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Understanding the Merit System


New York State employees.


Since most state employees are in the classified service their career mobility options are governed by the Merit System. This workshop teaches State employees how the Merit System works.


  • The importance of taking examinations
  • Eligible lists and the selection process
  • Leaves of absence
  • Probation
  • Voluntary transfers
  • Reinstatements

Available Format(s):

Recorded webinar available here* or on the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS). Please note, if you are viewing this webinar as part of a training curriculum, please log into SLMS to view the webinar.

*Webinar updated, August 2017 with branding, content remains the same.

In person workshops are also available and held upon agency request. Agency Human Resource Offices should call or e-mail CMO to request a workshop.