CHAPTER 541

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 167

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 59 OF TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE MERIT SYSTEM OF PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend § 5931, Chapter 59, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by designating the existing section as subsection "(a)" and by adding a new subsection (b) to read as follows:

"(b) Should the plan required by subsection (a) of this Section provide for various stages, phases or steps to be followed, the failure of the employing Department or Agency to respond or consider the grievance or complaint within the time required by the rules shall automatically result in the grievance or complaint moving to the next stage, phase or step unless the delay results from an agreement in writing between the employing Department or Agency and the employee who filed the grievance or complaint, or the employee has indicated in writing to the personnel office of the Department or Agency his or her opposition to the automatic movement to the next stage, phase or step."

Approved July 18, 1996