[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Kingwood 2-14-2002 by Ord. No. 11-2-2002. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Township Committee shall, from time to time, promulgate rules and regulations governing personnel policies by the adoption of a resolution establishing the same, and an employee handbook containing the personnel policies, and, from time to time, modify, change and add to those policies.
An applicant for Township employment may be rejected if he/she or she:
Is not qualified for appointment to the position for which he/she or she has applied;
Is physically unfit to perform the duties of the position for which he/she or she has applied;
Is addicted to the habitual or excessive use of drugs or intoxicants;
Has been convicted of any crime or offense, involving moral turpitude, including persons offenses;
Has received other than an honorable discharge from the Armed Services of the United States;
Has been dismissed from previous employment for delinquency, insubordination or misconduct;
Has practiced or attempted to practice any deception or fraud in his or her application, or in furnishing other evidence of eligibility for appointment;
Is not within the age limits that have been established for the position for which he/she or she seeks appointment.
The Township Clerk shall initiate a personnel file for each new employee of the Township, and all records of such employee concerning qualification, permanent status, work history, accumulated vacation and sick leave, leave time and time of the like shall be maintained for such employee in such file. The Township Clerk shall make such files available for inspection by the employee on a reasonable basis.
The causes for which disciplinary action may be invoked against an employee are the following:
Neglect of duty;
Absence without leave or failure to report after authorized leave has expired, or after such leave has been disapproved or revoked;
Incompetency or inefficiency;
Incapacity, certified by a physician, due to mental or physical disability;
Insubordination or serious breach of discipline;
Intoxication while on duty;
Conviction of a criminal act;
Disobedience of a rule or regulation of the Township;
Conduct unbecoming of a public employee.
It is declared to be the policy of the Township to recognize and encourage meritorious actions on the part of its officers and employees. To this end, letters of commendation concerning Township employees from their superiors and from members of the public with whom they deal shall be directed to the attention of the Township Committee, and then recorded in the employee's personnel file. In addition, the Township Committee may, on its own motion, commend the work of particular officers and employees and cause such commendation to be inserted in their personnel files.