TOPEKA, Kan. — Lawmakers are raising questions as Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration works to overhaul the state’s protocol for employee layoffs and rehiring.

Legislators on a regulatory advisory committee are studying the Kansas Department of Administration’s plan for altering policy on employee layoffs and rehiring, annual performance ratings, and donation of unused sick leave, The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports.

Some of the proposed alterations include capping the donation of unused sick leave at 80 hours, and restricting worker options for appealing regular job performance ratings.

Unused sick leave is currently provided to state workers who are dealing with serious illness, but who do not have paid time off.

Some lawmakers say the proposed regulations are too vague and could be manipulated to weaken the standing of the most experienced staff. Legislators are also unhappy that the state workers or employee unions were asked for their input.

A department spokesman has said the changes have been in development since 2014. The proposals are vetted by the Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office to make sure they are compliant with state law.

The committee cannot block any proposed changes. A committee member wanted to send a letter from the panel to the Department of Administration suggesting a delay in implementing the proposed changes, but he withdrew that request when other members expressed concern that the committee didn’t have the standing to make a formal request.

The public will be able to offer comment on the overhaul on Sept. 27.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,