Many times when employees have issues or concerns that may be grievances, they forget one very important aspect of the grievance process, “Time Lines.” If an employee wants to file a grievance, they have only 30 days from the date of offense in which to file it. This is part of the grievance procedure under our current state contract. Failure to submit a grievance in a timely manner will cause the grievance to be considered untimely, and therefore not responded to.
Also there are time lines which must be adhered to for an employee to appeal an unsatisfactory 1st step decision. An employee has only 10 working days from receipt of the 1st step decision in which to appeal to the 2nd step. There is also a time line to appeal an unsatisfactory 2nd step decision. That time frame is 15 working days.
Time lines also apply to appeal an annual rating. An employee has only 15 days from date of receipt on an unsatisfactory rating.
Time lines are also important when a person files an out of title grievance. Under our current contract if an out of title grievance is sustained the grievant receives payment for only 15 days prior to the filing of the grievance. In the past, many employees have lost months of back pay because they waited to file an out of title grievance.