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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT CLARIFYING THE APPLICABILITY OF THE CIVIL SERVICE LAWS TO EMPLOYEE POSITIONS IN THE CITY OF FRAMINGHAM

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding sections 48, 51 and 52 of chapter 31 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the Framingham home rule charter that was approved by the voters on April 4, 2017 shall not change the applicability of said chapter 31 to all designated employee positions in the city of Framingham as said chapter 31 applied up to and including April 4, 2017.

SECTION 2. Notwithstanding sections 48, 51 and 52 of chapter 31 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the Framingham home rule charter that was approved by the voters on April 4, 2017 shall not amend, supersede or nullify any agreement between the town of Framingham and any employee organization as defined in chapter 150E of the General Laws including, but not limited to, the collective bargaining agreement between the town of Framingham and the Framingham police officers union, regarding the existing or future applicability of said chapter 31 to employee positions in the city of Framingham. 

SECTION 3. Notwithstanding sections 48, 51 and 52 of chapter 31 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the appointment, promotion, discipline, discharge, layoff and any other aspect of employment for the following positions in the city of Framingham shall continue to be subject to said chapter 31: (i) sworn police officers up to and including the rank of lieutenant, excluding the chief of police, deputy chiefs of police and employees of the police department whose positions have been civilianized under any agreement between the town of Framingham and any employee organization as defined in chapter 150E of the General Laws; and (ii) uniformed firefighters up to and including the rank of deputy chief, excluding the fire chief, the assistant fire chief and employees of the fire department whose positions have been civilianized under any agreement between the town of Framingham and any employee organization as defined in said chapter 150E.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect as of December 31, 2017.

Approved, January 12, 2018.