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Department of Administrative and Financial Services

1999-2000 Regulatory Agenda


18-119: Bureau of Accounts and Control
18-125: Bureau of Revenue Services
18-389: Bureau of Human Resources

BUREAU OF ACCOUNTS AND CONTROL

UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 18-119
AGENCY: Bureau of Accounts and Control
CONTACT PERSON: Joseph Shaw, Deputy State Controller, Tyson Building, AMHI Complex, 14 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Telephone: (207) 287-4603, FAX (207) 287-4601

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

State of Maine Travel Policy

CHAPTER 1: Travel Expense Reimbursement Policy
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA section 1541, sub-section 13
PURPOSE: To provide for reasonable and equitable reimbursement of expenses incurred by State officials, employees and members of State Boards and Commissions.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: All State Employees, members of boards and commissions whose expense reimbursement is in accordance with the reimbursement policy for State Employees.


BUREAU OF REVENUE SERVICES

UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 18-125
AGENCY NAME: Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services
CONTACT PERSON: David E. Bauer, Maine Revenue Services, Federal Building Room 121, Mail Station 24, Augusta, Maine 04333 (207) 287-6423

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 101: Standard Interest Rate
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 186
PURPOSE: To amend the rule, if necessary, to change the standard interest rate charged against unpaid taxes and paid by the State on overpayments of taxes.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: January 1, 2001
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Taxpayers subject to interest charges or payments.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Taxpayers subject to interest charges or payments.

CHAPTER _____: Recordkeeping and Retention of Records
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To provide additional guidance beyond the statute for taxpayers regarding recordkeeping and retention. Special attention will be given to electronic data interchange technology.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: The State and all Maine taxpayers.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: All Maine taxpayers.

INCOME/ESTATE TAX DIVISION

CHAPTER 801: Apportionment of Income.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To amend the rule that provides guidance for multistate businesses in apportioning income to Maine pursuant to 36 MRSA, Section 5211. It also provides specific guidelines for determining apportionment factors. The rule needs to be updated for legislative changes.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: September 30, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: The State and business taxpayers who have nexus with Maine and who operate in more than one state.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Business taxpayers who have nexus with Maine and who operate in more than one state.

CHAPTER _____: Apportionment of income for certain special industries.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To provide guidance to multi-state business taxpayers in certain special industries who have nexus with Maine.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: The State and multi-state business taxpayers in certain special industries who have nexus with Maine.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Multi-state business taxpayers in certain special industries who have nexus with Maine.

CHAPTER 805: Composite Filing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To amend the rule that establishes procedures for filing composite returns to reflect recent changes in types of entities eligible to file composite returns.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: The State and individual taxpayers who are partners, S corporation shareholders, or beneficiaries of estates and trusts.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Individual taxpayers who are partners, S corporation shareholders, or beneficiaries of estates and trusts.

CHAPTER 806: Taxable income of nonresidents.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To amend the rule that provides income tax guidance for nonresident individual taxpayers in response to legislative changes. The amendments update provisions relating to the filing threshold and to business credits.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: March 31, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Nonresident individual taxpayers.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Nonresident individual taxpayers.

CHAPTER _____: Research Expense Income Tax Credit.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To provide additional guidance beyond the statute regarding claiming the research expense tax credit.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: June 30, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Individual, corporate, and fiduciary taxpayers with qualified research expenses.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Individual, corporate, and fiduciary taxpayers with qualified research expenses.

CHAPTER 808: Income Tax Nexus
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To update the rule regarding nexus of out-of-state businesses with the State of Maine.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Companies doing business in Maine.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Companies doing business in Maine.

CHAPTER 810: Combined Reporting.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To establish standards for filing of combined corporate reports.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: March 31, 2001
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: The State and corporations doing business in Maine.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Corporations doing business in Maine.

CHAPTER 902: Low Cost Drug Card Program for the Elderly and Disabled
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112, P&S Laws 1999, Chapter 53.
PURPOSE: To define the procedure for determining an applicant■s eligibility in the case of a reduction in household income.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: October 31, 1999
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Elderly and disabled persons who experience a reduction in income.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Elderly and disabled persons who experience a reduction in income.

