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Frequently Asked Questions
A grievance is an internal agency process to resolve employment complaints within the agency. An appeal is a process to resolve employment complaints through the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission (Commission).
Both grievances and appeals are processes for resolving disputes between state employees and state agencies. Both processes are established by the Oklahoma Personnel Act and the Merit Rules adopted by the Commission.
Note: Applicants may use the grievance and appeal processes to resolve certain complaints.
Any classified employee may file a formal grievance?after trying to resolve the problem informally?if the employee has reason to believe his or her employment has been directly affected by:
Note: Some agencies permit both applicants and unclassified employees to file grievances.
Grievances may include, but are not limited to, any direct or indirect form of discipline, reduction-in-force, work assignments, withholding of work, classification, reclassification, promotion, leave, performance appraisal, length of service, overtime, compensatory time, transfers, or any alleged violation of the Oklahoma Personnel Act or Merit Rules.
What issues must I address through the grievance procedure before I file an appeal with the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission (Commission)?
You must address complaints about promotion, discipline (see exceptions in 'note' below), leave, the employee service ratings system, pay movement mechanisms, and other compensation issues through the grievance procedure before you file an appeal with the Commission.
Note: Suspension without pay, involuntary demotion, discharge, and discipline related to alleged violations of your freedom of expression (whistleblowing) are appealed directly to the Commission.
You must file within 20 calendar days of, the date of the act or incident or within 20 calendar days of the date you become aware of, or with reasonable effort, should have become aware of a grievable issue.
A formal grievance must be resolved by the employing agency within 45 calendar days after the filing of the formal grievance?EXCEPT:
The resolution time may not exceed 90 calendar days.
Yes. After filing a formal grievance, you may file an appeal with the Commission within:
The issues of an appeal following a grievance are limited to:
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