Kansas Department of Administration

Bulletin 14-01 - New Employee Orientation Guidelines

1.0 - SUBJECT:  New Employee Orientation Guidelines

2.0 - EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2014

3.0 - DISTRIBUTION: State of Kansas HR Directors & Managers

4.0 - FROM: Kraig Knowlton, Director of Personnel Services DATE: July 1, 2014

5.0 - PURPOSE:  This Bulletin is being issued to provide consistency and clarification for New Employee Orientation (NEO) under Kansas Administrative Regulation (K.A.R.) 1-8-2.It establishes the required core topics for any such policies while retaining flexibility to address the unique needs of all individual agencies.

6.0 - BACKGROUND:  Following a needs analysis and review of statewide training programs and resources by the Staff Development and Training Team (SDTT), it was determined that there is a great deal of inconsistency amongst the NEO programs that are being presented by various state agencies.  Furthermore, while K.A.R. 1-8-2 establishes the general topics that must be included in NEO programs offered to state employees, the topics listed are very broad so the SDTT determined that clarification of those requirements was necessary. 


7.1  For the purposes of this Bulletin:

a) State agencies will provide new employees with an orientation to their duties and responsibilities, pertinent rules and regulations, benefits, state government, and other job-related matters upon employment. The specific requirements which must be addressed are listed in the Attachment to this Bulletin.

b) This Bulletin applies to all classified regular, unclassified, and any other positions the agency deems necessary.

7.2  Agencies may provide their own NEO, or utilize a NEO coordinated or developed by the Office of Personnel Services.
7.3  All new classified regular and unclassified employees shall complete a NEO within 6 months of his or her appointment to position.

a)  Classified employees serving an original probationary period pursuant to K.A.R. 1-7-4 (a) or (d) must complete a NEO prior to obtaining permanent status.Failure to complete a NEO within the time period originally proscribed for the probationary period will result in an extension of the employee’s probationary period pursuant to K.A.R. 1-7-4.

8.0 - REFERENCES:  K.A.R.’s 1-7-3, 1-7-4, and 1-8-2


Craig Kibbe, Deputy Director

Office of Personnel Services
(785) 296-3778

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