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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR BARNSTABLE COUNTY.

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 subsection (g) of section 66 of chapter 188 of the acts of 2010, the county commissioners of Barnstable county may establish and implement an early retirement incentive program for county employees as otherwise provided in said section 66 of said chapter 188 and subject to the following provisions:

(i)  that the county administrator shall submit a plan to the public employee administration commission for approval not later than 2 months after the effective date of this act;

    (ii)  after that plan has been approved, that the county administrator shall submit the plan to the board of county commissioners for acceptance at the next meeting of that board during which the plan can be practically submitted;

   (iii)  not later than 1 month after the plan is accepted by the board of county commissioners, that the county administrator publish and make the approved plan available to the employees;

    (iv)  that the county administrator require employees to participate not later than 2 months after the plan’s publication;

(v)  that the county administrator determine which employees shall be allowed to participate in the program and notify those employees not later than 1 month after the application deadline; and

    (vi)  that the county administrator require that participating employees retire not later than 2 months after notification of acceptance.

SECTION 2.  The county administrator, with the approval of the county commissioners of Barnstable county, may fill a county department position vacated as a result of an eligible employee’s participation in the retirement incentive program.  The total annualized cost of regular compensation paid out by the county in fiscal year 2019 for all such refilled positions shall not exceed 20 per cent of the total annualized cost of regular compensation that would have been paid out by the county during fiscal year 2019 for positions vacated in the county pursuant to the retirement incentive program had those positions not been vacated.

An employee retired pursuant to this act shall not be re-employed in county service, whether as a consultant, an independent contractor or a person whose regular duties require time devoted to county service, before 30 days after the date of that employee’s retirement.

SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, December 28, 2018.