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The Bahamas government human resources policies
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THE BAHAMAS GOVERNMENT HUMAN RESOURCES POLICIES HON. D. SHANE GIBSON, MP Minister ii f b d il d M i n i stry o f La b our an d Nat i ona l Insurance an d Ministry of the Public Service MRS. HYACINTH WINDER PRATT Pt St P ermanen t S ecre t ar y Ministry of the Public Service REVISED 31STMARCH, 2017

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Page 2 of 154 TABLE OF CONTENTS POLICIES PAGE NO. POLICIES ON ENTRY APPOINTMENTS FORMULA FOR ASSESSING SALARY .... . 15 DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR APPOINTMENT 16 TERMS OF APPOINTMENT TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE 16 a. Appointment on Twelve (12) Months Probation 16 b. Appointment on Temporary month to month terms ............................... 17 c. Appointment on Weekly Terms 17 d. Appointment on Contract 1 7 Appointment of Non Bahamians Married to Bahamians . Appointment of Husband and Wife on Contract . . RENEWAL OF CONTRACTS . 20 Salary Contract Officers (Inside & Outside the Public Service) 20 Salary of Re Employed Retired Persons . ... 2 0 APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE CAREER PATH .. .. 21 APPOINTMENTS ON SPECIAL PROGRAMMES 21 APOSTILLATION AND/OR NOTARIZATION OF DOCUMENTS 21 DATE OF ASSUMPTION OF DUTY OF TEACHING PERSONNEL . . 22 RE APPOINTMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE AFTER A BREAK IN SERVICE (EXCLUDING PERSONS WHO WOULD HAVE RETIRED) .. 22 VETTING PROCEDURE FOR APPOINTMENTS AND TRANSFERS TO SENSITIVE MINISTRIES AND DEPARTMENTS . 23 VALIDITY OF SECURITY VETTING . ..2 4 APPOINTMENT OF AN OFFICER WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD 25

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Page 3 of 154 CONFIRMATION IN APPOINTMENTS 5 Extension of Probationary Period Due to Unsatisfactory Performance 2 5 Confirmation in Appointment after Extension of Probationary Period . 26 Confirmation in Appointment of Officers Who Obtain Unpaid Leave during Probationary Period 2 6 Confirmation of Officers Appointed at the Maximum of the Scale 26 Confirmation of Officers who are Promoted during the Probationary Period 27 Appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment and Confirmation in Appointment 27 Effective Date of Appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment for Bahamians 28 Effective Date of Appointmen t to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment for Officers Who Obtain Bahamian Citizenship . 28 Pensionable Establishment Untrained Teachers and Assistant Teachers Prior to 1 July 1997 28 Permanent Residents (Wi th the Right to Work) and Appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment of Non Bahamians 29 POLICIES ON PROMOTION PROMOTION INCREMENTS ON PROMOTION 30 SUPER SCALE 31 INCREMENTS ON PROMOTION TO A SUPER SCALE 31 TRANSITIONAL POST ON PROMOTION 31 PROMOTION OF EXPATRIATE PERSONNEL 31 PROMOTION OF CONTRACT WORKERS 32 PROMOTION OF OFFICERS ON TEMPORARY MONTH TO MONTH TERMS . 3 2

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Page 4 of 154 PROMOTION OF OFFICERS AGE FIFTY FIVE (55) OR OLDER WHO DO NOT MEET ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 32 PROMOTION AND AWARD OF 7(A) INCREMENTS FOR SAME QUALIFICATIONS 33 PROMOTION WHILE ON UNPAID LEAVE/UNPAID STUDY LEAVE/IN SERVICE TRAINING AWARD/SECONDMENT (OUTSIDE THE PUBLIC SERVICE) 33 RECLASSIFICATION VS. PROMOTION . REQUIREMENT FOR RECLASSIFICATION OF OFFICERS FROM THE SECRETARIAL OR REGISTRY CADRE TO THE EXECUTIVE CADRE 34 TRANSFER BETWEEN GRADES ROTATION FOR PROMOTION PROMOTION OF OFFICERS WITH ADVERSE VETTING REPORTS OR OTHER ADVERSE REPORTS PROMOTION OF OFFICERS DURING PROBATIONARY PERIOD . 3 8 ACTING APPOINTMENT WITH A VIEW TO SUBSTANTIVE PROMOTION . 38 PROMOTION SKIPPING POSTS 38 POLICIES ON STAFF MOVEMENT TRANSFER 39 Unofficial Postings and Transfers 39 Security Vetting Requirements for Transfer to Sensitive Ministries 39 Transfer from the Public Service to an Approved Authority . 39 Transfer to the Public Service from an Approved Authority . 40 Procedure When Persons Request Transfer from an Approved Authority to the Public Service 41 S ECONDMENT 43 Secondment to the Public Service from an Approved Authority 43 Secondment from the Public Service to Approved Authority 44

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Page 5 of 154 Maximum period of Secondment 44 Special Attachment to International Agencies (Overseas) Special Attachment to Non Governmental Agencies (Local) 45 APPROVED AUTHORITIES .. 4 5 Transfer of Vacation Leave to or from an Approved Authority 46 TRANSFER OF PUBLIC SERVICE ACCUMULATED LEAVE JUSTICES 47 TRANSFER OF OFFICERS ON PROBATION .47 ADMINISTRATIVE POSTING 47 DEPLOYMENT 4 7 Deployment of Officers Who Are Paid On Weekly Terms 47 REDEPLOYMENT 47 GUIDELINES FOR TRANSFERS BETWEEN GRADES . . 48 a) Executive b) Administrative 48 Persons Who Request Transfers and Who Do Not Have the Requirements for the Post 49 POLICIES ON LEAVES VACATION LEAVE ELIGIBILITY . .. 49 LEAVE FOR SHIFT WORKERS WHEN WORKING ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 49 Vacation Leave Eligibility Effective 1st July 2014 (To Be Granted on the 50 Monthly Paid Employees .. 50 Vacation Leave All Public Officers 50 Weekly Paid Employees 51 Contract Employees (Monthly) LEAVE ELIGIBILITY FOR TEACHERS 51

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Page 6 of 154 ADMINI STRATIVELY POSTED TEACHERS (DEPLOYMENT) .. 52 LEAVE FOR TEACHERS WHO ARE ACTING WITH A VIEW TO SUBSTANTIVE PROMOTION 52 ACCUMULATED VACATION LEAVE Monthly Workers Only 52 Contract Employees (Monthly) 52 Weekly Paid Officers 52 Retiring Officers 52 Officers who fall ill during Pre Retirement Leave . 53 VACATION LEAVE IS EARNED WHILE ON PAID SICK LEAVE 5 3 VACATION LEAVE WHILE ON IN SERVICE TRAINING AWARD 53 THE PAYMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL LEAVE TO RETIRING TEACHERS (MANDATORY RETIREMENT) 53 PRO RATION OF VACATION LEAVE 53 LEAVE OF ABSENCE 54 SICK LEAVE 55 Sick Leave Entitlement a) Monthly Employees 56 b) Weekly Employees 56 c) Part Time Workers 57 RESUMPTION OF DUTY AFTER EXTENDED SICK LEAVE 57 RESUMPTION OF DUTY ON PART TIME TERMS (FOLLOWING ABSENCE ON SICK LEAVE) 57 CALCULATING SICK LEAVE AT THE END OF THE CALENDAR YEAR . 58 SELF INFLICTED ILLNESSES/PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING . . 59 LEAVE DURING NATIONAL DISASTERS .. 59 CASUAL LEAVE . 59

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Page 7 of 154 Officers Eligible for Casual Leave 59 Casual Leave for Contract Officers 60 Casual Leave Newly Appointed Officers 60 MATERNITY LEAVE Definition 60 Eligibility 60 Leave Granted to Officers Who Do Not Qualify For Maternity Leave 61 Maternity Leave (Teachers) While on Institutional Leave 62 LOSS OF A CHILD BEFORE CONFINEMENT 62 LOSS OF A CHILD AFTER CONFINEMENT 62 COMPASSIONATE LEAVE 62 UNION LEAVE 63 SPECIAL LEAVE FOR FINAL EXAMINATION PURPOSES (LOCAL) 63 SPECIAL LEAVE FOR LOCAL EXAMINATION S 63 SPECIAL LEAVE FOR PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATIONS 63 SPECIAL LEAVE TO ATTEND CONFERENCES / SEMINARS . ... 64 LEAVE FOR INTERNSHIP/TEACHING PRACTICUM 6 4 TRAVEL LEAVE . 65 REGULAR UNPAID LEAVE 65 PAYMENT OF VACATION/EARNED LEAVE TO OFFICERS ON DISMISSAL 6 6 TIME OFF DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON 66 POLICIES ON FINANCIAL MATTER ALLOWANCES Subsistence Allowance 66

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Page 8 of 154 Travel Allowances Transportation and Incidentals 67 Casual Mileage 68 Transport Allowance 68 Hardship Allowance .. 68 Disturbance Allowance . . 69 Geographical Posting Allowance . . 69 Rent Allowance . 70 Hazard/Risk Allowance 70 Scarcity Allowance 71 Responsibility Allowance 71 Uniform Allowance during Redeployment . 71 Overtime 71 71 Allowance while on Sick Leave 72 Allowance while on Vacation Allowan ce while on In Service Training Award 72 PASSAGE ASSISTANCE TEMPORARY POSTING PUBLIC OFFICERS . 72 GOVERNMENT FUNDS 7 3 USE OF GOVERNMENT VEHICLES DURING PRE RETIREMENT LEAVE . 7 3 INCREMENTS Definition . 73 Additional Increments for Experience on Appointment 73 Increments on Promotion 74 Increments while on In Service Training Award . .. 74

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Page 9 of 154 Accelerated Increment 7(a) 74 7(a) Increment for Two Degrees at the Same Level . 75 COURSE LOAD FOR OFFICERS PURSUING DEGREES . . 75 CHANGE OF INCREMENTAL MONTH 75 ALLOWANCES DURING INTERDICTION 76 Restoration of Emoluments upon Reinstatement 76 OVERTIME 76 Approval to work overtime 76 Eligibility 76 Rates for Special Projects 77 HONORARIUM 77 REASSESSMENT . 78 Officers Appointed Prior to 1st October 2009 78 RECLASSIFICATION vs. PROMOTION 78 RECLASSIFICATION WITH A DEGREE .. 79 EFFECTIVE DATE OF RECLASSIFICATION .. 79 REMUNERATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC SERVICES UNION AGREEMENT 79 MISCELLANEOUS POLICIES INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT Definition .. 81 Application of Sick Leave in Industrial Accident a) Ruled an Industrial Accident (Government not Liable) .. 81 b) Industrial Accident (If Government is Liable) . 82 DECENTRALIZATION OF PERSONNEL FUNCTIONS .. 84 VERIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS .. 84

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Page 10 of 154 BAHAMAS TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL I NSTITUTE (BTVI) AND OTHER TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS (LOCAL OR INTERNATIONAL) .. 84 CERTIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS .. .. 85 FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS .. . 85 OFFICERS WHO CAN SIGN ON BEHALF OF THE PERMANENT SECRETARY/ HEAD OF DEPA RTMENT .. 86 TIME OFF TO APPEAR IN COURT a) Jury Duty 86 b) Summons to Appear in Court 86 APPLICATIONS FOR PERMISSION TO PURCHASE CROWN LAND 87 ACTING APPOINTMENTS 87 DRESS CODE IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE 87 HOURS OF WORK ... 89 Warning Letters a) Punctuality (lateness) .. 89 b) Attendance .. .. 90 Discipline for Unauthorized Absence .. 90 Lunch Breaks 90 Bank Hours .. 90 Flexi time 90 REMOVAL OF UNSUBSTANTIATED DOCUMENTS FROM PERSONAL FILES .. 91 RELIEF OFFICERS RESIDING IN GOVERNMENT OWNED OR GOVERNMENT RENTED ACCOMMODATIONS 91 OFFICIAL SECRETS ACTS 92 DETERMINING SENIORITY .. 92 SALARY ON UPGRADING OF POSTS .. 93 SALARY ON U PGRADING OF SCALE 94

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Page 11 of 154 SUBSTITUTION OF VALUE OF BJC/EQUIVALENT TO GCE/BGCSE/EQUIVALENT ... 94 POLICIES ON DISCIPLINARY MATTERS DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE .. 94 (a) Delegated Posts (b) Non Delegated Posts Disciplinary Process ............................................ 95 Termination of Service Due to Unsatisfactory Performance during Probationary Period ..97 Interdiction ..97 Disciplinary Proceedings ...97 Administrative Leave ..97 Criminal Proceedings ..97 Interdiction of Weekly Paid Officers ..97 Interdiction of Temporary Month to M onth Officers Interdiction of Probationary Officers ..98 Interdiction of Contract Officers End Date for Interdiction ...98 Officers on Interdiction at Date Service Comes to an End Vacation on Interdiction Increments on Interdiction ..99 ALLOWANCES DURING INTERDICTION ..99 Effective Date of Reinstatement Resumption of Duty .100 Benefits to 10 0 Vacation Leave of Officers Dismissed after Interdiction 10 0 Vacation Leave of Officers Dismissed without having been Interdicted 100

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Page 12 of 154 Dismissal on Conviction 100 Dismissal on Appeal of Conviction 100 Officers Convicted of Drug Trafficking 100 No Award of Benefit to Legal Personal Representative of a Convicted Officer on Death 101 Retirement in the Public Interest 101 Dishonesty in the Public Service Police Investigation 101 Resignation during Disciplinary Actions 102 Stealing by way of employment 102 POLICIES ON LOANS Medical Loans 103 Car Loans 103 Educational Loan 103 Salary Advances 104 104 POLICY ON EXITS Definition . 104 RETIREMENT (a) Mandatory 104 (b) Early 104 (c) Medical Grounds 105 RESIGNATION . . 105 Resignation of Teachers 106 Refusal to accept Resignation 106 Withdrawal of Resignation/Retirement 107 AWARD OF BENEFITS 1. Pension . 107

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Page 13 of 154 a. Qualifications for Award of Pension 108 b. Options for Early Retirement with Pension 108 c. Pension Benefit . 108 d. Formula for Calculation of Pension and Gratuity . 108 2. Reduced Pension & Gratuity 109 a. Formula for Calculation of Pension for Secretary to the Cabinet, Financial Secretary, Permanent Secretaries, Commissioner of Police and the Commodore Defence Force 109 b. Maximum Years of Service for Award of Benefit . 109 c. Payment of Pension and V erification ... 110 d. Request for Grant of Advance from Retirement Benefits 110 Maximum Amount of the Advance 110 Gratuity 110 Death Benefits a) Employed Officer 111 Documents required for payment of Death benefits 112 Distribution of Death Benefit to Legal Personal Representatives 1 12 Distribution of Death Benefit where the Beneficiary has been named .. 113 b) Pensioner i. Ex Gratia Award to a Deceased Pensioner 113 THE PAYMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL LEAVE TO RETIRING TEACHERS (MANDATORY RETIREMENT) 115 ANNEXES I New Appointment Checklist 116 II Memorandum on Conditions of Service (Local) 118 Memorandum on Conditions of Service (Foreign) 120 III Apostillation/Notarization 124 IV Security Questionnaire 126 V Confirmation Check List 130 VI Appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable (P&P) Establishment Check List . .. 132

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Page 14 of 154 VII Promotion Checklist 134 VIII Responsibility Allowance . 136 IX Official Secrecy Declaration . 139 X Pension/Gratuity Benefit Checklist ... 142 XI Application for Designation of Death Beneficiary 144 X II Application for Payment of Ex Gratia Award .. .. 146 A CKNOWLEDGEMENT . . 148 WORK CITED PAGE ... . ... 149

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Page 15 of 154 POLICIES ON ENTRY APPOINTMENTS The Policy on new appointments is in accordance with the Public Service Act, 1969, Part II 5 (1) which states: enter that scale at the lowest point thereof unless the Governor General, acting in ac cordance with the advice of the appropriate Commission, approves of such persons Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for the recommended post. All new entrants to the public service are to be placed at the minimum of the salary scale OR at the salary point equal to the relevant post qualification(s), if that entry point is a high value. For example: Persons appointed in Scale M6: POST MINIMUM QUALIFICATION SALARY Janitress Scale, M6 Basic Education up to ninth (9th) grade; OR A minimum of one (1) year work experience. Minimum of the Scale $11,450 (August 2014 Scales) Filing Assistant, Scale, M6 including English Language Entry point for post qualification $12,900 on point $13,050 (July 2012 Scales) Note: Ministries/Departments should not allow an officer to assume duty until the actual appointment letter from the Ministry of the Public Service is in hand. FORMULA FOR ASSESSING SALARY The formula for as sessing salary is based on the minimum of the salary scale or at the salary point equal to the relevant post requirements plus post qualification experience (i.e. experience after the officer meets the minimum requirement for the post) for the post recommended as indicated below with effect from 1 October 2009: The formula for assessing salary bas ed on experience:

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Page 16 of 154 Experience outside the Public Service i. One (1) increment will be awarded for every two (2) years of relevant experience; ii. One (1) increment will be awarded for every four (4) years of partially relevant experience; iii. One (1) increment will be awarded for every six (6) years of non relevant experience. Experience inside the Public Service i. One (1) increment will be awarded for each year of relevant experience; ii. One (1) increment will be awarded for every two (2) years of partially relevant expe rience; iii. One (1) increment will be awarded for every three (3) years of non relevant experience. Applicants may obtain incremental credit for all of their years of post qualifications experience (i.e. experience after obtaining the requi s ite qualification for the post) but t eachers are only given incremental credit for a maximum of ten (10) years (i.e. post qualificati on teaching experience). Qualifications and documented experience (with specific dates of employment) must be submitted with the application. Note: In determining the salary on appointment the years of experience needed for the post is first ded ucted and the officer would be given incremental credit for the remaining years (if any). DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR APPOINTMENT See Check List for Appointment at ANNEX I for documents to be submitted with the recommendation from Ministry/Department. TERMS OF APPOINTMENT TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE Appointment to the Public Service can be on one of the following terms: a. Twelve (12) months probation b. Temporary month to month c. Temporary weekly d. Contract a. Appointment on Twelve (12) Months Probation An applicant appointed on twelve (12) months probation, must be a Bahamian citizen who has not attained the age of sixty (60). An officer is not eligible for appointment on twelve (12) months probation if he cannot serve a minimum of five (5) years before reaching the mandatory age of retirement (age 65 2001 Pensions Act ). Bahamians who would have been appointed outside the Public Service (i.e. other than appointed under the Delegation of Powers Order, Public Service Commission Regulations or Public Service Act) salary scales on weekly/contractual terms, upon entering the Public Service

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Page 17 of 154 may be appointed on twelve (12) mo nths probation. This would be considered a new appointment. NOTE Please see policy for Extension of Probationary Period Due to Unsatisfactory Performance under Policies on Entry . b. Appointment on Temporary month to month terms A Bahamian may be appointed to the Public Service on temporary month to month terms, for one year in the first instance, after which he may be considered for appointment to the permanent and pensionable establishment. A Bahamian who would have been appointed outsi de the Public Service (i.e. other than appointed under the Delegation of Powers Order, Public Service Commission Regulations or Public Service Act) salary scales on weekly/contractual terms, upon entering the Public Service may first be appointed on tempor ary month to month terms for at least one year in the first instance, after which he may be considered for appointment to the permanent and pensionable establishment. This would be considered a new appointment. Non Bahamians may be appointed to the Public Service on temporary month to month terms. They will remain on temporary month to month terms, until they obtain Bahamian Citizenship, which would enable them to be appointed to the permanent and pensionable establishment. Non Bahamians who have served th e maximum nine (9) years on contract may be re employed on temporary month to month terms. c. Appointment on Weekly Terms The policy on temporary weekly appointments is in accordance with the Public Service (Delegation of Power) Order 1974 [paragraph 2 (a) and 3 (a) (c)], and General Order 273. General Order 273: pensionable appointments may be on a daily, weekly or monthly basis Applicants appointed on temporary weekly terms must be Bahamian citizens, who have not attained the age of sixty five (65) years. d. Appointment on Contract i. Contractual Appointment Approved by the Governor General (Inside the Public Service Salary Structure) Contractual appointments inside the Public Service are appr oved by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the relevant Service Commission in accordance with the Public Service Act, at a specific post and salary scale. The salary on appointment is fixed (no increments and general/special increases are awarde d) for the entire period of the contract. These appointments

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Page 18 of 154 are made by formal agreements for a specified period and do not provide for the payment of a pension. Every contracted officer who is employed for a continuous period of not less than two years in any public office shall upon satisfactory completion of contractual service be entitled to receive a gratuity equal to 15% of the total salary paid over the peri od of the contract. 1 Officers may be appointed on contract for a minimum of two (2) years at any one time, up to a maximum of nine (9) years. For example, an officer might enjoy: three (3) contracts of two years each and one (1) for three (3) years; three (3) contracts for three (3) years each; or four (4) contracts of two (2) years each and may be considered for an extension of one (1) year. At the end of the tour of duty on contract the officer may be considered for appointment on temporary month t o month terms. Appointments on contract approved by the Governor General are usually awarded to non Bahamians as specified by the Ministry/Department. The appointment of a non Bahamian must be approved by the Minister of the Public Service. In certain ci rcumstances, Bahamians are appointed on contracts as specified by the Ministry/Department. The conditions of service of an officer on contract are provided in the Memorandum on Conditions of Service (See Annex II) , General Orders or the relevant Indust rial Agreement. Contract officers are not to be retained in employment unless contracts of employment are renewed prior to expiration. No officer appointed on contract inside the Public Service should be granted a contract beyond the mandatory retiremen t age of 65. Persons must meet the minimum requirements for the post. See Check List for Appointment at ANNEX I . ii. Contractual Appointment Approved by the Cabinet (Outside the Public Service Salary Structure i.e. other than appointed under the Delegati on of Powers Order, Public Service Commission Regulations or Public Service Act ) Contractual appointments outside the Public Service are approved by the Cabinet and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Public Service (generally the salaries are not listed in the Public Service Scales). The appointments are at fixed salaries (no increments and general/special increases are awarded) for the entire period of the contract. 1 In accordance with Section 15 (1) of the Public Service Act

