The State Organization Index provides an alphabetical listing of government organizations, including commissions, departments, and bureaus.
Top-requested sites to log in to services provided by the state
Here are some "Dos and Don'ts" for Executive Department employees.
This section covers some policies that are otherwise not covered on the absence&leave page.
Managers' behavior is governed by the Manager Code of Conduct.
The code of conduct provides guidance on issues including:
The behavior of bargaining unit employees are covered by individual codes of contact that vary by bargaining unit. Please see applicable union contract.
Some collective bargaining agreements contain language on "mutual respect" that address unacceptable behavior in the workplace. Behaviors that contribute to a hostile, humiliating, or intimidating work environment, including abusive language or behavior, are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Collective Bargaining Agreements (see "Mutual Respect" clause, if any)
State employees are expected to act professionally towards all internal and external customers and provide good customer service.
Some agencies have implemented dress codes. If you are uncertain if your agency has a dress code, please contact your agency's Human Resources office.
Gifts valued $50 or more
Appearance of a conflict
For more information, please see the website of the State Ethics Commission
Holding more than one state job
Generally state employees may not hold more than one job at any time, with some special exceptions made. Teaching on a part-time at a state college or university outside the regular work hours in addition to working another state job is allowed under certain circumstances.
After hours work or moonlighting
There can be conflicts of interest in paid and unpaid work a state employee perform outside their state job. When in doubt on whether any activities are appropriate, contact the State Ethics Commission for guidance.
Working after Retirement
There are work restrictions for state employees who retire and receive a pension and then return to work for the state in the same of different agency from which they retired. There is a maximum number of hours they can work during a calendar year (960 hours - also know as 120 day appointments) and maximum earnings based on their last salary when employed full-time. There are penalties if the employee exceeds the allowed number of hours or ceiling on compensation. Post-retirees and agencies that may employ them should thoroughly read the Post-Employment Retirement Guidelines to ensure a successful assignment.
State employees can and do run for office on many different levels, but they have fundraising restrictions
Employees may not use work time or resources to support or run for political office or supporting fundraisers. Employees may not use any social media tools to invite people to fundraising events or to raise any funds.
State employees are prohibited during work and non-work hours from soliciting or receiving any campaign donations.
See the Memo Regarding Restrictions on Political Activity from the Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel.
The Office of Campaign and Political Finance is a great resource if you have any questions.
State law does prohibits smoking in public workplaces. Smoking includes the lighting of a cigar, cigarette, pipe or other tobacco product or possessing a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other tobacco or non-tobacco product designed to be combusted and inhaled.
Smoking shall be prohibited in workplaces, work spaces, common work areas, classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, offices, elevators, hallways, medical facilities, cafeterias, employee lounges, staircases, restrooms, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, food courts or concessions.
State Buildings also have rules against smoking while on state property.
Law against smoking on state property
Employees are not allowed to be intoxicated, possess or use legal or illegal drugs or alcohol at the workplace.
State agencies receiving at least $100k in federal funding must adhere to the Drug-Free Workplace Act.
This includes publishing a statement notifying employees that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in p workplace and specifying the actions that will be taken against employees for violation of such prohibition,
Comptroller's annual memo on the Drug-Free Workplace Act (FY 2018)
Comptroller of the Commonwealth
Social Media Policy
Sexual harassment of employees occurring in the workplace or in other settings related to their employment is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the Commonwealth.
Sexual Harassment Policy
Sexual Harassment Annual Memo (2017)
Sexual Harassment Report Form
Sexual Harassment Investigation and Complaint Procedures
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Sexual Harassment Officers List
Sexual harassment means sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
(a) Submission to or rejection of such advances, requests or conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or as a basis for employment decisions; or,
(b) Such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive work environment.
Other sexually oriented conduct, whether it is intended or not, that is unwelcome and has the effect of creating a work place environment that is hostile, offensive, intimidating, or humiliating to male or female workers may also constitute sexual harassment.
See Leave Benefits for Violence Survivors
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking in the Workplace
To ensure safety for all, weapons are not allowed in the workplace. An exception is made for public safety personnel who require specialized equipment to perform their job duties.
The state has a zero tolerance for employee behavior involving physical assault and/or battery including the following activities:
Workplace Violence Policy (Intranet site)
Executive Order 442 Policy of Zero Tolerance for Workplace Violence
There is an Executive Department Time and Attendance Policy that covers all Executive department employees.
Please note each state agency has issued their own time and attendance policy modeled after the Executive Department version but with information custom to their agency.
The policy covers topics including: