The following words and terms, when used in any Commission rule, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Advancement appointment" means a movement within a job band, upon achievement of a specific number of predetermined competencies, to a higher title level and, where applicable, associated higher class code, which does not require competitive examination.
"Appointment" means the offer, acceptance and commencement of employment.
"Base salary" means an employee's rate of pay exclusive of any additional payments or allowances.
"Career Service" means those positions and job titles subject to the tenure provisions of Title 11A, New Jersey Statutes.
"Certification" means a list of names presented to an appointing authority for regular appointment.
"Chairperson" means the chief executive officer and administrator of the Civil Service Commission.
"Class code" means a designation assigned to job titles in State and local service with ranking based upon an evaluation of job content. In the case of job bands, all references to class code shall mean a designation assigned to title levels, unless a job band class code is specifically stated.
"Closing date for examination" means the date by which an applicant for an examination must meet all of the requirements contained in the examination announcement.
"Commission" means the Civil Service Commission.
"Competency" means the minimum level of training and orientation needed to successfully perform at a particular title level within a job band.
"Days" means calendar days unless otherwise specified.
"Demotion" means, in local service, a reduction in title or scale of compensation, and in State service, a reduction in class code.
"Department" in local service, where not otherwise defined by statute, means the largest type of organizational unit established by ordinance or resolution, as appropriate, that is not a sub-unit of any other organizational unit for the purpose of administering the political subdivision. In State service, "department" means a principal executive department of State government.
"Disposition" means the written report of actions taken by an appointing authority regarding a certification.
"Eligible list" means a roster compiled or approved by the Civil Service Commission of persons who are qualified for employment or reemployment.
"Filing date for examination" means the date by which an application for an examination must be submitted as designated in the announcement. When mailed, the filing date is the date by which a properly addressed application must be postmarked.
"Fine" means a disciplinary penalty which requires the payment of money or the performance of service without pay or at reduced pay.
"Immediate family" means an employee's spouse, domestic partner (see section 4 of P.L. 2003, c. 246), child, legal ward, grandchild, foster child, father, mother, legal guardian, grandfather, grandmother, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, and other relatives residing in the employee's household.
"Job band" means a grouping of titles or title series into a single broad band consisting of title levels with similar duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.
"Lateral movement" means an employee movement from one position to another with a similar salary and level of duties, responsibilities, and qualifications and, where applicable, the same class code. In the case of job bands, a lateral movement means a movement to a title level in another job band with a similar salary and level of duties, responsibilities, and qualifications and, where applicable, the same class code.
"Layoff" means the separation of a permanent employee from employment for reasons of economy or efficiency or other related reasons and not for disciplinary reasons.
"Local service" means employment in any political subdivision operating under Title 11A, New Jersey statutes.
"Open competitive examination" means a test open to members of the public who meet the prescribed requirements for admission.
"Part time employee" means an employee whose regular hours of duty are less than the regular and normal workweek for that job title or agency.
"Permanent employee" means an employee in the career service who has acquired the tenure and rights resulting from regular appointment and successful completion of the working test period.
"Position" means the assignment of specific duties and responsibilities requiring the employment of one person.
"Promotion" means, in local service, an advancement in title, and in State service, an advancement to a title having a higher class code than the former permanent title. In the case of job bands, a promotion means a movement to a title with a higher class code not in the employee's current job band.
"Promotional examination" means a test open to permanent employees who meet the prescribed requirements for admission.
"Provisional appointment" (PA) means employment in the competitive division of the career service pending the appointment of a person from an eligible list.
"Regular appointment" (RA) means the employment of a person to fill a position in the competitive division of the career service upon examination and certification, or the employment of a person to a position in the noncompetitive division of the career service.
"Removal" means termination of a permanent employee from employment for disciplinary reasons.
"Senior executive service" means positions in State service designated by the Commission as having substantial managerial, policy influencing, or policy executing responsibilities not included in the career or unclassified services.
"Spouse" means a husband, a wife, or a party to a civil union, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 37:1-1 and P.L. 2006, c. 103."State service" means employment for the State of New Jersey.
"Suspension" means temporary separation from employment for disciplinary reasons.
"Suspension on the record" means a suspension for disciplinary reasons imposed for record purposes only, without loss of pay, benefits or seniority.
"Title" means a descriptive name that identifies a position or group of positions with similar duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. In the case of those titles approved for inclusion in job bands (see N.J.A.C. 4A:3-3.2A), any references to such titles in any Commission rule shall mean the title level within the job band, and, where applicable, the level's associated class code, unless otherwise stated, or the context clearly suggests otherwise.
"Title scope" means a defined group of job titles used as a factor in determining eligibility for promotional examinations. Title scope may also include educational, experience and other specific requirements.
"Title series" means titles involving the same kind of work and ranked according to level of difficulty and responsibility.
"Unclassified service" means those positions and job titles outside of the senior executive service, not subject to the tenure provisions of Title 11A, New Jersey Statutes or these rules unless otherwise specified.
"Unit scope" means a defined part of a governmental agency used as a factor in determining eligibility for promotional examinations.
"Working test period" means a part of the examination process after regular appointment, during which time the work performance and conduct of the employee is evaluated to determine if permanent status is merited.