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Page 19 of 154 Every contracted officer who is employed for a continuous period of not less than two years in any public office shall upon satisfactory completion of contractual service be entitled to receive a gratuity equal to 15% of the total salary paid over the peri od of the contract. 2 Contractual appointments are made by formal agreements for a specified period and do not provide for the payment of a pension. Note: These appointments are not referred to the relevant Service Commission. The conditions of service of an officer on contract are provided in the Memorandum on Conditions of Service (See Annex II) , General Orders or the relevant Industrial Agreement (where applicable). Contract officers are not to be retained in employment un less contracts of employment are renewed prior to expiration. Persons appointed on contract outside the Public Service are governed by the rules and regulations of the Public Service. Contract officers are normally appointed on contract for a minimum o f two (2) years at any one time, up to a maximum of nine (9) years. For example, an officer might enjoy: three (3) contracts of two years each and one (1) for three (3) years; three (3) contracts for three (3) years each; or four (4) contracts of two ( 2) years each and may be considered for an extension of one (1) year. After completing nine (9) years on contract the officer may be re appointed on temporary month to month terms and at the expiration of their tour of duty in the Service (providing it is ten years or more), may be awarded a gratuity in accordance with the Pensions Act Section 25. Appointment of Non Bahamians Married to Bahamians Married non Bahamian men or women, whose spouses are Bahamian nationals, may be appointed on contractual ter ms (up to a maximum of nine (9) years) or on temporary month to month terms until they obtain Bahamian citizenship 3 . Appointment of Husband and Wife on Contract 4 Husbands and wives are appointed as individuals. Each should be considered for contract independently on his or her own merit. 2 In accordance with Section 15 (1) of the Public Service Act 3 In accordance with Unnumbered Circular of 1995 dated, 11 th October, 1995. File reference no. DPS/61/29 Vol II 4 Cabinet Conclusion ICO 34 (95) 18

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Page 20 of 154 RENEWAL OF CONTRACTS Contract Employees are required to take their vacation during the stipulated life of their employment or forfeit such leave entitlement , as the authority to pay salaries will cease at the last date of their employment (i.e. expiration of contract or effective resignation date). 5 Unless contracts of employment are renewed prior to expiration, payment under expired contracts are to cease effective the date of ex piration. In any case, contract officers are not to be retained in employment unless the relevant approval and appropriate financial clearance are in hand. 6 An officer serving on contract, who desires re engagement, must notify the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department, six (6) months before the expiration of his current contract. In the absence of such notification, it will be assumed that the officer does not desire re engagement, and the Ministry of the Public Service is to be informed accordingly . 7 No officer appointed on contract inside the Public Service should be granted a contract beyond the mandatory retirement age of 65. Salary Contract Officers (Inside & Outside the Public Service) 8 All contractual appointments and renewals are at fixed salaries. Inside the Public Service he may be granted one (1) increment, if the scale allows. Further, in the case of a general salary increase the officer d placed on point in the scale. Outside the Public Service he may be granted a n increase in salary equivalent to one (1) increment that correlates with the Public Service salary scales and his salary. Note: The award of the one (1) increment is only applicable if recommended. Salary of Re Employed Retired Persons A re employed retired person who is in receipt of a pension will be re employed at a fixed salary throughout the periods of his employment rather than receiving increments (whether on contract or temporary terms) at the end of each contractual period. 5 In accordance with Circular #4 of 2011 dated 11 th March, 2011 6 Cabinet Office Circular C.O. 587, dated 22 April, 2008 7 In accordance with General Order 257 8 Department of Public Service Circular No: 24 of 2009 (File No. DPS/61/29) , dated 16 October, 2009

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Page 21 of 154 APPOINTMENT OF OFF ICERS IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE CAREER PATH 9 A Public Service at the level of Administrative Cadet, Scale X2, by reason of the required qualifications for the post of Administrative Cadet. APPOINTMENTS ON SPECIAL PROGRAMMES Persons appointed to special programmes in the Public Service are not public officers and therefore their years of service are non pensionable, nor are they entitled to any benefits under the Pensions Act. These include but are not limited to the following categories: i. Unemployment Work Assistance Programme ii. Casual Relief Workers iii. Special Project Workers iv. Sundry Workers v. Bahamix Employees vi. Appointments by Local Council vii. Contract Workers (Bahamians) If the individuals are considered for appointment to the Public Service it will be on twelve (12) months probation or temporary month to month terms in the first instance. The processing of appointments of the above listed categories of workers would be treated like new appointments and given incremental credit for years of experience up to a maximum of ten (10) years as follows: 10 Experience outside the Public Service i. One (1) increment will be awarded for every two (2) years of relevant experience; ii. One (1) increment will be awarded for every four (4) years of partially relevant experience; iii. One (1) increment will be awarded for every six (6) years of non relevant experience. APOSTILLATION A ND/OR NOTARIZATION OF DOCUMENTS Persons recommended for new appointment, confirmation, re employment and appointment to the permanent and pensionable establishment, whose documents were issued in a foreign jurisdiction, i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate, adoption certificate, etc., must be apostilled 9 Department of Public Service Policy effective 1 st February 2010 10 In accordance with the judgment between the Commonwealth and Equity Division No. FP 00095 of 2014 Marilyn Charlton et al. vs. City of Freeport Di strict Council, Ministry of the Public Service and Ministry of Agriculture and Local Government

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Page 22 of 154 and/or notarized. Persons should be advised (in writing) that they may contact their relevant consular or embassy for additional information. 11 However, for persons being considered for pensionable appointments and confirmations, t he birth date and nationality: 12 a. A Bahamian e Passport (no birth certificate or affidavit would be required). b. In the absence of a Bahamian e ard along with the birth certificate and if necessary an affidavit will be required. This would include persons with the regular passports and no passports. (Kindly note the affidavit must be properly executed, duly registered and recorded in the Registr c. Persons who were born in a foreign jurisdiction and in possession of a valid Bahamian e Passport would not be required to have their birth certificate or adoption certificate apostilled/notarized. See ANNEX III f or additional information on Apostillation and/or Notarization of Documents. DATE OF ASSUMPTION OF DUTY OF TEACHING PERSONNEL The date of assumption of duty of newly appointed Teaching Personnel should be with effect from the actual date the officer reports for duty as opposed to the Orientation date. This does not apply to teachers who were recruited overseas, whose effective d ate of appointment will be the date of arrival in The Bahamas. Adherence to this policy will avoid the overpayment of salary and the need to recover. 13 RE APPOINTMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE AFTER A BREAK IN SERVICE (EXCLUDING PERSONS WHO WOULD HAVE RETIRED) a. A person who is re appointed to the Public Service after a break in service of two (2) years or less may return in the same post and salary at which he left or the nearest point upward. b. A person who is re appointed to the Public Service after a break in service of more than two (2) years may return in the same post at which he left. He will be appointed at the minimum of the scale and his salary may be assessed based on experience in the post and/or any additional experience gained during the break in s ervice. 11 See Circular No. 23 of 2014, File No. MPS/1/27, dated 3 rd September, 2014 12 See Circular No.38 of 2015, File No. MPS/1/24, dated 4 th November, 2015 13 Effectiv e date: 22 nd May, 2015 Reference: MPS/1/24

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Page 23 of 154 NOTE: ~ ~ See the Bridging of Service Policy. VETTING PROCEDURE FOR APPOINTMENTS AND TRANSFERS TO SENSITIVE MINISTRIES AND DEPARTMENTS Security vetting must accompany all recommendations for appointments or transfers to the following sensitive Ministries and Departments: 1. Auditor 2. Cabinet Office 3. Court of Appeal 4. Customs Department 5. Department of Civil Aviation 6. Department of Education (All School Personnel) 7. Department of Housing 8. Department of Immigration 9. Department of Information Technology 10. Department of Inland Revenue (CRA) 11. Department of Lands & Surveys 12. Department of Local Government 13. Department of Meteorology 14. Department of Public Health 15. Department of Public Prosecutions 16. Department of Rehabilitative Welfare Services 17. Department of Road Traffic 18. Department of Statistics 19. Department of Social Services 20. House of Assembly 21. Industrial Tribunal 22. Judicial Department 23. Ministry of Finance 24. Ministry of F inancial Services 25. Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration 26. Ministry of Health 27. Ministry of National Security 28. Ministry of the Public Service 29. Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture 30. Office of the Attorney General & Ministry of Legal Affairs 31. Office of the Governor General 32. Office of the Prime Minister 33. Parliamentary Registration Department 34. Passport Office Department 35. Port Department

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Page 24 of 154 36. Post Office Department 37. 38. Royal Bahamas Defence Force 39. Royal Bahamas Police Force 40. The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services 41. The Simpson Penn Centre for Boys 42. The Williemae Pratt Centre for Girls 43. Treasury Department 44. All Ministries Cashiers/Officers who collect revenue and provide accounting functions 45. All Ministries Security Pers onnel Applicants/Officers being recommended must complete all questions on the Security Questionnaire and the relevant Ministry must in turn forward the forms directly to the Security and Intelligence Branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force with a reques t that the vetting results be referred to the Secretary of the relevant Service Commission. 14 See ANNEX IV for additional information. VALIDITY OF SECURITY VETTING a. New appointment Security vetting results for new appointments would be considered valid within two (2) years from the date it was issued by the Security Intelligence Branch (SIB). Non Bahamians are required to provide finger prints which must accompany the security vettin g form. If the two (2) year period has expired, a new Security Vetting is required. b. Transfer Security Vetting is required for persons transferring to a sensitive Ministry/Department as follows: Officers who transfer from a sensitive Ministry/Department t o another sensitive Ministry/Department who were not previously vetted. Officers who transfer from a non sensitive Ministry/Department to a sensitive Ministry/Department, provided they were never vetted. Officers who transfer from an Approved Authority to the Public Service in a sensitive Ministry/Department, provided they were never vetted. NOTE : Sensitive Ministries/Departments may request a Security Vetting should they require current information on an officer. 14 See Circular No. 22 of 2015 dated 9 th July, 2015 Reference: FILE NO . MPS/3/14

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Page 25 of 154 c. Re employment (Teachers appointed after August 2009) Non Bahamian Teachers who were hired before August 2009 and recommended for re employment in the Department of Education would require a security vetting (provided they were never vetted). They are required to provide an original finger print card which must accompany the security vetting form. NOTE : Any Ministry/Department may request a Security Vetting on an officer at any time. APPOINTMENT OF AN OFFICER WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD All recommendations for employment of persons who have served a prison sentence following a criminal conviction must be accompanied by a probation report from the Department of Social Services (Rehabilitative Section) and forwarded with supporting document s to the Ministry of The Public Service. Employment of a person with a criminal conviction may only be on temporary month to month terms in the first instance. 15 CONFIRMATION IN APPOINTMENTS An officer becomes eligible for confirmation in appointment with effect from the date he assumed duty, upon satisfactory completion of his probationary period (one (1) year). 16 The grant of the normal increment is one (1) year later, with effect from the first (1 st ) day of the month the officer assumed duty . For example : An officer who was appointed on the 14 th January, 2014, would be confirmed in appointment with effect from 14 th January, 2014, and granted the normal increment, with effect from 1 st January, 2015. See Check List for Confirmation at ANNEX V for documents to be submitted with recommendation from Ministry/Department. Extension of Probationary Period Due to Unsatisfactory Performance During the probationary period an employee is to be monitored (i.e. performance, attendance and punctuality) and peri odically advised, verbally and in writing, of any shortcomings/infractions/misconduct. The employee may have his probationary period extended if his performance, attendance or punctuality is unsatisfactory during the period of probation. 15 In accordance with General Order 216 16 See Public Service Commission Regulation 28

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Page 26 of 15 4 Four (4) months p rior to the end of the probationary period, the officer should be advised in writing of his shortcomings by the Permanent Secretary and requested to show cause in writing, within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the letter, why his probationary period shou ld not be extended or his services terminated. Whether or not a response is received, the officer is to be advised in writing of the recommendation that is to be forwarded to the Ministry of the Public Service. NOTE: See Public Service Commission Regula tions 28 for additional information. See Section on Disciplinary Matters for termination of service due to unsatisfactory performance during probationary period. Confirmation in Appointment after E xtension of Probationary Period An officer whose probationary period was extended for one (1) year, after satisfactory performance will be confirmed in appointment with effect from one (1) year after the date of assumption of duty and will be granted the normal increment one (1) y ear after date of confir mation. For example: An officer who was appointed on 15 th January, 2013 and whose probationary period was extended for one (1) year would be confirmed in appointment, with effect from the 15 th January, 2014, and granted the normal increment, with effect f rom the 1 st January, 2015. Confirmation in Appointment of Officers Who Obtain Unpaid Leave during Probationary Period An officer who enjoys unpaid leave during his probationary period is confirmed with effect from the date of his initial appointment and granted the normal increment at the end of the twelve (12) working months . For example: An officer was appointed on 9 June 2014 but was granted three (3) months unpaid leave during his probationary period, would be confirmed in appointment with effect from 9 June 2014 and granted the normal increment with effect from 1 September 2015. Confirmation of Officers Appoin ted at the Maximum of the Scale An officer appointed at the maximum of the scale, upon satisfactory completion of one (1) year of service, may be considered for confirmation in appointment with effect from the date he assumed duty. He would not be eligible for the award of a normal increment a s no increments are available to be granted.

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Page 27 of 154 Confirmation of Officers who are Promoted during the Probationary Period If an officer is promoted before completing his one (1) year probationary period, he will be confirmed in appointment with effect from the date he assumed duty and granted the normal increment one (1) y ear from the date of promotion. No increment is granted on con firmation due to the promotion. For Example: If an officer was appointed on twelve (12) months probation as a Trainee Technici an, Scale T14, with effect from 5 th August, 2014 and was promoted to Assistant Engineer, Scale E16, with effect from 15 th December, 2014, he will be confirmed in appointment as Trainee Technician, Scale T14, with effect from 5 th August, 2014, and granted a n increment in Scale E16, with effect from 1 st December, 2015 (Change of incremental month due to promotion). Appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment and Confirmation in Appointment Persons appointed to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment and confirmed in such appointment can be: a. Bahamian Citizen 17 i. Officers who were initially appointed under the Delegation of Powers Order on temporary weekly terms who have worked a minimum of forty (40) hours per week and who have served a minimum of one (1) year; ii. Officers who were initially appointed under the Delegation of Powers Order or by the Public Service Commission on temporary monthly terms and who have served at least one (1) year. OR b. A N on Bahamian who has been naturalized as a Citizen of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. NOTE: There is no law or regulation requiring the establishment of an officer after attaining Bahamian Citizenship. However, if the officer is appointed to the permanen t and pensionable establishment the entire continuous period of prior non pensionable service becomes pensionable ( excluding periods of unpaid leave and periods served on contract). 17 Reference: DPP/81/01, Volume 2, dated 13 th January, 1984

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Page 28 of 154 Effective Date of Appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment for Bahamians The effective date of appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment would be with effect from the first day of the month that the recommendation reaches the Ministry of the Public Service. In the case of officers wh o are retiring, the effective date would be the first day of the mont h prior to the retirement date. NOTE: It is virtually impossible for the date of appointment to the permanent and pensionable establishment of a non Therefore, it is the appointment to the permanent and pensionable establishment that is important and not the date . See check list for Appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment at ANNEX VI for documents to be submitted with the recommenda tion from Ministry/Department. Effective Date of Appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment for Officers Who Obtain Bahamian Citizenship An officer who obtains Bahamian citizenship may be appointed to the permanent and pensionable establishment without change in status, salary or incremental date provided he h as served for more than a year. The date of appointment may be with effect from: a. the date on the naturalization certificate (If the officer does not submit the certificate wit hin one (1) year of receipt, the effective date would be the first day of the month that the recommendation reaches the Ministry of the Public Service); or b. the day after the contract or the re employment period expires. NOTE: An officer who obtains Baham ian citizenship prior to completing one (1) year of service may be considered for appointment to the permanent and pensionable establishment on the day after his anniversary. NOTE: There is no law or regulation requiring the establishment of an officer after attaining Bahamian Citizenship. However, if the officer is appointed to the permanent and pensionable establishment the entire continuous period of prior non pensionable servic e becomes pensionable ( excluding periods of unpaid leave and periods served on contract). Pensionable Establishment Untrained Teachers and Assistant Teachers Prior to 1 July 1997 18 Bahamian Untrained Teachers and Assistant Teachers became eligible for ap pointment to the permanent and pensionable establishment on 1 July 1997 provided they had not reached the 18 Department of Public Service Memorandum to Ministry of Education, date d 12 November, 1997 (DPS/12/03)

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Page 29 of 154 mandatory age of retirement by that date. The policy came into effect on 1 July 1997 and was not retroactive. Prior to 1 July 1997 Untrained Teacher s and Assistant Teachers were appointed on temporary non pensionable terms and on retirement received gratuities for their years of service. Permanent Residents (With the Right to Work) and Appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment of Non Bahamians A non Bahamian holding the Certificate of Permanent Residence would not qualify to be appointed to the Permanent a nd Pensionable Establishment. Under the present policy, only a non Bahamian employed in the Public Service who receives a Certificate of Registration as a Citizen of the Bahamas would be eligible for consideration for appointment to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment. In other words, the policy does not permit the place ment of non Bahamians on the permanent and pensionable establishment. POLICIES ON PROMOTION PROMOTION Promotion is defined in The Public Service Commission Regulations as conferment of a post to which is attached a higher salary or salary scale. Promotion of an officer is not given solely on account of an excellence of performance of the duties of the present post but also in recognition of an ability to meet satisfactorily the requirements of the higher office ( i.e. post ). 19 Promotion should not be confus ed with reclassification which is generally a lateral move. If the scale for which an officer is being considered is more than two increments above the maximum An officer ma y be eligible for pro motion if: (a) He meets the requisite qualifications and experience for the post and there is the need for his services at that level; and (b) He has performed consistently at an above average level in his current post for the last three (3) consecutive ye ars prior to the recommended promotion date and has demonstrated the ability to assume greater responsibility. Above average performance (as indicated on his Employee Performance Appraisal Report ) must include reference to e and punctuality over the same period. 19 Reference to General Order 507

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Page 30 of 154 In the case of teachers the following applies: The same promotion policy that applies to other officers applies to teachers, that is: ral move. If the scale for which an officer is being considered is more than two increments above the maximum . i. Therefore, a Education can be promoted to a Trained Teacher. For example: Untrained Teacher, Teachers Aide, Teacher Trainee, Craft Instructor, Clerical Personnel, etc. ii. granted a 7(a) increment in Scale S12A where applicable and be rec lassified as a Trained Teacher, Scale S12. iii. Prior to October 2009, an officer who obtained the above qualifications as at ii, would have his salary reassessed or granted a 7(a) increment where applicable and reclassified as a Trained Teacher, Scale S12. Note In considering the claim of any officer in the Public Service for promotion, merit and ability shall be taken into account as well as seniority, experience and formal qualifications. 20 Officers who are being superseded should be advised in writing of the reason(s) and given the opportunity to respond. 21 See Check List for Promotion at ANNEX VII for documents to be submitted with the recommendation from Ministry/Department. INCREMENTS ON PROMOTION All persons promoted shall receive a minimum of one (1) increment within his present scale and placed on point or at the next highest point in the new scale. If the officer has worked nine (9) months or more towards his next increment (provided he is not at the scale maximum) he is also entitled to this increment. Therefore, he would receive two (2) increments within his present scale on promotion and placed on point or at the next highest point in the new scale. However, if the officer is at the scale ma ximum then he would only receive one (1) increment on promotion. 20 In accordance with Section 18(1) of the Public Service Commission Regulations 21 Reference Public Service Commission Regulation Section 18 (2)

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Page 31 of 154 SUPER SCALE A super scale is any scale where the maximum is higher than the maximum of the First Assistant INCREMENT S ON PROMOTION TO A SUPER SCALE An officer on promotion from any scale to a super scale would receive a minimum of two (2) increments. If the officer has worked nine (9) months or more towards his next increment (provided he is not at his scale maximum) he is also entitled to this increment. Theref ore, he would receive three (3) increments within his present scale and placed on point or at the next highest point in the new scale. TRANSITIONAL POST ON PROMOTION If an Officer is recommended for promotion from one career path to another which requires a retroactive reclassification, before effecting the promotion, the need for the transitional post is not required. For example; A Mason II, Scale T14, who meets t he requirement and is recommended for promotion to Welder I, Scale T13, will first be retroactively reclassified as a Welder II, Scale T14 and promoted to Welder I, Scale T13. The Ministry will not be required to provide proof of the vacant post of Welder II (which is the transitional post). OR A Filing Assistant, Scale M6, who met the requirements for Clerk and was not reclassified at that time and is recommended for promotion to Senior Clerk, Scale C3, will first be retroactively reclassified as a Clerk, Scale C4, and promoted to Senior Clerk, Scale C3. The Ministry will not be required to provide proof of the vacant post of Clerk (which is the transitional post). PROMOTION OF EXPATRIATE PERSONNEL 22 Expatriate personnel would only be considered for promotion in areas where there is a lack of skilled Bahamians at the various levels. Whenever suitably qualified Bahamians are available 22 Department of Public Service Circular No . 16 of 1980, dated 18 June 1980

