Commonwealth of Massachusetts | Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission
Five Middlesex Avenue, Suite 304, Somerville, MA 02145
Ph 617 666 4446 | Fax 617 628 4002 | TTY 617 591 8917 | www.mass.gov/perac
Domenic J. F. Russo, Chairman
Auditor Suzanne M. Bump | Paul V. Doane | James M. Machado | Donald R. Marquis | Robert B. McCarthy | Gregory R. Mennis
Joseph E. Connarton, Executive Director
M E M O R A N D U M
TO: All Retirement Boards
FROM: Joseph E. Connarton, Executive Director
RE: Mandatory Ethics Training and Open Meeting Law Distributions Reminders
DATE: July 28, 2011
Members of Retirement Boards and Retirement Board staff are municipal employees under G.L. c. 268A, and as a result must complete the Ethics Commission’s training program by April 2 every two years (see PERAC Memos #45/2009 and #13/2010).
All new Board Members and new Board employees must complete the training within 30 days of becoming a Board Member or becoming employed by a Retirement Board. The Ethics training program is posted on the Ethics Commission’s website http://www.mass.gov/ethics in the section entitled “Education and Training Resources.”
In addition to the requirements of the Ethics law, the Open Meetings law requires that within 2 weeks of election or appointment to a public body (including a Retirement Board) all members of the body must be provided with copies of certain documents and must sign a certificate of receipt. The materials to be provided are listed on the Certificate of Receipt of Open Meeting Law Materials, and include:
The Certificate of Receipt can be accessed and downloaded at the Attorney General’s website, http://www.mass.gov/ago/openmeeting.
Members of public bodies must complete a Certificate by January 14 every 2 years.