§ 5906 Composition of the Merit Employee Relations Board.
(a) The Merit Employee Relations Board shall consist of 5 Board members, including 2 management representatives, 2 labor representatives and a chairperson. The Governor shall appoint, with Senate approval, the members for a term of 3 years, or until their successors are appointed; provided however, that members may be removed at the pleasure of the Governor.
(b) When appointed, members shall be residents of this State for at least 3 years immediately preceding their appointments. One member shall reside in the City of Wilmington, 1 shall reside in the remainder of New Castle County, and 1 each shall reside in each of the other 2 counties of the State. The fifth member may reside anywhere in the State. The qualifications for members shall continue during their term of office.
(c) The Secretary of the Department of Human Resources, or the Secretary's designee, shall be the liaison between the Board and the Department of Human Resources and shall attend all meetings of the Board. The Secretary shall not participate in the deliberation of any cases before the Board, nor sit with members of the Board, during the hearing or deliberations. The Secretary or the Secretary's designee shall be limited to representing and/or testifying on behalf of the Department of Human Resources and other state agencies before the Board.
(d) The Merit Employee Relations Board shall have clerical and legal support staff separate from the staff of the Department of Human Resources, and such staff shall be located separate from the Department of Human Resources.
§ 5907 Powers, duties and functions of the Board.
In addition to the duties set forth elsewhere in this chapter, and consistent with the right of public employees to organize under Chapter 13 of Title 19, the Board shall:
(1) Request that the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources investigate problems or complaints arising from the implementation of the Merit System and the effect of merit policies and procedures on employees in the classified service;
(2) Appoint 1 or more members from its own membership to act as representatives of the Board at any meeting where such representation is deemed desirable;
(3) Require the Secretary to submit all proposed Merit Rule revisions to the statewide Labor-Management Committee for review and comment prior to submission to the Board for public hearing and adoption; and
(4) Make an annual report to the Governor, and special reports and recommendations upon the Governor's request.
§ 5908 Organization and meetings of the Board.
(a) The Board shall meet as often as necessary to assure the timely disposition of cases. The Chair shall cause reasonable notice to be given to each Board member and the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources of the time and place of each meeting. Three members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting.
(b) Each Board member shall be paid $100 for each day devoted to Board business, not to exceed $4,000 annually. Members shall be entitled to reimbursement for travel in accordance with State guidelines.
§ 5909 Limitation on expenditures.
The General Assembly recognizes that appropriations may be needed if the Board is to carry out effectively this chapter. However, no change in pay rates shall take effect and no other expenses shall be incurred until an appropriation therefor shall have been made by the General Assembly.
§ 5910 Deputy directors.
§ 5911 Duties of Director.
§ 5912 [Transferred.]