Statement from Robert M. Czech, Chair/CEO, regarding Job Banding
Statement of Chair/CEO Robert M. Czech regarding Notice of Adopted Substantial Changes Upon Adoption (Job Banding): Substantial Changes to Adopted New Rule: N.J.A.C, 4A:3-3.2A, Substantial Changes to Adopted Amendments: N.J.A.C. 4A:3-3.5 and 3.9; 4A:4-2.4; and 4A:4-7.1A, New Adopted Amendment: N.J.A.C. 4A:7-3.2.
Today we are adopting the banding rule, with substantive amendments that were introduced in December. These amendments were introduced in response to the concurrent resolution passed by the legislature, and consistent with the constitutional provision allowing for amendment within 30 days of the transmittal of the resolution to the agency. However, at the very end of their term, contrary to the constitutional process, the legislature ignored the amendments, and voted to invalidate.
Although we have my statement from December that addresses many of the comments received and the amendments, I do want to note the following. Banding has been part of civil service policy for over 15 years. This is evidenced by the fact that we approved their plan in 1998 and continued to hear appeals since then. This banding rule is therefore based on the results not only of our pilot, but of its success at Judiciary.
Merit and fitness are at the core of this banding rule and thereby consistent with the constitution and statutes. Our adoption document fully addresses the basis for the rule and the comments received.