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41-783. Appeals to the state personnel board for covered employees; notice of charges; hearings
A. Except as provided by section 41-1830.16, a covered employee who has completed the covered employee's original probationary period of service as provided by the personnel rules may appeal to the state personnel board the covered employee's dismissal from covered service, suspension for more than eighty working hours or involuntary demotion resulting from disciplinary action. The appeal shall be filed not later than ten working days after the effective date of such action. The covered employee shall be furnished with specified charges in writing when the action is taken. Such appeal shall be in writing and must state specific facts relating directly to the charges on which the appeal is based and shall be heard by the state personnel board within sixty days after its receipt. The state personnel board shall provide the employing agency with a copy of the appeal not less than twenty days in advance of the hearing.
B. Hearings on such appeals shall be open to the public, except in cases where the covered employee requests a confidential hearing, and shall be informal with technical rules of evidence not applying to the proceedings except the rule of privilege recognized by law. Both the covered employee and the employing agency shall be notified of the initial hearing date not less than twenty days in advance of the hearing and not less than ten days in advance of a board meeting. The covered employee and the employing agency may select representatives of their choosing, present and cross-examine witnesses and give evidence at the hearing. The state personnel board may appoint a hearing officer to conduct the hearing and take evidence on behalf of the board and exercise the rights prescribed by section 12-2212. The state personnel board shall prepare an official record of the hearing, including all testimony recorded manually or by mechanical device, and exhibits. Either party may request that the record be transcribed. If a party requests that the record be transcribed, an entity, other than the state personnel board, selected by the requesting party shall transcribe the record at the cost of the requesting party. If the disciplinary hearing would involve evidence the state is prevented by law from disclosing, then a confidential hearing upon the state's request shall be granted.
C. The state personnel board:
1. Shall determine whether the state agency has proven by a preponderance of the evidence the material facts on which the discipline was based. On such a finding, the board shall affirm the decision of the state agency head, unless the disciplinary decision was arbitrary and capricious.
2. May recommend modification of a disciplinary action if the agency has not proven by a preponderance of the evidence the material facts on which the discipline was based or if a disciplinary decision is found to be arbitrary and capricious.
3. Shall reverse the decision of the state agency head if the board finds that cause did not exist for any discipline to be imposed and, in the case of dismissal or demotion, return the covered employee to the same position the employee held before the dismissal or demotion with or without back pay.
D. On a finding that the agency has not proven by a preponderance of the evidence the material facts on which the discipline was based, the board shall identify the material facts that the board found were not supported by a preponderance of the evidence and may recommend a proposed disciplinary action in light of the facts proven. On a finding that the disciplinary decision was arbitrary and capricious, the board shall include the board's reasons for the board's finding and may recommend a proposed disciplinary action in light of the facts proven.
E. Within forty-five days after the conclusion of the hearing, the state personnel board shall enter its decision or recommendation and shall at the same time send a copy of the decision or recommendation by certified mail to the employing agency and to the covered employee at the employee's address as given at the hearing or to a representative designated by the covered employee to receive a copy of the decision or recommendation. The agency director or the director's designee shall accept, modify or reverse the board's decision or accept, modify or reject the board's recommendation within fourteen days of receipt of the findings or recommendation from the state personnel board. The decision of the agency director or director's designee is final and binding. The agency director shall send a copy of the agency's final determination to the covered employee pursuant to this section.
F. Any party may appeal the decision of the state personnel board or the final decision of the agency pursuant to title 12, chapter 7, article 6 to the superior court in the covered employee's county of residence on one or more of the following grounds that the order was:
1. Founded on or contained error of law that shall specifically include error of construction or application of any pertinent rules.
2. Unsupported by any evidence as disclosed by the entire record.
3. Materially affected by unlawful procedure.
4. Based on a violation of any constitutional provision.
5. Arbitrary or capricious.
G. An appeal shall be available to the court of appeals from the order of the superior court pursuant to title 12, chapter 7, article 6 as in other civil cases.
H. A covered employee may represent himself or designate a representative, not necessarily an attorney, before any board hearing or any quasi-judicial hearing held pursuant to this section providing that no fee may be charged for any services rendered in connection with such hearing by any such designated representative who is not an attorney admitted to practice.