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Administrative discharge – applies only to the exhaustion of leave; see Director's Administrative Procedure 5-6; Rules
Administrative law judge - a judge who hears administrative law cases
Administrative separation – another name for Administrative discharge; Administrative Procedure 5-6; Rules
Agencies – another name for departments, such as Department of Corrections
Agenda – monthly order of business for Board meetings; Agendas
ALJ – administrative law judge
Allegation – a charge or claim, such as discrimination based on age
Annotations – summary or analysis of an Initial Decision of an Administrative Law Judge; Annotations
Appeal – what an employee files to challenge a reduction in pay, tenure or status or loss of rights entitled by law; Board Rules 8-35 to 8-40; Rules.
Appeal form – consolidated appeal/dispute form; Forms
Applicant – a person who applies for a job or engages in the selection process
Appointing authority – see Administrative Procedures 1-8 to 1-11; Rules
Arbitrary – done in an unreasonable manner, such as a decision that is arbitrary, capricious or contrary to rule or law  
Board – State Personnel Board
Board members – 5 persons on the State Personnel Board, 3 of whom are gubernatorial appointees and 2 of whom are elected by employees
Board orders – orders issued by either Administrative Law Judges or the full 5-member Board; Initial Decisions; Board Orders
Board Rule 6-10 - Rules
Board Rules - Rules
Briefs – documents written in support of an appeal of an Initial Decision or other final Order of an Administrative Law Judge; Board Rules 8-67 to 8-70; Rules
Capricious – done with willful and deliberate disregard, such as an arbitrary and capricious ruling
CCRD – Colorado Civil Rights Division
Certificate of delivery – section of document, order or pleading, usually at the end, which states that the document, order or pleading was sent or transmitted to the person named 
Certified employee – Board Rule 1-32.1; Rules
Claims – allegations or charges, such as discrimination
Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD)
Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) – the collection of compiled laws of Colorado which has been revised, collected, arranged in order, and re-enacted as a whole
Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) - C-SEAP is a professional assessment, referral, and short-term counseling service offered to State employees with work-related or personal concerns, as well as a resource for supervisors and managers
Commencement – time-limited beginning of a hearing; Board Rule8-56; Rules
Complainant – a person who files an appeal or petition for hearing with the State Personnel Board; a claimant
Consolidated appeal/dispute form - appeal form; Forms
Continuance – the adjournment or postponement of a hearing or other proceeding to a subsequent day or time; Board Rule 8-57(E); Rules
Contrary to rule or law – in violation of rules, statutes or legal regulations 
Corrective action – Board Rule 6-11; Rules
CRS – Colorado Revised Statutes
C-SEAP – Colorado State Employee Assistance Program;
Counsel – an attorney or counselor at law
Deadlines – timeframes; a date upon which something is due
Decision – an order issued by an Administrative Law Judge; Initial Decisions
Demotion – a reduction to a lower rank or grade, to a lower type or position or lower pay scale
Deny – to refuse to grant a petition for hearing, as in a Preliminary Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge; Board Rules 8-41 to 8-43; Rules
Designation of Record – the first document filed within 20 days of receipt of an Initial Decision to appeal; it tells the Board what parts of a file should be part of the official record of a case;  Board Rules 8-63 and 8-64; Rules
Director’s review – Administrative Procedures 8-75 to 8-82; Rules
Disciplinary action – Board Rule 6-12; Rules
Disclosure – the act of revealing, as in Mandatory Disclosure; Board Rule 8-44; Rules
Discovery – disclosure of what was previously unknown; Board Rule 8-53; Rules
Discretionary hearing – a hearing for actions that do not adversely affect a certified employee’s current base pay, status, or tenure, and where the employee does not have a right to a hearing, appeal, or review by law or rule; Board Rules 8-41 to 8-43; Rules
Discrimination – Board Rules 9-3 to 9-6; Rules
Dismissal order – an order disposing of an appeal or petition for hearing without a hearing of the issues
Employee – Board Rule 1-44; Rules
Employer – one who hires or employs another, such as the State of Colorado
Employment Lists – Board Rule 1-45; Rules
Exempt – Board Rule 1-47; Rules
Extension of time – an increase or enlargement of time in which something is due
Facilitator – a person who assists in the settlement process – Board Rules 8-12 to 8-16; Rules
Filing – delivery of a document to the State Personnel Board with the intent that it be registered with the Board
Filing deadlines – timelines upon which a document must be filed
Forms - Forms
Forced resignation – a resignation that was coerced or involuntary; Board Rule 7-4; Rules
Good cause – Board Rule 1-49; Rules
Good faith – an honest belief and the absence of malice or design to defraud or seek an advantage, applicable to a settlement conference, Board Rule 8-12; Rules
