(1) An employee of the state who is within the Career Service System established by part II, or who is protected by any other merit system plan or system providing for tenure, may not be terminated by the agency or department in which he or she is employed solely because of attainment of age 65. Such employee may be terminated if the agency or department specifies charges or other cause for such termination. The attainment of age 65 or older shall not be considered as such specified cause for termination. If an employee continues in employment beyond age 65, the agency or department shall not be required to justify such continuation in employment.
(2) Whenever any employee who has attained age 65 is terminated by an agency or department solely because the employee attains age 65, the employee may apply for relief from the action to the Public Employees Relations Commission pursuant to s. 447.208. The employee shall continue in employment pending the outcome of the application. If the employee continues in employment following the decision of the commission, no further action shall be taken by the agency or department to terminate the employee for a period of 1 year following the date of the decision of the commission unless approved by the commission upon a showing by the agency or department that the employee’s capability has changed to a sufficient extent that he or she is no longer able to perform any job within such agency or department.
(3) Any employee who has attained age 65 may be transferred to some job requiring less responsibility and less arduous duties by the agency or department in which he or she is employed when determination is made that such employee is not able to satisfactorily carry out the full duties of his or her position. A transfer to a different position may be accompanied by an appropriate reduction in pay. Such transfer shall be subject to appeal by the employee.
(4) If mutually agreed to by the employee and the agency or department, an employee who has attained age 65 may be reduced to a part-time position for the purpose of phasing the employee out of employment into retirement. Such an arrangement may also be required by the Public Employees Relations Commission as part of its decision in any appeal arising out of this section. A reduction to a part-time position may be accompanied by an appropriate reduction in pay.
(5) In the event of transfer to another position or reduction to a part-time position, the agency or department concerned shall furnish, in writing, to the affected employee the reasons for the transfer or reduction, together with the name and classification of the employee concerned.