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 section 33 or the first sentence of section 39 of chapter 31 of the General Laws or any other general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, if a permanent employee of the fire department of the town of Swampscott serving in any position with a title above the lowest title in that department is to be separated from that position because of a lack of money or the abolition of the position, the employee shall be separated from his position according to the employee’s seniority in the position based on the employee’s length of service in the position after permanent promotion in the department and shall be reinstated to the position held according to that seniority, but this act shall apply only to reductions in force resulting in demotions from title above the lowest title in the department to the next lower title or titles in succession in the department and shall not affect the seniority of any employee in service for any other purpose, including but not limited to, the separation of any permanent employee from service in the department.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved July 13, 2006.