Grant – to bestow or confer a hearing, as in an order adopting a Preliminary Recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge; Board Rules 8-41 to 8-43; Rules
Grievance – a complaint filed by an employee regarding working conditions; Board Rules 8-5 to 8-8; Rules
Grievance decision – see grievance process, Board Rule 8-8; Rules
Grievance form - Forms
Grievance procedure – see Grievances; Board Rule 8-8; Rules
Grievance process – see Grievances; Board Rule 8-8; Rules
Hearing – Board proceeding in which Complainant and Respondent put on their cases before an administrative law judge and which results in an Initial Decision of the Administrative Law Judge
ID – Initial Decision – a final order of an Administrative Law Judge after a hearing; Initial Decisions
Information sheet - what each party must file in the discretionary hearing process; Board Rule 8-45; Forms; Rules
Initial decision (ID) - a final order of an Administrative Law Judge after a hearing; Initial Decisions
Investigation – the process of inquiring into or tracking down through inquiry, such as a Colorado Civil Rights Division investigation
Involuntary separation – a separation from service or employment without the consent of the employee, such as a layoff or a termination; Director’s Procedure 1-54; Board Rule 7-1; Rules
Judge – Administrative Law Judge
Law – a body of rules of action or conduct having binding legal force
Layoff – a reduction in force that results in the elimination of one or more positions due to lack of funds, lack of work or reorganization; Board Rules 7-1 to 7-22; Rules
Mandatory disclosure – the obligatory revealing of information and documents which is part of the discretionary and mandatory hearing process; Board Rules 8-44 and 8-53 (B)(1); Rules
Mediation – a confidential process in which a trained, unbiased facilitator assists the parties in clarifying and understanding their different points of view, identifying common ground, generating and evaluating alternatives, and reaching a mutually acceptable resolution; Director’s Procedures 8-9 and 8-10; Board Rule 8-11; Rules
Meetings – monthly coming together of three or more Board members for the purpose of conducting business, acting upon appeals, receiving legal advice from counsel, etc.; see Agenda
Members – in reference to the five members of the State Personnel Board; see Board members
Merit – the merit system is the system used by the state for hiring and promoting governmental employees to positions on the basis of competence; Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13(8)
Mission – the State Personnel Board makes rules governing the state personnel system and hears appeals by applicants and employees in the state personnel system.  The Board's mission is:  to resolve disputes involving state employees and agencies in a manner that is fair, efficient, and understandable for all parties; to establish policies and rules that protect and recognize merit as the basis for state employment while balancing management's need for discretion and flexibility;  and to provide guidance in achieving and maintaining a sound, comprehensive, and uniform system of human resource management through rules, decisions, communication, and training
Motion – an application made to the Board for purpose of obtaining a rule or order directing some act to be done in favor of the filer of the application; Board Rule 8-52; Rules
Notice – information or advice intended to let someone know of some proceeding in which his interests are involved or informing him of some fact which it is his right to know and the duty of the notifying party to communicate; for example, a Notice of Hearing will provide the date, time and place of a hearing
Oral argument – presentation of a case in support of or in objection to legal relief sought; Board Rule 8-70; Rules
Orders – the decision or direction of an administrative law judge or Board entered in writing; Initial Decisions; Board Orders
Party – a Complainant or a Respondent in a State Personnel Board matter
Pay – salary; Director’s Procedure 1-32 – base pay is an employee’s salary without premium pay; Rules
PDQ - Position Description Questionnaire
Performance – the fulfillment or accomplishment of an obligation according to terms of one’s Position Description Questionnaire and Performance Plan; Director’s Procedures Chapter 3; Rules
Personnel system - Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13; Rules
Petition for hearing – a challenge to a final grievance decision in which a person files for a discretionary hearing with the Board after receipt of the final department decision, or after expiration of 30 days of initiation of the written grievance process or any extension period granted by the Board; Board Rules 8-41to 8-43; Rules
Petition for reconsideration – a request for re-examination and possibly a different decision following the issuance of an Initial Decision of the Administrative Law Judge, usually filed by the non-prevailing party; Board Rule 8-60; Rules
Prehearing statement – what each party must file in the mandatory hearing process; Board Rules 8-54 to 8-56; Rules
PR – Preliminary Recommendation