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Page 32 of 154 for vacant positions, expatriate staff would not be considered for t hose posts, unless they have obtained Bahamian Citizenship status. Expatriates who had been appointed to the Pensionable Establishment prior to 10 July 1973 would continue to be employed in their respective posts, with full eligibility for retiring benefit s specified in the Pensions Act. PROMOTION OF CONTRACT WORKERS Contract Workers will not ordinarily be promoted during their contractual period; however, upon renewal of contract consideration may be given to their re employment to a higher post. PROMOTION OF OFFICERS ON TEMPORARY MONTH TO MONTH TERMS An officer on temporary month to month terms may be eligible for promotion to a higher post provided he meets the requirements. PROMOTION OF OFFICERS AGE FIFTY FIVE (55) OR OLDER WHO DO NOT MEET ACADEMIC REQUI REMENTS 23 Consideration would be given to the promotion of officers age fifty five (55) or older who might not satisfy the established academic criteria for promotion for posts requiring B GCSE or equivalents as follows: a) Service Wide Exercise Persons age fifty five (55) years or older must meet the required years of experience and possess a minimum of two (2) BGCSE subjects (at grade C or above or equivalents) of the three (3) BGCSE subjects required and be successful in the relevant assessment exercise, w here applicable, for consideration in the Se rvice Wide Promotion Exercise. However, persons age sixty (60) years or older will only be required to monitor the relevant assessment exercise (i.e. participate but not sit the final exam) . Note: This only app lies to service wide promotion exercise posts above the level of Chief Clerk, Senior Private Secretary and Chief Registry Clerk, Scale C2. b) Other Promotions I n cases where the officer is fifty five (55) years or older and is short by one (1) BGCSE subject and where no assessment is required, he will have to serve an additional two (2) years in the post before being eligible for promotion. 23 Department of Public Service Circular No. 10 of 2005, dated 7 June 2005

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Page 33 of 154 NOTE : This concession only applies to officers who have a minimum of two (2) BGCSE subjects or equivalents; e.g. Gene ral Foreman, Scale M4, requires that the officer possesses three (3) BGCSE subjects, two (2) of which must be English Language and Mathematics, plus ten (10) years experience in the field. If the officer has two (2) subjects, then he would be required to serve an additional two (2) years in post for a total of twelve (12) years, in lieu of the third subject, in order to be considered for promotion to this post PROMOTION AND AWARD OF 7(A) INC REMENTS FOR SAME QUALIFICATIONS The grant of a 7(a) increment and promotion will not be awarded for the same qualification wit hin a twelve (12) month period. Note: If the officer is promoted based on the additional qualification in the first instance, he is not eligible for the award of a 7(a) increment. PROMOTION WHILE ON UNPAID LEAVE/UNPAID STUDY LEAVE/IN SERVICE TRAINING AWARD/SECONDMENT (OUTSIDE THE PUBLIC SERVICE i.e. QUASI GOVERNMENT, PRIVATE COMPANIES, INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION, NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION, ETC.) An officer cannot qualify for a promotion whil e he is absent from active duty on any of the above subject leave/postings. However, if he qualified for promotion and was recommended prior to the commencement of leave then he is eligible i.e. if the effective date of the promotion is prior to commenc ement of the leave, the officer will be considered. If the officer qualified for promotion and was recommended prior to the commencement of leave/postings, and the effective date was while he was on any of the above leave, the date of promotion would be when he resumes active duty. RECLASSIFICATION vs. PROMOTION Reclassification is not automatic; the officer must meet the academic qualifications and/or be performing the duties of the recommended post. Furthe rmore, there must be a vacancy. Reclassification can take place under the following conditions: a) * on par means that the salary in both posts/scales begins and ends basically at the same point). b) if the maximum of the reclassification scale is two (2) increments or less than the maximum of his present scale. c) if the officer is moving to a scale which has fewer increments than his present scale.

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Page 34 of 154 d) if the off icer is moving to a scale that is considered lower than his present scale. Exceptions to this policy are officers being reclassified from the M6 Scale (July 2014) to C4 Scale (July 2014). For example: Filing Assistant/Janitress/General Service Worker, Sc ale M6, reclassification to Clerk, Scale C4. NOTE: If the officer is moving to a scale which has fewer increments but the maximum is higher than his present post ( more than two (2) increments ) he must be promoted (see policy on Promotion). above the officer must be advised in writing and give his written consent before he can be reclassified. If his salary cannot be placed on point in the scale then he may be reclassified at a salary personal to self. REQUIREMENT FOR RECLASSIFICATION OF O FFI CERS FROM THE SECRETARIAL OR REGIST RY CADRE TO THE EXECUTIVE CADRE An officer in the Secretarial or Registry Career Path who wishes to be reclassified to the Executive Career Path, must meet the following requirements 24 : a) proof of having performed executive type duties for a minimum of one (1) year prior to the reclassification date b) the minimum academic qualifications of at least three (3) BGCSE or equivalent including English Language; c) be successful in the relevant Assessment Exercise; and d) above average Employee Performance Appraisal Reports for the preceding three (3) years, with supporting detailed Job Descriptions. Effective 1 July 2010 Note: If an officer is successful in the Assistant Secretary Assessment (formerly the Administrative Comp etition) and wishes to be reclassified into the Executive Career Path, he would not be required to take the Executive Level Supervisory Assessment. TRANSFER BETWEEN GRADES An officer who wishes to transfer from one career path to another: i. must state his re quest in writing and the career path he wishes to pursue; ii. must meet the requirements for the post. 24 Extract from Public Service Commission Minute dated 26 July2010. Reference DPS/PF/24930

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Page 35 of 154 1. Number of years an officer must serve in a given post before transferring and advancing to another post: a) Reclassified/Transferred Serve a minimum of one (1) year in the current post before being eligible for reclassification/transfer between grades. This is in accordance with the policy for Requirement for Reclassification of officers from the Secretarial or Registry Cadre to the Executive Cadre. In the c ase of technical officers they would be required to serve a minimum of one (1) year in the current post before being eligible for reclassification/transfer between grades. The salary of the officer must be taken into consideration when determining the post to which he is to be reclassified. If an officer requests a reclassification in the Administrative or Executive career path, he would be reclassified to one of the following post: i. Senior Executive Officer, Scale X2 ii. Chief Executive Officer/Secretary/Reg istry Supervisor, Scale X1 (i.e. if the NOTE: is beyond the maximum of the Chief Executive Officer/Secretary/Registry Supervisor Scale, he may be reclassified at a salary personal to oneself. iii. Administrative Officer, Scale A16 NOTE oneself. NOTE : Officers reclassified as Chief Executive Officer/Secretary/Registry Supervisor or Administrative Officer must serve the recommended years in post and pass the relevant assessment exercise for further advancement. b) Promoted Serve a minimum of two (2) years in the current post before being eligible for promotion. An exception to this policy would be the case of Trainees where such Officers may advance to a higher level after one (1) year.

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Page 36 of 154 2. Transitional Post If an Officer is recommended for promotion from one career path to another which requires a reclassification or appointment, before effecting the promotion, the need for the transitional post is not required. For example; A Mason II, Scale T14, who meets the requirement and is recommended for promotion to Welder I, Scale T13, will first be retroactively reclassified as a Welder II, Scale T14 and promoted to Welder I, Scale T13. The Ministry will not be required to provide proof of the vacant post of Weld er II (w hich is the transitional post). OR A Filing Assistant, Scale M6, who meets the requirement and is recommended for promotion to Senior Clerk, Scale C3, will first be retroactively reclassified as a Clerk, Scale C4 and promoted to Senior Clerk, Scale C3. NOTE : The promotion of an officer to Senior Clerk, Scale C3, can only be processed via the Service Wide Promotion Exercise. The Ministry will not be required to provide proof of the vacant post of Clerk (which is the transitional post). See Guidelines for Tr ansfer between Grades under Polic ies on Staff Movement. ROTATION FOR PROMOTION 25 Rotation is no longer a requirement for promotion with effect from 23 rd September, 2009. PROMOTION OF OFFICERS WITH ADVERSE VETTING REPORTS OR OTHER ADVERSE REPORTS 26 a. No New Adverse Vetting Over Seven (7) Years Old An officer who is recommended for promotion, or who was promoted following the disclosure in a vetting by the Police of adverse information, should not be prevented by reason of that prior information from being promoted if his Ministry is aware of the prior information and so certifies and that Ministry still supports the promotion and further Police vetting does not reveal any new relevant information and the Ministry of the Public Service has no new relevant information that would cause a refu sal of the promotion. Where the person has not been promoted because of an adverse vetting, misconduct or serious 25 Department of Public Service Circular No: 22 of 2009, dated 23 September 2009 26 Department of Public Service Circular No: 13 of 2004, dated 9 July 2004

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Page 37 of 154 promotion, if the information is over seven (7) years old , then unless there is new relevant information from the Police or the Ministry of the Public Service which is adverse to the officer, the information shall not be the basis of the refusal of a promotion for that officer. For any officer, who has an a dverse vetting report by the Police which is older than seven (7) years and has not led to disciplinary or criminal proceedings it shall not form the basis of the refusal of a recommendation for promotion. b. New Adverse Vetting Within the Last Seven (7) Years In the case of an officer who has adverse Police vetting or the Ministry of the Public Service has older than seven (7) years , and where there is relevant new adverse information from a Police vetting or t he Ministry of the Public Service on an officer who has been recommended for promotion, that information should be put to the officer and his Ministry in writing for their comments forthwith in detail by the Ministry of the Public Service, and the officer fourteen (14) days of the date of receipt of the allegation on the officer. If there is no response from the officer or his Ministry within six (6) weeks of the receipt of the allegation by the officer and his Ministry, the decision shall be made on the promotion without further inquiry. If the officer and the Ministry respond to the information it shall be taken into account in deciding the promotion. The promotion shall be placed in abey ance if the adverse information requires further inquiry or a disciplinary or criminal investigation. The Ministry or Department (where there is no Permanent Secretary) shall be informed forthwith if the recommendation for promotion is to be held in abeya nce. A decision shall ordinarily be concluded on the inquiry, disciplinary or criminal investigation within six (6) months of the matter being received by the officer. If it is taking longer than six (6) months, the Ministry or Department (where there is no Permanent Secretary) shall be informed by the Ministry of the Public Service every thirty (30) days and it shall disclose the reason for the delay. In every case, the matter shall be concluded within one (1) year as to whether the promotion can be adv anced or Department (where there is no Permanent Secretary) shall be so informed. No officer suspected of participation or facilitation of illegal or imprope r activity ought to be recommended for promotion. In all such cases the investigation into the matter ought to be conducted and completed in the shortest period possible and the appropriate disciplinary action taken. Where an officer is being denied a pr omotion on grounds herein stated, the officer must be informed and allowed to put his case to his Department. These policies should be applied purposely, meaning that in borderline cases (e.g. just under seven (7) years) the discretion ought to be exercis ed in favor of the officer. The procedure as outlined above shall be adapted mutatis mutandis [i.e. used when comparing two or more cases or situations, making necessary alterations while not affecting the main point

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Page 38 of 154 at issue] in the case of an officer wh o is being recommended for promotion and requires vetting and information is found adverse to his interest. PROMOTION OF OFFI CERS DURING PROBATIONARY PERIOD If an officer is promoted before completing his one (1) year probationary period, he will be confirmed in appointment with effect from the date he assumed duty and granted the normal increment one (1) y ear from the date of promotion. No increment is granted on confirmation due to the promotion. For Example: If an officer was appointed on twelve (12) months probation as a Trainee Technician, Scale T14, with effect from 5 th August, 2014 and was promoted to Assistant Engineer, Scale E16, with effect from 15 th December, 2014, he will be confirmed in appointment as Trainee Technician, Scale T14, with effect from 5 th August, 2014, and granted an increment in Scale E16, with effect from 1 st December, 2015 (Change of incremental month due to promotion). ACTING APPO INTMENT WITH A VIEW TO SUBSTANTIVE PROMOTION 27 The authority to appoint an officer to act with the view to substantive promotion rests with the relevant Service Commission on the recommendation from the respective Ministry and the Ministry of the Public Se rvice. PRO MOTION SKIPPING POSTS Officers recommended for promotion should progress through the career path without skipping post(s). Skipping of post will only be considered in exceptional cases where: a) an officer obtains additional qualifications, where applicable; b) an officer applies for an advertised position; or c) next promotion post. 27 Department of Public Service Circular No: 9 of 2003, dated 2 April 2003. DPS/89/02

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Page 39 of 154 POLICIES ON STAFF MOVEMENT TRANSF ER Transfer is the movement of staff between ministries, departments and approved authorities (i.e. fro m one budget head to another). The transfer of monthly paid staff must be approved by the Public Service Commission on the recommendation of the Ministry of The Public Service. Please see Policies on Staff Movement for the Deployment of officers who are paid on Weekly Paid terms. Unofficial Postings and Transfers 28 Officers are not to be unofficially posted or transferred to different areas of duties other than those designated by their formal appointments, without prior consultation with the Ministry of the Public Service on the effects of such actions. Security Vetting Requirements for Transfer to Sensitive Ministries Security Vetting is required for per sons transferring to a sensitive Ministry/Department as follows: Officers who transfer from a sensitive Ministry/Department to another sensitive Ministry/Department who were not previously vetted. Officers who transfer from a non sensitive Ministry/Depart ment to a sensitive Ministry/Department, provided they were never vetted. Officers who transfer from an Approved Authority to the Public Service in a sensitive Ministry/Department, provided they were never vetted. NOTE : Sensitive Ministries/Departments may request a Security Vetting, should they require current information on an officer. NOTE : See section on Entry for list of sensitive Ministries and Departments. Transfer from the Public Service to an Approved Authority Under Section 22 of the Pensions Act, Chapter 43, only Pensionable Officers , can transfer from the Public Service to an Approved Authority. In accordance with the terms and conditions laid down in the Act, the transferred officer would preserve his years of Pensionable Public Service. 28 Department of Public Service Circular No: 8 of 1986, dated 24 June 1986

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Page 40 of 154 Pens ionable employees of the Bahamas Government are Public Officers up to the date they accept permanent employment with an approved authority. Upon assumption of the permanent employment (i.e. date of transfer) they are deemed to have ceased to be in the ser vice of the Government and to have entered into service with the Authority. They are, therefore, governed by the rules and regulations applicable to the Authority. In accordance with Section 22 of the Pensions Act, Chapter 43, the Government would only be responsible for pension benefit , calculated on their last Public Service salary, in respect of service rendered by them up to the date they accepted the offer of appointment with the Authority. As an employee of the Authority they would have to p Pension Plan as by Law the Government would only be responsible to make a contribution towards the pension for the years served in the Public Service . The Act states that: nd upon the Warrant of the Minister of Finance to an approved authority as a contribution to every pension paid in accordance with sub section (2) of this section, such amounts as would have been payable to the person concerned by way of pension under the Act, if such person had retired from the Public Service and if he had been granted a pension under this Act upon SEE PAGES 4 5 46 FOR THE LIST OF APPROVED AUTHORITIES Transfer to the Public Service from an Approved Authority The Pensions Act, Chapter 43, provides that where an Approved Authority has established or will establish a pension scheme, persons appointed by them in a pensionable post (confirmed in appointment) may transfer to the Public Service . However, a transfer cannot take place unless the Approved Authority satisfies the requirements of Section 23 of the Pensions Act. This section provides that the Governor General shall not consent to the transfer unless and until the Approved Authority has made satisfactory arrangements with the Treasurer for the reimbursement to the Consolidated Fund of the cost of any pension and/or gratuity to be granted to the officer under the Pensions Act. This is due to the fact that the length of service with th e and the Government of The Bahamas taken together. The section further provides that the grant of a pension under the Pensions Act is in full satisfaction of and discharges any right to pension which a pensionable officer might otherwise have received if he/she had not been tra nsferred to the Public Service. Therefore, in view of the above, before a transfer can take place, the Approved Authority must confirm (agree) in writing that it will make satisfactory arrangements with the Treasurer for the reimbursement to the Consolidated Fund of such proportion of the cost of any pension and/or gratuity to be awarded to the transferred officer when he/she retires/resi gns from the Public Service. SEE PAGES 4 5 46 FOR THE LIST OF APPROVED AUTHORITIES

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Page 41 of 154 Procedure When Persons Request Transfer from an Approved Authority to the Public Service To satisfy the requirements of the Pensions Act with respect to persons seeking trans fers to the Public Service from Approved Authorities, the following letters (that were drafted by The Office of the Attorney General) are to be issued whenever t here is a request for transfer: a) Letter that is to be issued to approved Authority with respect to persons requesting transfer to the Public Service (Date) (The Approved Authority) (Address) Dear Sir: RE: (NAME OF EMPLOYEE) The above captioned individual refers. As you are aware the above named individual has requested a transfer from yourselves to the Public Service pursuant to section 23 of the Pensions Act , Statute Law of The Bahamas. Section 23(2) of the said Act provides as follows: hall not consent to the transfer of any person to Pensionable Public Service under the provisions of this section unless and until the Approved Authority from which he is transferred has made satisfactory arrangements with the Treasurer for the reimbursem ent to the Consolidated Fund of such proportion of the cost of any pension or other benefit granted to that person under the provisions of this Act as the length of his service with that Approved Authority shall bear to the total length of his continuous s ervice with such authority and under the Kindly confirm in writing that (insert Name of Employee) is employed in pensionable circumstances and whether all pension contributions are current as of the date hereof. Further, we have informed (insert Name of Employee) that a prerequisite of approval of the transfer is that satisfactory arrangements must be made with the Treasurer for the reimbursement to the Consolidated Fund of such proportion of the cost of any pens ion or other benefits due to (insert Name of Employee) under the Pensions Act. To that end, we have asked (insert Name of Employee) to not seek any withdrawals or cancellation from your Pension Plan, while this matter is being processed and seek your coop eration in that regard. Your anticipated cooperation is appreciated.

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Page 42 of 154 Kindly acknowledge receipt of this letter by signing and returning the enclosed copy. Sincerely, Permanent Secretary b) Letter that is to be issued to persons approved for transfer from an Approved Authority (Date) (Name of Employee) (Address) Dear (Name of Employee), RE: APPROVAL OF TRANSFER The above captioned refers. Please be advised that in order to process your request for transfer from the (Name of Approved Authority) to th e Public Service, we must ensure that the provisions of Section 23(2) of the Pensions Act are satisfied. The same provides as follows: Pensionable Public Service under the provisio ns of this section unless and until the Approved Authority from which he is transferred has made satisfactory arrangements with the Treasurer for the reimbursement to the Consolidated Fund of such proportion of the cost of any pension or other benefit gr anted to that person under the provisions of this Act as the length of his service with that Approved Authority shall bear to the total length of his continuous service with such authority and under the In that regard we hereby request that no action to withdraw any sums from your Pension Plan or remove yourself from the same until this matter has been finalized. Further, please be advised that once the Public Service Commission has provided its approval for you r transfer you shall be asked to authorized (insert Name of Approved Authority) to transfer the necessary sums to the Treasurer for the reimbursement to the Consolidated Fund before the matter can be referred to His Excellency the Governor General. Any ac tion in contravention of the foregoing may hinder the processing of your transfer or result in your years of service with (insert Name of Approved Authority) not being taken into account in the computation of your future benefits under the Pensions Act.

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Page 43 of 154 Y our anticipated cooperation is appreciated. Kindly acknowledge receipt of this letter by signing and returning the enclosed copy. Sincerely, Permanent Secretary c) Letter that is to be issued to Approved Authority by person whose transfer from an Approved Authority has been approved. NOTE: This letter is to be issued along with letter (b) above. (Date) (The Approved Authority) (Address) Dear Sir: RE: TRANSFER OF (NAME OF EMPLOYEE) TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE Please accept this as your authorization to transfer the amount of ________________________ Bahamian Dollars (B$_____________) from the Pension Plan to the Treasurer of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas so that the same may be applied to the Consolidated Fun d pursuant to section 23(2) of the Pensions Act , Statute Law of The Bahamas. Finally, kindly copy the Department of Public Service in your communication to the Treasurer. Yours truly, (Name of Employee) cc: Permanent Secretary, Department of Public Service S ECONDMENT 29 A pensionable officer may be seconded to or from any Approved Authority in accordance with Section 32 or 33 of the Pensions Act. Secondment to the Public Ser vice from an Approved Authority Section 33 (Secondment to the Public Service) of the Pensions Act, provides for secondments from an Approved Authority to the Public Service for a period of two (2) years at a time to a person holding a pensionable office and that the: nance shall by warrant under his hand pay to the relevant approved 29 Reference Pensions Act 2001

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Page 44 of 154 prospective pension entitlement of the person concern calculated at the rate of twenty five per c entum (25%) of the pensionable emoluments of the person concern immediately before the date SEE PAGES 4 5 46 FOR THE LIST OF APPROVED AUTHORITIES Secondment from the Publi c Service to Approved Authority The conditions of Section 32 of th e Pensions Act must be complied with before a pensionable officer can be seconded from the Public Service to an Approved Authority. The Section read as follows: agreement of any approved authority and the consent of the officer concerned, second any officer holding any pensionable office under the Government of The Bahamas for service with that authority upon such terms and conditions and for such period not exceeding two (2) years Therefore, before a secondment can proceed the Approved Authority must agree, in writing, to pay into the Consolidated Fund a contribution towards the prospective pension entitlement of the officer calculated at the rate of twenty five per centum (25%) of Note: The officer who is seconded, on his return to The Public Service, his salary should be allowed to progress as though the period of secondment had not occurred. No arrears are to be paid during the period of secondment. S EE PAGES 4 5 46 FOR THE LIST OF APPROVED AUTHORITIES Maximum period of Secondment The maximum period that is allowed for an officer to be seconded to an approved authority is six (6) years for two (2) years at a time. An extension of the secondment must be requested at the end of each period. When the officer reaches the maximum six (6) year period he must return to the Public Service or request in writing, a transfer to the approved auth ority. However, the officer may resign or retire at the end of his secondment if he so desires. Special Attachment to In ternational Agencies (Overseas) There is no provision in the Pensions Act that allows for the secondment or transfer of public officers to International Agencies (Overseas). The norm has been to grant unpaid leave to public officers who request permission to take an a ppointment with such agencies. However, if the Government sends the officer on special attachment to such agency, the off icer would be granted special leave without pay during the period of the attachment, and on his return his salary is allowed to progress as if the attachment had not occurred. No arrears are to be paid during the period of attachment.

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Page 45 of 154 This policy does not apply to public officers attached to International Agencies and whose salaries are borne by the Bahamas Government. Special Attachment to Non Governmental Agencies (Local) There is no provision in the Pensions Act that allows for the secondment or tra nsfer of public officers to Non Governmental Agencies (local). Such officers may be redeployed/transferred to the relevant Ministry who has an affiliation/oversight with the agency and posted to the non governmental agency Salary will be borne by the Gov ernment. In the case where a Ministry does not have an affiliation/oversight with the non governmental agency, he may be considered for unpaid leave up to five (5) years (two (2) years at a time) and if he wishes to remain after the expiration of the fiv e (5) years, he will be required to resign. APPROVED AUTHORITIES An Approved Authority is any Public Authority, Board, or Corporation designated by the Governor General by Order under the Pensions Act. A pensionable officer may be transferred to or from any Approved Authority in accordance with Section 22 or 23 of the Pensions Act (see list below). The transferred officer would preserve his years of pensionable service. A pensionable officer may also be seconded to or from any Approved Autho rity in accordance with Section 32 or 33 of the Pensions Act. Authority Date of Order taking effect The Bahamas Broadcasting and Television Corporation Not Available The Bahamas Development Corporation Not Available The Bahamas Electricity Corporation Not Available The Bahamas Information Services (BIS) 1 st December, 1974 The Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation Not Available The Central Bank of The Bahamas 1 st June, 1974 The College of The Bahamas 26 th May, 1976 The Department of Tourism Not Available The Gaming Board of The Bahamas Not Available The Hotel Training Council 29 th November, 1972 The National Insurance Board 7 th October, 1974 The Racing Commission Not Available

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Page 46 of 154 Authority Date of Order taking effect The Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation 21 st April, 1977 The Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas 1 st April, 1977 The Water and Sewerage Corporation 1 st July, 1977 The Bahamas Development Bank 1 st January, 1979 Bahamasair Holdings Limited 1 st January, 1980 Royal Bahamas Defence Force 28 th July, 1994 Bahamas Maritime Authority 16 th February, 1996 Each town committee and Council established under the Local Government Act 29 th January, 1999 Public Hospitals Authority 22 nd April, 1999 Public Utilities Commission ( now Utilities Regulations Commission Authority [URCA] ) 3 rd August, 2000 Hospitals and Health Care Facilities Licensing Board 3 rd August, 2000 National Museum of The Bahamas 5 th February, 2001 The Bahamas Antiquities, Museums and Monuments Corporation 29 th December, 2000 Airport Authority 11 th May, 2001 The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas 28 th August, 2006 Nassau Airport Development Company Limited 1 st April, 2007 The Bahamas Mortgage Corporation Not Available The Insurance Commission of the Bahamas 2 nd June, 2014 The Bahamas Public Parks and Beaches Authority Not Available Grant In Aid Schools Not Available Transfer of Vacation Leave t o or from an Approved Authority Officers requesting to be transferred to or from the Public Service or an Approved Authority must utilize all accumulated vacation leave prior to the transfer date.

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Page 47 of 154 TRANSFER OF PUBLIC SERVICE ACCUMULATED LEAVE JUSTICES 30 Whenever a Public Officer transfers from the Public Service and is appointed to the service of the Judiciary, they would be eligible for payment in lieu of vacation leave, up to the approved maximum. TR ANSFER OF OFFICERS ON PROBATION Officers on probation should not be transferred. ADMINISTRATIVE POSTING Where there is a need for the movement of senior officers at the level of First Assistant Secretary (or equivalent officers) and above, the Cabinet Office will approve the posting and the Ministry of The Publi c Service will facilitate same. DEPLOYMENT Where there is a need for staf f movement within a Ministry and/or Department(s) , the Permanent Secr etary may deploy staff members. For example: The posting of an officer from the Post Office Department to the Port Department both of which fall under the purview of the Ministry of Transport and Aviation. Deployment of Office rs Who Are Paid on Weekly Terms The deployment of officers who are paid on weekly terms can be made with the agreement between the Permanent Secretaries in the relevant ministries. Such movement of weekly paid officers is in accordance with paragraph 2(a) of The Public Service (Delegation of Powers) Order 1974. REDEPLOYMENT Where there is a need for additional staff or staff movement, the Ministry of the Public Service may redeploy officers to various Ministrie s/Departments. Redeployment is also used in cases pending official transfers. NOTE: No staff should be redeployed wit hout the written approval of The Ministry of the Public Service. 30 Cabinet Conclusion ICN 27 (85) 2

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Page 48 of 154 GUIDELIN ES FOR TRANSFERS BETWEEN GRADES Transfers between Grades came into effect on 1 March 2004. General Guidelines 31 i. Officers would be offered transfers into lateral scales provided they have the relevant qualifications and salaries would be pegged at the nearest point on the scale. ii. Officers requesting transfers should be informed in writing of the conditions attached to the transfer. iii. Officers must agree, in writing, to the conditions of a transfer prior to it coming into effect. iv. No transfers to lower scales would be permitted where the officer requesting a transfer does not agree to the reduction in pay, if applicable. Officers transferring to the Executive or Administrative grades mus t be successful in the relevant assessment exercise (where applicable) in order to be reclassified and/or promoted in the relevant grouping. See policy on T ransfer between Grades mentioned under Policies on Promotion. Executive ( from an accredited institution, approved for the Bahamas Government's purpose) must gain a minimum of one (1) year experience in the executive/administrative field bef ore being allowed to participate in the requisite assessment exercise. Officers without relevant qualifications must obtain at least two years pertinent experience. Note: If an officer is successful in the Assistant Secretary Assessment (formerly the Adm inistrative Competition) and wishes to be reclassified into the Executive Career Path, he would not be Administrative In addition to the criteria under General Guidelines, offi cers at the levels of Assistant Secretary or Senior Assistant Secretary who have not yet participated in the relevant assessment may be 31 (Refer to Department of Public Service Cir culars for list of Assessment Exercises and levels of officers who qualify)

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Page 49 of 154 reclassified to the post of Administrative Officer at a salary personal to on e self (if applicable) until successful in the requisite assessment exercise. Technical offi cers whose salaries are above the maximum Senior Assistant Secretary scale and who have not yet obtained success in the requisite assessment may be appointed at the level of First Assistant Secretary until successful in the requisite assessment. (Technical Officer means any officer not in an Administrative, Executive or (clerical post). Persons Who Request Transfers and Who Do Not Have the Requirements for the Post 32 Persons who request transfers for their own personal reasons or because of illness and who do not have the requirements for the relevant post would be offered a post and a salary commensurate with the level of their qualifications. (This means that the officer will probably have to accept a reduction in salary. He should be advised in writing and give his written co nsent before action is taken.). Effective on 1 March 2004 POLICIES ON LEAVE VACATION LEAVE ELIGIBILITY may be granted after complet ion of six (6) months service. In such cases, the entitlement period 33 A week's leave shall be a period of five (5) working days; a day's leave means a working day's leave. The period of any vacation leave granted shall be extended by one (1) day for each public holiday that occurs during that vacation. Days off in lieu of holidays shall be granted to officers who are required to perform shift duty on Public Holidays and such days would normally be add ed to approve vacation leave. LEAVE FOR SHIFT WORKERS WHEN WORKING ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Refer to the respective Industrial Agreements . 32 Department of Public Service Circular No: 2 of 2004, dated 25 March, 2004 33 In accordance with the 2013 2018 BPSU Agreement Article 26.1 & 26.3.

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Page 50 of 154 Vacation Leave Eligibility Anniversary Date) 34 Officers on the Per manent and Pensionable Establishment (Confirmed in Appointment) who served continuously for at least 25 years would be eligible for vacation leave of five (5) weeks a year, with effect from 1 st July, 2014 Note: Continuous service includes employment on weekly and monthly terms (this excludes casual relief workers, persons appointed on special contract, the work assistance programme and special project workers). anniversary date remains constant; it is always with effect from the date of fir st appointment to the Public Service. Monthly Paid Employees Salary points amendment effective 1st July, 2008: a) In the case of an officer whose salary is $30,450 per annum or above; five (5) weeks a year b) Officers earning $21,250 to $30,449 per annum; four (4) weeks a year c) Officers earning $10,700 to $21,249 per annum; three (3) weeks a year. Salary point amended effective 1 st August, 2014: d) Officers earning $11,450 to $21,249 per annum; three (3) weeks a year.(To be granted on Date). 35 NOTE: The salary points are subject to change on conversion of salary. Vacat ion Leave All Public Officers As of 1 January 1994 the vacation leave entitlement was increased to four (4) weeks per annum for all officers serving on the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment and who would have completed seven (7) years combined continuous service . There are officers who are presently in receipt of salaries which fall between $10,700 to $21,249 (July 2008) and based on the established policy qualify for three (3) weeks per annum. However, the new policy which took effect on 1 January, 1994 provide s for the grant of four (4) weeks vacation leave to all officers on the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment who have served continuously (on weekly and monthly terms) for at least seven (7) years . Officers with less than seven (7) 34 In accordance with the 2013 2018 BPSU Agreement Article 26.4 and Circulars # 17 & 19 dated 14 th August 2014 35 In accordance with the 2013 2018 BPSU Agreement Article 26.4 and Circulars # 17 & 19 dated 14 th August 2014

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Page 51 of 154 years service and wh ose salaries fall between $10,700 $21,249 (July 2008) will continue to be entitled to three (3) weeks annual leave. 36 NOTE : Officers will be eligible for the increase in vacation leave where applicable as of the eighth (8th) year anniversary when he would have completed seven (7) years combined continuous service. For example: If the officer was appointed 1 st July, 2007 his leave would progress as follows: Yr. Anniversary Date #Wks 1 1 st July, 2008 3 wks 2 1 st July, 2009 3 wks 3 1 st July, 2010 3 wks 4 1 st July, 2011 3 wks 5 1 st July, 2012 3 wks 6 1 st July, 2013 3 wks 7 1 st July, 2014 3 wks 8 1 st July, 2015 4 wks Weekly Paid Employees 37 The vacation leave eligibility of employees on hourly, daily or weekly rates of pay and whose employment is of a casual nature, but whose whole time is employed in The Public Service, is: a) two (2) weeks per annum, or b) three (3) weeks per annum after seven (7) years service. Contract Employees (Monthly) 38 Contract Employees are eligible for vacation leave on the same terms as monthly paid officers. LEAVE ELIGIBILITY FOR TEACHERS Institutional Leave Teachers shall be entitled to institutional leave in lieu of vacation leave. Institutional leave includes, Summer, Christmas, Easter and Mid Term breaks, each of which shall commence not earlier than, and not later than the dates fixed in each school year by the employer. 39 All teaching staff appointed during the summer term (which commences after the Easter Term to the end of the school term June), should remain at work during the summer break of the year hired and will be eligible for institutional leave during the next academic school year. 36 Department of Public Service Circul ar No: 17 of 2006, dated 31 May 2006. 37 In accordance with General Order 1539 38 In accordance with Circular #4 of 2011 dated 11 th March, 2011 39 In accordance with 2013 2018 BUT Industrial Agreement Article 22.21

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Page 52 of 154 ADMINISTRATIVELY POSTED TEACHERS (DEPLOYMENT) Teachers who are administratively posted/deployed (i.e. outside the classroom) are entitled to the same vacation leave as regular monthly paid employees. LEAVE FOR TEACHERS WHO ARE ACTING WITH A VIEW TO SUBSTANTIVE PROMOTION Teachers who are acting in an administrative pos t with a view to substantive promotion may be eligible for vacation leave after serving a minimum of six (6) months in the new post. In such . ACCUMULATED VACATION LEAVE Monthly Wo rkers Only 40 Vacation leave may be accumulated in respect of any period not exceeding three (3) years as follows: Leave Eligibility Per Annum Maximum accumulation of Vacation Leave 5 weeks 15 weeks 4 weeks 12 weeks 3 weeks 9 weeks Contract Employees (Monthly) 41 Contract Employees must take all of their vacation leave during the stipulated life of their contractual period of employment or forfeit such leave entitlement , as the authority to pay salaries will cease at the last date of their employment (i.e. expiration of contract or effective resignation date). Weekly Paid Officers Weekly paid employees are not eligible to accumulate vacation leave. Retiring Officers 42 Officers are required to take all vacation leave prior to retiring. Failure to do so w ill result in the forfeiture of any accumulated leave that takes them beyond their retirement date. 40 In accordance with Circular #17 of 201 4 dated 14 th August, 2014 41 In accordance with Circular #4 of 2011 dated 11 th March, 2011 42 In accordance with MPS Circular #14 of 2015 dated 30 th April, 2015

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Page 53 of 154 Same applies to officers who resign from the Public Service. Officers who fall ill during Pre Retirement Leave An officer who falls ill while on pre retirement leave, subject to production of medical certificates will be eligible for payment of salary (i.e. in the case of mandatory retirement) or extension of vacation leave and change of retirement date (i.e. in the case of early retirement). Note : Sick leave policy will apply. VACATION LEAVE IS EARNED WHILE ON PAID SICK LEAVE 43 An officer, for every year in which his employment continues, earns vacation leave. Since the was being remunerated , then for so long as that remuneration continued the officer is regarded as being employed and earns leave on the basis of that period. VACATION LEAVE WHILE ON IN SERVICE T RAINING AWARD An officer does not earn vacation leave while on In Service Training Award. THE PAYMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL LEAVE TO RETIRING TEACHERS (MANDATORY RETIREMENT) According to current policy, teachers are not eligible for vacation leave but receive institutional leave instead. Teachers who have reached the mandatory retirement age just prior to Easter break, summer and Christmas holiday will be paid salary for institutional leave. Effective 1 st December, 2014, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was granted authori ty to process payments to retiring teachers (i.e. mandatory age) for earned institutional leave. PRO RATION OF VACATION LEAVE Vacation leave may be prorated in the following cases: a) On first appointment after serving a minimum of six (6) months; b) Retirement /resignation from the Public Service; c) Unpaid Study Leave/Unpaid Leave; d) Extended Sick Leave; and e) Death of an Officer. 43 Extract from memorandum dated 11 March 1993. Reference File DPS/89/24

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Page 54 of 154 For example: Vacation Leave Entitlement Pro rated 5weeksp.a. 1 week 1 day every 3 months 4 weeks p.a. 1 week 0 days every 3 months 3 weeks p.a. 1 week 0 days every 4 months LEAVE OF ABSENCE Leave of absence is leave on half (1/2) pay and may be granted on the same scale and in respect of the same period as vacation leave. 44 Half (1/2) pay leave will not be granted to any officer who has not completed one (1) year of continuous services. 45 Leave of absence on half pay may be accumulated in respect of any period not exceeding six (6) years. The total amount of accumulated vacat ion leave and leave of absence which may be taken at any one time shall not exceed twenty four (24) weeks . Note: Leave of absence on half pay cannot exceed twenty four (24) weeks despite officers being eligible for five (5) weeks vacation leave per annum, which amounts to thirty (30) weeks. Example a) An officer who has served for six (6) years and is entitled to vacation leave of four (4) or five (5) weeks per annum and has: accumulated twelve (12) weeks vacation will only be eligible for twelve (12) weeks leave of absence on half pay; OR no accumul ated vacation leave will be eligible for the full twenty four (24) weeks on half pay. (Provided he has not taken any leave of absence within the period) b) An officer who has served for six (6) years and is entitled to vacation leave of three (3) weeks per a nnum and has: 44 In accordance with Gene ral Order 1503 45 In accordance with General Order 1505 Leave Eligibility Per Annum Maximum Eligibility for Leave of Absence on Half Pay (6 years) 5 weeks 24 weeks 4 weeks 24 weeks 3 weeks 18 weeks

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Page 55 of 154 accumulated nine (9) weeks vacation will only be eligible for nine (9) weeks leave of absence on half pay; OR no accumulated vacation leave will be eligible for the full eighteen (18) weeks on half pay. (Provided he has not taken any leave of absence within the period) SICK LEAVE Sick Leave entitlement begins the day an officer assumes duty. Heads of Departments may grant up to two (2) working days sick leave on any one occasion without the submission of a Medical Certificate up to an aggregate of six (6) working days (call in days) in a calendar year . Any leave taken under this Order will be deducted from the total sick leave eligibility. 46 In calculating periods of sick leave and determining when an officer will resume duty, Satu rdays, Sundays and public holidays falling within a period of sick leave, will count as days of sick leave but, will not, be deducted from the total amount of sick leave eligibility of twenty (20) working days per annum. 47 In calculating extended sick leav e, if the period of the sick leave is broken, a thirty (30) day month, inclusive of Saturday, Sunday and holidays is to be used. An officer who falls ill while on vacation leave will be eligible for sick leave with effect from the beginning of the certif icated incapacity. He will not, however, be permitted to continue vacation leave, on the termination of the sick leave, unless he obtains approval. 48 Examples: 1. If an officer calls in sick on a Friday and the Monday of the following week and reports to work on Tuesday, both days will count as call in days and will be deducted from the aggregate six (6) working days. A medical certificate will not be required 2. A s hift worker who is scheduled to work on the weekend and his normal days off are Tuesday and Wednesday, if he calls in sick on the Monday and Thursday both days would be deducted from the aggregate six (6) working days, provided he reports to work on the Fr iday. A medical certificate will not be required. 46 In accordance with General Order 1561 47 In accordance with General Order 1561 (A) 48 Amendment to General Order 1578

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Page 56 of 154 3. If an officer is on sick leave (or extended sick leave) with a medical certificate that expires on the day prior to a holiday or weekend and the officer resumes duty on the next working day a further medical certificate will not be required. If the officer does not resume duty on his next scheduled working day, a medical certificate will be required to cover all of the additional days. Sick Leave Entitlement a. Monthly Employees twenty (20) working days per annum on full pay Six (6) working days (call in days) of the twenty (20) working days may be utilized without a medical certificate a maximum of two (2) working days can be utilized on any one occasion The remaining fourteen (14) working days must be covered with a medical certificate Extended Sick Leave for Monthly Employees (with medical certificates) General Order 1573 After an officer has exhausted the sick leave eligibility of twenty (20) working days and provided there is a reasonable prospect of eventual recovery, supported by Medical Certificates, he may be granted additional sick leave as follows: Five (5) months 7/8ths pay Six (6) months 1/2 pay Unpaid Leave/Medically Boarded (Salary to be Coded) An officer may opt to utilize any accrued vacation leave before being granted extended sick leave. b. Weekly Employees General Order 1580 The sick leave eligibility of such employees whose employment is of a casual nature and whose whole time is employed in The Public Service is, however, at the following rates: During the first three (3) years of service one (1) week/five (5) working day s a year. Two (2) working days (call in days) without a medical certificate and three (3) working days with a medical certificate. After three (3) years of service two (2) weeks/ten (10) working days a year. Four (4) working days (call in days) withou t a medical certificate a maximum of two (2) working days (call in days) can be utilized on any one occasion and six (6) working days with a medical certificate. After five (5) years of service three (3) weeks/fifteen (15) working days a year. Six (6) working days (call in days) without a medical certificate a maximum of two (2) working days (call in days) can be utilized on any one occasion and nine (9) working days with medical certificate.

