The Letter of Reprimand (LOR) Appeal Process
(for bargaining unit employees – career status)
Filing an LOR appeal
Reprimands may be grieved through Step 3 (Agency Level) of the negotiated grievance procedure. If the Union or employee is dissatisfied with the response at Step 3, the Step 3 decision may be appealed within ten (10) calendar days to the Director of the State Personnel Office or his/her designee. At his/her option the Director or designee may meet with the agency representative, the employee and his/her representative or conduct a paper review of the agency decision.
Process for your appeal
A notice of appeal must be submitted in writing and filed with the State Personnel Director no later than 10 calendar days from the date of the level 3 response. The notice of appeal should include: employee name, mailing address and a telephone number, and contact information for the employee's representative (if appropriate). A copy of the final LOR must accompany the notice of appeal along with:
- A statement outlining the issues and reasons for the appeal;
- Copies of all steps of the grievance and all the responses to each step of the grievance;
- Copies of all additional supporting documentation to the LOR.
Submission of Appeal
A mailed appeal should be sent to: State Personnel Director 2600 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. A faxed appeal should be sent to: State Personnel Director (505) 476-7778 (FAX) with a request to confirm receipt. Failure to provide complete documentation may result in a delayed decision.
The State Personnel Director or designee shall issue a final and binding decision on the appeal within twenty-one (21) calendar days after receipt of the appeal.
Disclaimer: The material covered here is relevant to Art. 24 §5 of the Agreement Between The State of New Mexico and AFSCME Council #18 and/or Art. 8 §5 of the Agreement Between the State of New Mexico and SEA-CWA, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. Applicants are cautioned to read the collective bargaining agreement, as well as any governing law or rules, and consult their steward or union representative.
To contact the State Personnel Office about an LOR appeal:
State Personnel Director
2600 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Facsimile: (505) 476-7778