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 11-110 - Appeal to Secretary.

§ 11-110. Appeal to Secretary.
 

(a)  Procedure.-  

(1) Within 10 days after receiving a decision under § 11-109 of this subtitle, an employee or an employee's representative may appeal the decision in writing to the Secretary. 

(2) An appeal shall state, to the extent possible, the issues of fact and law that are the basis for the appeal. 

(b)  Action required by Secretary after receiving appeal.- Within 30 days after receiving an appeal, the Secretary or designee shall: 

(1) (i) mediate a settlement between the employee and the unit; or 

(ii) refer the appeal to the Office of Administrative Hearings; and 

(2) advise the employee in writing of the Secretary's action. 

(c)  Action required by Office of Administrative Hearings after receiving appeal.-  

(1) Within 30 days after receiving the appeal, the Office of Administrative Hearings shall schedule a hearing and notify the parties of the hearing date. 

(2) The Office of Administrative Hearings shall dispose of the appeal or conduct a hearing on each appeal in accordance with Title 10, Subtitle 2 of the State Government Article. The Office is bound by any regulation, declaratory ruling, prior adjudication, or other settled, preexisting policy, to the same extent as the Department is or would have been bound if it were hearing the case. 

(d)  Additional action by Office of Administrative Hearings; final administrative decision.-  

(1) Except as otherwise provided by this subtitle, the Office of Administrative Hearings may: 

(i) uphold the disciplinary action; 

(ii) rescind or modify the disciplinary action taken and restore to the employee any lost time, compensation, status, or benefits; or 

(iii) order: 

1. reinstatement to the position that the employee held at dismissal; 

2. full back pay and benefits; or 

3. both 1 and 2. 

(2) Within 45 days after the close of the hearing record, the Office of Administrative Hearings shall issue to the parties a written decision. 

(3) The decision of the Office of Administrative Hearings is the final administrative decision. 

(4) The principal unit that employs the employee shall pay all costs related to the appeal that are incurred by the Office of Administrative hearings. 

(e)  Expungement of personnel records.-  

(1) If a written decision issued under subsection (d) of this section is not appealed in accordance with § 10-222 of the State Government Article, within 45 days after issuance of a decision to rescind a disciplinary action, the disciplinary action shall be expunged from the employee's personnel records. 

(2) If a written decision issued under subsection (d) of this section is appealed in accordance with § 10-222 of the State Government Article, within 45 days after the issuance of a final decision on appeal to rescind a disciplinary action, the disciplinary action shall be expunged from the employee's personnel records. 
 

[1996, ch. 347, § 1; 2002, ch. 296; 2006, chs. 553, 600.] 
 

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