The Colorado State Capitol is pictured under blue skies on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, the first legislative day of the Second Regular Session of Colorado's 72nd General Assembly. Photo by Andy Colwell, special to Colorado Politics

The Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration will hold a hearing on Jan. 31 to take comment on proposed personnel policy changes for the 28,611 classified employees of the executive branch.

“These rule changes are essentially making them consistent with contemporary practices,” said the department’s communications director, Doug Platt. “We’re not changing a lot of things for the employees, but what we’re doing is we’re memorializing a lot of terminology and practices that are already in place.”

The changes include clarifying the approval needed for an employee to receive compensation from more than one department, defining what is a “critical” or “essential” position, and adding a definition for a “provisional appointment” of nine months or fewer, in which a worker would not have the same rights and benefits as a classified employee.

The sick leave provisions are also updated to reflect that employees may take time off to care for themselves or “family members including domestic partners, in-laws and step relatives. Special consideration will also be given to any other person whose association with the employee is similar to a family member.”

“It provides some clear terminology for the issues and the areas that are impacted by the changes, so there’s less ambiguity,” Platt said.

If the rules are adopted on or before Feb. 9, their effective date will be April 1.

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