The rules shall encourage continuing education and staff development and shall require that employees be selected on a nonpartisan basis using fair and meaningful criteria which afford all employees opportunities to enhance their skills. These rules also may include reasonable provisions for the continuation or return of any faculty or classified employee receiving the benefits of the education or training, or for reimbursement by the state for expenditures incurred on behalf of the faculty member or classified employee.
(b) Subject to legislative appropriation therefor, the commission and council shall provide additional, regular, training and professional development for employees engaged in human resources-related activities at all organizations. The training and professional development:
(1) Shall be mandatory with appropriate consideration given to limiting travel demands on employees; and
(2) Shall be in addition to and may not supplant the training and professional development regularly provided to any class of employees by each organization prior to the effective date of this section.