Model Policies

The following model policies are available from the Division of State Human Resources.

Employee Performance Management System

Progressive Discipline

Reduction in Force

Telecommuting

Telecommuting is a flexible work arrangement that allows an employee to work at home or at another satellite location (which is linked, usually electronically, to a central office) during all or some portion of the work week. S.C. Code Section 8-11-15(B) authorizes state agencies to utilize telecommuting for greater workplace efficiency. The following documents are available for employers to use in implementing a telecommuting policy in their agency.

These guidelines are approved by the Department of Administration and outline eligibility, conditions, and termination of a telecommuting arrangement.

The Telecommuting Sample Policy assists agencies in developing a telecommuting program option. The policy defines telecommuting, eligibility requirements, and other employment issues (hours, leave, advancement, etc.).

The Telecommuting Sample Application allows employees to discuss the option of telecommuting with their supervisor. The employee and supervisor will complete the application to determine if the job is appropriate for telecommuting.

The Telecommuting Sample Safety checklist allows an employee to examine the safety and security of the alternate workplace.

The Telecommuting Sample Agreement is a signed document that outlines the understanding between the agency and employee regarding the telecommuting arrangement.

This document gives agencies tips on establishing a telecommuting policy and the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges to telecommuting.

State agencies shall provide an annual report on the agency's utilization of telecommuting to the Division of State Human Resources.

Domestic and Workplace Violence

Addressing Domestic Violence in South Carolina

The Domestic Violence Task Force re-established by Executive Order 2016-02 (link to executive order) proposed recommendations to comprehensively address the cultural issues surrounding domestic violence in South Carolina. Executive Order 2016-03 (link to executive order) required, in part, that all state agencies under the Governor’s authority adopt a comprehensive workplace policy for domestic violence. Executive Order 2016-03 (link to executive order) also noted that employers can be a source of support by providing information about referrals to resources to individuals affected by domestic violence.

Resources

The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) website provides a list of resources to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence.  Click here to access SCCADVASA resources.

The South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination has provided a list of South Carolina Batterers’ Intervention and Treatment Programs which have been approved by South Carolina’s Circuit Solicitors. Questions concerning these programs should be directed to the appropriate Solicitor’s Offices as indicated here.

Domestic and Workplace Violence Guidelines

Section 1-1-1410 of the South Carolina Code of Laws of 1976, as amended, states that each state agency shall develop and implement an agency workplace domestic violence policy which must include, but is not limited to, a zero-tolerance policy statement regarding acts or threats of domestic violence in the workplace and safety and security procedures. The statute further requires that the Department of Administration maintain guidelines.

The guidelines provided by the Division of State Human Resources address both domestic and workplace violence as it relates to employment.

Compensation Delegation Programs

The documents below are available for agencies’ use to maintain necessary documentation related to delegated classification and compensation actions.