Subdivision 1. Interpretation.
Unless the language or context indicates that a different
meaning is intended, the following terms, for the purposes of this chapter, have the meanings
given them in this section.
Subd. 2. Agency.
"Agency" means a department, commission, board, institution, or other
employing entity of the civil service, in which all positions are under the same appointing
Subd. 3. Allocation.
"Allocation" means the assignment of an individual position to an
appropriate class on the basis of the kind, difficulty, or responsibility of the work performed
in the position.
Subd. 4. Applicant.
"Applicant" means a person who has satisfied the minimum
requirements for application established by the commissioner.
Subd. 4a. Applicant pool.
"Applicant pool" means those applicants who satisfy any limits
on consideration for the position under section
43A.10, subdivision 6a
, and who have been
determined to meet the minimum qualifications for a vacant position.
Subd. 5. Appointing authority.
"Appointing authority" means a person or group of persons
empowered by the Constitution, statute, or executive order to employ persons in or to make
appointments to positions in the civil service.
Subd. 6. Appointment.
"Appointment" means the act of filling a vacancy by placement of a
person in a civil service position through selection from a finalist pool or a noncompetitive or
qualifying process including transfer, demotion or reinstatement.
Subd. 6a. Balanced class.
"Balanced class" means any class in which no more than 80
percent of the incumbents are male and no more than 70 percent of the incumbents are female.
Subd. 7.[Repealed, 2004 c 207 s 31
Subd. 8.[Repealed, 2004 c 207 s 31
Subd. 9. Change in allocation.
"Change in allocation" means reclassification resulting from
abrupt, management-imposed changes in the duties and responsibilities of a position.
Subd. 10. Civil service.
"Civil service" means all employees in the legislative, judicial and
executive branches of state government and all positions in the classified and unclassified services
as provided in sections
Subd. 11. Class.
"Class" means one or more positions sufficiently similar with respect to
duties and responsibilities that the same descriptive title may be used with clarity to designate
each position allocated to the class and the same schedule of pay can be applied with equity to all
positions in the class under the same or substantially the same employment conditions.
Subd. 12. Classified service.
"Classified service" means all positions now existing or
hereafter created in the civil service and not specifically designated unclassified pursuant to
Subd. 13. Commissioner.
"Commissioner" means the commissioner of employee relations.
Subd. 14. Commissioner's plan.
"Commissioner's plan" means the plan required by section
regarding total compensation and terms and conditions of employment, including grievance
administration, for employees of the executive branch who are not otherwise provided for in this
chapter or other law.
Subd. 14a. Comparability of the value of the work.
"Comparability of the value of the
work" means the value of the work measured by the composite of the skill, effort, responsibility,
and working conditions normally required in the performance of the work.
Subd. 15.[Repealed, 2004 c 207 s 31
Subd. 16.[Repealed, 2004 c 207 s 31
Subd. 17. Declassified position.
"Declassified position" means a position which is removed
from the classified service and placed in the unclassified service.
Subd. 18. Department.
"Department" means the Department of Employee Relations.
Subd. 19.[Repealed, 2004 c 207 s 31
Subd. 20.[Repealed, 2004 c 207 s 31
Subd. 21. Employee.
"Employee" means any person currently occupying, or on leave from,
a civil service position.
Subd. 22. Executive branch.
"Executive branch" means heads of all agencies of state
government, elective or appointive, established by statute or Constitution and all employees of
those agency heads who have within their particular field of responsibility statewide jurisdiction
and who are not within the legislative or judicial branches of government. The executive branch
also includes employees of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. The executive
branch does not include agencies with jurisdiction in specifically defined geographical areas, such
as regions, counties, cities, towns, municipalities, or school districts, the University of Minnesota,
the Public Employees Retirement Association, the Minnesota State Retirement System, the
Teachers Retirement Association, the Minnesota Historical Society, and all of their employees,
and any other entity which is incorporated, even though it receives state funds.
Subd. 22a. Female-dominated class.
"Female-dominated class" means any class in which
more than 70 percent of the incumbents are female.
Subd. 22b. Finalist pool.
"Finalist pool" means those members of the applicant pool who
have been determined to best meet all the qualifications for a vacant position and who may
be legally appointed to the position.
Subd. 22c. Goal unit.
"Goal unit" means, for the purposes of affirmative action, the group
of jobs in an agency or agency subdivision assigned to one of the federal Equal Employment
Opportunity (EEO) occupation categories applicable to state employment.
