A. Beginning September 29, 2012, unless otherwise prescribed in this article:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 41-742

  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Change in assignment: means movement of an employee to a different position in the same state agency or another state agency. See Arizona Laws 41-741
  • Covered employee: means an employee who:

    (a) Before September 29, 2012, is in the state service, is not uncovered pursuant to section 41-742, subsection A and has remained in covered status without a break in service since that date. See Arizona Laws 41-741

  • Department: means the department of administration. See Arizona Laws 41-701.01
  • Director: means the director of the department of administration. See Arizona Laws 41-701.01
  • Employee: means all officers and employees of this state, whether in covered service or uncovered service, unless otherwise prescribed. See Arizona Laws 41-741
  • Full authority peace officer: means a peace officer whose authority to enforce the laws of this state is not limited by the rules adopted by the Arizona peace officer standards and training board. See Arizona Laws 41-741
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Process: means a citation, writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Rules: means rules adopted by the department of administration, human resources division. See Arizona Laws 41-741
  • State agency: means a department, board, office, authority, commission or other governmental budget unit of this state and includes an agency assigned to a department for administrative purposes. See Arizona Laws 41-741
  • State personnel system: means all state agencies and employees of those agencies that are not exempted by this article. See Arizona Laws 41-741
  • Supervisor: means a state employee who has one or more other state employees reporting directly to the person and, for those state employees, typically has the authority to:

    (a) Approve sick or annual leave. See Arizona Laws 41-741

  • Uncovered employee: means an employee in uncovered service. See Arizona Laws 41-741
  • Uncovered service: means employment at will and includes all state employees except those in covered service. See Arizona Laws 41-741
  • Writing: includes printing. See Arizona Laws 1-215

1. All new hires are at will uncovered employees.

2. Any employee who meets any of the following criteria is an at will uncovered employee:

(a) Is employed as an attorney in a position assigned to the attorney salary schedule.

(b) A supervisor.

(c) Is at a pay grade of nineteen or above or, if a successor compensation system is established, in an equivalent pay range as determined by the director.

(d) Is in a position assigned to the information technology salary schedule, in a position assigned to an information technology classification or, if a successor compensation system is established, in an equivalent pay range as determined by the director.

3. Any covered employee who voluntarily accepts a change in assignment to a position in the uncovered service, regardless of whether the voluntary change in assignment is a promotion, demotion or lateral transfer, is an at will uncovered employee on the start date of the voluntary change in assignment.

4. A covered employee may voluntarily elect to become an at will uncovered employee without a change in assignment on approval by the state agency head and the director.  If approved, the change from covered to uncovered status is immediate.

5. Once a covered employee becomes an at will uncovered employee, the change is irrevocable.

B. Except as provided in subsection F of this section, the purpose of this article is for all state agencies in the state personnel system to treat employees pursuant to the following principles:

1. Recruiting, selecting and advancing employees on the basis of the employee’s relative ability, knowledge and skills after open competition.

2. Providing compensation based on merit, performance, job value and competitiveness within applicable labor markets.

3. Training employees if the training will result in better organizational and individual performance.

4. Retaining employees on the basis of the adequacy of their performance, correct inadequate performance where possible and appropriate and separate employees whose performance is inadequate.

5. Managing applicants and employees in all aspects of personnel administration without regard to political affiliation, race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or religious creed and with proper regard for their privacy and constitutional rights as citizens.

6. Ensuring that employees are protected against coercion for partisan political purposes and are prohibited from using their official authority for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election or nomination for office.

C. The director shall establish and administer the state personnel system, including:

1. A classification system and job classes and associated knowledge, skills and abilities for those classes.

2. A centralized job announcement system to streamline statewide recruiting for applicants.

3. A centralized employment system to be used by all successful applicants, including a common application form to be used by all state agencies.

4. A compensation system, including assigning pay ranges for all job classes and special pay plans for certain classes or groups of employees considering such factors as occupational patterns, economic conditions and pay plans common to government, business and industry.

5. A statewide training program.

6. A statewide performance management system.

7. An audit function to review state agencies’ processes and compliance with applicable statutes, personnel rules and policies.

8. An integrated system to process personnel, payroll and benefits transactions and serve as the system of record for state employees.

D. This article and articles 5 and 6 do not apply to:

1. An elected state officer.  An elected state officer means only elected officials and does not include the employees of elected state officers unless expressly provided.

2. Members of boards and commissions who are appointed by the legislature or the governor, board members appointed pursuant to section 41-619.52 unless otherwise prescribed by law, employees of the Arizona legislative council, employees appointed or employed by the legislature, any legislative agency or either house of the legislature and employees of the supreme court and the court of appeals.

3. The Arizona board of regents, officers or employees of state universities and personnel of the Arizona state schools for the deaf and the blind.

4. Patients or inmates employed in state institutions.

5. Officers and enlisted personnel of the national guard of Arizona and employees of the department of emergency and military affairs who occupy Arizona national guard positions identified as mobilization assets.

6. The cotton research and protection council.

7. The department of public safety.

8. The Arizona peace officer standards and training board.

E. Unless otherwise prescribed in this article, subsection A, paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of this section do not apply to either an initial appointment to or changes in assignment to:

1. An employee of any state agency who is a full authority peace officer as certified by the Arizona peace officer standards and training board.

2. An employee of the state department of corrections who is employed as a correctional officer I, correctional officer II, correctional officer III, community corrections officer or, if a successor classification system is established, in an equivalent job class as determined by the director.

F. Subsection B, paragraph 1 of this section, relating to open competition and subsection B, paragraph 4 of this section and subsection B, paragraph 5 of this section, relating to political affiliation, do not apply to:

1. Employees of the governor’s office.

2. Employees of offices of elected officials who either:

(a) Report directly to the elected official.

(b) Head a primary component or report directly to the head of a primary component of the office of the elected official.

(c) As a primary duty, determine or publicly advocate substantive program policy for the office of the elected official.

3. The state agency head and each deputy director, or equivalent, of each state agency and employees of the state agency who report directly to either the state agency head or deputy director.

4. Each assistant director, or equivalent, of each state agency and employees in the state agency who report directly to an assistant director.

5. Attorneys in the office of the attorney general.

6. Employees in investment related positions in the state retirement system or plans established by title 38, chapter 5, article 2, 3, 4 or 6.

G. This article and articles 5 and 6 of this chapter do not confer any rights in excess of, or in addition to, those previously authorized to any state employee.

H. This article does not create or confer any contractual employment right for any employee and, unless otherwise provided by law, state agencies are prohibited from executing employment contracts with any state employee.

I. Any communications, including policy manuals, employee handbooks, job offers and performance appraisals and other communications as determined by the director, whether in writing or oral, that conflict with article 1, 5 or 6 of this chapter or this article are void and do not alter or supersede article 1, 5 or 6 of this chapter or this article.