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110 ILCS 70/36d

    (110 ILCS 70/36d) (from Ch. 24 1/2, par. 38b3)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-615)
    Sec. 36d. Powers and duties of the Merit Board. The Merit Board shall have the power and duty-
        (1) To approve a classification plan prepared under
    
its direction, assigning to each class positions of substantially similar duties. The Merit Board shall have power to delegate to its Director the duty of assigning each position in the classified service to the appropriate class in the classification plan approved by the Merit Board.
        (2) To prescribe the duties of each class of
    
positions and the qualifications required by employment in that class.
        (3) To prescribe the range of compensation for each
    
class or to fix a single rate of compensation for employees in a particular class; and to establish other conditions of employment which an employer and employee representatives have agreed upon as fair and equitable. The Merit Board shall direct the payment of the "prevailing rate of wages" in those classifications in which, on January 1, 1952, any employer is paying such prevailing rate and in such other classes as the Merit Board may thereafter determine. "Prevailing rate of wages" as used herein shall be the wages paid generally in the locality in which the work is being performed to employees engaged in work of a similar character. Each employer covered by the University System shall be authorized to negotiate with representatives of employees to determine appropriate ranges or rates of compensation or other conditions of employment and may recommend to the Merit Board for establishment the rates or ranges or other conditions of employment which the employer and employee representatives have agreed upon as fair and equitable. Any rates or ranges established prior to January 1, 1952, and hereafter, shall not be changed except in accordance with the procedures herein provided.
        (4) To recommend to the institutions and agencies
    
specified in Section 36e standards for hours of work, holidays, sick leave, overtime compensation and vacation for the purpose of improving conditions of employment covered therein and for the purpose of insuring conformity with the prevailing rate principal.
        (5) To prescribe standards of examination for each
    
class, the examinations to be related to the duties of such class. The Merit Board shall have power to delegate to the Director and his staff the preparation, conduct and grading of examinations. Examinations may be written, oral, by statement of training and experience, in the form of tests of knowledge, skill, capacity, intellect, aptitude; or, by any other method, which in the judgment of the Merit Board is reasonable and practical for any particular classification. Different examining procedures may be determined for the examinations in different classifications but all examinations in the same classification shall be uniform.
        (6) To authorize the continuous recruitment of
    
personnel and to that end, to delegate to the Director and his staff the power and the duty to conduct open and continuous competitive examinations for all classifications of employment.
        (7) To cause to be established from the results of
    
examinations registers for each class of positions in the classified service of the State Universities Civil Service System, of the persons who shall attain the minimum mark fixed by the Merit Board for the examination; and such persons shall take rank upon the registers as candidates in the order of their relative excellence as determined by examination, without reference to priority of time of examination.
        (8) To provide by its rules for promotions in the
    
classified service. Vacancies shall be filled by promotion whenever practicable. For the purpose of this paragraph, an advancement in class shall constitute a promotion.
        (9) To set a probationary period of employment of no
    
less than 6 months and no longer than 12 months for each class of positions in the classification plan, the length of the probationary period for each class to be determined by the Director.
        (10) To provide by its rules for employment at
    
regular rates of compensation of persons with physical disabilities in positions in which the disability does not prevent the individual from furnishing satisfactory service.
        (11) To make and publish rules, to carry out the
    
purpose of the State Universities Civil Service System and for examination, appointments, transfers and removals and for maintaining and keeping records of the efficiency of officers and employees and groups of officers and employees in accordance with the provisions of Sections 36b to 36q, inclusive, and said Merit Board may from time to time make changes in such rules.
        (12) To appoint a Director and such assistants and
    
other clerical and technical help as may be necessary efficiently to administer Sections 36b to 36q, inclusive. To authorize the Director to appoint an assistant resident at the place of employment of each employer specified in Section 36e and this assistant may be authorized to give examinations and to certify names from the regional registers provided in Section 36k.
        (13) To submit to the Governor of this state on or
    