Subd. 23. Intermittent employee.
"Intermittent employee" means an employee who works
an irregular and uncertain schedule which alternately begins, ceases and begins again as the
needs of the agency require.
Subd. 24. Intern.
"Intern" means an individual who, for a work experience, is receiving
academic credit from or is fulfilling an academic requirement of, an accredited educational
Subd. 25. Judicial branch.
"Judicial branch" means all judges of the appellate courts, all
employees of the appellate courts, including commissions, boards, and committees established
by the Supreme Court, the Board of Law Examiners, the law library, the Office of the State
Public Defender, district public defenders and their employees, all judges of all courts of
law, district court referees, judicial officers, court reporters, law clerks, district administration
employees under section
, court administrator or employee of the court in a judicial district
480.181, subdivision 1
, paragraph (b), guardian ad litem program employees, and
other agencies placed in the judicial branch by law. Judicial branch does not include district
administration or public defenders or their employees in the Second and Fourth Judicial Districts,
court administrators not under section
480.181, subdivision 1
, paragraph (b), or their staff under
chapter 485, or other employees within the court system whose salaries are paid by the county,
other than employees who remain on the county payroll under section
480.181, subdivision 2
Subd. 26. Layoff list.
"Layoff list" means a list of former permanent or probationary
employees of a job class who are eligible to be recalled to that class under the provisions of a
collective bargaining agreement or plan established under section
Subd. 27. Legislative branch.
"Legislative branch" means all legislators and all employees
of the legislature, legislative committees or commissions.
Subd. 27a. Male-dominated class.
"Male-dominated class" means any class in which more
than 80 percent of the incumbents are male.
Subd. 28. Managerial.
"Managerial" means those positions designated pursuant to section
43A.18, subdivision 3
as being accountable for determining, securing, and allocating human,
financial, and other resources needed to accomplish objectives. Positions in this category also
are accountable for determining overall objectives, priorities, and policies within a program
area. Higher level positions in this category handle significant and involved relationships
with governmental leadership. Incumbents of these positions have the authority to exercise
discretionary powers on a regular basis.
Subd. 29. Officer.
For purposes of chapter 15A the term "officer" may be used
interchangeably with the term "employee" within the executive branch.
Subd. 30. Permanent status.
"Permanent status" means the state or condition achieved by
an employee in the classified service who has successfully completed an initial probationary
period or a probationary period required following reinstatement or reemployment, or whose
probationary period is waived through specific statutory direction.
Subd. 31. Position.
"Position" means a group of duties and responsibilities assigned or
delegated by competent authority, requiring the full-time or less than full-time employment
of one person.
Subd. 32. Probationary period.
"Probationary period," part of the selection process,
means a working period following unlimited appointment to a position in the classified service,
during which the employee is required to demonstrate ability to perform the duties and fulfill
the responsibilities of the position.
Subd. 33. Protected groups.
For affirmative action purposes, "protected groups" means
females, persons with disabilities, and members of the following minorities: Black, Hispanic,
Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan native.
Subd. 34. Qualifying appointment.
"Qualifying appointment" means the selection, from
other than a finalist pool, of an applicant who has demonstrated through a selection process that
the applicant meets minimum job-related requirements.
Subd. 35. Reallocation.
"Reallocation" means reclassification resulting from significant
changes over a period of time in the duties and responsibilities of a position.
Subd. 36. Reclassification.
"Reclassification" means changing the allocation of a position to
a higher, lower or equivalent class.
Subd. 37.[Repealed, 2004 c 207 s 31
Subd. 38. Total compensation.
"Total compensation" means salaries, cash payments and
employee benefits including paid time off, group insurance benefits, and other direct and indirect
items of compensation with the exception of retirement plans.
Subd. 39. Unclassified service.
"Unclassified service" means all positions designated not
being classified pursuant to section
Subd. 40. Unlimited appointment.
"Unlimited appointment" means an appointment for
which there is no specified maximum duration.
History: 1981 c 210 s 2; 1982 c 560 s 8; 1982 c 634 s 2-5; 1983 c 247 s 19; 1989 c 335 art 3
s 2; 1990 c 594 art 2 s 1; 1993 c 146 art 2 s 9; 1997 c 79 s 2-6; 1999 c 182 s 2,3; 1999 c 216
art 7 s 1; 2004 c 207 s 1-8; 2004 c 287 s 1