Preliminary Recommendation – an advisory order, not a final order, rendered by an administrative law judge either recommending that a petition for hearing be denied or granted; Board Rules 8-45 and 8-46; Rules
Probationary – Board Rules 1-62.1 and 4-41; Rules
Pro se – not represented by an attorney; for one’s own behalf; representing yourself or appearing for yourself, such as in the case of an employee who does not retain a lawyer and appears for himself before the Board
Quorum – a majority of the entire body, such as a quorum of the Board (5 members) would consist of 3 or more members present at the meeting
Record – the complete file of a case, including transcripts of a hearing and other proceedings; Board Rules 8-63 to 8-66; Rules;  see also definitions in Chapter One for other kinds of records   
Record on appeal – see record
Reduction in pay – a decrease in one’s base salary or one-time decrease in pay, classified as a disciplinary action; Board Rule 6-12; Rules
Relief – remedy requested by an employee for a wrong 
Remand - to send back, as the Court of Appeals will sometimes remand a case to the Board
Representative - someone who supports, stands up or speaks for another, frequently an attorney
Respondent - a party in an appeal who opposes Complainant/Claimant, a state agency or institution of higher education
Rights - a legally enforceable claim of one person against another, such as civil rights
Rule 6-10 – Board Rule 6-10; Rules
SEMP – State Employee Mediation Program - the Voluntary Colorado State Employee Mediation Program established in 1986 whose goal is to provide an alternative method of resolving workplace disputes
Settlement – Board Rules 8-12 to 8-18; Rules
Settlement agreement - a written compromise or contract entered into between two parties in dispute resolution; Board Rules 8-17 & 8-18; Rules
Settlement conference - a meeting between two parties with the assistance of a trained, unbiased facilitator in attempts to resolve a dispute; Board Rules 8-12 to 8-18; Rules
Settlement facilitator - a third party neutral who is trained and unbiased and whose duty it is to assist parties in a dispute; Administrative Procedure 8-10; Rules
Settlement program - an organized systematic approach to dispute resolution available to all parties to the dispute; Board Rules and Administrative Procedures 8-9 through 8-18; Rules
Show cause - an order issued by an administrative law judge to present reasons and consideration as one has to offer why a particular order should be entered
6-10 – Board Rule 6-10; Rules
State Employee Mediation Program (SEMP)
Status – Board Rule 1-73; Rules
Statute - a formal written enactment of a legislative body declaring, commanding or prohibiting something, such as Colorado Revised Statutes
Statutory deadlines - timelines conforming to the dictates of a particular statute 
Stay - a stopping or aresting of a judicial proceeding by the order of a court; a suspension of a case
Subpoena – document served on a person requiring attendance of a witness at a hearing; Board Rule 8-59; RulesForms
Subpoena formForms
Suspension – Board Rule 1-41; Rules
Tenure – Board Rule 1-75; Rules
Termination – Board Rule 1-76; Rules
Timelines - deadlines; period of time in which the end date is the due date
Training - preparation for a specific task through instruction and guidelines
Trial service – Board Rule 1-77.1; Board Rules 4-42 and 4-43; Rules
Untimely – not in compliance with the timelines prescribed for a given action;  for example, an appeal that is filed more than 10 days after a termination is untimely; Board Rule 8-36; Rules
Verification form (CCRD) – a form signed by an employee of the Colorado Civil Rights Division certifying that a person has filed a charge of discrimination; the form must be filed with the State Personnel Board within a prescribed period of time after the charge of discrimination has been filed; Rule 8-26(B); Rules
Voluntary demotion – reduction in salary and/or grade agreed to by an employee in a non-disciplinary process; Board Rules 1-55.1, 1-65 and 7-2; Director’s Procedures 2-10(B)(1), 3-51 and 3-54; Rules
Waive - to surrender a claim; to give up a right
Waiver of investigation by Colorado Civil Rights Division - a form in which the investigation by CCRD is given up and an employee proceeds right to the Board
Weapons policy - State Personnel Board policy prohibits weapons of any type in hearings, settlement conferences, Board meetings, or any other State Personnel Board proceeding unless expressly allowed by the Board or presiding administrative law judge.
Whistleblower - an employee who refuses to engage in and/or reports illegal or wrongful activities of his employer or fellow employees; Board Rules 8-20 through 8-24; Rules
Whistleblower Act - State Employee Protection Act, found at Section 24-50.5 - 101, Colorado Revised Statutes
Whistleblower Complaint form - Forms
Whistleblower report - an annual report by the Board sent to the Governor and enumerating the State Employee Protection Act claims filed from year-to-year

Note:  many of the definitions in this section were taken from 4 CCR 801 State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures (Effective July 1, 2013); Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition; and Colorado Revised Statutes (2013).