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Page 57 of 154 Extended Sick Leave for Weekly Employees (with medical cert ificates) Weekly paid officers can be granted further sick leave, up to a maximum of six (6) months, on three quarters (3/4 th ) pay. The extended sick leave, with supporting medical certificate must be approved by the Permanent Secretary of the respective Ministries. c) Part Time Workers 49 Part time staff is eligible for paid sick leave as follows, provided they work at least twenty (20) hours a week: Monthly paid staff, two (2) weeks/ten (10) working days a year, with a grant of Hourly and weekly paid staff half (½) the rate accorded to such staff working full time (General Order 1580). These staf f will however, not be granted extended sick leave as provided under General Order 1580, and they will not be eligible for sick leave during the first year of service. RESUMPTION OF DUTY AFT ER EXTENDED SICK LEAVE Any officer who exhausts his entire (1/2) pay will be required to produce a letter from his medical doctor verifying that he is fit to resume active duty. RESUMPTION OF DUTY ON PART TIME TERMS (FOLLOWING ABSENCE ON SICK LEAVE) 50 An officer deemed by the physician to be well enough to resume duty following sick leave and is recommended to work half days instead of full days, will be placed on reduced salary for the days worked. The officer can avoid the reduced salary by utilizin g vacation leave or leave of absence to offset the rema ining hours of the days worked. The maximum time allotted to work half days for sickness is one (1) year. Thereafter, the officer is expected to return to full days or will be required to appear before the Medical Board to determine their suitability to return to work. Note: If an officer is working half days and has vacation leave available, the Permanent Secretary/Head of Department may approve that the other half day(s) be deducted from his vacation leave available so that he becomes eligible for full pay. 49 In accordance with General Order 1581 50 Reference DPS/PF/3812 dated 22 October 2009

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Page 58 of 154 If an officer has no vacation leave available a recommendation should be forwarded to the Ministry of the Public Service for approval for the period on half pay leave (i.e. Part time terms and/or Leave of absence on half pay). CALCULATING SICK LEAVE AT THE END OF THE CA LENDAR YEAR Where an officer is on extended sick leave at the end of the calendar year, he will not be eligible for the four (4) weeks (20 days) full pay sick leave in respect of the ensuing year unless and until he first returns to active duty . 51 Note In the context of General Order 1575 (A) Extended Sick Leave is leave on 7/8ths and ½ pay for monthly paid staff and 3/4ths pay for weekly paid staff. Where an officer is on any of the following leave at the end of the year, he will be eligible for full pay for the four (4) weeks (20 days) sick leave in respect of the ensuing year, whether or not he returns to active duty: a. Full Pay Sick Leave b. Vacation Leave c. Institutional Leave Example An officer who has not utilized his four (4) weeks (20 days) full p ay sick leave and is granted sick leave for the period from 19 th December, 2016 to 4 th January, 2017, the sick leave will be calculated as follows: Sick Leave balance for 2 ......15 days Less sick leave for the period 19 th 31 st Sick Leave balance for 2 Less remai ning sick leave for the period 1 st 4 th Jan 2 days Note In accordance with General Order 1561 (A), in calculating periods of sick leave and determining when an officer will resume duty, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays falling within a period of sick leave w ill count as days of sick leave, but will not be deducted from the total amount of sick leave eligibility of 20 working days per annum. Example An officer who is on vacation/institutional leave for the period from 19 th December, 2016 to 2 nd January , 2017, and submits a medical certificate for the period 3 rd 5 th January, 2017, the sick leave will be calculated as follows: 51 In accordance with General Order 1575 (A)

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Page 59 of 154 Sick Leave eligibility for 2 Less sick leave for the period 3 rd 5 th . 17 days Officers will be required to produce a medical certificate/document to support their absence (where applicable). SELF INFLICTED ILL NESSES/PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING To be treated as sick leave and the normal sick leave eligibility will apply. Note: Refer to the relevant Industrial Agreement. LEAVE DURING NATIONAL DISASTERS 52 Officers who are at work at the time of a National Disaster will benefit from the leave approved by the Government (for example, office closure). Officers on vacation leave or casual leave or shift workers, who are not scheduled to work will not benefit. CASUAL LEAVE 53 In accordance with Gen eral Order 1624(A), all eligible officers may receive Casual Leave at the rate of ten (10) days per year. Officers should not be granted more than the maximum of two (2) days at any given time and in any given month. For example : An officer would not be granted Casual Leave on the last two (2) working days in the month and the first working day of the next month. They will be required to Casual Leave is granted to hard working senior officers as occasional periods of respite. Casual Leave is not granted to compensate for overtime, but officers who are eligible for payment in respect of overtime may be compensated. Casual leave cannot be added to vacation leave nor may it be accumulated. It is granted at the discretion of the Permanent Secretary subject to the exigencies of the Service. Officers Eligible for Casual Leave 54 Officers in the X3 Scale or on salary scales which start above $22,300 per annum (July 2008 Scales) are not eligible for payment of overtime may subject to the exigencies of the Service be 52 Department of Public Service Circular No: 16 of 2011, dated 27 September 2011 (DPS/11/01). 53 Department of Public Service Circular No: 8 of 2006, dated 17 March 2006 54 In accordance with General Order 1624 (A)

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Page 60 of 154 granted casual leave at the rate of ten (10) working days a year. C asual leave may not be added to vacation leave, or half pay leave, nor may it be accumulated. Casual Leave for Contract Officers Contract Officers are granted Casual Leave at the same rate and condition as monthly staff. Casual Leave Newly Appointed Offi cers 55 Casual leave may be granted to newly appointed officers, who are eligible for such leave, after they would have completed five (5) weeks of work. MATERNITY LEAVE means labour resulting in the issue of a living child; OR labour after twenty four (24) weeks of pregnancy resulting in the issue of a child whether alive or dead. includes a person with whom a child is placed for adoption or a person who is in a relationship of some permanence with a parent of a child and who int ends to treat the child as his or her own. Eligibility twelve (12) calendar weeks Maternity Leave (which shall be for a continuous period including the period of confinem ent) and shall be at full pay. Maternity Leave will not be granted more than once every three (3) years. Leave (i.e. vacation leave, leave of absence on half pay and unpaid leave) may be added to Maternity Leave but not so that the total period away from work would exceed twenty four (24) weeks. If the officer takes leave under General Order 1590 the total period away from work should not exceed twenty four (24) weeks. ( Amendment to General Order 1585) It is recommended that General Order 1586 be deleted. A pregnant officer with five (5) years service, or more, may be granted half pay leave in addition to the maternity leave of twelve (12) weeks plus, the full pay vacation leave mentioned in General Order 1585, but not so that the total period away from wo rk would exceed sixteen (16) weeks ; i.e. if less than four (4) weeks vacation leave is available the officer may enjoy vacation and half pay leave up to a total of four (4) weeks in addition to the twelve (12) weeks maternity leave. This is without prejudi ce to General Order 1590. 56 55 Extract from memorandum dated 23 rd February, 2005. DPS/11/01 56 In accordance with General Order 1586

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Page 61 of 154 prior to confinement will be considered as sick leave rather than maternity leave (effective 9 th September, 2015). 57 Application for leave under this amended General Order (i .e.1589) must be supported by medical certificates. The application for maternity leave should be forwarded by the officer to the Permanent Secretary through the Head of Department three (3) months before the expected date of confinement and must be accomp anied by a Medical Certificate stating that the officer is pregnant and requires leave and giving the expected date of confinement. Where, by reason of geographical, or other circumstances beyond the officer's control she is unable to produce such certific ate, she may produce such other evidence as she considers to be reasonable proof of her entitlement to maternity leave. 58 A female employee who, after confinement, suffers any illness arising out of such confinement shall be granted, in addition to the mat ernity leave to which she is entitled, such additional leave without pay, not exceeding six (6) weeks as a medical doctor recommends. The employee can utilize vacation leave instead of unpaid leave; however, the total period away from work should not excee d the twenty four (24) weeks in accordance with General Order 1585. (Insertion to General Order 1590) If a female employee at the end of the maternity leave (i.e. 12 weeks) suffers an illness that is not related to the confinement and upon production of a medical certificate, may be granted sick leave. The medical certificate must state the nature of the illness. In the absence of producing a medical certificate the officer will be placed on unpaid leave. If an officer dies during the period of the maternity leave awarded in General Order 1585, the guardian of the child shall be paid salary for any unused maternity leave due to the officer. 59 Leave Granted to Officers Who Do Not Qualify For Maternity Leave Officer s who would have served for less than one (1) year will be granted unpaid leave for maternity purposes. The officer must be off from duty for a minimum of eight (8) weeks (in accordance with the Employment Act, 2001, Part 5, Section 18 [1], [b] ) and produc e a letter from her medical doctor indicating her fitness to resume duty. Officers who would have enjoyed maternity leave more than once within the three (3) year period will be granted vacation leave, leave of absence on half pay and unpaid leave (where applicable) for maternity purposes up to a maximum of twenty four (24) weeks . 57 In accordance with Circular No. 31 of 2015 dated 11 th September, 2015, MPS/11/01 and Part V of the Empl oyment Act 2001 58 In accordance with General Order 1588 59 In accordance with General Order 1591

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Page 62 of 154 Maternity Leave (Teacher s) While on Institutional Leave A teacher, whose baby is born during Institutional Leave, is not entitled to both Institutional and Maternity Leave. Th e Institutional Leave will cease and the Maternity Leave will commence with effect from the date of confinement. LOSS OF A CHILD BEFORE CONFINEMENT An officer who suffers the loss of a child before confinement (i.e. prior to twenty four (24) weeks of pregnancy), the time off from work will be treated as Sick Leave (in accordance with General Orders 1563, 1573 and 1574). The officer must produce a medical certificate to cover her absence. LOSS OF A CHILD AFTER CONFINEMENT An officer who suffers the los s of a child after confinement (i.e. delivery) may opt to utilize one of the following she is eligible for , or has available : a. *Maternity Leave b. Vacation Leave c. Leave of absence on half pay d. Unpaid Leave The officer must be off from duty for a minimum of eight (8) weeks after confinement (in accordance with the Employment Act, 2001, Part 5, Section 18 [1], [b] ) and produce a letter from her medical doctor indicating her fitness to resume duty. *The officer can utilize the full 12 weeks or 8 of the 12 week s. The remaining 4 weeks can be used if she has another child before the 3 year period expires. If the officer uses the full 12 weeks maternity leave, she will not be eligible for this leave for another three (3) years. COMPASSIONATE LEAVE 60 The Employer wi ll grant Compassionate Leave with pay for a total of eight (8) days per year on the grounds of urgent personal affairs and in circumstances such as accidents, deaths and serious illness of immediate family (parents, spouse, children and siblings) and emerg encies caused by fire or flooding etc. Such leave is approved by Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Department. 60 In accordance with 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 23 and 2013 2018 BUT Industrial Agreement Article 22.20

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Page 63 of 154 Applications for the grant of such leave must be accompanied by a written request outlining the reason(s) for the application (along with supporting documentation where applicable) which will be treated as confidential. NOTE: The Permanent Secretary or Head of Department (where there is no Permanent Secretary) may use his discretion in granting Compassionate Leave in circumstances that do not fall under the categories mentioned above. UNION LEAVE Refer to the respective Industrial Agreements. SPECIAL LEAVE FOR FINAL EXAMINATION PURPOSES (LOCAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY) 61 Officers are eligible for leave to prepare for final examination at Colleges and University approved for Government purposes as follows: Two (2) days per semester (the day prior to and the day of the examination) One (1) additional day may be considered if the officer has documentary proof of two (2) or more examinations in one (1) semester so that the maximum days does not exceed three (3) days. This will also include approved online courses that are invigilated . Approval for such leave can be granted by the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department. Officers requiring this leave should present a written request which must be accompanied by the original schedule of his/her examinatio n(s). SPECIAL LEAVE FOR LOCAL EXAMINATIONS Officers will be granted a maximum one (1) day off from work to study for local examination(s) (i.e. BJC, BGCSE, Pitman, City & Guilds and General Education Diploma (GED) or equivalent) and time off to sit each ex amination paper. Note: If more than one day is required to study for examination(s) the officer can apply for leave (e.g. vacation leave, casual leave, etc.). SPECIAL LEAVE FOR PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATIONS Where an employee is pursuing professional certification in the interest of the Public Service, a maximum period of two (2) weeks with pay, for the specified period of the review course prior to the examination, may be granted. 61 In accordance with 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 28.15 (paragraph 2)

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Page 64 of 154 The Employer shall grant only one such paid leave for the profession al certification course review, any subsequent review course lea ve may be granted without pay. SPECIAL LEAVE TO ATTEND CONFERENCES/ SEMINARS 62 duties (but not nec essarily conferences/seminars organized by governments or international bodies), cultural and sporting events (employee must be selected by the Government or a recognized National Body to represent the country locally/abroad) of national/international sign ificance. Note: notification of selection. An officer may be granted leave in addition to vacation leave for the purpose of taking part in a sporting event of interna tional significance, the length of which will be determined by taking into account the number of days required for the actual sporting event and the number of days required for travelling to and from the place arranged for the sporting event. Any extra day s will be deducted from vacation leave. 63 Leave may be granted by the Permanent Secretary in the relevant Ministry on the ground of public policy as far as it relates to General Orders 1624, 1625, and 1626. Such leave will be with full salary for a maximum period of up to six (6) days within a ca lendar year. All other requests for leave on full pay, or recommendations for leave on full pay under General Orders 1624, 1625 and 1626 in excess of consecutive six (6) days in a calendar year must be submitted to the Ministry of the Public Service for consideration. (GGYA), may be granted Special Leave up to two (2) days per ye ar with pay, (limited to one (1) organization per year) to attend Conferences and Leadership Courses held by their organization 64 . Such leave may be approved by the Permanent Secretary in the relevant Ministry and should be accompanied with supporting docu ments. LEAVE FO R INTERNSHIP/TEACHING PRACTICUM Officers, who are pursuing a degree (at an institution approved for government purposes) and are required to complete an internship or teaching practicum within the Public Service, may be 62 In accordance with Circular 8 of 1993 dated 22 nd June, 1993 (File No: DPP/1/07) 63 In accordance with General Order 1624 64 In accordance with General Order 1627

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Page 65 of 154 redeployed up to a ma ximum of six (6) months, to the relevant Ministry/Department by the M inistry of The Public Service. Officers, who are pursuing a degree (at an institution approved for government purposes) and are required to complete an internship or teaching practicum outside the Public Service, will be granted unpaid leave up to a maximum of six (6) months, by the Ministry of The Public Service. Note: Any approval of unpaid leave may be preceded by any vacation leave and leave of absence on half pay that the officer is entitled. TRAVEL LEAVE Any officer who travels on behalf of the Government to attend conferences/seminars, recruitments or other government business, will be eli gible for leave as follows, upon his return: If he travels on his off day(s) (i.e. weekends, scheduled off day(s) {shift workers} or holidays), that/those day(s) will be credited to him and he will be required to take it/them within one (1) week of his return or forfeit same. Kindly note such lea ve cannot be accumulated. Effective date 18 th April, 2016. 65 Note: If the trip involves travelling between time zones the officer may be granted an additional working day. The leave should be taken within one (1) week of return or be forfeited. REGUL AR UNPAID LEAVE In accordance with General Order 1623 reference is made to the grant of Unpaid Leave. The practice has been to grant Unpaid Leave to officers who do not qualify for any other type of paid leave (i.e. vacation and leave of absence on half pay). The max imum amount of Unpaid Leave that may be granted to an officer is five (5) years. In the event an officer needs more than five (5) years, he will be invited to resign his employment. Only in exceptional circumstances, may an officer be considered for a further extension not exceeding one (1) year. Officers must submit a written request, along with supporting documents to their Heads of Department through their Supervisors for onward trans mission to the Ministry of the Public Service for approval. Officers should not proceed on leave without approval from the Ministry of the Public Service. 65 In accor dance with Circular No. 31 of 2016 dated 4 th August, 2016 Reference MPS.11/01

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Page 66 of 154 Note: An officer on leave without salary shall not be entitled to receive any emoluments/benefits w hatsoever. 66 Please see Section 24 (2) of the Pensions Act with reference to the Computation of service in relation to officers granted Unpaid Leave. Note: All requests for Unpaid Study Leave will be processed in accordance with the Training Policy. No te: Any approval of unpaid leave may be preceded by any vacation leave and leave of absence on half pay that the officer is entitled. PAYMENT OF VACATION/EARNED LEAVE TO OFFICERS ON DISMISSAL Officers dismissed from the Public Service will be eligible for payment of salary for vacation/earned leave accumulated up to date of dismissal. TIME O FF DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON During the Christmas season staff will be granted time off as follows: a) half day for shopping or other festive preparations; b) half granted half day on the preceding Friday. The exception to would be staff members who work shift or are a part of ess ential services. POLICIES ON FINANCIAL MATTERS ALLOWANCES Subsistence Allowance Effective 1 st July, 2014 Officers who are required to travel on behalf of The Bahamas Government, may be paid the relevant daily subsistence allowance (i.e. $70.00 per day for travel within The Bahamas OR $100.00 per day for overseas travel) for the first twenty eight (28) days. A nytime thereafter, 66 In accordance with General Order 1643

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Page 67 of 154 $1,000.00 per month will be paid 67 for travel within The Bahamas and $1,500 per month for travel outside The Bahamas. If the officer is assigned for less than a full month after the twenty eight (28) days, the allowance of $1,000.00 or $1,500.00 per month (where applicable) will be prorated (i.e. divided by the number of days in the given month). NOTE relevant Ministries may approve local travel. Exam ple If the officer is assigned for one (1) month and two (2) weeks in March/April, he will receive a subsistence allowance as follows: Inside the Bahamas $70 x 28 days (March) = $1,960 3 days (March) $1,000.00/31days x 3 days = 97 Two (2) weeks (April) $1,000.00/30 x 14 days = 467 $2,524 Travel Allowances Transportation and Incidentals 68 Effective 8 th September, 2015 the following applied to Ministers and Public Officers traveling on be hal f of The Bahamas Government: 1. All transportation costs are to be paid for prior to travel, as far as possible. 2. Ministers and Public Officers may be granted monies for transportation, where it was not pre paid, and for incidentals as indicated below: Travel Item Ministers Public Officers Incidentals $30.00 per day $20.00 per day Transportation $60.00 per day $40.00 per day 3. All funds disbursed are to be accounted for with receipts on the travel advance form, within one (1) month of return from travel. 4. Permission to exceed the amounts approved above must be obtained from Cabinet. In accordance with Travel Policy that became operational on 1 st August, 2015, requests for OR Ministry 67 In accordance with the Bahamas Public Service Union Agreement Article 16.9and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014 68 In accordance with Ministry of the Public Service Circular No. 40 of 2015 MPS/8/02, dated 5 th November, 2015

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Page 68 of 154 Casual Mileage Effective 1 st July, 2014 Casual Mileage at the rate of $2.00 per mile is granted to an employee who may be required to use his private vehicle from time to time (i.e. occasionally) in the performance of his duties. 69 NOTE: Mileage is not paid Employees in receipt of casual mileage are required to keep a daily record ( mileage log ) of their journeys on duty. This record must show the dates, places visited and actual mileage. Transport Allowance Effective 1 st July, 2014 Officers who are required to travel for the performance of their duties and who use their private vehicles for this purpose shall be granted a transport allowance of $250.00 per month. Where the miles traveled are in excess of one hundred and fifty (150) miles per month, then the casual mileage rate will apply. 70 Transport allowance is also granted to some Senior Of ficers by virtue of their position. Officers, who are assigned government vehicles, are not eligible for transport allowance. Hardship Allowance Effective 1 st July, 2014 non domiciled officers posted to and residing in areas of hardship in the Family Islands up to a maximum of five (5) years. The Islands and Settlements are as follows: 71 ISLAND SETTLEMENT Acklins All Settlements Crooked Island All Settlements Fortune Island Long Cay Mayaguana All Settlements Ragged Island Duncan Town Rum Cay Port Nelson NOTE: An officer who requests a transfer to another island will not receive this allowance. 69 In accordance with the Bahamas Public Service Union Agreement Article 16.2 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014 70 In accordance with the Bahamas Public Service Union Agreement Article 16.3 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014 71 In accordance with the Bahamas Public Service Union Agreement Article 16.6 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014

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Page 69 of 154 Disturbance Allowance Effective 1 st July, 2014 Persons posted away from their place of domicility in excess of three (3) months should be paid a disturbance allowance of $300 per month. This includes persons in Hardship locations. 72 NOTE: An officer who requests a transfer to another island will not receive this allowance. Disturbance Allowance is only paid to officers who are NOT domiciled up to a maximum of five (5) years. Where a husband and wife are posted/transferred to the same pl ace/location, it must be determined who the primary officer is in the transfer (i.e. which officer was first identified to be transferred). The primary officer should be paid a disturbance allowance of $300.00 per month. NOTE: This allowance is not paid if electricity and water are included in the rent. NOTE : Where a husband and wife have found to be posted/transferred to the same place/location, the Ministry of Finance should be consulted to determine that duplicate allowances are not being paid. Geographical Posting Allowance Officers who are Geographically Posted receive a one time payment of $2,650.00 which covers airfare for employee and dependents, freight, deposit for utilities, security deposit and essentials to assist w ith relocation. NOTE: An officer who requests a transfer to another island will not receive this allowance. Effective date for members of the BPSU Bargaining Unit is the 1 st January, 2015. Please refer to all other Agreements for effective dates . Where a husband and wife are posted/transferred to the same place/location, it must be determined who the primary officer is in the transfer (i.e. which officer was first identified to be transferred). The primary officer should be paid a one time geogra phical posting allowance of $2,650.00. Note: If a spouse is transferred at a later date, consideration may be given to any additional expenses beyond the geographical posting allowance once documentary proof is provided. See n ote on posted/transfer of H usband and Wife under Disturbance Allowance. 72 In accordance with the Baham as Public Service Union Agreement Article 16.7 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014

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Page 70 of 154 Rent Allowance Rent allowance is payable to employees posted by the Employer to an island other than their island of domicility at the following rate, if the actual rent is less than the stated rates below, then only the actual rent is to be paid: Islands/Settlement other than New Providence and Freeport: $700.00 per month New Providence and Freeport: $600.00 per month Where a husband and wife are posted/ transferred to the same place/location, the cumulativ e rent allowance should not exceed $1,400.00 per month. Any adjustment to the stated allowance shall be approved by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Public Service. An officer currently posted on an island other than his island of domic ility will not receive rent allowance beyond five (5) years from the date of posting; that officer would be considered domiciled at the end of the fifth (5 th ) year of continuous posting. Any employee posted on an island for more than five (5) years at the request of the Employer shall continue to receive rent allowance until redeployed. 73 NOTE: An officer who requests a transfer to another island will not receive this allowance. NOTE: The employer should advise employees no less than six (6) months to one (1) year of their pending domicility and cessation of rent allowance. See Note on posted/transfer of Husband and Wife under Disturbance Allowance. Hazard/Risk Allowance Effective 1 st July, 2014 Hazard/Risk allowance is paid at a rate of $200 per month to officers regularly employed or consistently working in or around hazardous environments as listed but not limited to the following: 74 a) in or around septic tanks, pits, sewer b) at height s of 30 feet or more c) with dusty substances d) in wet excavations, drains, etc. e) Civilian Staff at Prison 73 In accordance with the Bahamas Public Service Union Agreement Articles 16.11, 16.12 and 16.13 74 In accordance with the Baha mas Public Service Union Agreement Article 16.8 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014

