Notice of Proposed Rulemaking | August 2022

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UPDATE: Markup versions of the administrative rules from their last revision are now available.

The City Auditor proposes the following revised human resources administrative rules for adoption: ARA 2.06, 4.04, 4.14, 6.01, 7.05, 7.06, and 8.01
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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Portland City Charter Section 2-506(a) authorizes the City Auditor to establish rules for the Office of the Auditor. The City Auditor proposes the following revised administrative rules for adoption:

ARA 2.06 Reasonable Employment Accommodations
ARA 4.04 Telework
ARA 4.14 Requirements for Public Meetings
ARA 6.01 General and Administrative Leaves of Absence; Reasonable Accommodation Leave
ARA 7.05 Separation from Service
ARA 7.06 Layoff, Recall, and Redeployment
ARA 8.01 Hours of Work and Schedules

City Charter Section 2-506(a) authorizes the Auditor to adopt interim rules without prior notice if failure to act promptly will result in prejudice to the public interest.

The City Auditor determined that additional rules for remote meetings were needed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the failure to act promptly to adopt such rules would have resulted in prejudice to the public interest. The City Auditor, therefore, adopted ARA 4.14 as an interim rule without prior notice on October 5, 2020, and is seeking public comment before making it permanent.

Charter Section 2-506(b) requires the City Auditor to establish human resources rules and policies for the Office of the Auditor that are consistent with City human resource rules and policies, except where the Auditor determines in writing that a City human resources rule or policy impairs the Auditor’s independence or duties.

The Bureau of Human Resources adopted revisions to City human resources rules 2.06, 4.04, and 6.01, and the City Council approved changes to the City’s Safety Net and Targeted Severance Programs. The City Auditor determined that the failure to act promptly to adopt updates to the Auditor’s Office’s human resources rules, to make them consistent with the revisions adopted by Human Resources and City Council, would have resulted in prejudice to the public interest. The City Auditor, therefore, adopted revised rules ARA 2.06, 4.04, 6.01, 7.05, 7.06, and 8.01 as interim rules without prior notice on October 5, 2020, and is seeking public comment before making them permanent.

The versions of these rules were revised on October 5, 2020, as interim rules and were in effect until April 3, 2021. The City Auditor now proposes that these versions of the rules be adopted as final to ensure compliance with Oregon public meetings laws and consistency with City human resource rules and policies.

Reviewing the Proposed Rules

The proposed rules are available on-line:

ARA 2.06 Reasonable Employment Accommodations
ARA 4.04 Telework
ARA 4.14 Requirements for Public Meetings
ARA 6.01 General and Administrative Leaves of Absence; Reasonable Accommodation Leave
ARA 7.05 Separation from Service
ARA 7.06 Layoff, Recall, and Redeployment
ARA 8.01 Hours of Work and Schedules

Deadline for Submitting Comments

The City Auditor invites employees and the public to comment on the proposed revised rules. To be considered, comments must be received by 5:00 PM on September 14, 2022.

Submitting Comments on the Proposed Rules

Comments may be:


Additional documents

View versions of the rules prior to October 2020, tracked changes, and the Auditor's official notice: