2010 Maryland Code
STATE PERSONNEL AND PENSIONS
TITLE 11 - DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS, LAYOFFS, AND EMPLOYMENT TERMINATIONS IN STATE PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Subtitle 1 - Disciplinary Actions
Section 11-106 - Duty of appointing authority prior to imposing sanctions.

§ 11-106. Duty of appointing authority prior to imposing sanctions.
 

(a)  Procedure.- Before taking any disciplinary action related to employee misconduct, an appointing authority shall: 

(1) investigate the alleged misconduct; 

(2) meet with the employee; 

(3) consider any mitigating circumstances; 

(4) determine the appropriate disciplinary action, if any, to be imposed; and 

(5) give the employee a written notice of the disciplinary action to be taken and the employee's appeal rights. 

(b)  Time limit.- Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, an appointing authority may impose any disciplinary action no later than 30 days after the appointing authority acquires knowledge of the misconduct for which the disciplinary action is imposed. 

(c)  Suspension.-  

(1) An appointing authority may suspend an employee without pay no later than 5 workdays following the close of the employee's next shift after the appointing authority acquires knowledge of the misconduct for which the suspension is imposed. 

(2) Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and employee leave days are excluded in calculating the 5-workday period under this subsection. 
 

[1996, ch. 347, § 1.] 
 

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