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CLASSIFICATION OF STATE PERSONNEL
309. Duties of Commissioner of Human Resources
Commissioner, as administrative head of the Department, shall direct and
supervise all its administrative and technical activities. In addition to the
duties imposed elsewhere in this chapter, it shall be the Commissioner's duty:
(1) To apply and
carry out this chapter and the rules adopted thereunder.
(2) To establish
and maintain a roster of all classified employees in the State civil service,
in which there shall be set forth, as to each employee, the class title, pay or
status and other pertinent data.
(3) To foster
and develop, in cooperation with the appointing authorities, programs for the
improvement of employee effectiveness, including orientation, training, safety,
health, counseling and welfare.
(4) To encourage
and aid in the development of effective personnel administration within the
several departments in the State service, and to make available the facilities
of the Department of Human Resources to this end.
investigate from time to time the operation and effect of this chapter and of
the rules made thereunder and to report his or her findings to the Secretary of
Administration and to the Governor.
(6) To make such
reports regarding the work of the Department of Human Resources as the
Commissioner may consider desirable and as may be required of the Commissioner
to the Secretary of Administration and to the Governor.
(7) To maintain
a continuous study of the status and availability of temporary employees, to
receive and maintain adequate records and reports as to those employees and
cooperate with the State employment service in establishing lists of persons
available for temporary employment.
(8) To establish
a standard reporting form on contractual employees and to receive and maintain
records indicating their status.
(9) To establish
an employee census report providing for the systematic and regular accounting
of all persons employed by the State in all categories of employment.
(10) To maintain
registers of persons eligible for employment and to verify the availability of
those persons certified to an appointing authority.
cooperate with all State agencies in initiating and maintaining a
trainee-internship program, a recruitment program for clerical, administrative
and professional positions which shall include visits to Vermont high schools,
colleges, and universities.
(12) To design
and make available to all State agencies service rating forms.
(13) To compile
and publish a manual, which shall be kept current, containing the pertinent
statutes, rules and regulations of the Department of Human Resources and its
rules of procedure and forms prescribed for use by rule or regulation.
(14) To perform
any other lawful act which may be necessary and proper to carry out the purposes
and provisions of this chapter.
(15) With the
approval of the Governor, the Commissioner may appoint and employ a general
legal counsel, to be exempt from the classified service, and who shall report
directly to the Commissioner of Human Resources.
(19) Annually on
or before January 15, the Commissioner of Human Resources shall submit to the
General Assembly a report on the status of the State employee workforce. The
provisions of 2 V.S.A. § 20(d)(expiration of required reports) shall not apply
to the report to be made under this subsection. All reporting on numbers of
State employees shall include numbers stated in "full-time
equivalent" positions. The report shall consolidate reports mandated by
the General Assembly, as well as other information regarding developments in
State employment, including:
(A) Use of
(B) Use of
limited service positions.
(C) Vacancies of
more than six months' duration.
(D) Use of
emergency volunteer leave under section 265 of this title.
of compensation plans.
in equal employment opportunity.
(G) Use of the
position management system.
(H) Abolished or
transferred classified and exempt State positions.
Commissioner, with the approval of the Secretary of Administration, may from
time to time designate in writing an employee of the Department of Human
Resources to act for him or her in case of his or her absence or temporary
inability from any cause to discharge the powers and duties of the
Commissioner's office. In that case the powers and duties of the Commissioner
shall devolve upon his or her representative.
Commissioner may designate appropriate persons, including officers and
employees in State service, to assist in the preparation and rating of tests.
An appointing authority may excuse any employee in the division or department
from regular duties for the time required for work as an examiner. Such
officers and employees shall not be entitled to extra pay for their services as
examiners but shall be entitled to reimbursement for necessary travel and other
expenses. (Amended 1959, No. 331 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. Feb. 9, 1960; 1961,
No. 177, § 3; 1971, No. 191 (Adj. Sess.), § 16; 1981, No. 249 (Adj. Sess.), §
23, eff. July 4, 1982; 1993, No. 210 (Adj. Sess.), § 12; 1995, No. 123 (Adj.
Sess.), § 2, eff. June 6, 1996; 1997, No. 28, § 11, eff. May 15, 1997; 1999,
No. 145 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2001, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), § 302b; 2003, No. 156
(Adj. Sess.), § 15; 2007, No. 7, § 8; 2013, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.)