Administrative Services

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

William J. Wood, Chief Negotiator/Administrator

Nebraska State Personnel Board Decisions

The following State Personnel Board Decisions regarding employee grievances have been summarized for informational use only.

Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Matthew Heckman v. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Appeal #1 (RULES) The Appellant filed a grievance after the Respondent disciplined him in the form of termination. The discipline was based upon allegations of violations of policies or procedures, inefficiency or negligence in the performance of duties, and acts or conduct which adversely affect the employee’s performance and/or the employing agency’s performance or function.  These allegations were in relation to an inmate escape issue. The State Personnel Board designated William Wood as Hearing Officer, and the hearing was held in accordance with the Nebraska Classified System Personnel Rules.

The Hearing Officer found that the Appellant did not violate the indicated provisions or policies of the NDCS, and that the Respondent’s action in terminating the employment of the Appellant was not taken for just cause, employing progressive discipline and was not done in accordance with the Nebraska Classified System Personnel Rules and Regulations 273 NAC 14-001.  The Hearing Officer recommended the Respondent reinstate the Appellant.

The State Personnel Board affirmed the recommendation.

Matthew Heckman v. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Appeal #2 (RULES) The Appellant filed a grievance after the Respondent disciplined him in the form of termination. The discipline was based upon allegations of violations of policies or procedures, inefficiency or negligence in the performance of duties, and acts or conduct which adversely affect the employee’s performance and/or the employing agency’s performance or function.  These allegations were in relation to Random Urinalysis testing issue. The State Personnel Board designated William Wood as Hearing Officer, and the hearing was held in accordance with the Nebraska Classified System Personnel Rules.

The Hearing Officer found that the Appellant violated the indicated provisions or policies of the NDCS, at least to a minor extent, but that the Respondent’s action in terminating the employment of the Appellant was not taken for just cause, employing progressive discipline and was not done in accordance with the Nebraska Classified System Personnel Rules and Regulations 273 NAC 14-001.  The Hearing Officer recommended the Respondent reinstate the Appellant.

The State Personnel Board affirmed the recommendation.