19A.1  Creation of department of personnel--responsibilities.

1.  A department of personnel is created.

2.  The department is the central agency responsible for state personnel management, including the following:

a.  Policy and program development, workforce planning, and research.

b.  Employment activities and transactions, including recruitment, examination, and certification of personnel seeking employment or promotion.

c.  Compensation and benefits, including position classification, wages and salaries, and employee benefits. Employee benefits include, but are not limited to, group medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, workers' compensation, unemployment benefits, sick leave, deferred compensation, holidays and vacations, tuition reimbursement, and educational leaves. Employee benefits also include the Iowa department of public safety peace officers' retirement, accident, and disability system and the Iowa public employees' retirement system, which are maintained as distinct and independent systems within the department.

d.  Equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and workforce diversity programs.

e.  Education, training, and workforce development programs.

f.  Personnel records and administration, including the audit of all personnel-related documents.

g.  Employment relations, including the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the executive branch of the state and its departments and agencies as provided in chapter 20. However, the state board of regents, for the purposes of implementing and administering collective bargaining pursuant to chapter 20, shall act as the exclusive representative of the state with respect to its faculty, scientific, and other professional staff.

h.  The coordination and management of the state's human resource information system, except as otherwise required for those employees governed by chapter 262.

3.  The following part-time boards and commissions are within the department:

a.  The board of trustees of the public safety peace officers' retirement, accident, and disability system, created by section 97A.5.

b.  The investment board of the Iowa public employees' retirement system created by section 97B.8.

c.  The equal opportunity in employment task force created pursuant to executive order, or its successor.

4.  Specific powers and duties of the department, its director, and the boards and commissions within the department are set forth in this chapter, chapters 70A, 97A, 97B, and other provisions of law. Section 8.23 applies to the department.

5.  The personnel management powers and duties of the department do not extend to the legislative branch or the judicial branch of state government, except for functions related to administering compensation and benefit programs.

Section History: Early form

  [C71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 19A.1]

Section History: Recent form

  86 Acts, ch 1245, §201; 91 Acts, ch 33, §1; 97 Acts, ch 28, §1; 2000 Acts, ch 1171, §1, 2

Internal References

  Referred to in § 7E.5, 19A.24, 432.13

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