Code of Maryland Regulations
Title 14 - INDEPENDENT AGENCIES
Subtitle 30 - STATE HIGHER EDUCATION LABOR RELATIONS BOARD
Chapter 14.30.12 - Procedures Governing Employee Information
14.30.12.01 - Employer Notification of Disclosure of Information and Employee Opt-Out Provisions

Universal Citation: MD Code Reg 14.30.12.01

14.30.12.01. Employer Notification of Disclosure of Information and Employee Opt-Out Provisions

A. Employer Notification to Employees.

(1) Thirty days before providing an employee's name, addresses, telephone numbers, and work information to an exclusive representative, as provided in State Personnel and Pensions Article, § 3-2 A-08, Annotated Code of Maryland, the employing institution shall notify the employee of the provisions of State Personnel and Pensions Article, § 3-2 A-08, Annotated Code of Maryland, and include in its notice the means by which an employee may opt out as provided in § B(2) of this regulation.

(2) The employing institution shall provide notice to the employees by signed and dated letter.

(3) Costs.

(a) The exclusive representative requesting information under this regulation shall bear the mailing costs for the notification to employees.

(b) The employing institution may charge the exclusive representative requesting the employee information a fee not to exceed the actual cost of compiling the information.

(c) For purposes of calculating the actual cost, the employing institution shall use the following hourly rates of compensation for the search and preparation of the requested information when the information is not readily available:

(i) For administrative tasks, an hourly rate of compensation not to exceed $20 in fiscal year 2010, as may be increased from time to time consistent with future cost of living adjustments for State employees provided for in the State budget; and

(ii) For programming to extract requested data, and other professional level work, as required, an hourly rate of compensation not to exceed $30 in fiscal year 2010, as may be increased from time to time consistent with future cost of living adjustments for State employees provided for in the State budget.

(d) The employing institution may not charge any search or preparation fee for the first 2 hours of official or employee time that is needed to provide the requested information.

(e) The employing institution may charge a fee not to exceed 15 cents per page for providing photocopies of the requested information.

(4) Digital or Electronic Format.

(a) The exclusive representative may request information under this regulation in digital or electronic format.

(b) If the requested information is available in digital or electronic format, the employing institution shall comply with the request at no additional charge beyond the costs incurred by the employing institution in compiling the information as provided in § A(3)(a)-(d) of this regulation.

B. Employee Opt-Out Provisions.

(1) The provisions of § B(2)-(6) of this regulation do not apply to the distribution of ratification ballots by the exclusive representative and do not preclude the exclusive representative from mailing ballots for a memorandum of understanding ratification vote to bargaining unit employees' home addresses through a third-party mailer.

(2) For the purpose of calculating an employee's response time to the employing institution's notice under § B(3) of this regulation, it shall be presumed that the notice was received by the employee 10 calendar days after the postmarked or metered date appearing on the envelope.

(3) The employee may, within 15 days of the employing institution's notice under § A of this regulation, notify the employing institution that the employee does not want the employee's name, addresses, telephone numbers, or work information to be provided to an exclusive representative, pursuant to § B(4) of this regulation.

(4) The employee may give the notice provided in § B(3) of this regulation by regular mail, facsimile, or in person, to the address specified in the notice, using the form described in § B(5) of this regulation for each method of notice.

(5) The employee shall use the form provided by the employing institution to give the notice provided in § B(3) of this regulation. The form shall instruct the employee to provide the following information:

(a) The employee's name and home address;

(b) The employee's job title and worksite;

(c) A statement that the employee does not want the employee's information as described in § B(3) of this regulation released to an exclusive representative;

(d) The date of the employee's response; and

(e) The employee's signature.

(6) An opt-out under this section applies only to those information requests made under State Personnel and Pensions Article, § 3-2 A-08, Annotated Code of Maryland.

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