Civil Service Reform for Ohio’s Universities
December 29, 2006: Substitute House Hill 187 (HB 187) was signed into law. This legislation was the culmination of more than ten years of effort to reform Ohio law governing classified civil service employment. These efforts included legislative discussion and public hearings over various ways of amending the applicable provisions of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) regarding classified civil service employment and recommendations from the Ohio Civil Service Review Commission.
July 1, 2007: The Ohio Legislature passed HB 187 into law, potentially affecting all universities in the state. HB 187 permits university boards of trustees to adopt rules for classified civil service that are more appropriate for higher education and their institutions, while continuing civil service protection for affected employees. Any such changes must be consistent with minimum guidelines and standards as required under the provisions of HB 187.
Fall Quarter 2007: It is anticipated that the minimum guidelines will be approved. This approval will allow university boards of trustees to adopt the minimum guidelines or to maintain the status quo as it pertains to civil service.