioner of
Administrative  Services,  all   departments   and
agencies of state  government  shall  establish an
effective program of  [upward]  CAREER mobility as
part  of  their  affirmative  action  program,  as
required  by  section   46a-68,  AS  AMENDED,  for
occupational groups, which  shall include, but not
be limited to,  secretarial, clerical, supervisory
clerical,   semiskilled,   crafts    and   trades,
supervisory   crafts   and    trades,   custodial,
supervisory    custodial   and    laborers.    All
departments and agencies of state government shall
provide or make  provision  for, career counseling
for such occupational  groups. All departments and
agencies shall make available to state employees a
range of training opportunities. In geographically
remote areas, as  defined  by the committee, where
programs are not  generally available, departments
and   agencies  shall   enter   into   cooperative
arrangements or take  other appropriate actions to
assure that training opportunities are provided to
employees  in those  areas.  All  departments  and
agencies shall, consistent  with  the requirements
of    the   State    Personnel    Act,    initiate
classification requests that  would  result in the
development  of  career   ladders   and   lattices
providing  [upward]  CAREER  mobility  within  AND
BETWEEN   occupational   groupings,    and    from
subprofessional   jobs   to    professional    and
managerial jobs. All  departments  and agencies of
state government shall  establish as part of their
affirmative action plans,  specific  annual  goals
and timetables on  the  number of classes in entry
level professional, managerial  and administrative
positions,  which  shall   include,  but  are  not
limited to, law enforcement, field representation,
administrative         staff,        professional,
subprofessional or technical  jobs  that are to be
filled through [upward] CAREER mobility.
    Sec. 29. Section 4-61w of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    In  implementing the  provisions  of  sections
4-61t, AS AMENDED  BY  SECTION 27 OF THIS ACT, and
4-61u, AS AMENDED  BY  SECTION 28 OF THIS ACT, and
this  section, each  department  or  agency  shall
insure that the  ethnic  and  sex  composition  of
employees  participating in  the  [upward]  CAREER
mobility  program shall  be  consistent  with  the
regulations   for  affirmative   action   of   the
Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
    Sec. 30. Subsection  (b)  of  section 5-241 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) An appointing  authority  desiring  to lay
off an employee  shall  give him not less than two
weeks' notice in  writing,  stating the reason for
such  action,  except  that  in  the  case  of  an
employee, as defined  in section 5-196, AS AMENDED
BY SECTION 1  OF THIS ACT, who is not covered by a
collective bargaining agreement  and  who has been
in the classified  service  for  (1) at least five
but  not  more  than  ten  years,  the  appointing
authority  shall  provide  at  least  four  weeks'
notice,  (2) more  than  ten  but  not  more  than
fifteen  years,  the  appointing  authority  shall
provide at least  six weeks' notice, (3) more than
fifteen  years,  the  appointing  authority  shall
provide at least  eight  weeks'  notice. A copy of
such notice shall  immediately be forwarded to the
Commissioner  of  Administrative   Services.   The
commissioner shall arrange  to  have  the employee
transferred  to  a   vacancy  in  the  same  or  a
comparable class or  in  any  other  position  the
employee is qualified  to  fill in any department,
agency or institution.  If  there  is  no  vacancy
available or the  employee  refuses  to accept the
transfer, the commissioner shall cause the name of
such employee to  be  placed  on  the reemployment
list for the  appropriate  class  for which he has
attained permanent status,  or  has the ability to
qualify, as determined by the commissioner. During
the  period  he  is  entitled  to  remain  on  the
reemployment  list,  such  an  employee  shall  be
rehired in the  classification  from  which he was
laid  off  or   for  which  he  is  qualified,  as
vacancies occur, in  the  reverse order of layoff.
ANY EMPLOYEE WHO  IS  REHIRED  FROM A REEMPLOYMENT
LIST SHALL NOT  BE  REQUIRED  TO  COMPLETE  A  NEW
WORKING TEST PERIOD, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION (1)
OF SECTION 5-196,  AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS
ACT.
    Sec. 31. (NEW)  Notwithstanding the provisions
of subsection (d)  of section 5-272 of the general
statutes, the employer,  as  defined in subsection
(a) of section  5-270 of the general statutes, and
an employee organization, as defined in subsection
(d)  of  said  section  5-270,  as  the  exclusive
representative  of  employees  in  an  appropriate
unit, may engage in a pilot program to discuss the
state  classifications  and   examination  system.
