November 29, 1994: To allow full-time, including provisional and temporary, employees to join the Somerville Retirement System immediately upon employment.
Provisional or temporary part-time employees working a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week must join the retirement system after working for six (6) consecutive months;
No employees may join the retirement system unless they work a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week;
All non-elected board members must join the retirement system upon the first date of employment;
Election department employees paid by name for census are not eligible for membership in the retirement system;
All new employees shall be examined by a physician and a written report shall be filed in the retirement system prior to their acceptance in the retirement system;
Board members shall receive one (1) year of service for each year of service;
Part-time employees who work at least twenty (20) hours per week shall receive one (1) year of service for each year of service;
Seasonal part-time employees who work at least twenty hours per week for seven (7) months or for the full season whichever is larger shall receive one (1) year of service of each year of service;
The following formula shall be used for all hourly persons working for less than twenty (20) hours per week and for those seasonal employees who do not work for at least seven (7) months or the full season whichever is longer:
April 1, 2014: 5 and 2 Schedule, Buyback of Days of the Police Associations' Contracts states: "Employees assigned to a Monday -Friday schedule may, at their option, annually elect to buy back up to five (5) of the 17 1/3 additional days off each receives, at their applicable daily rate of pay, by notice to the Police Department, in which event the number of additional days off each receives shall be reduced by the number of buyback days elected and paid for. The annual election and payment for such buyback days shall be made in January of each year for the prior calendar year".
The 17 1/3 "additional days off'' per the Police contract for the 5-2 scheduled Police Officers are not considered regular compensation based on "payment for services performed" or character of the work.
The "additional days off'' are lost if not used (balance cannot be carried forward at year end), not paid out if they leave and these days are above and beyond vacation days. Unlike vacation days, they do not get paid for them when they leave, which is an important component of vacation days being qualified in Memo 39-2012. Therefore, the 17 1/3 "additional days off'' do not possess the characteristics of vacation days and are not applicable to Memo 39-2012 and are not regular compensation. Retirement deductions will NOT be deducted from these 5 paid out days.