What are the Rules and Appendices?
Section 20 of the Civil Service Law requires that each municipal civil service
agency amend and enforce Rules for carrying out the provisions of Article V,
Section 6 of the State Constitution and Civil Service Law. Municipal Rules must
address several areas, including:

  • Jurisdictional classification for positions in the classified service under its jurisdiction
  • Position classification for such positions
  • Examinations
  • Appointments
  • Promotions
  • Transfers
  • Reinstatements
  • Resignations

Local civil service Rules have the force and effect of law and assist the local
agency to effectively administer merit and fitness.

There are two parts of local civil service Rules: the Text and the Appendices.

The Text sets up mechanisms and procedures for selected actions by the
municipal civil service agency. It more precisely defines certain rights and
responsibilities of employees and appointing officers than is provided by the Civil
Service Law.

The Appendices list, by jurisdictional classification, all classified and unclassified
titles that have been formally removed from the competitive class. Titles of
positions under an agency’s jurisdiction not listed in the Rules Appendices are in
the competitive class.

Civil service Rules are adopted and amended by municipal civil service agencies
in order to assist in the effective administration of merit system provisions
provided for in Civil Service Law. The Rules are, in effect, an extension of and
supplement to Civil Service Law, and, as such, they provide authority for many
actions and set up certain controls. They more clearly define the rights of
employees in the classified service than is accomplished in the Law itself. Also,
they further stipulate the obligations of appointing authorities in their interactions
with civil service employees and the civil service agency.