Effective January 1, 1996, notwithstanding Section 19582.5, this section shall only apply to state employees in State Bargaining Unit 5. The board may designate certain of its decisions as precedents. Precedential decisions shall not be subject to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3. The board may provide by rule for the reconsideration of a previously issued decision to determine whether or not it shall be designated as a precedent decision. All decisions designated as precedents shall be published in a manner determined by the board.

For purposes of this section, decisions reached pursuant to Section 19576.1 are not subject to board precedential decision. Arbitrators shall not be bound by board precedential decisions, and the board may not adopt an arbitrator’s decision as a precedential decision.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 768, Sec. 10. Effective October 12, 1995.)