Updated version of Policy Bulletin 12-01 addressing a “Transfer of Function” issued by the New York State Department of Civil Service
Replaces Policy Bulletin #91-01, issued on March 20, 1991; reissued on April 14, 2000
The New York State Department of Civil Service has published a revised Policy Bulletin, Policy Bulletin 12-01, addressing personnel issues involved in the event of a transfer of function from one State Department to another State Department as provided by Civil Service Law §70(2).
The bulletin provides guidelines, policies and procedures for the transfer of employees pursuant to Civil Service Law §70(2) upon a transfer of function between departments or agencies of the State. Section §70(2) provides for the transfer of necessary employees who are substantially engaged in the performance of the function to be transferred.
The bulletin cautions that there may be unique aspects to any transfer of function and suggests that any potential transfer of function should be discussed with the appropriate agency Civil Service Department Staffing Services Representative as soon as a transfer of function is thought to be a possible action.
With respect to a “Transfer of Function Pursuant to Civil Service Law Section 70(2),” Policy Bulletin 12-01 notes that Civil Service Law section 70(2) provides, in pertinent part, as follows:
“Transfer of personnel upon transfer of functions. Upon the transfer of a function (a) from one department or agency of the state to another department or agency of the state,... provision shall be made for the transfer of necessary officers and employees who are substantially engaged in the performance of the function to be transferred. As soon as practicable after the adoption of a law, rule, order or other action directing such a transfer of function, but not less than twenty days prior to the effective date of such transfer, the head of the department or agency from which such function is to be transferred shall certify to the head of the department or agency to which such function is to be transferred a list of the names and titles of those employees substantially engaged in the performance of the function to be transferred, and shall cause copies of such certified list to be publicly and conspicuously posted in the offices of the department or agency from which such function is to be transferred, along with copies of this subdivision. Any employee of the department or agency from which such function is to be transferred may, prior to the effective date of such transfer, protest his or her inclusion in or exclusion from such list by giving notice of such protest in writing addressed to the heads of the respective departments or agencies from which and to which transfer is to be made, which notice shall state the reasons for the protest. The head of the department or agency to which such function is to be transferred shall review the protest and after consultation with the head of the department or agency from which such function is to be transferred notify the protestor within ten days from the receipt of such protest of the determination with respect to such protest. Such determination shall be a final administrative determination. Failure to make such protest shall be deemed to constitute consent to inclusion in or exclusion from, as the case may be, the certified list of employees engaged in the function to be transferred. Officers and employees so transferred shall be transferred without further examination or qualification, and shall retain their respective civil service classifications and status. For the purpose of determining the officers and employees holding permanent appointments in competitive class positions to be transferred, such officers and employees shall be selected within each grade of each class of positions in the order of their original appointment, with due regard to the right of preference in retention of disabled and non-disabled veterans. Any employee who fails to respond to or accept a written offer of transfer from the department or agency to which such function is to be transferred within ten days after receipt of such offer shall be deemed to have waived entitlement to such transfer. All officers and employees so transferred shall, thereafter, be subject to the rules of the civil service commission having jurisdiction over the agency to which transfer is made. Officers and employees holding permanent appointments in competitive class positions who are not so transferred shall have their names entered upon an appropriate preferred list for reinstatement to the same or similar positions in the service of the governmental jurisdiction from which transfer is made and in the office or agency to which such function is transferred…."
Policy Bulletin 12-01 is posted on the Internet at:
A PDF version of this policy statement is available on the Internet at:http://www.cs.ny.gov/ssd/pdf/pb12-01.pdf