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Page 71 of 154 f) Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre (Feed Mill and employees who use agro chemicals) Fish and Farm Supply Store g) Jack hammer/heavy duty operator h) Hot Mix and garbage depot NOTE: Once National Health Insurance is fully implemented, Hazard/Risk allowance will be reviewed. Scarcity Allowance Scarcity allowance is paid where there is a shortage of skilled/professionally qualified persons available (i.e. Architects, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, etc.). Scarcity allowance should be included in the calculation for payment in lieu of vacation. 75 Responsibility Allowance Responsibility allowance is paid to an officer who is required to undertake duties which demand a greater degree of skill and/or responsibility associated with his substantive post. It is payable as indicated at ANNEX VIII Responsibility allowance should be included in the calculation for payment in lieu of vacation. The salary paid in lieu of vacation leave should therefore include the responsibility allowance. 76 NOTE: An officer who is appointed to act in a higher post in accordance with Section 17 of th e Public Service Act will be entitled to receive the responsibility allowance associated with the acting post. Uniform Allowance during Redeployment Uniformed officers who are redeployed to another Ministry/Department should continue to receive their uniform allowance until they are officially transferred and reclassified. 77 78 Effective 1 st April, 2008 Clothing Allowance for Minister 79 75 Reference DPS/PF/23886 Memorandum dated 10 th January, 2006 76 Extract from memorandum date d 19 July 2007. Reference File M P S/89/24 77 Reference MPS/PF/49755 et. al. dated 6 th March, 2015 and MPS/89/24 78 Reference Memorandum DPS/89/27, dated 4 th December, 2008 79 Reference Memorandum DPS/89/27, dated 2 nd January, 2008

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Page 72 of 154 Allowance while on Sick Leave An officer on paid sick leave (i.e. who is receiving a salary on full pay, 7/8 th pay and ½ pay) with supporting documentation, may be eligib le to receive the full amount of personal allowances and rental allowance A mendment to General Order 1576. As long as an officer is receiving salary, whether it is full pay, 7/8 th pay or ½ pay, he is entitled to his allowance. Allowance while on Vacation An officer is eligible to receive the full amount of personal allowances and rent al allowance while on vacation. Allowance whi le on In Service Training Award An officer on In Service Training Award shall not be entitled to any personal a llowances, or rent al allowance. PASSAGE ASSISTANCE TEMPORARY POSTING PUBLIC OFFICERS Passage Assistance is granted at the rate of six (6) round trip tickets per year (once every two (2) the Bahamas, to married public officers who are required to take up temporary postings within the Bahamas, away from their families for longer than (2) months and yet not long enough to make it practical for the office rs to relocate their families. Public officers, who are temporarily posted from their place of domicility within The Bahamas for a maximum period of six (6) months, are eligible for passage assistance, at the rate of one (1) round trip ticket every two (2) months. The posting should be at le ast two (2) months to qualify for the passage assistance. NOTE: The Passage Assistance is for persons who are temporarily posted away from their families and therefore they will not be eligible for geographical posting and disturbance allowances. The of ficer will be eligible for Subsistence Allowance and accommodations due to his temporary posting. The Passage Assistance is not to be pro rated. For example, if an officer spends three (3) months in a temporary posting he would be eligible for only one r assistance can only be surrendered to a spouse or child for the purpose of that spouse or child visiting him (her), at the same rate and on the same basis as outlined above. Passage assistance should be provided fr 80 80 In accordance with Circular No. 14 of 1980, File No. DPP/ 65/03IV dated 2 nd June, 1980

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Page 73 of 154 GOVERNMENT FUNDS 81 Government Funds should not be expended for the payment of utility bills of Public Officers who have been transfe rred to the Family Islands. Effective 1 st July 2011 NOTE: The implementation of Disturbance Allowance introduced as of July 2014 is to assist with payment of utility bills. USE OF GOVERNMENT VEHICLES DURING PRE RETIREMENT LEAVE Secretary to the Cabinet, Financial Secretary, Permanent Secretaries, Senior Under Secretaries, Under Secretaries, Heads of Department and other top management who have assigned vehicles may retain the use of the government vehicle until their effective re tirement date. INCREME NTS Definition An increment is the advancement of salary, by a specific amount, which is determined by the post and salary scale. Officers cannot receive increments beyond the scale maximum. Additional Increments for Experience on Appointment Applicants may obtain incremental credit for all of their years of post qualifications experience (i.e. experience after obtaining the requisite qualification for the post), however, teachers are only given incremental credit for a maximum of ten (10) years (i.e. teaching experience). Qualifications and documented experience (with specific dates of employment date/month/year) must be submitted with the application. Only post qualification experience will be considered for the award of ad ditional increments. 82 Experience outside the Public Service i. One (1) increment will be awarded for every two (2) years of relevant experience; ii. One (1) increment will be awarded for every four (4) years of partially relevant experience; iii. One (1) increment will be awarded for every six (6) years of non relevant experience. 81 Department of Public Service Circular No: 5 of 2011, dated 1 June 2011 82 Public Service Commissi on Minute dated 4 February 1988

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Page 74 of 154 Experience inside the Public Service i. One (1) increment will be awarded for each year of relevant experience; ii. One (1) increment will be awarded for every two (2) years of partially relevant experience; iii. One (1) increment will be awarded for every three (3) years of non relevant experience. Note: In determining the salary on appointment the years of experience needed for the post is first deducted and the officer would be given incremental credit for the remaining years (if any). Increments on Promotion All persons promoted shall receive a minimum of one (1) increment within his present scale and placed on point or at the next highest point in the new scale . If the officer has worked nine (9) months or more towards his next increment (provided he is not at his scale maximum) he is also entitled to this increment. Therefore, he would receive two (2) increments within his present scale on promotion and placed on point or at the next highest point in the new scale. An officer whose present scale maximum is above the maximum of the post of First Assis tant Secretary, (Scale A1, July 2014 Scales) is considered to be in a super scale and he would receive two (2) increments on promotion. If the officer has worked nine (9) months or more towards his next increment (provided he is not at his scale maximum) he is also entitled to this increment. Therefore, he would receive three (3) increments within his present scale on promotion and placed on point or at the next highest point in the new scale. Increments whi le on In Service Training Award No increments are earned while on In Service Training Award, however, on resumption of duty but no arrears are payable for the period of the award. Accelerated Increment 7(a) The Public Service Act, Chapter 39, Section 7(a) provides for the grant of an accelerated increment to persons who acquire sufficient qualifications to justify such advancement to a higher incre mental point within that scale. Therefore, an officer who on successful completion of a degree or professional certificate of six (6) months or more may be considered for the award of a 7(a) increment. An exception is made only for Nurses who attain a certificate for a course of study for a minimum of three (3) months. An officer who obtains a degree or professional certification which qualifies him for reclassification would be awarded a 7(a) increment in his current scale, if applicable; and will be reclassified and placed on point in the lateral scale.

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Page 75 of 154 NOTE: The degree or professional certificate must be from an accredited institution accepted by the Ministry of the Public Service. An officer at the maximum of the scale is not eligible for a 7(a) increment. The grant of a 7(a) increment and promotion will not be awarded for the same qualification within a twelve (12) month period. Performance Appraisals are required. 7(a) Increment fo r Two Degrees at the Same Level A 7(a) increment is not granted: a) Degree. b) 83 c) five percent (75%) new credits in COURSE LOA D FOR OFFICERS PURSUING DEGREES Under the current policy a full time employee pursuing studies on a part time basis should not take more than three (3) courses in any one semester. 84 In accordance with Article 28.9 (b) an officer is eligible for a maximum of four (4) hours per week during his normal working hours for day release at full salary to attend classes. He should return to work within one (1) hour after completion of the cour se. Note: the four (4) hours day release should not include the time required for the officer to travel to and from class. CHANGE OF INCREMENTAL MONTH a. on promotion; b. if he was granted unpaid leave/unpaid study l eave for a period of three (3) months or more; c. with the extension of the probationary appointment. 83 Reference MPS Inter Office Memorandum DPS/PF/29371 dated 27 th June, 2005 84 Reference DPP/69/20 Circular No. 18 of 2004 dated 14 th September, 2004

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Page 76 of 154 Note: As of 1 st July, 1988 all officers at scale maxima received the conversion and were given new incremental date of July, with the next increment due July 1989. Officers at scale maxima for at least five (5) years (i.e. prior to July 1983) were granted an increment ef fective 1 st July, 1988 and the incremental month changed to July. ALLOWANCES DURING INTERDICTION Officers on interdiction are granted half of all allowances. See Section on Disciplinary Matters Restoration of Emoluments upon Reinstatement When an officer is reinstated, all emoluments withheld should be restored. OVERTIME Overtime is time worked in excess of the standard working hours (e.g. 40 hours per week). 85 Approval to work overtime Approval for overtime should be obtained from the relevant authority before an officer is allowed to work overtime. Eligibility Officers in salary scales which start below $22,400 per annum (July 2012 Scales) are eligible for overtime pay. NOTE: Officers in Scale X3 and on salary scales which start at $22,400 per annum (July 2012 Scales) or above are not eligible for overtime pay. Salaries subject to change based on general increase. Payment of Overtime 86 Where an employee eligible for overtime pay is required to work in excess of the standard hours of work (forty (40) hours), he shall be paid overtime as follows: Monday to Saturday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and outside the regular working hours = Time and a Half Monday to Sa turday between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.= Double Time Sunday and public holidays = Double Time Day off = Double Time 87 85 In accordance with the Employment Act, Section 10 86 In accordance with General Order 1273 87 In accordance with the Employment Act, Section 10(a)

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Page 77 of 154 Day off: any day that an individual is not required to work as a pa rt of his normal work week. Rates for Special Projects The following rates are applicable for officers who are required to work beyond the normal hours on special projects: POSITION/CATEGORY OF WORKERS RATE An officer with oversight of a project $25.00 per hour Deputy Permanent Secretaries, equivalent posts and above Consideration for compensation would be given on a case by case basis. The compensation rate should not exceed $25.00 per hour. Payment is subject to approval by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of the Public Service. Officers not eligible for overtime $20.00 per hour Officers who are eligible for overtime Paid at their respective rates. Note: Approval to work beyond the normal working hours on any Special Projects should be obtained from the Ministry of the Public Service before officers are allowed to commence working. Additionally, financial clearance must be secured from the Ministry of F inance. HONORARIUM An honorarium may be granted to officers who are required to perform extra duties in addition to their normal duties for a specified period. Request for honorarium should be submitted to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Public Service for approval an d should include the following: 1) Scope of work 2) Duration of the project 3) Level of responsibility/expertise/role and position 4) Hours of work (during or after work) 5) Proposed payment ( fixed amount)

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Page 78 of 154 6) Availability of funds in the relevant Mi Note: In some cases: an honorarium can also be granted for special projects; and matters related to honorarium would be referred to The Cabinet for approval. REASSESSMENT Effective 1 st October, 2009, the policy on reassessment of salary was discontinued for: a. Serving officers who obtained additional qualifications; b. Officers appointed after 1 st October, 2009. Officers appointed at the minimum of the salary scale under Delegated Powers Order may have their salaries assessed by the Public Service Commission provided that all documents were would have been inside the public service would not be r equired to submit documents as the file should indicate the relevant experience. Officers Appointed Prior To 1st October 2009 with effect from the first day o f the next month (when the date on the certificate is not specified), if the certificate is received in the Ministry of the Public Service within twelve (12) months of its issuance. If the certificate is received in the relevant Ministry more than twe lve (12) months after its issue date, then the reassessment would be with effect from the first day of the year that it is received by the Ministry of the Public Service. However, the reassessment would become effective the date that the Ministry/Departmen t certifies the document if that date is earlier than the first day of the year it was received in the Ministry of the Public Service. RECLASSIFICATION VS. PROMOTION Reclassification can take place under the following conditions: a) In scales which are * on par means that the salary in both posts/scales begins and ends basically at the same point). b) If the maximum of the reclassified scale is two (2) increments or less than the maximum of his present scale. c) If the offic er is moving to a scale which has fewer increments than his present scale d) If the officer is moving to a scale where the incremental value is lower than the incremental value of his present scale.

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Page 79 of 154 NOTE: If the off icer is moving to a scale which has fewer increments but the maximum is higher than his present post ( more than two (2) increments ) he must be promoted. above the officer must be given a detailed explanation of the conditions surrounding the reclassification in writing. If his salary cannot be placed on point in the scale he should not be reclassified at a salary personal to oneself 88 . Reclassification is not automatic; the officer must meet the academic qualifications and/or be performing the duties of the recommended post. Furthermore, there must be a vacancy. RECLASSIFICATION WITH A DEGREE An officer who obtains a degree or professional certificate whic h qualifies him for reclassification would be awarded an increment in his current scale, if applicable, and be placed on point in the lateral scale. EFF ECTIVE DATE OF RECLASSIFICATION The effective d ate of reclassification can be: i. date on the qualifying ce rtificate/degree or the date it is received in the submitting Ministry; or ii. date officer meets the years of experience required for the post; or iii. date of transfer and/or assumption of new duties. NOTE: REMUNERATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC SERVICES UNION AGREEMENT In accordance with Article 28 of the Industrial Agreement between the Government of The Commonwealth of The Ba hamas and The Bahamas Public Services Union, Public Servants covered under this Agreement (excluding those granted In Service Training Awards/Special Leave with pay to pursue studies) may be remunerated for priority areas of study pursued with prior writte n approval of the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department of relevant Ministry, with effect from 17 th July, 2014, as follows: (1) for a course of study which is less than six (6) months as being relevant to the job should be awarded a lump sum of $500.00. 88 In accordance with policy per MPS/89/24 dated 15 th July, 2002 and 22 nd October, 2003

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Page 80 of 154 (2) purposes) for a course of study which is for a period of at least six (6) months as being relevant to the job a lump sum of $1,000. (3) On completion of professional certificate/degree of six (6) months or more an officer may also be eligible for a 7(a) Increment. (4) Officers at the maximum of the salary scale shall also receive a lump sum payment equivalent to one (1) year increment on completion of a course of study which is more than six (6) months. Please be mindful of the policy regarding Course Load when pursuing studies (refer to the Course Load for Officer for additional information). It should be noted that remuneration is not granted: a) Where officers pursue more than two (2) courses of study per annum. b) For certificates that are equivalent to BJCs or BGCSE subjects. c) For a second towards that degree. d) towards that degree. e) taken at least 75 percent (75%) f) Approval for the above will be facilitated by the Ministry of the Public Service. The following d ocuments must accompany the recommendation : 1. 2. 3. Certified copy of the degree, certificate or diploma 4. Certified copy of official fina l transcript (if applicable) 5. Financial clearance

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Page 81 of 154 MISCELLANEOUS POLICIES INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT Definition An accident arising out of and during the course of employment is presumed to be an industrial accident and should be reported and recorded immediately. Application of Si ck Leave in Industrial Accident Any employee who suffers an accident while on duty which is covered by a certificate from a licensed medical doctor shall be granted the relevant statuto ry industrial leave as follows: a) Ruled an Industrial A ccident (Government not Liable) 40 weeks sick leave with full pay will be granted from the date of injury and will cease at the end of the 40 week period. If the officer does not utilize the entire 40 weeks from the date of the injury he will not be allowed to utilize the remaining balance once the 40 week period has expired 89 . For example: An officer had an industrial accident on 18 th January, 2016 and was absent on sick leave for 20 consecutive weeks from the date of the accident. He r esumed duty on 6 th June, 2016. On 1 st December, 2016 the officer applied for the remaining 20 weeks industrial accident leave. In accordance with policy the officer will not be eligible for the remaining 20 weeks industrial accident leave as the 40 weeks would have expired with effect from 23 rd October, 2016. However if the officer had applied for additional industrial accident leave on 22 nd August, 2016 he would be eligible for the remaining leave up to 23 rd October, 2016 when the leave would have exp ired; which amounts to nine (9) weeks. Note: Calculation of the 40 weeks industrial accident leave begins with effect from the day of the accident, whether or not the officer commenced the leave from that day. Monthly Paid Officers At the expiration of the 40 weeks the monthly paid officer should be granted 20 days sick leave with full pay (please note: the officer will only be eligible for the available balance). After the officer exhausts the 20 days sick leave with full pay, he ca n be granted vacation leave available before being considered for extended sick leave on 7/8 ths pay. 89 In accordance with Regulation 74(1)(2) of the National Insurance (Benefit and Assistance) Regulations

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Page 82 of 154 Five (5) months extended sick leave on 7/8ths pay Six (6) months extended sick leave on ½ pay Any officer who exhausts his entire sick leave eligibilit y on full and half salary, and does not resume duty should be recommended to be medically boarded. (See the section on Medical Board). Teachers Teachers who suffered an accident while on duty which is covered by a certificate from a licensed medical docto r, which takes them into Institutional Leave, will be considered absent from duty on Industrial Accident Leave. Note Officers cannot be on two (2) types of leave at the same time (i.e. Industrial Accident and Institutional Leave). Once the medical certif icate is presented for a claim to be made by The National Insurance Board, the Institutional Leave falls away. Weekly Paid Officers At the expiration of the 40 weeks the weekly paid officer should be granted sic k leave on full pay as follows: Employees wi th three (3) years of service or less one (1) week/five (5) working days. Employees with three (3) to five (5) years of service two (2) weeks/ten (10) working days. Employees with more than five (5) years of service three (3) weeks/fifteen (15) worki ng days. After the officer exhausts the sick leave entitlement with full pay, he can be granted extended sick leave, up to a maximum of six (6) months, on three quarters (3/4 th ) pay. Any officer who exhausts his entire sick leave eligibility on full and 3/4 ths pay and does not resume duty should be recommended to be medically boarded. (See the section on Medical Board). NOTE: Medical certificates must be provided to cover the entire period of the absence from duty due to the industrial accident. When the above sick leave has been exhausted, the officer will be placed on unpaid leave or he may be granted vacation leave available to him upon receipt of medical certificate. b) Industrial Accident (If Government is Liable) 52 weeks sick leave with full pay will be granted from the date of injury and will cease at the end of the 52 week period.

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Page 83 of 154 If the officer does not utilize the entire 52 weeks from the date of the injury he will not be allowed to utilize the remaining balance once the 52 week peri od has expired (This applies to both monthly and weekly paid officers). Monthly Paid Officer At the expiration of the 52 weeks the monthly paid officer should be granted 20 days sick leave with full pay (please note: the officer will only be eligible for the available balance). After the officer exhausts the 20 days sick leave with full pay, he can be granted vacation leave available before being considered for extended sick leave on 7/8 ths pay. Five (5) months extended sick leave on 7/8ths pay Six (6) mon ths extended sick leave on ½ pay Any officer who exhausts his entire sick leave eligibility on full and half salary and does not resume duty should be recommended to be medically boarded. (See the section on Medical Board). Weekly Paid Officers At the expiration of the 52 weeks the weekly paid officer should be granted sic k leave on full pay as follows: Employees with three (3) years of service or less one (1) week/five (5) working days. Employees with three (3) to five (5) years of service t wo (2) weeks/ten (10) working days. Employees with more than five (5) years of service three (3) weeks/fifteen (15) working days. After the officer exhausts the sick leave entitlement with full pay, he can be granted extended sick leave, up to a maximum of six (6) months, on three quarters (3/4 th ) pay. Any officer who exhausts his entire sick leave eligibility on full and 3/4 ths pay and does not resume duty should be recommended to be medically boarded. (See the section on Medical Board). NOTE: Medic al certificates should be provided to cover the entire period of the absence from duty due to the industrial accident. When the above sick leave has been exhausted, the officer will be placed on unpaid leave or he may be granted vacation leave available t o him upon receipt of medical certificate.

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Page 84 of 154 DECENTRA LIZATION OF PERSONNEL FUNCTIONS By Circular No. 8 of 1993 the following functions were delegated to Secretary to the Cabinet, Financial Secretary, Director of Legal Affairs, Permanent Secretaries, Commissioner of Police, Auditor General, Registrar of the Supreme Court, C lerk of the House o f Assembly. Salary Advances Medical Loans Mileage Allowances Extended sick leave on 7/8ths and 3/4ths pay for a maximum period of three (3) months Vacation leave on ½ pay for maternity purposes (i.e. based on eligibility) Special Leave with pay up to six (6) days within a leave year for attendance at Further decentralization of personnel functions to Ministries Extended sick leave on 7/8ths pay for five (5) months (monthly paid officers) Extended sick leave on 3 /4ths pay for six (6) months (weekly paid officers) Unpaid leave for a period of one (1) month or less Please note: Any leave approved by the Ministry under this decentralization policy should be copied to the Ministry of the Public Service, Treasurer an d Auditor General. VERIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS 90 must be verified in writing by the Examination & Assessment Division, Ministry of Education, before submitting them fo r consideration in respect of the following recommendations: New Appointments; Appointments to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment; Reclassifications; Promotions. Upon verification by the Examination & Assessment Division , any certificate(s) deemed fraudulent must be brought to the attention of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Public BAHAMAS TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE (BTVI) Certified copies of official transcripts must accompany all degrees and certificates from The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI). 90 Department of Public Service, Inter Office Memorandum, dated 7 February 2000.

