Bill Summary for S 607 (2023-2024)

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Summary date: 

Apr 18 2023

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View NCGA Bill Details2023-2024 Session
Senate Bill 607 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Intro. by Alexander, Jarvis, Ford.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition. 

Revises the proposed changes to the Temporary Solutions Program for state agency temporary employment in GS 126-63. Regarding the 11-month employment limit for temporary employees, now provides that a temporary employee is only eligible for reinstatement on a job assignment after working 11 consecutive months if the employee is separated for at least 31 consecutive calendar days (was, provided for continuing the assignment after a 31-day break in service). Makes further changes to refer to a 31-day separation rather than break in service. Eliminates the provision specifying that temporary employees are not to be considered career State employees. More specifically requires the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) to prohibit acquiring new temporary employees through the Program (previously, generally all new temporary employees) at any state agency owing an invoice to OSHR that is 90 days or more overdue or in excess of $200,000.

Regarding exceptions to the statute's requirements, separates the authority granted to the OSHR Director relating creating exceptions to the requirements of subsection (a) and subsection (a1). Now authorizes the OSHR Director to create exceptions to the requirement that Cabinet agencies use the Program, mandated under subsection (a), when the Program cannot meet the agency's needs for a class of temporary job assignments and failure for to recruit that class of temporary job assignments will cause severe harm to the agency's ability to provide vital services to the public. Maintains the previously proposed authority of the OSHR Director to create exceptions to the temporary employment limitations of subsection (a1) when two conditions are met: if the exception would be in the best interest of the State and would not result in extending the temporary employment past 22 months. Makes a conforming change to new subsection (a5), which charges OSHR with monitoring Cabinet and Council of State temporary employees and separating those beyond the limitations of subsection (a1) from BEACON, to except instances where an exception applies. Makes a technical change regarding required content of quarterly reports by OSHR to the specified NCGA committee and division, to no longer note that the listed required content is not exclusive. 

Eliminates the directive in the effective date provision to require any employee at the time of the act becoming law who has reached 11 months of temporary employment to take a 31-day break in service or be separated from employment if not covered by a exemption. Instead, adds that the act applies to temporary employees hired on or after the date the act becomes law.