Personnel Policy

The Boulder Junction Public Library board values its staff of paid and unpaid personnel and their contribution to the library operation. Unpaid employees (volunteers) are covered under the Volunteer Policy in the handbook. The library board will use the Wisconsin Public Library Standards and state librarian certification regulation as a hiring guideline.

A. Management Policy:

The duly appointed library board shall have all management rights, authorities, and responsibilities as stated in Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 43.

1. The library board shall select, appoint, and, when necessary for valid reasons, dismiss the director of the library.
2. The library board shall establish all other positions and all starting wages and benefit levels for all library staff.
3. The library board shall provide an effective orientation for new directors to assure that the director understands a) the policies and processes related to the daily operation of the library, b) reporting and budgetary requirements that assure accountability and compliance with the law, c) the expectations of the board in regard to administrative processes and protocol, particularly as they relate to conducting effective and efficient board meetings, and d) rules and requirements for state certification and any assistance which is provided by the Library to acquire and maintain appropriate certification.
4. The library board shall conduct annual reviews of the library director's performance, at which time personal and management goals can be discussed and negotiated.

B. Administrative Policy:

The person appointed as library director shall be charged with the sole administration of the library.

1. The director shall be responsible to the library board in matters pertaining to and concerning the library; be present at monthly board meetings and prepare and present such reports and meeting documents as requested.
2. The director shall maintain financial records in an efficient manner; present periodic reports to the library board and to the municipal governing body; prepare the draft of the annual budget to be presented to the library board, and assist trustees with presenting the adopted appropriation request to the municipal governing body.
3. The director shall hold regular meetings with staff and/or volunteers for training and interpreting board policy.
4. The director will be responsible for preparing annual performance reviews for library staff.
5. The director shall have the responsibility for collection development for all materials in the library; this includes selection, ordering, processing, weeding, and inventory of the collections according to the guidelines in the policy.
6. The director will recommend changes in or additions to library policies as needed.
7. The director will perform preparatory work to assist the library board with regular library planning.

C. Probationary Period:

All persons employed by the Boulder Junction Public Library to fill a paid position shall serve a probationary period, during which time he/she may be dismissed without just cause. In this case, the town’s grievance policy will not apply. The probationary period shall continue for six months from date of hire, providing the employee’s performance is satisfactory. The probationary period may be extended not to exceed six additional months if, in the opinion of the library board, an extended period is necessary to fully evaluate the employee. During the probationary period, the probationary employee must exhibit an ability to learn and handle the job for which he/she was hired. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, the employee will assume regular employee status and the six-month probationary period will be included in accrued time of employment as counted toward employee benefits.

D. Salaries and Evaluation:

Job descriptions and salary guidelines have been approved by the library board. They are subject to regular revision so that they will remain equitable for both the library and the staff.

The library employees’ wages and benefits are established by the library board. The library employees’ annual wage increases will be approved by the library board and awarded in January.

All non-exempt library employees shall turn in time sheets to the town clerk at the end of each pay period. Exempt employees shall turn in time sheets for PTO only.

Eligible library employees are required to participate in retirement benefits under the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). Employees shall contribute the employee’s share of the WRS-required contribution per Wisconsin State Law and the town will pay the town’s matching amount per WRS. The contribution amount is determined on an annual basis by the WRS. Contact the Town Clerk/Treasurer for more information.

The library board will evaluate the performance of the library director after the initial six months probationary period, thereafter annually. The library director will evaluate the performance of the other library staff annually.

E. Health Insurance:

Library employees must work 30 hours per week or more to be eligible for health insurance through the Town of Boulder Junction.

The Town of Boulder Junction can pay no more than 90% of the premium for health insurance for its employees. Employees are required to pay a minimum of 10% of the premium or costs of the plan.

Refer to printed information available from the Town Clerk for details of eligibility and coverage under the current plans. Employees are responsible for completing all forms necessary for enrollment. The Town reserves the right to change insurance carries and plans as it deems necessary.

If you elect to participate in the Town’s insurance plans, coverage will begin on the first day of employment. If insurance is declined, employees are eligible to enroll in the future provided enrollment is requested within 31 days of specific qualifying events; marriage, birth, adoption, or placement for adoption, divorce, or involuntary loss of other group health insurance coverage.

