House Bill 2011 to amend and reenact West Virginia state code §29-6-4 completed legislation on March 16, 2021, and was signed by Governor Justice on March 24, 2021. HB 2011 eliminated work hour restrictions on temporary employees during a twelve-month period, including temporary (previously referred to as "seasonal") employees in state forests, parks, and recreational areas.
Effective upon passage, March 16, 2021, HB 2011 directly affects the Division of Personnel Administrative Rule, W. Va. Code R. §143-1-1 et seq., regarding the limit of 1,000 hours per twelve-month period for temporary employees and 1,733 work hours of seasonal employment in state forests, parks, and recreational areas. Sections of the Administrative Rule impacted by the Bill will be amended accordingly.
Agencies should continue to enter into a temporary appointment agreement advising employees the position they are accepting is a temporary position not covered under the merit system administered by the West Virginia Division of Personnel. An updated agreement form is available under Forms and Documents at www.personnel.wv.gov. Prior to the employee's one-year appointment exhausting, a new temporary appointment agreement and personnel transaction must be submitted. The employee may not work past the twelve month-agreement. A new hire personnel transaction must be approved by DOP before the employee can return to work. For additional assistance, please contact Employee Relations at 304-414-1853 or by email at DOP-EmpRelations@wv.gov.