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Dec 8, 2011 5:57 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Lawmakers back new evaluations for state employees

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers have backed a new job evaluation system for state employees, a revamp that is under consideration for use starting in 2013.
The House and Senate governmental affairs committees agreed Wednesday to the proposal from the Department of Civil Service that would rework the job evaluation rules.
The proposal would condense the existing five-level evaluation system into a three-tier grading system for the more than 51,000 "classified" state employees in the civil service system. Employees would be evaluated at the same time of year, rather than near their date of hire.
Civil Service Deputy Director Jean Jones told the committees that the new rules would make it easier for managers to judge performance and improve accountability.
The Civil Service Commission will consider final approval of the changes next week.

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