(a) Employees in the career service, not serving probationary or trial periods and who are not serving under temporary appointments or contracts, shall not be removed, suspended, or involuntarily demoted except for such cause as will promote the efficiency and the good of government service.
(b) Discrimination shall not be exercised in suspensions, removals, or demotions because of an employee's religious belief or affiliations, marital status except as may be required by this title, race, ethnic background, or political affiliation except as may be required by law, and his physical handicap unless he is unable to perform the duties of his position.
(c) Like penalties shall be imposed for like offenses whenever removals, suspensions, or demotions are made or when other disciplinary actions are taken.
(d) One of the following procedures shall be followed in cases of removal, suspension, and involuntary demotion:
(1) The employee shall be notified, in writing, of the charges against him, and of the corrective action proposed to be recommended to the director or, in the case of the Judicial Branch, the Chief Justice, to be taken against him.
(2) The notice shall set forth, specifically and in detail, the charges preferred against him.
(3) The employee shall be allowed 3 days for filing a written answer to such charges and for furnishing affidavits in support of his answer, or he may request and shall be given the opportunity to reply orally.
(4) If the employee answers the charges, his answer must be considered by the agency. Following consideration of the answer, the employee must be furnished with the agency's decision, in writing, as to the action to be recommended to the director or, in the case of the Judicial Branch, the Chief Justice.
(5) The agency shall forward to the director copies of the charges, answer, and reasons for recommended adverse action, all of which shall be made a part of the employee's official personnel file.
(e) The employee shall be retained in an active duty status during the period of notice of proposed action except as follows:
(1) The employee may be placed on annual leave when the agency head does not consider it advisable from an official standpoint to retain him in an active duty status during the advance notice period.
(2) When the employee is not placed on annual leave and the circumstances are such that his retention in an active duty status may result in damage to government property, or may be detrimental to the interests of the government or injurious to the employee, his fellow workers, or the general public, he may be temporarily assigned duties in which these conditions will not exist, or be placed on excused absence, and is required to submit a reply to the charges within 24 hours. The employee may be placed on immediate suspension pending removal thereafter if requested of the director or, in the case of the Judicial Branch, the Chief Justice.
(f) The director, if he considers the recommending official's request reasonable, shall advise the employee in writing of the removal action to take effect 30 calendar days from the date of the notice, the reasons therefor, and that he may request a hearing before the board within 10 calendar days of the date he receives the notice.
(g) If the employee does not appeal or if he appeals and the appeal is denied, his removal shall be processed finally in accordance with instructions applying within the office of manpower resources.History: Rule 10-81, eff 29 Jul 81, § 8.2.