grievance process is generally considered to have 4 “Steps,” except in the case
of a contested employee appraisal. The
first 3 Steps will usually fall within the employee’s agency for
consideration. The 4th Step
is the State Employee-Management Committee (EMC). The EMC will hold a hearing if the grievance
is unresolved and the employee submits it to Step 4.
usual progression of a grievance is as follows:
Step 1. Submission of the grievance to the employee’s
Step 2. Submission of the grievance to the head
of the major division of the employee’s
Step 3. Submission of the grievance to the director
or the highest administrator of the
employee’s agency. Check with your agency personnel staff if you
determining who this is.
each Step in the grievance process, each party is allowed 10 working days to
discuss, consider and respond to the other.
The 10 working days for the employee’s agency to provide a response
begins when the employee initially submits the grievance or escalates it to the
next Step. At every Step, when the
employee’s agency responds, it is the employee’s responsibility to escalate the
grievance within 10 working days if the employee considers the response or
resolution unacceptable or if no response is received.
Step 4. Submission of the grievance to the
Employee-Management Committee (EMC).
Next step. Resolution Conference – Conducted if
requested by the employee or the
Next step. Hearing before the EMC.