CHAPTER _____: Payroll Processing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To provide additional guidance beyond the statute for payroll processors regarding required insurance coverage.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: February 25, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Employers doing business in Maine who contract with payroll processors.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Payroll processing firms doing business in Maine.

RESEARCH DIVISION

CHAPTER _____: Employment tax increment financing.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Chapter 917
PURPOSE: To provide additional guidance beyond the statute regarding calculating and paying the employment tax increment.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Maine businesses who add 15 or more new qualified employees.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Qualified Maine businesses.

CHAPTER _____: Loring Job Increment Financing Fund
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To provide additional guidance beyond the statute regarding computation of the Employment Tax Increment for deposit in the fund.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: December 31, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Loring Development Authority and businesses located within the base area.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Loring Development Authority.

COMPLIANCE DIVISION

CHAPTER _____: Successor Liability for Trust Fund Taxes
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To provide additional guidance beyond the statute regarding the liability of a successor business owner for trust fund taxes owed by a former owner.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: September 30, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: The State and persons who purchase an operating business whose former owner may owe trust fund taxes to the State.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Business owners who sell an existing business and the successor owner or owners.

PROPERTY TAX DIVISION

CHAPTER _____: Reimbursement of business personal property tax.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 6651
PURPOSE: To clarify property qualified for business property tax reimbursement, and procedural details of the BETR program.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: April 1, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Taxpayers who own personal property used exclusively for business purposes; municipal assessors.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Businesses claiming reimbursement of property tax paid on personal property.

CHAPTER 202: Tree Growth Tax Law Valuations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 576
PURPOSE: Current use valuations for classified forest lands must be established by the State Tax Assessor annually after considering area timber stumpage sales during previous calendar year.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: September 30, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Taxpayers with land classified under Tree Growth Tax Law and municipal assessors require guidance in appropriate valuation of forest land based on representative proportions of forest growth and products generated to reduce the incidence of forced conversion or over harvesting of forest lands due to property tax burdens.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: N/A

SALES/EXCISE TAX DIVISION
CHAPTER 301: Sales for Resale and Sales of Packaged Materials
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: Amend to update for Legislative changes.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: April 1, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Maine retailers.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Maine retailers.

CHAPTER 301: Government agencies, exempt organizations and sales thereto
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: Amend existing rules to include definition of "church" as administratively applied since the late 70's and to establish renewals for exemption certificates.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: March 1, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: All organizations and entities exempt from sales and use tax pursuant to 36 MRSA Section 1760.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Corp/Individuals making sales to exempt organizations.

CHAPTER 304: Reports and payments
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To amend rule to address filing of consolidated reports.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: February 15, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Certain large filers of sales tax returns.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Certain large filers of sales tax returns.

CHAPTER 308: Direct Payment Permits
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To address concerns in areas of record requirements, audit costs, parts inventory, information on records, methods of record retention, and periodic renewal of permits.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: March 15, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: All holders of direct payment permits composed of utilities and manufacturers.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Current and future holders of direct pay permits.

CHAPTER 311: Registration of out-of-state sellers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: Amend the rule to update for Legislative changes.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: April 15, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Maine tax enforcement efforts and out-of-state businesses.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Out-of-state businesses.

CHAPTER 316: Rental of Tangible Personal Property.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: Update and amend existing rule.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: March 1, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Lessors and lessees of tangible personal property.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Lessors and lessees of tangible personal property.

CHAPTER 322: Sales of Food Products
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To amend existing rule to conform with recent legislative changes in regard to prepared food■ and to change statutory references.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: February 1, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Maine residents and visitors who purchase staples, snacks, and prepared foods.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: All sellers of grocery staples, snack foods, and prepared foods.