before November 1 of each year prior to the regular session of the General Assembly a report of the University System's business and an estimate of the amount of appropriation from state funds required for the purpose of administering the University System.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-615)
    Sec. 36d. Powers and duties of the Merit Board. The Merit Board shall have the power and duty:
        (1) To approve a classification plan prepared under
    
its direction, assigning to each class positions of substantially similar duties. The Merit Board shall have power to delegate to its Executive Director the duty of assigning each position in the classified service to the appropriate class in the classification plan approved by the Merit Board.
        (2) To prescribe the duties of each class of
    
positions and the qualifications required by employment in that class.
        (3) To prescribe the range of compensation for each
    
class or to fix a single rate of compensation for employees in a particular class; and to establish other conditions of employment which an employer and employee representatives have agreed upon as fair and equitable. The Merit Board shall direct the payment of the "prevailing rate of wages" in those classifications in which, on January 1, 1952, any employer is paying such prevailing rate and in such other classes as the Merit Board may thereafter determine. "Prevailing rate of wages" as used herein shall be the wages paid generally in the locality in which the work is being performed to employees engaged in work of a similar character. Each employer covered by the University System shall be authorized to negotiate with representatives of employees to determine appropriate ranges or rates of compensation or other conditions of employment and may recommend to the Merit Board for establishment the rates or ranges or other conditions of employment which the employer and employee representatives have agreed upon as fair and equitable. Any rates or ranges established prior to January 1, 1952, and hereafter, shall not be changed except in accordance with the procedures herein provided.
        (4) To recommend to the institutions and agencies
    
specified in Section 36e standards for hours of work, holidays, sick leave, overtime compensation and vacation for the purpose of improving conditions of employment covered therein and for the purpose of insuring conformity with the prevailing rate principal.
        (5) To prescribe standards of examination for each
    
class, the examinations to be related to the duties of such class. The Merit Board shall have power to delegate to the Executive Director and his or her staff the preparation, conduct and grading of examinations.
        (6) To authorize the continuous recruitment of
    
personnel and to that end, to delegate to the Executive Director and his or her staff the power and the duty to conduct open and continuous competitive examinations for all classifications of employment.
        (7) To cause to be established, from the results of
    
examinations, registers for each class of positions in the classified service of the University System of the persons who shall attain the minimum mark fixed by the Merit Board for the examination; and such persons shall take rank upon the registers as candidates in the order of their relative excellence as determined by examination, without reference to priority of time of examination.
        (8) To provide by its rules for promotions in the
    
classified service.
        (8.5) To issue subpoenas to secure the attendance and
    
testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers in the course of any investigation or hearing conducted pursuant to the Act.
        (9) (Blank).
        (10) To provide by its rules for employment at
    
regular rates of compensation of persons with physical disabilities in positions in which the disability does not prevent the individual from furnishing satisfactory service.
        (11) To make and publish rules to carry out the
    
purpose of the University System and for examination, appointments, transfers and removals and for maintaining and keeping records of the efficiency of officers and employees and groups of officers and employees in accordance with the provisions of Sections 36b to 36q, inclusive, and said Merit Board may from time to time make changes in such rules.
        (12) To appoint an Executive Director who shall
    
appoint staff to help as may be necessary efficiently to administer Sections 36b to 36q, inclusive. To authorize the Executive Director to appoint a Designated Employer Representative at the place of employment of each employer specified in Section 36e, and this Designated Employer Representative may be authorized to give examinations and to certify names from the regional registers provided in Section 36k. The enumeration of specific duties and powers that the Merit Board may delegate to the Executive Director in this Section does not preclude the Merit Board from delegating other duties and powers to the Executive Director.
        (13) To submit to the Governor of this state on or
    
before November 1 of each year prior to the regular session of the General Assembly a report of the University System's business and an estimate of the amount of appropriation from state funds required for the purpose of administering the University System.
        (14) To authorize the creation and use of pilot
    
programs to further the goals of the Act, which may be inconsistent with any rules adopted by the Merit Board, provided that such programs are of limited duration and do not reduce any rights or benefits of employees subject to this Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 100-615, eff. 1-1-19.)