Legislative history of span of control in Oregon state government
On June 14, 2017 Governor Brown signed HB 2332 (2017). Pursuant to Section 3 of HB2332, ORS 291.229 and Section 2, Chapter 622, Oregon Laws 2015 are repealed, meaning effective January 1, 2018 the 1:11 ratio is no longer mandatory and the exception request process is no longer required until after the agency's 2019-2021 budget is approved in accordance with the maximum supervisory ratio requirement of HB2332.
ORS 291.227 (Maximum Supervisory Ratios)
Beginning with the 2019 legislative session, as part of the biennial budget process, each state agency employing more than 100 employees must report to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means the state agency's maximum supervisory ratio for the biennium as part of the agency budget presentation.
The statute allows each
state agency employing more than 100 employees, as part of their biennial budget
process, to determine the state agency's maximum supervisory ratio for the
biennium by starting from a baseline ratio of one to 11 and adjusting the ratio
based on some or all of the following factors:
- Saftey of the public or of state agency employees;
- Geographic location of the agency's employees;
- Complexity of the agency's
- Industry best practices and standards;
- Size and hours of operation
of the agency
- Unique personnel needs of
the agency, including the agency's use of volunteers or seasonal or temporary
employees, or the exercise of supervisory authority by agency supervisory
employees over personnel who are not agency employees; and
- Financial scope and responsibility of the agency
- Subject agencies are required to provide a copy of the report to all
labor organizations representing employees of the state agency before
submitting the report to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.
- The maximum supervisory ratio included in the adopted budgets signed
into law will be the span of control ratio that the agency will be expected to
manage their workforce to.
- After the agency's legislatively adopted
budget becomes law and the agency's maximum supervisory ratio for the biennium
is established, an agency will be able to hire supervisory positions so long as
it does not exceed the approved maximum supervisory ratio.
- If the agency's actual supervisory ratio is
greater than the agency's approved maximum supervisory ratio, an agency will
only be able to hire a new management supervisory position, with an exception
Span of Control
1. What if I want to hire a supervisory position?
2. What if I want to hire a supervisory position and the agency actual supervisory ratio exceeds the agency’s maximum supervisory ratio approved for the biennium?
If the agency's actual supervisory
ratio is greater than the agency's approved maximum supervisory ratio, an
agency will only be able to hire a new supervisory position, with an exemption
from CHRO. Agencies should submit a REQUEST FOR MAXIMUM SUPERVISORY RATIO EXEMPTION form to the
CHRO policy email box.
- CHRO will lift the requirement once your agency has demonstrated it is within
the maximum supervisory ratio.
3. More FAQs will be added as we receive questions from agencies.
For more information, refer to the links
below and to the FAQs and tools intended to assist agencies in obtaining
answers to those questions. Should have any additional questions or need
assistance, please feel free to contact Heath Lawson via email
503-949-6355. If you have questions
regarding position classification, please contact Jen Coney via email or 503-949-6169.