State civil service includes both classified and unclassified service, which operate under different employment laws governing hiring, discipline, and discharge decisions.
A new law, effective July 1, 2022, transitions employees of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission from unclassified to classified service, without loss of seniority.
Classified employees are hired through a competitive examination process and can be dismissed only for just cause. Discipline decisions, up to and including discharge, must follow the procedures under an applicable collective bargaining agreement, plan, or as provided in the state rules on workplace grievances.
The commission’s research director will remain in the unclassified service.
Rep. Dave Pinto (DFL-St. Paul) and Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) sponsor the law.