CHAPTER 1059PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS BOARD ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGESS.F. 2194AN ACT concerning administrative law judges appointed or employed by the public employment relations board.Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:   Section 1.   Section 8A.412, subsection 11, Code 2016, is amended to read as follows:   11.  Professional employees under the supervision of the attorney general, the state public defender, the secretary of state, the auditor of state, the treasurer of state, and the public employment relations board. However, employees of the consumer advocate division of the department of justice, other than the consumer advocate, and administrative law judges appointed or employed by the public employment relations board are subject to the merit system.   Sec. 2.   Section 8A.415, subsection 1, paragraph b, Code 2016, is amended to read as follows:   b.  If not satisfied, the employee may, within thirty calendar days following the director’s response, file an appeal with the public employment relations board. The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of the public employment relations board and the Iowa administrative procedure Act, chapter 17A. Decisions rendered shall be based upon a standard of substantial compliance with this subchapter and the rules of the department. Decisions by the public employment relations board constitute final agency action.  However, if the employee is an administrative law judge appointed or employed by the public employment relations board, the employee’s appeal shall be heard by an administrative law judge employed by the administrative hearings division of the department of inspections and appeals in accordance with the provisions of section 10A.801, whose decision shall constitute final agency action.   Sec. 3.   Section 8A.415, subsection 2, paragraph b, Code 2016, is amended to read as follows:   b.  If not satisfied, the employee may, within thirty calendar days following the director’s response, file an appeal with the public employment relations board. The employee has the right to a hearing closed to the public, unless a public hearing is requested by the employee. The hearing shall otherwise be conducted in accordance with the rules of the public employment relations board and the Iowa administrative procedure Act, chapter 17A. If the public employment relations board finds that the action taken by the appointing authority was for political, religious, racial, national origin, sex, age, or other reasons not constituting just cause, the employee may be reinstated without loss of pay or benefits for the elapsed period, or the public employment relations board may provide other appropriate remedies. Decisions by the public employment relations board constitute final agency action.  However, if the employee is an administrative law judge appointed or employed by the public employment relations board, the employee’s appeal shall be heard by an administrative law judge employed by the administrative hearings division of the department of inspections and appeals in accordance with the provisions of section 10A.801, whose decision shall constitute final agency action.Approved April 6, 2016