F. Paid Time Off:

• The any “time off” is now referred to as “PTO”(paid time off). The purpose of PTO is to provide full-time employees with a more flexible paid time off from work that can be used for vacation, personal or family illness, school, doctor appointments, volunteerism and other activities of the employee’s choosing.

• Full-time employees will accrue PTO based on length of service as defined below. PTO is added to the employee’s bank annually on January 1. The employee’s length of service on January 1 determines the amount of PTO time available during the ensuing calendar year. Employees may use PTO in whole day or half day increments. Staff members working less than 30 hours per week are not eligible for PTO.

• After termination of employment with the Library, employees are paid for any unused PTO they have available for that year.

• PTO accrued prior to the start of a requested and approved unpaid leave of absence must be exhausted prior to the start of unpaid leave.

• An employee does not have the option to be paid in lieu of PTO. PTO is very important, and the Library encourages its use for periodic rest and relaxation away from the job.

• An employee may carry over 10 days of unused PTO into the next year; however, it must be used by the end of the carryover year. If not used within that second year it will be lost unless the employee elects to roll the unused PTO into an Extended Sick Leave Bank (ESL Bank) following the procedures outlined in the Town of Boulder Junction Employee Handbook.

PTO Schedule:

• New hire to less than 1 year employment, 5 days PTO.
• For at least 1 year but less than 3 years employment, 10 days PTO
• For at least 3 years but less than 8 years, 15 days PTO
• For at least 8 years but less than but less than 15 years, 20 days PTO
• After 15 years, 20 days PTO plus one day for each year of service beyond 15 years to a maximum of 25 days.

G. Holidays:

Staff members working less than 30 hours per week will not receive paid holidays. After successful completion of a six-month probationary period, the library director shall be granted the day off with pay for the following holidays:

• New Year’s Day,
• Memorial Day,
• Fourth of July,
• Labor Day,
• Thanksgiving,
• Christmas Eve
• Christmas Day.

A recognized holiday that falls on a weekend will be observed on the Friday before or the Monday following. Holiday hours will be prorated based on the hours worked in an average two-week pay period.

H. Longevity Pay

The longevity pay plan recognizes and expresses the library’s appreciation for the long-term full-time service of employees. All employees working more than 30 hours per week receive longevity pay which is based upon length of continuous service as employees with the library. The payment for the earned longevity shall be made annually on or about December 15th of each year. The amount of longevity pay shall be computed based upon the following schedule:

• 5 years but less than 10 years of service, $15 per month or $180 per year
• 10 years but less than 15 years of service, $22 per month or $264 per year
• 15 years but less than 20 years of service, $26 per month or $312 per year
• 20 years but less than 25 years of service, $32 per month or $384 per year
• 25 or more years of service, $38 per month or $456 per year

The longevity payment is based upon your anniversary date of employment. If employment is terminated for any reason other than retirement, the employee shall not receive the longevity pay for the current year. When a retirement occurs after 15 years of service, prior to the 15th of the month, the payment shall be to the end of the preceding month.

I. Other Benefits:

Refer to the Town of Boulder Junction Employee Handbook for details on State Income Continuation, Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment Insurance and Social Security.

J. Leave of Absence:

Leaves of absence without pay may be granted to library employees for maternity, adoption, illness, travel, or graduate or certification training. All leaves are considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the director. A leave for the director must be approved by the library board.

The library adheres to the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Law (section 103.10 of the WI Statues). Family leaves of absence without pay are available to employees who wish to take time off from work duties to fulfill family obligations relating directly to childbirth, adoption, or placement of a foster child; or to care for a child, spouse, companion, or parent with a serious health condition.

Requests for leave should be submitted in writing well in advance of the time when the leave is to begin. Written requests should indicate both a beginning and ending date for the leave. PTO time must be used before an unpaid leave will be approved for reasons other than maternity, adoption, or military training.

In some instances, it may be necessary to deny requests for leaves of absence. Leaves are a privilege and can be granted only if the best interests of the library can be maintained.

