Vice Speaker Calls for Oversight Hearings on Governor’s Layoffs Plans

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Guam – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz has called for oversite hearings on the legality of the notice of proposed layoffs that went out to GovGuam employees today [Friday].

Senator Cruz Chairs the Legislature’s Committee on General Governmental Operations.

READ the notice of proposed layoffs sent to classified GovGuam employees

In a release, the Senator is quoted as saying: “The situation compels us to call oversight hearings on the Department of Administration and the Civil Service Commission to determine the legality and force of these notices.”

The Vice Speaker also says he wants to ensure that the process the Governor is following is in full compliance with the law.

Senator Cruz says he also wants to remind employees that  layoff notices can not be issued, unless the GovGuam Department or Agency has exhausted all other possibilities for relocating or reassigning the employee.

“We will insist that the law is followed,” states the Vice Speaker.

READ Vice Speaker Cruz’s release in FULL below:

Cruz: Rules protect employees; Hearings on layoffs to be called

(Hagatna, Guam – August 12, 2011) Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz, who chairs the legislature’s committee on general government operations, is aware that employees of various Government of Guam agencies and departments today received notices entitled “General Notice of Proposed Layoff.”

“The situation compels us to call oversight hearings on the Department of Administration and the Civil Service Commission to determine the legality and force of these notices,” Cruz said.

“We will insist that the law is followed.”

Vice Speaker Cruz would like to inform all employees that layoffs cannot be undertaken unless the department or agency has exhausted all available alternatives in relocating or reassigning employees before a layoff is initiated including the termination of unclassified employees first.

Cruz adds, “The notices sent out today should not be considered valid because they do not contain individual employee retention standings as required by law.”

Employees are encouraged to view the government’s Personnel Rules and Regulations which are posted on the Department of Administration’s website at www.hr.doa.gov. The layoff procedures are very specific and procedures not being followed are grounds for an appeal.

“Employees must familiarize themselves with the Government’s personnel rules and regulations and particularly their rights,” Cruz said.