EMPLOYMENT POLICES

Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Richland Hills is firmly committed to providing employees with a work environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. No officer or employee of the City shall discriminate in employment practices based on race, creed, color, religion, veteran status, national origin, sex, age, or the existence of a physical or mental disability, nor does the city discriminate on the basis of genetic testing. This equal opportunity policy of the City applies to all areas of employment, including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, job assignments, pay, training, promotions, privileges, and conditions of employment.

Employment At Will

Employees, who do not have a written, individual employment contract, approved by the City Council and setting forth a specific, fixed term of employment, are employed at will. This means that no individual supervisor has the authority to enter into an employment contract with any employee.  As an at-will employee, either the employee or the City may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, without notice or cause.

Americans with Disabilities

It is the policy of the City of Richland Hills to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and to insure that no person is discriminated against based on their disability. The city offers equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals and strictly prohibits the discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability. The city shall provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who are otherwise qualified to perform the essential job duties when doing so does not create an undue hardship for the city.

Immigration Law Compliance

The City is committed to employing only those individuals who are authorized to work in the United States and who comply with the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Under IRCA, each new employee, as a condition of employment, must properly complete, sign and date the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) and present legally acceptable documentation establishing identity and employment eligibility.

Drug Free Work Environment

The City of Richland Hills recognizes the health and safety risks of drug and alcohol abuse and the adverse affects it has on job performance. It is the City’s desire to maintain a drug-free, healthful, and safe workplace for all employees. To promote this goal, employees are required to report to work in appropriate mental and physical condition to perform their jobs in a satisfactory manner.  The city requires a post-offer candidate to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test as a condition of employment.  Any candidate who refuses to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test will be removed from consideration of employment.

Family Medical Leave

The City provides leave to eligible employees in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Under the FMLA, eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave each year for specified family and medical reasons or 26 weeks of leave to care for an injured or ill service member or veteran. FMLA is enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Dept. of Labor.