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Page 85 of 154 CERTIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS Ministries/Departments are required to certify the copy verifying that they have seen the original certi ficate/document before submission to the Ministry of the Public Service or prior to being placed on files. Persons at the level of Executive Officer or above are eligible to certify documents. The following statement/stamp should appear on the certified d ocuments: Officers are to scrutinize documents to ensure that they are authentic. FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS 1) Academic Certificates Where it is proven or established that a Public Officer was employed by the Government on the basis of a certificate found to be fraudulent, the person would be dismissed from the Service and the issue of benefit will be within the discretion of the relevant Commission on a case by case basis 91 . If the fraudulent certificate is found seven (7) years or more from the date of appoi ntment or the date the certificate was presented for processing, a lesser punishment may be applied at the discretion of the relevant Commission . 2) Other Documents Public officers who provide fraudulent documents other than academic certificates (i.e. job letters, medical certificates, salary deduction forms, overtime etc.) will be subject to disciplinary action. 91 In accordance with Circular No. 6 of 2012, DPS/18/01 dated 20 th June, 2012 I certify that this is a true copy of the original document Name (please print): ___________________________ Post: ________________________________________ Signature: ______ ______________________________ Date: ________________________________________

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Page 86 of 154 OFFICERS WHO CAN SIGN ON BEHALF OF THE PERMANEN T SECRETARY/ HEAD OF DEPARTMENT All documents leaving the Ministry/Department should be signed by p ersons at the level of Executive Officer or above on behalf of the Permanent Se cretary or Head of Department. Officers at the level of Deputy Permanent Secretary and above should sign the Employee Performance Appraisal Records on behalf of the Permanent S ecretary. The exceptions are the Auditor General and Direct or of Education (for Teachers). When writing to the Secretary to the Cabinet the memorandum should be signed by the Permanent Secretary where applicable. Only the Permanent Secretary should write directly to the Minister. TIME OFF TO APPEAR IN COURT 1) Jury Duty 92 When employees are required by the law to serve as Jurors, those who actually serve shall be excused from work on those days which they actually serve and shall be paid wages at their regular rate of pay for those days. A shift employee summoned for Jury duty will be assigned a day shift for that period. In cases where an employee reports for Jury duty and is: a) not selected OR selected but later excused for the remainder of the day, s uch employee shall be required to report to work; b) selected he must provide the Employer with documentation from the Court . If it is proven that an employee is abusing any of the above privileges, that employee shall not be paid for any days not worked or m ay be subject to further discipline. 2. Summons to Appear in Court When an employee receives a Summons to appear in Court he shall be excused from work on those days which he actually appears in court and shall be paid wages at his regular rate of pay for those days. He will be required to provide the Employer with documentation from the Court to support hi s absence from duty . This does not include summons for personal reasons (e.g. landlord/tenant, divorce, domestic, etc.) 92 In accordance with the 2013 2018 BPSU Agreement Article 13

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Page 87 of 154 If it is proven that an employee is abusing any of the above privileges, that employee shall not be paid for any day(s) not worked or may be subject to disciplinary action. APPLICATIONS FOR PERMISSION TO PURCHASE CROWN LAND Applications for Crown Land should only be referred to the Ministry of the Public Service for serving officers who wish to establish a home in readiness for retiremen t. 93 All other applications should be referred to the Department of Lands and Surveys for consideration. Officers who are retiring based on mandatory age of retirement may apply to purchase crown land five (5) years prior to their retirement date (effective date of this proviso is 1 st March, 2016). The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Public Service will consider applications in accordance with General Order 1032. ACTING APPOINTMENTS The Governor General acting in accordance with the ad vice of the appropriate Commission may appoint a public officer to discharge the duties of an office of responsibility in place of the duties of his substantive office. The acting appointment will be in accordance with Section 17 (1) and (2) of the Public Service Act. Acting appointments may be granted under the following conditions: 1. the temporary vacancy of the posts of Permanent Secretary or Head of Department; 2. where there is statutory or regulatory or other necessary requirement for the post to be fil led during the temporary or permanent vacancy of the post. Acting appointments for statutory posts, Permanent Secretary and Heads of Departments will be referred to the Secretary to the Cabinet for the approval of the Prime Minister. An officer may also b e appointed to act to test his suitability for substantive promotion. DR ESS CODE IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE Public officers on duty should always be neatly and appropriately dressed. Your attire speaks to should correlate with the nature of his work (e.g. A Maintenance Worker may wear jeans and tee shirt, overalls or uniform; a female Clerical Worker may wear a suit, dress or skirt and blouse). 93 Minute dated 24 August 2010. Reference File No: DPS/30/14

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Page 88 of 154 Office Attire for Women A female should not : a. wear short and mini skirts (no more than one [1] inch above the knee) and tight form fitted clothing; b. show her cleavage and undergarments; c. wear bedroom slippers and flip flops (unless for medical purposes); d. wear tennis shoes (unless it correlates with th e nature of her work); e. wear heels more than four (4) inches; f. wear fish net stocking and patterned or stripped leggings g. wear jeans unless it is officially authorized or correlate with the nature of her work; h. wear Capri pants or pants above the ankles; i. wea r tight fitted pants; j. expose her tattoos and body piercings unless for religious/cultural reasons k. wear unnatural hair colours (e.g. red, green, blue, pink, purple, etc.) l. wear excessive and non traditional jewelry unless for religious/cultural reasons (e.g. nose ring, eyebrow rings, toe rings etc.) m. no hats or head attire unless for specific purpose or religious reason. Office Attire for Men A male should not : a. wear jeans (unless it is officially authorized or correlate with the nature of his work); b. wear tennis shoes or slippers (unless it correlates with the nature of his work or for medical purposes); c. wear inappropriate neck ties; d. wear his pants on the hips (i.e. dropped pants); e. wear tight fitted trousers; f. wear earrings or excessive and non tradit ional jewelry unless for religious/cultural reasons (e.g. nose ring, eyebrow rings, etc.); g. expose his tattoos and body piercings unless for religious/cultural reasons.

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Page 89 of 154 h. wear his hair un groomed or display styles associated with any group or organization. i. w ear his shirt outside his pants unless so styled. j. no hats or head attire unless for specific purpose or religious reason. k. wear camouflage attire unless it is a part of the official work uniform. HOURS OF WORK The normal hours of work for staff are 40 hours in each week including one hour lunch. The actual hours of arrival and departure may be varied to meet departmental requirements, and furthermore, staff may be required to attend on such days and for such hours as are considered necessary for the efficient conduct of public business. (Subject to Legal advice) Attendance Register In each Department an attendance register will be kept by a senior officer designated by the Head of Department. All officers, shall be required to sign the register an d record the time of arrival and departure, with the exception of those on Scales with minima of $22,400 (July 2012 Scales), or above and in Scale X3 . Five minutes after the due time of arrival in the morning the register will be ruled off and taken to th e Head of Department or designated officer (at the level of Executive Officer or above) and late comers will be required to sign in the presence of that senior officer. Early departures and extended luncheon periods shall be observed by the senior officer charged with keeping the register and officers will be warned in writing whenever irregular attendance, extended luncheon breaks, or unauthorized absences occur and disciplinary action may be taken. Warning Letters The attendance register should be and attendance. a) Punctuality (lateness) An officer who is late more than four (4) times should be warned verbally. After being late eight (8) times, the officer should be issued a warning letter. If there is no improvement after more than twelve (12) times late, they should be advised in writing of the infraction and t hat they will receive an adverse rating for punctuality on their Performance Appraisal and that disciplinary action may be taken. Discipline for Lateness The following disciplinary action may be considered for chronic lateness: i. After the first year the officer should be monitored by his supervisor for a period of six (6) months and a detailed report submitted for review by the Head of Department PENDING

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Page 90 of 154 and forwarded to the Permanent Secretary. A decision will be made whether any further action is to be taken. ii. After two (2) consecutive years of adverse reports, disciplinary action will commence (see section on Disciplinary Process). b) Attendance An officer should be advised in writing that he has exhausted the six (6) sick call in days and he would be requir ed to produce a medical certificate to cover all absences from duty thereafter. Leave not covered by a medical certificate would be considered unauthorized leave and the officer should be requested in writing to produce a medical certificate within fourte en (14) days to cover the absences. Failure to produce a medical certificate will result in the appropriate salary deduction. Repeated absences without medical certificates may result in disciplinary action. Discipline for Unauthorized Absence After seve n (7) consecutive days of unauthorized leave, disciplinary procedure should be followed in accordance with Public Service Commission Regulation 49. In the meantime, the approval of the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department should be secured for th e of salary to be coded. Lunch Breaks Officers are entitled to one (1) hour lunch break each working day. Officers who are required to sign the register should sign out and in for the lunch break. Extended luncheon periods shall be observed by the supervisor or the senior officer charged with keeping the register. Officers will be warned in writing whenever extended lunch breaks occur and that disciplinary action may be taken. Bank Hours Officers would be allowed one (1) hour in addition to their o ne (1) hour lunch break on Government pay day but not later than two (2) working days the reafter, for banking purposes. Weekly paid officers would be allowed one (1) hour in addition to their one (1) hour lunch break on Fridays, for banking purposes. Flex i time When operational conditions allow, the Employer, on the request of employees in the work unit, may initiate a flexible work schedule for employees. The Employer shall approve the starting time, schedule the employee accordingly and maintain a roste r of the employees selected to work on the flexible work schedule. Each employee shall be rostered for a period of not less than six (6) months. 94 94 In accordance with Article 36.4 of the BP SU Agreement.

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Page 91 of 154 The employee is required to submit his request for flexi time in writing along with justification for same. The roster should be reviewed annually and the officer would be required to resubmit a request for further flexi time. Officers working flexi time should not take their lunch hour at the end of the work day (e.g. an officer working the 8:00 a.m. to 4:0 0 p.m. shift would not be allowed to take lunch break from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Note Officers granted flexi time for school pick up purpose, will be required to resume normal working hours during school holiday breaks. A supervisor should be in place to monitor officers working flexi time. Flexi time may be approved for a period less than six (6) months at the discretion of the Permanent Secretary or Head of Department. REMOVAL OF UNSUBSTANTIATED DOCUMENTS FROM PERSONAL FILES NO documents concerning an officer will be removed from his personal file(s). Where there are written allegations made against an officer regarding any inappropriate behavior or claims of submission of false documents, the following procedure should be take n: 1. The matter should be fully investigated by the relevant Ministry/Department and the officer made aware of the allegation and requested to respond; 2. A determination will be made if the claims are valid and what action, if any, should be taken. 3. The officer should be updated monthly and advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation once it is concluded and the action to be taken. 4. If the allegation is found to be false, a notation should be made on the written allegation on the file as to the outcome of the investigation. For example: 5. If the allegation is found to be true, disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with relevant Public Service Commission Regulations. (See Disciplinary Process) RELIEF OFFICERS RESIDING IN GOVERNMENT OWNED OR RENTED ACCOMMODATIONS If accommodation allotted to a particular officer is for a ny reason left unoccupied by the officer ordinarily entitled to occupy it, it may, with the approval of The Permanent Secretary of the officer's Ministry, be occupied temporarily by another officer: provided that an officer on leave,

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Page 92 of 154 or on duty, or on a co urse of instruction outside The Bahamas for a period not exceeding four months may retain his accommodation if he is returning to the same post. 95 NOTE: If the period is less than four (4) months, the Ministry/Department must provide alternative accommodat ions and subsistence allowance for the relief officer. If the period is four (4) months or more, the substantive officer should be advised to secure his personal belongings and ensure that all government properties (e.g. keys and vehicle) are available fo r the relief officer. (NEW) This excludes officers who are receiving Rental Allowance OFFICIAL SECRETS ACTS All persons appointed to the Public Service are required to sign the Official Secrets Acts, including contracted workers and summer students 18 years and older. (SEE ANNEX IX) Any officer found in breach of the Secrecy Act will be subject to disciplinary action for misconduct. See section under Disciplinary Action for procedure. DETERMINING SENIORITY Seniority shall be determined as follows: 1. Officer holding the higher post is senior e.g. a Chief Clerk is senior to a S enior Clerk (General Order 400). 2. I f two (2) officers are in the same grade/post then the officer that entered the grade/post first is most senior (e.g. two First Assistant Secretaries one entered the grade/post on 1/1/2015 and the other entered on 1/7/2015, the one that entered the gra de/post on 1/1/2015 is senior) General Order 401 (1) (a). 3. If the two (2) officers enter the grade/post on the same date, then the seniority is determined by referring to which officer would have been senior prior to entering the same grade/post (e.g. if the two (2) Permanent Secretaries are promoted w.e.f. the same date the seniority will be determined by looking at the date they were promoted to the previous post (e.g. Under Secretary, Deputy Permanent Secretary etc.) General Order 401 (1)( b). All things being equal, seniority may then be determined by the age. NOTE: However, if the two (2) officers enter the grade/post the same day, one (1) by new appointment and the other by promotion, the officer that is promoted to the grade/post is the senior officer. 95 In accordance with General Order 2016

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Page 93 of 154 4. If any officers who entered the same grade on the same day d id so by a ppointment and not by promotion, their seniority relative to each other shall be determined by reference to their respective ages (General Order 401 (1)(c). 5. With respect to officers of different grades/posts on the same salary scale or the sam e flat rate of salary seniority is determined by the dates on which they entered their respective grades/posts (e.g. Under Secretary, Family Island Administrator, Deputy Director of Revenue and Deputy Budget Director all in the same grade/post Scale GR 9) General Order 401 (2). 6. With respect to officers of different grades/posts on different salary scales seniority is determined by the maximum point on their salary scales (General Order 401 (3). E.g. Director of Education, Scale ED1 Maximum= $67,45 0 (July 2012 scale) Director of Statistics, Scale ES1 Maximum= $62,650 (July 2012 scale) Note The Director of Education is more senior 7. Officers who transfer from one class of the public service to another class (e.g. technical to administrative cadre), the duties of which are not considered similar, their seniority would take effect from the date of their transfer/reclassification regardl ess of any previous length of service and the grading of their former post. The posting of an officer between duty posts in the same grade within a department shall not be regarded for this purpose as a transfer (General Order 402). 8. When an officer promo ted on trial (i.e. acting appointment) fails to have his promotion made substantive with effect from the date of his promotion on trial, his seniority will date from the date on which his promotion becomes substantive (General Order 403). 9. Unless otherwise provided, seniority as between officers selected for first appointment from outside The Bahamas is determined by the date of arrival in The Bahamas. Where, however, two or more persons selected from outside The Bahamas arrive on the same day, seniority b etween them will be determined by age (General Order 404). 10. Non pensionable service shall not be taken into account when assessing the seniority of any pensionable officer (General Order 405). SALARY ON UPGRADING OF POSTS When a post is upgraded the offic

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Page 94 of 154 SALARY ON UPGRADING OF SCALE When a salary scale is upgraded the officer should maintain his salary step within the upgraded scale. For example: if the officer was at step five (5) in the old scale, he should be placed at step five (5) in the upgraded scale. SUBSTITUTION OF VALUE OF BJC/EQUIVALENT TO GCE/BGCSE/EQUIVALENT appointment/reclassification) in the place of five (5) BJCs or equivalent passes where the requirement for a post is five (5) BJC passes including English Language or equivalent. Note : One (1) Pitman/RSA/City and Guilds Level I has the same value as one (1) BJC One (1) Pitman/RSA/City and Guilds Level II or above has the same value as one (1) GCE/BGCSE For example: In cases where the requirements for the post are five (5) BJCs and t he officer has one (1) GCE/BGCSE or equivalent, the officer may be appointed/reclassified to the post. POLICIES ON DISCIPLINARY MATTERS DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE If an officer is found in contravention of any of the Rules or Regulations, governing the Public Service he will be liable to have disciplinary action instituted against him. The procedure for disciplinary action is determined by whether the officer is i n a delegated or non delegated post. a) Delegated Posts see Public Service Commission Regulations 41 and 43 b) Non Delegated Posts see Public Service Commission Regulations 42 and 44 Generally when disciplinary proceedings commence against a Public Officer, the official empowered to dismiss him, in the case of an officer in respect of whom disciplinary power has been delegated, is the Permanent Secretary in the relevant Ministry, and i n the case of one in respect of whom disciplinary power is not delegated, is the Governor General acting on the advice of the Public Service Commission. There is a difference, however, with respect to an officer who has been convicted on criminal charges (see section labeled Dismissal on Conviction).

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Page 95 of 154 See relevant Regulations for disciplinary proceedin gs/actions for other personnel. All disciplinary action must be taken in accordance with Public Service Commission Regulations and the recommended punishmen ts in accordance with Section 40(1) are as follows: a) Dismissal; b) Reduction in rank; c) Reduction in salary; d) Deferment of increment; e) Withholding of increment; f) Reprimand; g) Forfeiture of any part of any emoluments withheld during any period of interdiction under t he provisions of regulations 37. Disciplinary Process Due process must be adhered to before recommended punishments are carried out. The process involves the following: 1. Verbal Warning: An officer should be given one (1) to three (3) oral (spoken) warnings for misconduct or poor performance. All verbal warnings where applicable should be witnessed 2. Written Warnings: If there is no improvement for serious offences, an officer may be warned in writing of his shortcomings. This warning should be acknowledged by the officer. In the case of a major breach, as defined in the relevant Industrial Agreements, numbers 1 and 2 are not applicable. Disciplinary proceedings should commence in accordance with the relevant Public Service Commission Regulations. 3. Disciplinary Proceedings: If the officer does not improve, disciplinary proceedings should commence in accordance with the Public Service Commission Regulations. 4. is issued if, despite being warned, the misconduct continues. It should outline the charge(s)/infraction(s) in accordance with the relevant Public Service Commission Regulations and General should not be taken against him, all evidence/supporting documents should be included. The specific regulation(s ) for the charge(s) and the recommended punishment under Regulation 40 (1) should be quoted. The officer is required to sign a copy of the letter acknowledging receipt. If the officer refuses to sign the letter, the person issuing the letter should make a witnessed by a third party (where applicable).

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Page 96 of 154 must be signed by the Permanent Secretary of the relevant s however, for dismissal of persons in non delegated posts, must be signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of The Public Service. 5. Response: Whether the officer: a) responds within the specified period and exculpate himself; or b) responds within t he specified period and does not exculpate himself; or c) responds outside the specified period; or d) does not respond; He will be advised in writing by the Permanent Secretary of the recommended action to be taken. 6. Recommendation If disciplinary action is to be taken, a recommendation along with supporting documentation should be forwarded to the Ministry of the Public Service for processing and onward transmission to the Public Service Commission. Letter of Dismissal: If it is the decision to dismiss t he officer, his letter of dismissal should state his right of appeal. Such officers have the right to appeal, within twenty eight (28) days of receipt of the letter, to the Public Service Board of Appeal in accordance with Article 115 of the Constitution. 7. Dismissal letters for persons in a delegated post must be signed by the Permanent Secretary in the relevant Ministries. Such officers have the right to appeal, within twenty eight (28) days of receipt of the letter, to the Public Service Commission in accordance with Public Service Commission Regulation 36. Letters of dismissal ordered by the Governor General on the advice of the Public Service Commission would be signed by designated officers in the Ministry of the Public Service. 8. Disciplinary Comm ittee The Governor General acting on the advice of the Public Service Commission may cause a Disciplinary Committee to be formed in accordance with Public Service Commission Regulation 41 (2) and the offending officer will be required to appear. The Committee should comprise a judge, magistrate or a public officer with legal qualifications who shall be chairman. The head of department under whom the officer is serving shall no t be a member of the Committee.

