Maryland Courts

Policy Manual

This new integrated Judiciary Human Resources Policy Manual is effective December 15, 2005 and replaces all previous policy manuals.

You are encouraged to read and familiarize yourself with these policies. Any questions regarding the Manual, or the policies it contains, should be directed to your supervisor, Administrative Official, or to the Judiciary Human Resources Department, Employee Relations Unit, at 410-260-1732.

These Human Resources Policies and Procedures outline employee benefits, employee responsibilities, and employment procedures for the work place. The information contained in this manual is subject to change as situations warrant and those changes may supercede, modify, or eliminate the policies summarized in this manual.

Each policy contains a "Scope" which explains which employees are covered by that particular policy. 

The Policy Manual is separated into three relevant sections:

  1. Employment - includes ADA, classification and compensation, recruitment and other employment policies, and more.
  2. Leave and Other Benefits - includes positive time reporting, sick and other leave, FMLA, alternative work schedule, attendance incentive, educational assistance, and more.
  3. Performance and Conduct - progressive discipline, grievances, performance evaluation, standards of conduct, and more.

It is expected that supervisory personnel will administer these policies in a consistent and equitable manner. The provisions of the manual are not conditions of employment and may be modified, revoked, or changed by the Judiciary, with or without notice, at any time. Personnel questions which cannot be answered by this Policy Manual should be referred to the Office of Employee Relations.

THIS MANUAL DOES NOT CREATE A CONTRACT.

Table of Contents (Documents in PDF)

Welcome
INTRODUCTION

SECTION A -- EMPLOYMENT
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) - Forms can be found here
Classification and Compensation
Contractual Positions
Employment Probationary Period
Employment of Relatives
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Harassment
Other Employment - Form
Personnel Records
Reassignment and Transfer
Recruitment, Examination and Selection
Reinstatement
Separation From Employment
SECTION B – LEAVE AND OTHER BENEFITS
Alternative Work Schedules (AWS)
Bereavement Leave
Educational Assistance
Emergency Disaster Preparedness
Employee Assistance Program
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - Forms
Leave (Generally)
Leave Donations and the Judiciary Leave Bank
Positive Time Reporting
Reimbursement of Interview and Relocation Expenses
Reporting Workplace Injuries - Forms
Sick Leave
Telework
SECTION C – PERFORMANCE AND CONDUCT
Appropriate Attire and Appearance
Electronic Communications Systems Usage
Grievances, Disciplinary Appeals, & Whistleblower Reprisal Protections
Involuntary Termination of Employment & Rejection on Probation for Regular Employees and Employees on Initial Probation
Performance Evaluation
Progressive Discipline
Reporting Employee Court Appearances, Arrests, and Requests for Judicial Review
Standards of Conduct
Workplace Violence
SECTION D – ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS AFFECTING EMPLOYEES
Evacuation and Closing of Courts
Anti-Nepotism
Early Release for Holidays
Substance Abuse
Forty (40) Hour Workweek