Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
(1) Oregon State Government is committed to achieving a workforce that represents the diversity of the Oregon community and being a leader in providing its citizens with fair and equal employment opportunities. Accordingly:
(a) State agency heads shall ensure:
(A) Equal employment opportunities are afforded to all applicants and employees by making non-discriminatory employment related decisions;
(B) Employment practices shall be in compliance with the state's Affirmative Action Guidelines, state and federal laws to:
(i) Promote good faith efforts to achieve established affirmative action objectives; and
(ii) Take proactive steps to develop diverse applicant pools for position vacancies.
(b) The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) shall:
(A) Maintain an automated affirmative action tracking system which uses a uniform methodology for communicating affirmative action objectives for each state agency.
(B) Produce periodic reports showing Oregon State Government’s progress toward achieving established affirmative action objectives identified by the Chief Human Resources Office at DAS and the Governor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
(c) Persons, who believe they have been subjected to discrimination by an agency in violation of this rule, may file a complaint with the agency's affirmative action representative within 365 calendar days of the alleged act or upon knowledge of the occurrence.
(2) Employment related decisions include, but are not limited to:
(i) Benefits, and
(j) Performance evaluations;
(3) Diverse applicant pools are developed by using proactive outreach strategies.
(4) This rule does not preclude any person from filing a formal complaint in accordance with a collective bargaining agreement, or with appropriate state or federal agency under the applicable law.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.340, 240.145, 240.250
Stats. Implemented: ORS 240.306, 659A.012 - 659A.015
Hist.: PD 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 8-1-94; HRSD 11-2003, f. 7-15-03, cert. ef. 7-21-03; HRSD 2-2008, f. & cert. ef. 11-4-08; CHRO 2-2016, f. 6-22-16, cert. ef. 7-1-16
Veteran's Preference in Employment
Applicability: Recruitment and selection processes for all State of Oregon positions in agencies subject to ORS 240, State Personnel Relations Law, including but not limited to promotional opportunities.
(1) Definitions: (See also HRSD Rule 105-010-0000 Definitions Applicable Generally to Personnel Rules and Policies.)
(a) Initial Application Screening: An agency’s process of determining whether an applicant meets the minimum and special qualifications for a position. An Initial Application Screening may also include an evaluation of skills or grading of supplemental test questions if required on the recruiting announcement.
(b) Application Examination: The selection process utilized by an agency after Initial Application Screening. This selection process includes, but is not limited to, formal testing or other assessments resulting in a score as well as un-scored examinations such as interviews and reference checks.
(c) Veteran and Disabled Veteran: As defined by ORS 408.225 and 408.235.
(2) Application of preference points upon Initial Application Screening: Qualifying Veterans and Disabled Veterans receive preference points as follows;
(a) Five Veteran’s Preference points are added upon Initial Application Screening when an applicant submits as verification of eligibility a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215), or a letter from the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs indicating the applicant receives a non-service connected pension with the State of Oregon Application; or
(b) Ten Disabled Veteran’s points are added upon Initial Application Screening when an applicant submits as verification of eligibility a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) with the State of Oregon Application. Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran’s disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran Affairs, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.
(c) Veteran’s and Disabled Veteran’s preference points are not added when a Veteran or Disabled Veteran fails to meet the minimum or the special qualifications for a position.
(3) Following an Initial Application Screening the agency generates a list of qualified applicants to consider for Appointment. An Appointing Authority or designee may then:
(a) Determine whether or not to interview all applicants who meet the minimum and special qualifications of the position (including all Veterans and Disabled Veterans); or
(b) Select a group of Veteran and Disabled Veteran applicants who most closely match the agency’s purposes in filling the position. This group of applicants may be considered along with non-veteran applicants who closely match the purposes of the agency in filling the position as determined by:
(A) Scored Application Examinations (including scored interviews): If an agency utilizes, after an Initial Application Screening, a scored Application Examination to determine whom to consider further for Appointment, the agency will add (based on a 100-point scale) five points to a Veteran’s score or 10 points to a Disabled Veteran’s score or;
(B) Un-scored Application Examinations: Un-scored Application Examinations done by sorting into levels (such as “unsatisfactory,” “satisfactory,” “excellent”) based on desired attributes or other criteria for further consideration will be accomplished by:
(i) Advancing the application of a Veteran one level;
(ii) Advancing an application of a Disabled Veteran two levels.
(4) Preference in un-scored interviews: A Veteran or Disabled Veteran who, in the judgment of the Appointing Authority or designee, meets all or substantially all of the agency’s purposes in filling the position will continue to be considered for Appointment.
(5) If a Veteran or Disabled Veteran has been determined to be equal to the top applicant or applicants for a position by the Appointing Authority or designee then the Veteran or Disabled Veteran is ranked more highly than non-veteran applicants and, a Disabled Veteran is ranked more highly than non-veteran and Veteran applicants.
(6) Preference described in Sections 2 through 5 of this rule is not a requirement to appoint a Veteran or Disabled Veteran to a position. An agency may base a decision not to appoint the Veteran or Disabled Veteran solely on the Veteran’s or Disabled Veteran’s merits or qualifications.
(7) A Veteran or a Disabled Veteran applicant not appointed to a position may request an explanation from the agency. The request must be in writing and be sent within 30 calendar days of the date the Veteran or Disabled Veteran was notified that they were not selected. The agency will respond in writing with the reasons for not appointing the Veteran or Disabled Veteran.
[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]
Stat. Auth: ORS 240.145(3) & 240.250
Stats. Implemented: ORS 408.225, 408.230 & 408.235
Hist.: HRSD 3-2007(Temp), f. & cert ef. 9-5-07 thru 3-3-08; HRSD 1-2008, f. 2-27-08, cert. ef. 3-1-08; HRSD 3-2009, f. 12-30-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10
State Archives • 800 Summer St. NE • Salem, OR 97310