Neither  party  may   negotiate  pursuant  to  the
provisions  of  section   5-276a  of  the  general
statutes, as amended. Any agreement reached by the
parties shall be  reduced to writing and submitted
to the General Assembly pursuant to the provisions
of subsection (b)  of section 5-278 of the general
statutes.
    Sec. 32. Section 5-248 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a)  An appointing  authority  may,  with  the
approval  of the  Commissioner  of  Administrative
Services, grant a  leave of absence with full pay,
part  pay  or   without   pay,   subject   to  the
regulations   issued  by   the   Commissioner   of
Administrative Services, to  any  employee  in the
classified service, for a period not exceeding one
year. Such leave  may  be extended beyond one year
by an appointing  authority,  provided such action
shall  be  approved   by   the   Commissioner   of
Administrative  Services. In  the  granting  of  a
leave  of  absence  without  pay,  the  appointing
authority  shall  notify   the  employee  and  the
Commissioner  of Administrative  Services  whether
the position will  be held awaiting the employee's
return or whether  reinstatement will be dependent
upon  whether  or   not   a  suitable  vacancy  is
available. A leave  of  absence  with full or part
pay may be  granted  only for educational purposes
in order to enable an employee to study or receive
technical  training  which   will   increase   his
proficiency in his  position  or  for  such  other
purpose as may be specified by the Commissioner of
Administrative  Services  to   be   in   the  best
interests of the state.
    (b) Any employee  who  shall  enter  the armed
forces as specified  in  section  5-255  shall  be
entitled to a leave of absence without pay for the
time  served  in   such   service,   plus   ninety
additional days.
    (c) Any full-time  permanent  employee  in the
state service who  is a member of the armed forces
of the state  or  of  any reserve component of the
armed forces of  the United States and is required
to undergo field  training  therein shall, for the
period not exceeding  three calendar weeks of such
field training, be  entitled to a leave of absence
with pay, in  addition  to  his  annual  vacation.
Nothing in this  section  shall  be  construed  to
prevent any such  employee  from attending ordered
annual field training while on regularly scheduled
vacation if he so desires.
    (d) ANY FULL-TIME  PERMANENT  EMPLOYEE  IN THE
STATE SERVICE WHO  QUALIFIES  TO  BE A MEMBER OF A
TEAM  RECOGNIZED  BY  THE  UNITED  STATES  OLYMPIC
COMMITTEE SHALL, UPON WRITTEN APPLICATION AND WITH
THE  APPROVAL  OF  HIS  APPOINTING  AUTHORITY,  BE
ENTITLED TO A  LEAVE  OF ABSENCE WITH PAY AND WITH
HIS POSITION HELD,  FOR  A  PERIOD  NOT  EXCEEDING
NINETY  DAYS  AFTER  SO  QUALIFYING  IN  ORDER  TO
COMPETE  IN  OLYMPIC   GAMES   SPONSORED   BY  THE
INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE.
    [(d)]  (e)  When  any  employee  has  been  on
authorized leave of  absence  without his position
being held and  is ready to report for duty when a
position  is  available,   the   Commissioner   of
Administrative Services shall  refer  the  name of
the  employee  to   an  appointing  authority  for
possible reinstatement to a position in a class in
which the employee  has attained permanent status.
The employee may  be  reinstated at the discretion
of the appointing  authority,  provided  no  other
employee has rights  to  the  position pursuant to
subsection (b) of section 5-241.
    [(e)] (f) When  any  employee  has resigned in
good standing with  the  consent of the appointing
authority under whose jurisdiction he was employed
and has withdrawn his resignation within one year,
the commissioner of  administrative services shall
refer the name  of such employee to the appointing
authority for possible  reinstatement to positions
in classes in  which  he  has  attained  permanent
status. Such employee  may  be  reinstated  at the
discretion   of  the   appointing   authority.   A
classified employee with  at  least  five years of
state  service  appointed   to   an   unclassified
position may be granted a leave of absence without
pay from the classified service for such length of
time as he shall hold such appointive position.
    Sec.  33.  Sections  4a-3  and  5-199  of  the
general statutes are repealed.
    Sec. 34. This  act  shall take effect from its
passage, except that  sections 1 to 31, inclusive,
and section 33 shall take effect July 1, 1996.

Approved June 4, 1996