CHAPTER 323: Commercial Agricultural Production and Commercial Fishing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: Amend existing rule to include commercial aquaculture.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: January 15, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Taxpayers engaged in commercial aquaculture.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Taxpayers engaged in commercial aquaculture

CHAPTER _____: Rentals of Living Quarters.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To further define "in connection with employment or education" as found in 36 MRSA Section 1760, sub-'20(B).
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: February 15, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Students/employees renting living quarters.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED:
All renters of living quarters, as well as all transients.

CHAPTERS 501-506: Fuel Tax Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To update all rules relating to fuel taxes.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: April 1, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Fuel users and suppliers.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Fuel users and suppliers.

CHAPTER 505: New England Regional Fuel Tax Agreement
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 3312(3)
PURPOSE: To be repealed.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: January 1, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Special Fuel users who may elect a base State under Regional Fuel Tax Agreement.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Special fuel users required to report liability and pay special fuel tax under RFTA.

CHAPTER 701-705: Cigarette Tax Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 36 MRSA Section 112
PURPOSE: To update all rules relating to cigarette tax.
ANTICIPATED ADOPTION DATE: July 1, 2000
THOSE POTENTIALLY BENEFITTED: Cigarette distributors.
THOSE POTENTIALLY REGULATED: Cigarette distributors.

NOTE: Statement pursuant to 5 MRSA Section 8060, sub-sec. 1, & A (see PL 1999 Ch. 307): The Bureau of Revenue Services does not anticipate engaging in any consensus-based rule development process.


BUREAU OF HUMAN RESOURCES

UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 18-389
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Human Resources
CONTACT PERSON: Philip Schlegel, Merit System Coordinator, 161 Capitol Street, 4 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Telephone: Voice (207) 287-4427, TTY (207) 287-4537, FAX (207) 287-4414.

