Change to Lower Grade
- A change to lower grade may be voluntary (requested by the
employee), involuntary (initiated by management), or caused by failure
to complete the supervisory or managerial probationary period. A change
to lower grade is not considered an adverse action when an employee
voluntarily requests it or it is the result of a reduction-in-force
- When filling a vacancy, a candidate applying for a change to lower
grade is usually considered a non-competitive referral, because he/she
already competed for and currently holds a position at a higher grade
level than the one being filled. Therefore, competition is not required.
However, if the lower graded position has promotion potential above the
grade level held by the employee, competition is required and merit
promotion rules apply.