GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
AN ACT TO RESTORE THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SCHEDULE TO STATE EMPLOYEES.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
Section 1. G.S. 126-4 reads as rewritten:
"§ 126-4. Powers and duties of State Personnel Commission.
Subject to the approval of the Governor, the State Personnel Commission shall establish policies and rules governing each of the following:
(1) A position classification plan which shall provide for the classification and reclassification of all positions subject to this Chapter according to the duties and responsibilities of the positions.
(2) A compensation plan which shall provide for minimum, maximum, and intermediate rates of pay for all employees subject to the provisions of this Chapter.
(3) For each class of positions, reasonable qualifications, as to age, character, physical condition, and other attributes pertinent to the work to be performed.
(4) A recruitment program to attract applicants to public employment and determine the relative fitness of applicants for the respective positions.
(5) Hours and days of work, holidays, vacation, sick
leave, and other matters pertaining to the conditions of employment. The legal
public holidays established by the Commission as paid holidays for State
employees shall include Martin Luther King,
Jr.'s, Birthday for all years
after 1987. Provided, however, that the Jr.'s Birthday and Veterans
Day. The Commission shall not provide for a greater number of total
paid holidays than were established for the year 1986. The Commission shall
not delete Veterans Day as a holiday. more than 11 paid holidays per
year except that in those years in which Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday,
Wednesday, or Thursday, the Commission shall not provide for more than 12 paid
(6) The appointment, promotion, transfer, demotion and suspension.
(7) Cooperation with the Department of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina, and the colleges and universities of the State in developing pre-service and in-service training programs.
(7a) The separation of employees.
(8) The evaluation of employee performance, the granting
of salary increments, and a program of meritorious
serice service awards.
(9) The investigation of complaints and the issuing of such binding corrective orders or such other appropriate action concerning employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, discharge, and reinstatement in all cases as the Commission shall find justified.
(10) Such other programs and procedures as may be necessary to promote efficiency of administration and provide for a fair and reasonable system of personnel administration. This subdivision may not be construed to authorize the establishment of an incentive pay program.
(11) In cases where the Commission finds discrimination or orders reinstatement or back pay whether (i) heard by the Commission or (ii) appealed for limited review after settlement or (iii) resolved at the agency level, the assessment of reasonable attorneys' fees and witnesses' fees against the State agency involved.
(12) Repealed by Session Laws 1987, c. 320, s. 2.
(13) Repealed by Session Laws 1987, c. 320, s. 3.
(14) The implementation of G.S. 126-5(e).
(15) Recognition of State employees, public personnel management, and management excellence.
Such policies and rules shall not limit the power of any elected or appointed department head, in his discretion and upon his determination that it is in the best interest of the Department, to transfer, demote, or separate a State
(1) Employee in a grade 60 or lower position who has not been continuously employed by the State of North Carolina for the immediate 12 preceding months;
(2) Employee in a grade 61 to grade 65 position who has not been continuously employed by the State of North Carolina for the immediate 36 preceding months;
(3) Employee in a grade 66 to grade 70 position who has not been continuously employed by the State of North Carolina for the immediate 48 preceding months; or
(4) Employee in a grade 71 or higher position who has not been continuously employed by the State of North Carolina for the immediate 60 preceding months."
Sec. 2. This act is effective upon ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 16th day of July, 1991.
James C. Gardner
President of the Senate
Daniel Blue, Jr.
Speaker of the House of Representatives