Town of Adams, MA
Berkshire County
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GENERAL REFERENCES
Administration — See Ch. 4.
Officers and employees — See Ch. 70.
Personnel rules and regulations — See Ch. 200.
A. 
The purpose of this chapter is to establish fair and equitable personnel policies and a system of personnel administration that ensures uniform, fair and efficient application of the personnel policies.
B. 
This chapter is adopted pursuant to the authority granted by Article LXXXIX of the Constitution of the commonwealth and MGL c. 41, §§ 108A and 108C.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPOINTMENT
The placement of a person in a position in the service of the Town.
CIVIL SERVICE
Classified civil service provided for by MGL c. 31 and the rules made thereunder.
CLASS
A group of positions sufficiently similar with respect to general nature of duties, authority and responsibility.
POSITION
An officer or post of employment in Town service with assigned duties and responsibilities calling for full-time or part-time employment of one person in performance thereof.
TOWN
The Town of Adams.
All Town departments and positions shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter except elected positions and the Town Administrator. Employees subject to the civil service laws or a collective bargaining agreement are subject only to those provisions which are not specifically regulated by civil service law or contract. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit any rights of employees pursuant to MGL c. 150E.
In conjunction with Sections 10 and 11 of An Act Establishing a Selectmen-Administrator Form of Government in the Town of Adams, the Town Administrator shall be responsible for administration of this chapter and regulations as approved by the Board of Selectmen. The Town Administrator may delegate responsibility to such staff assistant or assistants as deemed necessary. The Town Administrator shall:
A. 
Act to ensure that the Town acts affirmatively in providing maximum opportunities to all persons regardless of sex, color, creed, race or national origin for entry-level and promotional positions and provides equal treatment in all other aspects of personnel management.
B. 
Establish written rules and regulations, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen, consistent with the purposes and provisions of this chapter.
C. 
Be responsible for the recruitment, selection, appointment and removal of all employees subject to this chapter.
D. 
Maintain a centralized personnel recordkeeping system.
A. 
A position classification plan for all employees subject to this chapter shall be established, based on similarity of duties performed and responsibilities assumed, so that the same qualifications may be reasonably required for, and the same schedule of pay may be equitably applied to, all positions in the same class. No employee may be appointed to a position not included in the classification plan.
B. 
Section 80-5A shall not apply to members of a collective bargaining unit.
[Added 6-16-2009 ATM by Art. 26]
A. 
A compensation plan for all positions subject to this chapter shall be established and amended by action of the Town Administrator with approval of the Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting. The compensation plan shall consist of:
(1) 
A schedule of pay grades, including minimum, maximum and intermediate rates of each grade.
(2) 
An official list indicating the assignment of each class of position to specific pay grades.
B. 
Section 80-6A shall not apply to members of a collective bargaining unit.
[Added 6-16-2009 ATM by Art. 26]
Employees are entitled to have grievances and concerns regarding their employment heard in a fair, equitable and timely manner. The increase or decrease of general wage rates or salaries shall not be the subject of a grievance. A grievance procedure shall be established for all employees subject to this chapter.
A. 
Promulgation. The Town Administrator shall promulgate regulations, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen, further defining the personnel policies and procedures of the Town.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 200, Personnel Rules and Regulations.
B. 
Adoption of regulations. The personnel regulations shall be adopted or amended as follows:
(1) 
The Town Administrator or designee shall prepare the regulations.
(2) 
These regulations shall be submitted to the Board of Selectmen, which shall have 30 days to act thereon. Said regulations shall become effective after 30 days if the Board of Selectmen fails to act thereon.
C. 
Maintenance and annual review. The Town Administrator shall annually review the personnel regulations and recommend amendments to the Board of Selectmen. The Town Administrator shall compile and maintain a compilation of all regulations adopted by the Board of Selectmen. Copies of the compiled regulations shall be provided to all department heads and be available for inspection by employees.
The provisions of this chapter and any administrative regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter are severable. If any chapter provisions or administrative regulations are held invalid, the remaining provisions of this chapter or administrative regulations shall not be affected thereby.