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HR Reference Manual

The HR Reference Manual is an extensive resource on human resources in the public sector. It includes chapters on Hiring, Discipline & Termination, Compensation & Benefits, Labor Relations, Personnel Policies, and more.

If you have questions:
Contact the HR & Benefits Department
(651) 281-1200 or (800) 925-1122


Chapter 1: City Employment Basics (pdf) (Revised: 4/2014)

  1. Appointing Authority & Type of Government
  2. General Public Employment Concepts
  3. Applicable State and Federal Law
  4. Best Management Practices

Chapter 2: Hiring (pdf) (Revised: 7/2014)

  1. Applicable State & Federal Laws
  2. Procedural Considerations
  3. Recruitment Process
  4. Veterans Preference
  5. Interviewing
  6. Testing & Examinations
  7. Background Checks & Bonding
  8. Job Offers
  9. Contracts & Agreements
  10. Orientation
  11. Employment Status
  12. Employment of Minors
  13. Promotions

Chapter 3: Discipline & Termination (pdf) (Revised: 9/2013)

  1. Applicable State & Federal Laws
  2. Resignation
  3. Discipline & Termination
  4. Union Issues
  5. Retirement
  6. Veterans Preference
  7. Separation Checklists
  8. Reference Checks & Release of Information

Chapter 4: Compensation (pdf) (Revised: 4/2014)

  1. Compensation & Benefits
  2. Applicable State & Federal Laws
  3. Salary & Wages

Chapter 5: Benefits (pdf) (Revised: 10/2014)

  1. Benefits and Compensation
  2. Applicable State and Federal Law
  3. Leave Benefits and Time Off
  4. Other Employee Benefits, Events and Programs
  5. Insurance Benefits
  6. Pension and Retirement Plans
  7. Other Insurance Benefits
  8. Continuation of Insurance Benefits

Chapter 6: Labor Relations (pdf) (Revised: 10/2014)

(Special thanks to Scott Lepak of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. for his expertise and collaboration with the League of Minnesota Cities on this chapter)

  1. Appointing Authority and Type Of Government
  2. Applicable State and Federal Laws
  3. Union Organizing, Certification, and Decertification Elections
  4. Union Contracts
  5. Disputes: Proper Subject for Grievance Procedure or Arbitration

Chapter 7: Personnel Policies (pdf) (Revised: 6/2014)

  1. City Practices in Setting Personnel Policies
  2. Applicable State & Federal Laws
  3. Purpose
  4. Application
  5. Definitions
  6. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA)
  7. Recruitment and Selection
  8. Compensation
  9. Holidays and Leave
  10. Performance Evaluation
  11. Length of Service Programs
  12. Benefits
  13. Discipline
  14. Separation from Employment
  15. Other Policies

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    This guide, which contains 2014 legislative changes, is intended to assist city managers, clerks, finance officers, and elected city officials in preparing 2015 city budgets. It includes state and federal laws affecting city budgets, information about standard city expenditure items, descriptions of city revenues, and more.
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    Learn the ins and outs of city council meetings, including types of meetings, the Open Meeting Law, notice requirements, scheduling, attendance, minutes, procedure, motions, and model bylaws. Especially helpful for newly elected officials, but a great reference for all mayors and city councilmembers.
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