PA 15-182—sHB 7000

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, EXAMINATIONS FOR STATE EMPLOYMENT AND STATE WORKERS' COMPENSATION PAYMENTS TO REFERRING PRACTITIONERS

SUMMARY: This act makes several changes to the laws governing examinations for state employment. It increases, from one year to two years, the maximum amount of time for which the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) can extend the effective period for a candidate list for state employment. By law, candidate lists are effective for between three months and one year but may be extended by the DAS commissioner based on the state's needs.

The act prohibits DAS from charging a fee for state employment examinations unless the department first adopts regulations establishing reasonable fees. By law, DAS may charge a person not employed by the state an examination fee that does not exceed the cost of developing and administering the examination.

By law, if the DAS commissioner waives an examination requirement for a state position, she may delegate to a department head the authority to recruit for that position. Under prior law, the department head had to conduct the recruitment pursuant to a DAS-approved delegation plan. The act specifies that such a plan is not necessary for positions that require a professional license, degree, or accreditation for appointment or promotion. The act also makes DAS audits of delegated recruitments discretionary rather than mandatory.

Additionally, the act conforms the state employee workers' compensation law to current practice by allowing the state to make compensation payments when a practitioner refers a patient to a facility the practitioner owns in whole or in part. Prior law prohibited the state from making payments to such facilities.

The act also makes technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

BACKGROUND

Related Act

PA 15-64 allows, under certain conditions, candidates for state jobs to apply their most recent promotional examination score to the candidate list established for a subsequent examination for the same classification.

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