K. Bereavement Leave:

Employees working 30 hours per week or more may take up to three paid leave days in the event of the death of immediate family, defined as, spouse, children, sibling, or parents of either the employee or the employee’s spouse. Staff members working less than 30 hours per week may take bereavement leave without pay.

L. Military Leave:

Library employees who are duly enrolled members of the National Guard, State Guard, or any other organized reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States shall be allowed a military leave of absence which has been ordered. The leave, under normal circumstances, will not exceed fourteen (14) days excluding Sundays and legal holidays. A copy of the order requiring attendance at military training sites shall accompany all requests for a military leave.

The library board can assure no loss of wages if the employee wishes to turn all earnings from the training period into the library board. Benefits are not affected by a military leave as long as the leave stays within the fourteen-day parameter.

M. Jury Duty:

Employees shall be granted unpaid leave when required to be absent to serve jury duty during regular scheduled hours.

N. Work Schedule Policy:

Major changes in the director's schedule or other circumstances may not be made without approval of the library board. Requests for such shall be made in writing to the library board. Requests for changes in the work schedule of other staff or volunteers shall be made in writing to the library director. The majority of the director’s hours should be worked during library operating hours. All non-exempt library employees shall turn in time sheets to the town clerk at the end of each pay period. Exempt employees shall turn in time sheets for PTO only.

O. Meetings, Conventions, and Workshops:

Employees are encouraged to attend continuing education opportunities to aid the library and shall be allowed expenses at the discretion of the library board according to the amount appropriated in the budget.

The library board will pay for all state-mandated continuing education credits. Additional credits may be allowed at the discretion of the library board according to the amount appropriated in the budget.

P. Disciplinary Policy:

An employee of the Boulder Junction Public Library may be dismissed for any action or behavior that causes the Library's image or operation to be diminished. This includes but is not limited to: incompetence, misconduct, inattention to assigned duties, or unapproved absences from work.

Normally termination would be a final step which would follow:

Step 1. A substandard performance appraisal
Step 2. Written warnings
Step 3. Suspension
Step 4. Extended probation

It is important that complete and clear records be maintained of all disciplinary processes for the protection of the employee and the library. The library board wants each employee to be successful in his/her job and will work with employees to eliminate deficiencies.

While notice of intent to terminate can be expected, the Boulder Junction Public Library board reserves the right to dismiss an employee without notice in cases involving theft, drug or alcohol abuse, criminal activity, or in instances of significant misconduct.

Q. Resignation and Retirement Policy:

A library employee wishing to resign or retire from employment must notify the director or the library board as soon as practicable. The library board requests a minimum notice of two weeks. For the library director, a notice of at least one month is preferred.

The employee must submit a formal, written resignation statement giving the exact date that employment is to be terminated. Between the time of notice and the time when employment ends, a final performance appraisal will be conducted.

Unused PTO will be negotiated with the library board.

R. Grievance Procedure:
See Town Grievance Policy Appendix H

S. Equal Opportunity Employment Policy:

It is the policy of the Boulder Junction Public Library board to provide an equal employment opportunity for all qualified and qualifiable persons. Equal employment opportunity shall be according to the provisions of State and Federal laws and regulations.

T. Drug-Free Workplace Policy:

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited while performing work for the Boulder Junction Public Library, whether that work is carried out in the workplace building or not. All employees shall abide, as a condition of employment, by the terms of this notice and shall notify the library director or board within five (5) days of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace.

Failure to comply with the above requirements shall be grounds for appropriate personnel action against such employee up to and including termination or such employee may be required to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

U. Sexual Harassment Policy:

Harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of Title VII (federal law) and Statute 111.36(b) (state law). Sexual harassment, either verbal or physical, is an unlawful employment practice and will not be tolerated by the Boulder Junction Public Library.

The Boulder Junction Public Library board accepts and adheres to all definitions and procedures outlined in the law as regards sexual harassment. Any employee who engages in sexual harassment will subject themselves to disciplinary action up to and including discharge.

Most recent draft adopted September 17, 2020 and effective January 1, 2020

Adopted July 2001
Revised February 2003
Revised May 2010
Revised January 2012
Revised March 2020
Revised September 2020
Revised September 2023