1850(D) To PR-50'd Positions
.111 Generally a position must be filled at its classified title and grade level; however, under certain circumstances, an agency may be permitted to fill a position at a level below that approved by the Division of Classification and Compensation and the Division of the Budget. Such an appointment is referred to as being made to a "PR-50'd" item. The term "PR-50'd" is, in fact, commonly accepted jargon which stems from a numbered payroll and personnel transaction form previously used to make such appointments. This form is no longer in use.
.120 Legal Basis
.211 Generally, an agency will be allowed to fill a position at a lower level, when it can demonstrate that it' is experiencing difficulty in recruiting candidates to fill the position at the classified budgeted level.
.212 Positions that are budgeted at the journey level, but filled at the lower level, as part of a formalized traineeship or career ladder program, are exempted from the guidelines contained in this section because prior approval to "PR-50" is included in the establishment of the traineeships and career ladder. For example, appointment to Personnel Administrator Trainee I is made to a position which has been "PR-50'd" from the Senior Personnel Administrator (G-18 level).
.411 Agencies seeking to fill a position at a lower than classified budgeted level must obtain specific approval from the appropriate Staffing Services Section. Agencies must come to an agreement with the Staffing Services Section on the duration for the appointment.
.412 If such action would result in bargaining unit change the agency must contact the appropriate Classification and Compensation section for approval of the requested action.
.413 Once approval to PR-50 a position is granted (see limitations below) a PR-75 Payroll Transaction Form must be submitted indicating in the remarks section that such approval has been received.
.421 Staffing Services will approve a request to PR-50 a position if the following conditions are met:
.422 In situations where all of the above conditions have not been met, the Section 44.4 requests (PR-50's) should not be approved. In such cases the agency may wish to explore the appropriateness of having the position reclassified.