What Is SPBR?
The State Personnel Board of Review (SPBR) is a quasi-judicial agency, with jurisdiction over classified civil service employees across the State of Ohio. This includes county, state, and university employees. SPBR adjudicates various employment related matters pertaining to the following:
- Exempt employees in the classified civil service
- Non-exempt employees in the classified civil service who have not been organized
- Non-exempt employees whose collective bargaining agreement allows an appeal to the Board.
In certain cases, issues related to whistleblower complaints, OSHA and municipal civil service commissions may be reviewed by SPBR.
Read the StatutesOh. Rev. Code 124 Oh. Rev. Code 119 Oh. Admin. Code 124
What Does SPBR Do?
SPBR conducts administrative hearings to resolve disputes arising from appeals and investigation requests filed with the Board. Cases are generally heard by one of the Board’s Administrative Law Judges, who are attorneys licensed to practice law in Ohio and are highly experienced in personnel law issues. The Board provides oversight of municipal and township civil service commissions and has the power to appoint and remove commission members (O.R.C. 124.40). For a full explanation of SPBR’s powers and duties, please refer to O.R.C. 124.03.
Timely Filings Still Required!!!
If you are subject to a dismissal, discipline, classification change, etc., state law still requires a timely filing with SPBR by affected state, county, university, etc., employees. Our agency is set-up to receive such filing by electronic, email, US Mail, etc., methods.
Forms and Guidebooks
These are the most commonly used forms and guidebooks.
2022 SPBR Conference - Session Materials Now Available
The State Personnel Board of Review (SPBR) Conference is for those new to the field of managing employees in the classified civil service. View the recorded sessions and download the materials from the 2022 SPBR Conference held in Columbus on August 24, 2022.
Virtual Session: Resources for Municipal Civil Service Commissions
This session covers a broad spectrum of topics focused on the powers, duties, and responsibilities of a Civil Service Commission.
Virtual Session: Social Media: Navigating a Changing Legal World, Best Practices!
This session examines ways in which social media can impact employment matters. The presenters will address the use of social media as part of a disciplinary investigation, related constitutional issues, and limitations on employers and employees. The presenters will also examine social media policies and how they are designed to provide guidelines...
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