Law:Title 6. Public Officers And Employees. Subtitle B. State Officers And Employees from Chapter 656. Job Notices And Training (Texas)

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Subtitle B. State Officers And Employees

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Chapter 656. Job Notices And Training

Subchapter A. Employment Openings

Section  656.001.  State Agency Employment Opening.

Any agency, board, bureau, commission, committee, council, court, department, institution, or office in the executive or judicial branch of state government that has an employment opening for which persons from outside the agency will be considered shall list the opening with the Texas Workforce Commission.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 817, Sec. 10.05, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Subchapter B. Job Notices

Section  656.021.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "Commission" means the Texas Workforce Commission.

(2)  "State agency" means:

(A)  a department, commission, board, office, or other agency that:

(i)  is in the executive branch of state government;

(ii)  has authority that is not limited to a geographical portion of this state; and

(iii)  was created by the constitution or a statute of this state; or

(B)  a university system or an institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code, other than a public junior college.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 817, Sec. 10.06, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  656.022.  Submission Of Job Information Forms.

As soon as possible after a job vacancy occurs or is filled in Travis County in a state agency, the agency shall complete and deliver to the commission the appropriate information form prescribed by the commission and pertaining to the job vacancy or placement.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 760, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  656.023.  Job Information Forms.

The commission shall prescribe the forms for information from state agencies necessary for the commission to serve as a central processing agency for state agency job opportunities in Travis County.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  656.024.  Public Notice Of Job Vacancies.

The commission shall publicly list, in accordance with the commission's procedures, for at least 10 working days, each notice of a job vacancy delivered under Section 656.022 unless the commission is sooner notified by the state agency having the vacancy that the vacancy has been filled.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  656.025.  Other Efforts To Inform Sources Of Vacancies.

A state agency is encouraged to continue other efforts used to inform outside applicant recruitment sources of job vacancies.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  656.026.  Job Notice Posting Waiver.

A state agency is not required to comply with the requirements of this subchapter or Subchapter A when the agency transfers or reassigns an employee as part of a reorganization or merger mandated by the legislature if the executive head of the agency certifies that the transfer or reassignment is necessary for the proper implementation of the reorganization or merger.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 279, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  656.027.  Preference For Veterans On State Employment Forms.

The commission shall include on all forms relating to state agency employment that are prescribed by the commission under this subchapter or other law a statement regarding the requirement prescribed by Chapter 657 that each state agency give a veterans employment preference until the agency workforce is composed of at least 40 percent veterans.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 69, Sec. 2, eff. May 16, 2003.



Subchapter C. Training

Section  656.041.  Short Title.

This subchapter may be cited as the State Employees Training Act.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  656.042.  Findings And Purpose.

Programs for the training and education of state administrators and employees materially aid effective state administration, and public money spent on those programs serves an important public purpose.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  656.043.  Definition.

In this subchapter, "state agency" means a department, agency, or institution of this state, including an institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  656.044.  Public Funds For Training And Education.

A state agency may use public funds to provide training and education for its administrators and employees. The training or education must be related to the duties or prospective duties of the administrator or employee.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  656.045.  Required Attendance At Program.

A state agency may require an administrator or employee of the agency to attend, as all or part of the administrator's or employee's duties, a training or education program if the training or education is related to the administrator's or employee's duties or prospective duties.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  656.046.  Purposes Of Program.

A state agency's training and educational program may include:

(1)  preparing for technological and legal developments;

(2)  increasing work capabilities;

(3)  increasing the number of qualified employees in areas designated by institutions of higher education as having an acute faculty shortage; and

(4)  increasing the competence of state employees.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  656.047.  Payment Of Program Expenses.

A state agency may spend public funds as appropriate to pay the salary, tuition and other fees, travel and living expenses, training stipend, expense of training materials, and other necessary expenses of an instructor, student, or other participant in a training or education program.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Section  656.048.  Rules Relating To Training And Education.

(a) A state agency shall adopt rules relating to:

(1)  the eligibility of the agency's administrators and employees for training and education supported by the agency; and

(2)  the obligations assumed by the administrators and employees on receiving the training and education.

(b)  Repealed by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 200, Sec. 16(g).

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 200, Sec. 16(g), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  656.049.  Authority To Contract.

A state agency may contract with another state, local, or federal department, agency, or institution, including a state-supported college or university, to train or educate its administrators and employees or may join in presenting a training or educational program.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Subchapter D. Restrictions On Certain Training

Section  656.101.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "State agency" and "state employee" have the meanings assigned by Section 572.002 except that the terms do not include a river authority or an employee of a river authority.

(2)  "Training" means instruction, teaching, or other education received by a state employee that is not normally received by other state employees and that is designed to enhance the ability of the employee to perform the employee's job. The term includes a course of study at an institution of higher education or a private or independent institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code, if the employing state agency spends money to assist the state employee to meet the expense of the course of study or pays salary to the employee to undertake the course of study as an assigned duty. The term does not include training required either by state or federal law or that is determined necessary by the agency and offered to all employees of the agency performing similar jobs.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1178, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  656.102.  Agency Policy.

Before a state agency spends any money on training for a state employee, the state agency must adopt a policy governing the training of employees, in addition to the rules required by Section 656.048, that requires training to relate to an employee's duties following the training.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1178, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  656.103.  Restrictions.

(a) If a state employee receives training that is paid for by a state agency, and during the training period the employee does not perform the employee's regular duties for three or more months as a result of the training, a policy adopted under Section 656.102 must include a requirement that the employee:

(1)  work for the agency following the training for at least one month for each month of the training period; or

(2)  pay the agency for all the costs associated with the training that were paid during the training period, including any amounts of the employee's salary that were paid and that were not accounted for as paid vacation or compensatory leave.

(b)  Before a state employee receives training that will be paid for by a state agency and during which the employee will not be performing the employee's regular duties for three months or more, the agency shall require the employee to agree in writing, before the training begins, to comply with the requirements prescribed under Subsection (a).

(c)  By an order adopted in a public meeting, the governing body of a state agency may waive the requirements prescribed under Subsection (a) and release a state employee from the obligation to meet those requirements if the governing body finds that such action is in the best interest of the agency or is warranted because of an extreme personal hardship suffered by the employee.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1178, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  656.104.  Liability.

If a state employee does not provide the services required in accordance with Section 656.103(a)(1), provides those services for less than the required term, or fails to make payments required in accordance with Section 656.103(a)(2) and the employee is not released from the obligation to provide the services or to make the payments under Section 656.103(c), the employee is liable to the state agency for any costs described by Section 656.103(a)(2) and for the agency's reasonable expenses incurred in obtaining payment, including reasonable attorney's fees.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1178, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.


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