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

STATE OF MAINE CIVIL SERVICE RULES

CHAPTER 1: Purpose, Adoption and Amendment of Rules and Definition of Terms
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Section 7036, sub-section 17
PURPOSE: To ensure definitions are consistent with the Civil Service Law and the Administrative Procedures Act and to reflect changes to policy and procedures as a result of changes to these laws.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 2: Intermittent Employment
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Section 7053
PURPOSE: To reflect changes to Title 5, Section 7053 and to provide clarification of the rights and benefits available to intermittent employees.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 3: Divisions of the Classified Service
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 7036 and 7062
PURPOSE: To redefine the Non-Competitive Division of the classified service as the Direct Hire Division and to distinguish between the Direct Hire Division and the Competitive Service Division.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 4: Classification Plan
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Section 7061
PURPOSE: To define the meaning and scope of the ■Maine Management Service,■ that is intended to implement modern human resource management applications that will allow agencies to recruit, select, develop, assign, and reward managers with the competencies to effectively manage public programs. To provide the Director the authority to implement job classifications developed to meet the needs of each department in the most efficient and pertinent manner.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: Confidential employees with managerial responsibilities. New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 5: Compensation Plan
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 7036 and 7065 and Ch. 147, P&SL, 6-14-76
PURPOSE: To clarify the compensation rules for all personnel actions that impact compensation. To incorporate the so-called ■5% rule.■ To ensure compensation rules comply with federal laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and special employment programs such as the Workers■ Compensation Return-To-Work Program and to implement other special employment programs. To define terms and dates that effect compensation that are consistent with current operating systems. To define compensation rules for Confidential managers identified in the ■Maine Management Service.■ To incorporate the 5% salary option and the disability compensation benefit that have been made available to confidential employees by law. To add the premium overtime, supervisory differential,
and other pay benefits provided to certain Confidential employees. To define the process of retroactive reclassification actions and related salary considerations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 6: Applications and Examinations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 7036, 7051, 7052, 7054, 7055, 7062, 7063 and 7064
PURPOSE: To ensure that the rules for the application and examination procedures for competitive and direct-hire classes are consistent with the rules contained in Chapters 7 and 8. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 7: Eligible Registers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 7036, 7052, 7053, 7062 and 7064
PURPOSE: To ensure that the register rules comply with federal requirements such as the Americans With Disabilities Act, civil service programs such as the Workers■ Compensation Return-to-Work program, and other programs that under consideration from time to time. To specify the register and employment status for retirees. To institute the competency-based principles associated with the ■Maine Management Service■ into the register process. To better define the application of merit principles to Direct Hire classifications.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 8: Certification and Appointment
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 781 - 791 and 7034, 7036, 7051, 7052, 7053, 7054, 7055, 7062 and 7064
PURPOSE: To better define the benefits available to employees appointed on an acting or temporary compensation basis. To ensure the register certification rules comply with federal requirements such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and civil service programs such as the Workers■ Compensation Return-to-Work program and other programs and procedures under consideration. To specify the referral status of retirees. To institute the certification aspects associated with the ■Maine Management Service.■ To further define the circumstances and procedures governing temporary appointments.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 9: Probationary Period
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 7036 and 7051
PURPOSE: To better define the reason for probation. To specify the types of appointments for which probation is appropriate (just-cause appointments) and not appropriate (serve-at-the-pleasure appointments). To define the start and end date of the probationary periods and to specify the reasons for extending the end date. To incorporate the change to the probationary period for law enforcement employees enacted by Title 25, Section 2804-C.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 10: Performance Appraisal and Training
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 7036, 7042, 7065, and 7070
PURPOSE: To change the Chapter title to: ■Performance Management and Training.■ To define procedures for the current performance management system. To implement the performance and training aspects of the ■Maine Management System.■
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 11: Holidays, Leaves of Absence and Related Compensation
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 721 - 727 and 7036
PURPOSE: To add Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Thanksgiving Friday to the holiday listing, and to clarify the application of holidays to part-time employees. To specify benefits provided by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. To clarify the application of the vacation accrual rule to part-time employment, and to standardize the process for posting accruals of vacation and adjustments to accrual rates. To add the regulations developed by the Educational Leave Advisory Board for administration of Educational leaves granted under authority of Chapter 60 of the Civil Service Law. To better define military leaves with pay. To specify the types of administrative leave that may be authorized such as emergency/storm releases and leaves to take examinations for State positions.
To add leave benefits available to Confidential employees.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 12: Disciplinary Action, Demotion, Resignation and Layoff
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 7034, 7036, 7051, and 7081 - 7084
PURPOSE: To specify the impact of suspension, demotion, transfer, resignation and layoff on established dates such as the end of probation date, performance review date, longevity date, and adjusted service date. To institute the reprimand as a form of discipline. To reference the appeals procedure provided by Maine law for employees not otherwise covered by a collective bargaining agreement. To clarify the salary treatment of employees who are recalled from layoff and the employment status of employees who retire while on layoff. To further define the conditions under which an employee may withdraw a resignation.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 13: Complaints, Grievances and Investigations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 7036, 7051, and 7081 - 7085
PURPOSE: To incorporate guidelines developed under the APA by the State Civil Service Appeals Board for hearing employee-agency grievances and appeals of classification. To delete references to the former State Personnel and State Employee Appeals Boards.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 14: Employee Records and Payroll Certification
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 7070 and 7071
PURPOSE: To ensure that the rules reflect the needs and requirements of the automated record systems in place for position control, human resources and payroll administration, and to specify the confidentiality of certain records.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 15: To add a new chapter titled Positions, Appointments & Hours of Work
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 901 - 903 and 7036
PURPOSE: To provide a description of the types of positions, types of appointments and hours of work arrangements available for State employment, including alternative working hours.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1,2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

CHAPTER 16: To add a new chapter titled Health & Dental Benefit Plans, Employee Assistance, Employee Health & Safety and Workers■ Compensation
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA Sections 7036
PURPOSE: To specify the eligibility requirements and the plan options for health and dental insurance.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to July 1, 2000
AFFECTED PARTIES: New hire applicants, new hires, Confidential employees, and bargaining unit employees of Maine State Government regarding employment matters not otherwise addressed by collective bargaining agreements.

IMPORTANT NOTE: IT IS NOT ANTICIPATED THAT CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT WILL BE UTILIZED FOR THE RULE CHANGES PROPOSED ABOVE.


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