WEST virginia Legislature
2017 regular session
House Bill 2879
(By Request of the Executive)
[Introduced March 9, 2017;
to the Committee on Government Organization then Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §5-1-30, relating to authorizing the Governor to issue executive orders to furlough state employees.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §5-1-30, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. THE GOVERNOR.
§5-1-30. Authority to issue executive orders enabling the furlough of state employees.
“Furlough” means a mandatory, temporary, unpaid leave of absence required pursuant to an executive order issued by the Governor and subject to the conditions set forth in this section.
“Fiscal emergency” means circumstances where there is an overdraft or deficit in the State Fund, General Revenue, or where there is an anticipated deficit in the State Fund, General Revenue, or where a budget bill has not been enacted in any fiscal year, and revenues are inadequate for the state to make timely payments of its obligations, including, but not limited to, its debt service payment obligations on outstanding bonds.
Where a fiscal emergency occurs in any fiscal year, the Governor may by executive order institute state employee furloughs of limited or indefinite duration as an alternative to a reduction in force, subject to the following conditions:
(1) The furlough must be inclusive of all employees within a designated department, agency, division, office, or program, regardless of the source of funds, place of work, or classification.
(2) Where a furlough has been instituted, the Governor shall instruct the chief administrator of an affected department, agency, division, office, or program to create a schedule for furlough days or portions of furlough days. Under no circumstances may a department, agency, division, office, or program close completely.
(3) Constitutional officers are exempt from furlough.
(4) An executive order issued pursuant to this section shall address whether affected state employees are entitled to participate in the same state benefits as otherwise available to them during the period of the furlough and the manner in which they may participate.
(5) Placement of a state employee on furlough under this section does not give rise to the right of a grievance or appeal to the West Virginia Public Employees Grievance Board.
(6) An executive order issued pursuant to this section shall address whether a state employee’s reduction in compensation may be allocated over the balance of the fiscal year rather than solely in the pay period or periods in which the furlough occurs.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to authorize the Governor to issue executive orders to furlough state employees.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.