Local Employee Grievance Procedures being challenged

February 4, 2016

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HB 1293 (Hugo) proposes to make significant changes to local grievance procedures. Specifically, it requires that the final step of the grievance process – whether it is considered by a certified hearing officer or an impartial panel – be agreed to by both parties. This eliminates the opportunity for the jurisdiction to clearly state the final steps of the process.

In addition, the bill invalidates all existing grievance procedures which have previously been approved as compliant by the Department of Human Resource Management and contain a pre-determined method for establishing an impartial hearing panel.

VACo opposes this bill as it has in past sessions because it delays the grievance process and invalidate many well established and approved local grievance processes.

VACo Contact: Jim Campbell, CAE

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