City of Biddeford, ME
York County
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GENERAL REFERENCES
Administration — See Ch. 2.
[Ord. of 11-19-1996; Ord. No. 2007.12, 3-6-2007]
The purpose of this article is to establish a Human Resources Policy and Procedure and Benefits Manual that is in compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations. The City Manager is responsible for the maintenance and preparation of a Human Resources Policy and Procedure and Benefit Manual, which will govern the administration of the City's human resources program. Amendments shall be presented to the Council for approval as appropriate. This policy will guide the City Manager and department heads in the administration of personnel activity except as it conflicts with a collective bargaining agreement, or is otherwise stated in the City Charter. All employees will be informed about their rights as well as their responsibilities while in the employment of the City.
This article and subsequent modifications shall supersede any policy and rule previously enacted by the City Council. This article applies to all full-time, part-time and temporary employees, as defined herein, except for the City Manager, School Department employees, and those employees whose employment relationship with the City is governed by a collective bargaining agreement insofar as those provisions of the collective bargaining agreement are in specific conflict with this article. Elected City officials and appointed members of the City boards and commissions are not considered as employees of the City and are not subject to the terms and agreements of the Personnel Ordinance Human Resources Policy and Procedure and Benefit Manual.
The City shall administer and implement the Human Resources Policy and Procedure and Benefit Manual in a manner that shall not discriminate unlawfully against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical or mental disability. Furthermore, the City shall take affirmative action to enhance the opportunities for minority group members, where they may be underutilized.
[Ord. of 11-19-1996; Ord. No. 2007.12, 3-6-2007]
The City Manager shall administer the personnel policy, and shall:
(1) 
Appoint the Director of Human Resources to administer the policy on his/her behalf.
(2) 
Encourage and exercise leadership in the development of sound personnel practices between and among the departments of the City.
(3) 
Foster and develop programs for the improvement of employee effectiveness and morale including but no limited to safety, health, counseling, proper courtesy when dealing with the public, and respect for municipal property.
(4) 
Establish and maintain records of all employees in the public service, setting forth as to each employee the class, title, pay or status, sick leave, vacation time and other relevant data in accordance with applicable federal and state law.
(5) 
Apply and enforce the provisions of this policy and perform any act, which may be necessary or desirable to carry out the purposes and provisions of this policy.
(6) 
The City Manager has the authority to establish, amend, alter or revoke the work rules, operational policies, regulations and standards as circumstances for the good of the City and its employees covered by this policy may require.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: This subsection was altered to remove references to the policies of the Police and Fire Departments as governed by commissions pursuant to the 11-8-2016 amendment to the City Charter that eliminated the Fire Commission and the Police Commission.
(7) 
Copies of the Human Resources Policy and Procedure Manual and Benefit Manual are made available to the public in the City Clerk's office or Human Resources Department.