The Civil Service
Law guarantees individuals the right to achieve public employment
based on merit and fitness, through a system of competition that
is open and fair. Adopted by New York State over 100 years ago,
the Law has been amended many times to reinforce this purpose
and to meet the evolving needs of government and its employees.
Today the scope of
government is changing and taking on a new shape as we meet new
challenges in a variety of areas. As a result, our Administration
has taken major steps to make the civil service system more flexible
and responsive. One of those steps was to enhance employee mobility
within the state work force in order to achieve longer periods
of employment and greater retention of skilled public service
employees. To help accomplish this, Section 78 of the Civil Service
Law was enacted to facilitate employee transfer between agencies.
This law has been a landmark development in the history of the
civil service system, enabling New York State to better manage
its work force and provide employees with increased employment
A description of
Section 78 and other revisions to the law may be found in this
newly-revised Summary of Civil Service Law. This guide is a helpful
reference tool for public employees and you are certain to also
find it useful.