(a) "Classification system" means the process by which jobs, job titles, career ladders and assignment to pay grades are determined.
(b) "Classified employee" or "employee" means any regular employee of an organization who holds a position that is assigned a particular job and job title within the classification system established by this article, article nine and by duly promulgated and adopted rules of the commission and council.
(c) "Job" means the total collection of tasks, duties and responsibilities assigned to one or more individuals whose work is of the same nature and level.
(d) "Job description" means a summary of the most important features of a job, including the general nature and level of the work performed.
(e) "Job evaluation" means a formal process used to create a job worth hierarchy.
(f) "Job family" means a group of jobs having the same nature of work, but requiring different levels of skill, effort, responsibility or working conditions.
(g) "Job title" means the descriptive name for the total collection of tasks, duties and responsibilities assigned to one or more individuals whose positions have the same nature of work performed at the same level.
(h) "Job worth hierarchy" means the perceived internal value of jobs in relation to each other within an organization.
(i) "Nonclassified employee" means an employee of an organization who holds a position that is not assigned a particular job and job title within the classification system established by this article, article nine, and by duly promulgated and adopted rules of the commission and council and who meets one or more of the following criteria:
(1) Holds a direct policy-making position at the department or organization level; or
(2) Reports directly to the president or chief executive officer of the organization.
(j) "Organization" means the commission, the council, an agency or entity under the respective jurisdiction of the commission or the council or a state institution of higher education as defined in section two, article one of this chapter.
(k) "Pay grade" means the level to which a job is assigned within a job worth hierarchy.
(l) "Point factor methodology" means a quantitative job evaluation process in which elements of a job are given a factor value and each factor is weighted according to its importance.
(m) "Position description" means a summary of the total duties and responsibilities of a position based on factors provided in the position information questionnaire (PIQ).
(n) "Position information questionnaire" or "PIQ" means a tool used in the creation and evaluation of position descriptions and includes the factors of knowledge, experience, complexity and problem solving, freedom of action, scope and effect, breadth of responsibility, intra-systems contacts, external contacts, direct supervision of personnel, indirect supervision of personnel and health, safety and physical considerations.
(o) "Step" means a standard progression in pay rate that is established within a pay grade. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session