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75-4323. Public employee relations board; membership; qualifications; terms; compensation and expenses; powers and duties; mediation, arbitration and fact-finding; appointment of personnel or contracts for; rules and regulations. (a) There is hereby created the public employee relations board, which shall consist of five members appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate as provided in K.S.A. 75-4315b, and amendments thereto. Except as provided by K.S.A. 46-2601, and amendments thereto, no person appointed to the board shall exercise any power, duty or function as a member of the board until confirmed by the senate. One member shall be representative of public employers; one member shall be representative of public employees; and three members shall be representative of the public at large and hold no other public office or public employment. Of the three members representing the public, one shall be selected by the board as chairperson thereof. Not more than three members of the board shall be members of the same political party. Except as provided by subsection (b), each member shall be appointed for a term of four years and until a successor is appointed and confirmed. The governor shall appoint qualified successors to fill vacancies occurring by reason of the expiration of the terms. In case of any other vacancy on the board, the governor shall appoint a qualified successor for the unexpired term.

(b) The terms of members who are serving on the board on the effective date of this act shall expire on March 15, of the year in which such member's term would have expired under the provisions of this section prior to amendment by this act. Thereafter, members shall be appointed for terms of four years and until their successors are appointed and confirmed.

(c) Members of the public employee relations board attending meetings of the board, or attending a subcommittee meeting thereof authorized by the board, shall be paid compensation, subsistence allowances, mileage and other expenses as provided in K.S.A. 75-3223, and amendments thereto. The secretary of labor shall provide office space and such clerical and other staff assistance as necessary to assist the board in carrying out the provisions of this act.

(d) The secretary of labor may establish, after consulting with representatives of employee organizations and of public agencies, panels of qualified persons, broadly representative of the public, to be available to serve as mediators, arbitrators or members of fact-finding boards and may appoint or may contract with such persons as necessary for the performance of the board's functions, including, but not limited to, mediators, members of fact-finding boards and representatives of employee organizations and public employers to serve as technical advisors to fact-finding boards. Such persons shall perform the duties and exercise the powers prescribed by the secretary, by the board or by law. The secretary shall fix the compensation of such persons and shall provide for reimbursement of their expenses within the amounts made available therefor by the legislature.

(e) In addition to the authority provided in other sections, the board may:

(1) Establish procedures for the prevention of improper public employer and employee organization practices as provided in K.S.A. 75-4333, and amendments thereto, except that the board shall provide only for the entering of an order directing the public agency or employee organization to meet and confer in good faith in the case of a claimed violation of subsection (b)(5) or (c)(3) of K.S.A. 75-4333, and amendments thereto. The pendency of proceedings under this paragraph shall not be used as the basis to delay or interfere with determination of representation status pursuant to K.S.A. 75-4327, and amendments thereto, or with meeting and conferring.

(2) Hold such hearings and make such inquiries as it considers necessary to carry out properly its functions and powers. For the purpose of such hearings and inquiries, the board may administer oaths and affirmations, examine witnesses and documents, take testimony and receive evidence and compel attendance of witnesses and the production of documents by the issuance of subpoenas. Any of these powers may be delegated to any member of the board or to any person appointed by the secretary of labor to perform the functions of the board. The subpoenas shall be regulated and enforced in the same manner as provided for the secretary of labor under the provisions of K.S.A. 44-611, and amendments thereto.

(3) Make, amend and rescind such rules and regulations, and exercise such other powers, as appropriate to effectuate the purposes and provisions of this act.

(f) The board shall intervene in the public employer-public employee relations of political subdivisions to the minimum extent possible to secure the objectives expressed in K.S.A. 75-4321, and amendments thereto.

History: L. 1971, ch. 264, § 3; L. 1973, ch. 363, § 2; L. 1974, ch. 348, § 95; L. 1976, ch. 370, § 100; L. 1982, ch. 347, § 58; L. 1995, ch. 241, § 23; L. 2004, ch. 179, § 119; July 1.

Revisor's Note:

The public employee relations board was attached to and made a part of the department of human resources in 1976, and certain powers, duties and functions of the board were transferred to the secretary of human resources, see ch. 75, art. 57. (L. 1976, ch. 354.)


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