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Page 97 of 154 Termination of Service Due to Unsatisfactory Performance during Probationary Period uring the probationary period. An officer dismissed by the Public Service Commission at the end of his probationary service has no right of appeal to the Public Service Board of Appeal. Note : See Section 28 of the Public Service Commission Regulations 1971 for additional information. Interdiction Interdiction is defined as an authoritative prohibition or a sentence debarring a person from the power s and functions of his office. Public Service Commission Regulation 37 makes provision for an officer to be interdicted in the case of disciplinary or criminal proceedings. The decision to interdict rests with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of th e Public Service (General Order 1122). In the case of Subordinate Officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Commissioner of Police may interdict. Disciplinary Proceedings Only if the disciplinary proceedings for his dismissal are being taken, then the officer can be interdicted. Administrative Leave Pending a decision as to interdiction, the officer may, if it is considered necessary in the public interest, be prohibited by the Permanent Secretary or by the Head of Department where there is no post of Permanent Secretary, from carrying out his duties, but he may not be deprived of any portion of his emoluments (General Order 1125). This General Order is used to allow Ministries/Departments to investigate allegations of misconduct. Criminal Proceedi ngs When an officer is charged before the courts, he may be interdicted by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Public Service, that is, prohibited from coming to work and receives one half of his salary until the case is finalized. If the offic er is acquitted, all emoluments withheld during the period of interdiction will be restored and he will be allowed to return to duty. If convicted, procedures for dismissal are usually initiated. Interd iction of Weekly Paid Officers Weekly paid officers should not be interdicted but be required to report for duty; and if not, be placed on zero (0) hours. Officers charged with serious criminal offences however, should be PENDING

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Page 98 of 154 All recommendations in these matters are to be submitted to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of The Public Service for consideration. Interdiction of Temporary month to month Officers Temporary month to month officers may be interdicted up to the duration of their employment. Where the employment is open ended a recommendation should be processed f or the period to be specified. All recommendations in these matters are to be submitted to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of The Public S ervice for consideration. Interdiction of Probationary Officers Probationary officers should not be interdicted; their services should be terminated in strict conformance wit h Public Service Regulation 28. All recommendations in these matters are to be submitted to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of The Public Service for consideration. In terdiction of Contract Officers Officers appointed on contract who are charged with a criminal offence will have their contracts determined in accordance with the Memorandum of Conditions of Service. All recommendations in these matters are to be submitted to the Permanent Secretary, Min istry of The Public Service for consideration. End Date for Interdiction The interdiction of an officer ceases: 1) When he is no longer an employee of the government, that is the officer(s): Reaches the mandatory retirement age Applies for early retirement or resigns Period on temporary month to month/or contract comes to an end Contract is determined Dies Is convicted and he is terminated/dismissed 2) If he is acquitted, case discharged/dismissed and he is reinstated PENDING PENDING PENDING

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Page 99 of 154 Officers on Interdiction at Date Service Comes to an End 96 The contract of an officer having expired (i.e. mandatory retirement, resignation, death, etc.), the interdiction ceases as he is no longer employed with the Government. The payment of gratuity and/or pension benefits is conditioned upon a good and efficient service. Any act that gives rise to criminal charges during the period of service raises a question about the quality of that service having regard to the alleged act. Admittedly an officer is not to be presumed guilty until a determin ation is made of this. ruling in the case. The officer should be paid all other monies (e.g. vacation leave accumulated prior to the interdiction) due to him up to the time of the expiration of his contract. Contract means: Officers on contract, pensionable or temporary terms. Vacation on Interdiction An officer who is interdicted will not earn vacation leave during the period of interdiction, however, upon rei nstatement he will receive all vacation leave he should have earned duri ng the period of interdiction. An officer who is found guilty of an offence and is not reinstated will be eligible to receive payment for any vacation leave earned prior to the date h e was interdicted. Increments on Interdiction An officer who is interdicted will not earn increments during the period of interdiction. If he is reinstated, and all emoluments restored , then he would receive any increments he would have been entitled to du ring the interdiction period. ALLOWANCES DURING INTERDICTION Once an officer is interdicted all allowances will cease (e.g. responsibility, scarcity, rental, disturbance, hardship, transport, hazar d, uniform, geographical etc.). The rental allowance and any other allowance associated with the posting of an officer who is interdicted should be withdrawn and he is to be returned to his place of domicility at his own expense within one (1) month, with effect from receipt of the interdict ion letter. If the officer is reinstated, he will be entitled to receive only the allowances attached to the post (e.g. responsibility, scarcity), with effect from the date he was interdicted. 96 Extract from memorandum dated February 1994. Reference File DPS/89/24 PENDING

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Page 100 of 154 Effective Date of Rei nstatement Resumption of Duty The date an officer is reinstated and allowed to resume duty after the interdiction is lifted, is determined by the relevant Service Commission. The decision to restore emoluments withheld during the period of the interdiction rests with the relevant Service Comm ission. the Pensions Act. Ministries may submit a recommendation for the award of benefits on behalf of the officer to the Ministry of the Public Service for consideration. The relevant Service Commission however, will make a decision as to whether the officer should be granted a benefit. The officer will have the right to appeal the decision of t he appropriate Service Commission to withhold the benefit in accordance with Ar ticle 124 of the Constitution. Vacation Leave of Officers Dismiss ed after Interdiction An officer who was dismissed after being interdicted is not entitled to any vacation lea ve during his interdiction period. He will, however, be entitled to be paid for any vacation leave he would have accumulated up to the date before the interdiction. Vacation Leave of Officers Dismissed without having been Interdicted An officer is entitled to be paid for any vacation leave he would have accumulated up to his dismissal date. Dismissal on Conviction When an officer is convicted of a criminal offence he is dealt with in accordance with Public Service Commission Regulation 46. This matter is n ot delegated and must be dealt with by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of The Public Service, who would submit a recommendation to the Public Service Commission for his dismissal. The date of the dismissal would be with effect from the Order by The Governor General. Dismissal on Appeal of Conviction An officer convicted of an offence will be dismissed from the Public Service with effect from the date of the Order by The Governor General whether or not he appeals the conviction. Officers Convicted o f Drug Trafficking 97 All officers convicted of drug trafficking should be terminated from the Public Service without the award of Pension Benefits. 97 Cabinet Conclusion ICC 32 (93) 9

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Page 101 of 154 Recommendations should be forwarded to the Ministry of the Public Service for onward transmission to the relevant Service Commission who will use its discretion in awarding small gratuities or other benefits which were usually based on the outcome of appeal proceedings. No Award of Benefit to Legal Personal Representative of a Convicted Officer on Death Under the Penal Code (see below), the Legal Personal Representative would be unable to claim any benefit on the death of a convicted Public Officer. The conviction disqualifies him from holding any Public Office and from being eligible for pension or gratuity. Section 130 of the Penal Code, Chapter 84 of the Statute Law of the Bahamas, 2001 provides: three years or more, the following consequences shall ensue, unless the court otherwise or ders, namely: (1) any public office held by him within the jurisdiction of the Court shall forthwith become vacant; (2) any pension, superannuation allowance, or emolument payable to him out of the general revenue or out of any public fund, chargeable on a ny rate or tax, and any accruing right to any such pension, allowance or emolument, shall determine and be forfeited 98 Retirement in the Public Interest An officer is retired in the public interest: a. on grounds which cannot be suitably dealt with under any other regulation; b. when it is not desirable to dismiss him for his offense(s); or c. to inflict a lesser punishment if it is determined that he is no longer useful to the Public Service. Under this reg ulation the officer would receive retirement benefits as determined by the Public Service Commission. Dishonesty in the Public Service Police Investigation The procedure under Public Service Commission Regulation 32 when there is reasonable suspicion tha t a criminal offence (suspected fraud, falsification and theft) has been committed involving public funds, stores, etc. is either to: a) request the Auditor to investigate; or b) call in the police to investigate. 98 Extract from memorandum dated August 2003. File Reference DPS/PF/25535

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Page 102 of 154 If the Auditor investigates the offence, the m atter has to be referred by the Permanent Secretary to the Auditor General. If the police are called in, they will consult the Attorney General as to whether a prosecution should be instituted. The procedure at (b) is preferred, as no time is wasted and the police come on the scene while the evidence is still fresh; and quick and efficient police enquiries are quite likely to produce the good results which would warrant a prosecution. When cases arise involving the loss of Government money, stores, etc. in which theft or fraud has occurred or is suspected, the police must be summoned immediately. This procedure will in no way interfere with Financial Rule 261 whereby an officer is required to report loss or suspected losses of stamps and money to the Tr easurer and the Auditor. Resignation during Disciplinary Actions prevented. 99 A Public Officer may unilaterally terminate his contract of employment. The resignation of an officer has in effect terminated his service with the Government, and it will not be possible to make him continue to be a Public Officer by refusing to accept his resignation. Further, there is no merit in instituting disciplinary proceedings as th e officer must be regarded as no longer being a Public Officer . 100 An officer who resigns, and by so doing avoids disciplinary punishment, does not divest himself of any financial obligations towards Government. 101 Resignation is of course no bar to criminal prosecution for an offence c ommitted in the course of duty. Stealing by way of employment Stealing by way of employment is considered a major breach in accordance with Article 7.7 of the BPSU Agreement. Where it is alleged that an officer has stolen by way of employment, the Employer may suspend him with full pay from duties for investigation for a period of not more than ten working (10) inform the Union before i mplementing punishment. 102 In cases where there is: 99 Extract from minute dated 12 March 1971. Reference Files DPS/89/24 (I) and DPS/PF/2206 100 Extract from minute dated 12 March 1971. Reference Files DPS/89/24 (I) and DPS/PF/2206 101 In accordance with General Order 702 102 In accordance with Article 7.8 of the BPSU Agreement

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Page 103 of 154 a) irrefutable evidence such as proof via electronic monitoring and/or admission of guilt, the procedure for dismissal should be swiftly followed in accordance with Public Service Commission Regulations 41 and 42. b) the absence of irrefutable evidence, necessary action should be taken in accordance with Public Service Commission Regulation 30 (4). The recommendations at (a) and (b) above should be added to the existing policy. POLICIES ON LOANS Medical Loans All requests for medical loans must be supported by the original relevant documents from the respective Medical/Dental practitioner, outlining the full costs of the service to be rendered. 103 The maximum amount granted for a medical loan is no more than half salary. The loan incurs an interest rate and is repayable over a three (3) year period. Permanent Secretaries in the relevant Ministry will approve the request and forward to the Treasurer, Treasury Department for processing. Car Loans An officer may, with the sanction of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Public Service, receive a loan under the provisions of The Public Service (vehicles) Regulations, for the purchase of a motor vehicle, where he must undertake travelling in the course of his official duties. Applications for loans must be submitted through the Head of Department to the Permanent Secretary in the relevant Ministry for onward transmission, with recommendations, to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of th e Public Service. 104 The maximum amount granted for a car loan is governed by Appendix C of General Orders. The loan incurs an interest rate and is repayable over a three (3) year period. An advance of salary for any purpose will not be made unless any ad vance already made has been repaid 105 Educational Loan Educational loans can be granted to persons on Unpaid Study Leave or persons studying at local institutions approved by government to help defray their educational expenses while they work. 103 Department of Public Service Circular No : 7 of 2001, dated 1 March 2001 104 In accordance with General Order 1250 105 Department of Public Service Circular No: 11 of 2009, dated 7 th July, 2009

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Page 104 of 154 The maximum amount of such loan is $3,000.00 (one per study period) and recommendations should be made one (1) month in advance. The loan incurs an interest rate and deductions normally begin on completion of the course. Salary Advances The Permanent Secretary may, if special circumstances warrant it, grant an advance of one (1) be allowed. 106 The Permanent Secretary may grant an advance not exceeding two (2) months salary on first appointment, repayable in six (6) installments. 107 Maximum Deductions A Officers are allowed to have 75% of their salary deducted for transactions. The net take home pay should in no way be allowed to fall below 25% of gross salary. 108 POLICIES ON EXITS Definition An officer exits the Public Service through retirement (mandatory, early and medical grounds), resignation, death, retirement in the public interest and dismissal. RETIREMENT (a) Mandatory Retirement In accordance with the Pensions Act all public servants must retire at age 65. This excludes Correctional, Police and Defense Force Officers (see the relevant Acts for further information). (b) Early Retirement Officers may opt for early retirement from the Public Service under the following terms: 1. Has completed at least thirty (30) years or more of continuous or unbroken service. 2. Has reached the age of fifty five (55) years or older. 3. On medical grounds. NOTE: See checklist for mandatory and early retireme nt (labeled Pension/Gratuity Benefit) at ANNEX X . 106 In accordance with General Order 1258 107 In accordance with General Order 1258A 108 In accordance with Treasury Circular No: 10 of 2009, dated 29 th June, 2009

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Page 105 of 154 (c) Medical Grounds If the employer determines that an officer should be medically boarded, then a recommendation along with medical certificates for the preceding twelve (12) months (where applicable), Medical al records should be submitted to the Ministry of The Public Service for onward transmission to the Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, to convene a medical board (see General Orders 1567 and 1568). The Chief Medical Officer will submit the Medical Ministry of The Public Service for onward transmission to the relevant Ministry or the Public Service Commission. If an officer requests retirement on medical grounds, the convening of a medical board is not r equired, provided he submits medical evidence from his physician that discloses the illness, states whether or not the condition is permanent and if he is able to continue to work. Ministries request for retirement on medical grounds and the supporting medical evidence along with the documents required for retirement, to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of The Public Service for consideration and onward transmission to the Public Service Commi ssion for approval. If it is agreed that the officer should leave the service on medical grounds, he will be granted all the vacation leave due to him, or; two months leave on full salary, whichever is the greater amount (see General Order 1579). The effective date for the retirement will be the date: a) on the memorandum); or b) the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of The Public Service agreed to the retirement in the case where the officer requested retirement. Note: Pensionable Officers need not appear before a medical board provided they meet the requirements for early retirement in accordance with the Pensions Act. RESIGNATION An officer who wishes to terminate his ser vice with the government must submit his intent in writing. The period of notice sho uld be as follows: a) Monthly paid officers (including local contract officers appointed outside the Public Service); b) at least Weekly paid officers c) at least three (3) months working notice Contract Officers (recruited outside The Bahamas). of For example, if the officer only has three (3) weeks vacation due to him, the difference will have to government for one (1)

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Page 106 of 154 four (4) weeks vacation leave. Where an officer is recruited outside The Bahamas, whether he is employed on contract or not, fails to give salary in lieu of notice, he will, in absence of agreement to the contrary, be liable to suffer forfeiture of any passages for which he may be eligible in addition to los s of pay and leave. An officer who, while employed in the Public Service (whether on In Service Training Award, Unpaid Study Leave, unpaid leave, vacation leave and leave of absence on half pay), resigns from the Service and fails to serve the requisite pe riod of notice, or; who is paid salary in lieu of resigning from the Service will not be granted any leave of absence on half pay. NOTE: An officer who resigns while on In service Training Award (INSTA), Unpaid Study Leave, Unpaid Leave, Vacation Leave and Leave of Absence on half pay will not be required to Fa tice. For officers who resign while on INSTA please see INSTA po licy on the recovery of monies. uired to pay one (1) (General Order 746). NOTE: The Ministry/Department should send a letter to the officer acknowledging receipt of his notice of resignation and advise that the matter has been forwarded to the Ministry of the Public Service . NOTE: For benefits on resignation see section labeled Award of Benefits. Resignation of Teachers resign from the Public Service. In the case of Teachers, on institutional leave of their intent to resign/exit the Public Service. Failure to do so, the officer Refusal to accept Resignation prevented. 109 A Public Officer may unilaterally terminate his contract of employment. The resignation of an officer has in effect terminated his ser vice with the Government, and it will not be possible to make him continue to be a Public Officer by refu sing to accept his resignation. 109 Extract from minute dated 12 March 1971. Reference Files DPS/89/24 (I) and DPS/PF/2206

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Page 107 of 154 An officer who resigns, and by so doing avoids disciplinary punishment, does not divest himself of any financial obliga tions towards Government. 110 Resignation is of course no bar to criminal prosecution for an offence committed in the course of duty. Withdrawal of Resignation/Retirement Once an officer has given notice of his resignation/retirement and it has been accepted , that officer cannot unilaterally withdraw or revoke that notice unless the withdrawal or revocation has been agreed to by the employer. 111 The withdrawal of a resignation by an officer can only take place before the effective date of his resignation, while the officer is, in fact, still in the Service. As soon as his resignation becomes effective, he ceases to be a Public Officer. Therefore, any subsequent appointment to the Service is in fact re appointment after a break in service. *No break in service can be bridged by the grant of no pay leave (unpaid leave) to a person who was not a Public Officer during the time of his break in service. 112 *NOTE: Unless in accordance with the Bridging of Service Rules, 2014 at Section labeled Bridging of Service. AWARD OF BENEFITS (1) Pension The Pensions Act provides that a pension can only be granted to a public officer holding a pensionable office under the Government of The Bahamas. The Act defines a public officer as substantively appointed , but does not Therefore, anyone appointed on temporary monthly or weekly terms would not qualify for the award of a pension for the years of service, unless he is appointed to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment and confirmed in appointment. Service with respect to persons who are appointed to the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment will be c ounted with effect from the date of assumption of duty to the Public Service on temporary weekly or monthly terms, and not the date of appointment to the Pensionable Establishment, provided the service was continuous. In other words, once an officer is a ppointed to the permanent and pensionable establishment, the entire period of prior leave, within the period of continuous (unbroken) service would be deducted from the total years of service. Also any periods served on contract would be deducted. 113 110 In accordance with General Order 702 111 Extract from memorandum dated November 1999. Reference File DPS/89/24 112 Extract from minute dated 22 September 1971. Reference File DPS/PF/5306 & DPS/89/24 113 Policy File/DPS/ 12/01 dated 27 th February, 2012

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Page 108 of 154 There exist no absolute right to benefits by way of pension and/or gratuity, and they will be granted only in consideration of good and faithful service and shall be withh eld or reduced where the officer has been found guilty of disgraceful conduct, or gross dereliction of duty, or has been found indebted to the government for any public money which has come to his hand either legally or illegally (Pensions Act Section 4 {4 }). (a) Qualifications for Award of Pension An officer may qualify for t he award of a pension provided: 1. he is a member of the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment. 2. has at least five (5) years minimum full time service before retirement. 3. service (emplo yment) is continuous or unbroken. 4. reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 years. (b) Options for Early Retireme nt with Pension An officer who meets the qualifications at above ( where applicable ) may opt for early retirement under one of the following terms: 1. has completed at least thirty (30) years or more of continuous or unbroken service. 2. has reached the age of fifty five (55) years or older and completed a minimum of five (5) years full time service. 3. is considered medically unfit for contin ued employment by the Government Medical Board and completed a minimum of five (5) years full time service. (c) Pensi on Benefit PENSION: An officer who qualifies for the award of a Pension may choose one of the f ollowing: 1. Pension only (also referred to as full pension ). An officer who chooses this option would not receive the lump sum gratuity; OR 2. Reduced pension. An officer who chooses this option would receive a lump sum gratuity along with his reduced pension. (d) Formula for Calc ulation of Pension and Gratuity 1. Full pension Number of months worked less (minus) any periods taken without salary (unpaid) multiplied by the final annual salary and divided by seven hundred and twenty (720). months worked x final annua l salary 720

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Page 109 of 154 2. Reduced pension and gratuity (i) reduced pension i s equal to seventy five percent (75%) of the calculated full pension. 75% x full pension (ii) gratuity i s twenty five percent (25%) of the calculated full pension multiplied by ten (10). 25% x full pension x10 NOTE: annual salary . (a) Formula for Calculation of Pension for Secretary to the Cabinet, Financial Secretary, Permanent Secretaries, Commissioner of Police a nd the Commodore Defence Force. These officers must have served a minimum of twenty five (25) years with at least ten (10) years in the post of Secretary to the Cabinet, Financial Secretary , Permanent Secretary, Commissioner of Police or Commodore Defence Force or forty (40) years of continuous service . The officers mentioned at , who do not meet the requirement, would receive benefits in accordance with above. i. Full Pension 2/3rds of fi nal annual salary at date of retirement or 480/720 multiplied by annual salary at date of retirement. 2/3rds x final annual salary OR 480 x final annual salary 720 AND ii. Gratuity Twenty five percent (25%) of final annual salary at date of retirement multiplied by ten (10). 25% x final annual salary x 10 (b) Maximum Years of Service for Award of Benefit The maximum years of service for which a pension can be awa rded is 40 years or 480 months. All periods of continuous service count for the award of Pension/Gratuity. Periods

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Page 110 of 154 served on temporary terms whether weekly (i.e. persons appointed under delegated powers) or monthly are counted. However, periods of approved unpaid leave (i.e. without pa y) and service on contract are NOT counted in the pension calculations, BUT they do not break th e period of continuous service. (c) Payment of Pension and Verification Pension is paid on a monthly basis with effect from the day after the date of retirement up to the date of death. During retirement, the Treasurer would require that pensioners present themselves for verification twice ( 2) per year January and July. (d) Request for Grant of Advance from Retirement Benefits The request for advance will be co nsidered for officers who will mandatorily retire (i.e. reach age 65) within one (1) year or less for one (1) of the following reasons: a) urgent medical treatment for self or immediate family member, subject to supporting evidence; b) college fees for child(ren ), subject to supporting evidence; c) mortgage fees, subject to supporting evidence; or d) repairs to own home, subject to supporting evidence. Maximum Amount Of The Advance The maximum amount of the advance should not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the gratuity that would be awarded on retirement. Gratuity (a) Permanent and Temporary Monthly Officers Monthly paid officers whether or not they are members of the Permanent and Pensionable Establishment and resign after completion of not less than ten (10) years of continuous service would qualify for the award of a gratuity. The gra tuity is calculated as follows: 4% of final annual salary multiplied by the number of completed continuous years of service less (minus) any periods of approved unpaid leave (i.e. wi thout pay) . 4% x final annual salary x number of years (b) Payment of Gratuity to Temporary Weekly Officers Temporary weekly officers who retire (at age 55 or older) from the Public Service would a receive gratuity based on the formula outlined in Section 27, Second Schedule, of the Pensions Act, as follows: 1. th of annual salary 2. th of annual salary

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Page 111 of 154 3. fifteen (15) years or more service but less than twenty (20) years th of annual salary 4. twenty (20) years or more service but les s than twenty five (25) years .4/4 th of annual salary 5. twenty five (25) or more service bu t less than thirty (30) years th of annual salary 6. th of annual salary (c) Payment of Gratuity to Persons Employed at Overseas Missions The Cabinet agreed to the application of Section 27 of the Second Schedule of the Pensions Act in order to grant a gratui ty to temporary persons at overseas missions. 114 The formula for the award of gratuity is at above. (d) Award of Fifteen Percent (15%) Gratuity to Contract Workers In determining whether a person is entitled to fifteen percent (15%) gratuity upon the completion of his contract one must refer to the terms of his contract. Death Benefits (a) Employed Officer i. Pensionable Officer On the death of a Pensionable Officer (confirmed in appointment) a gratuity equivalent to one gal Personal Representative; OR On the death of a Pensionable Officer (confirmed in appointment) who had completed thirty (30) years or more of co ntinuous service or who had reached the age of 55 years or older, the a gratuity benefit that would have been paid to the officer as if he had opted to retire on the date ii. Non Pensionable Officers Officers who are not members of the Pensionable Establishment and had served for less than five (5) years, a gratuity equivalent to one Officers who had served five (5) years or more, the Legal Personal Representative would be 114 Cabinet Conclusion ICC 29 (92) 1

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Page 112 of 154 iii. Re Employed Pensioners A person employed on temporary terms after attaining the mandatory age of retirement is his service cannot be deemed to be continuous service. He would then be considered under Section 27(2) of Chapter 43 and if his service is less than 5 years, the gratuity paya ble is an amount not exceeding one half his annual salary. 115 NOTE: The re employed pensioner will only be entitled to receive the above benefit or the Ex Gratia Award whichever is the greater. If the Ex Gratia Award is greater the letters of administration or probate will not be required. Documents Require d for Payment of Death Benefits Payments of the death benefits will only be paid on presentation of one of the following Legal Documents: (a) Letters of Administration; or (b) Letters of Probate The above documents are issued by the Supreme Court of The Bahamas. See D istribution of Death Benefit to Legal Personal Representatives below. Distribution of Death Benefit to Legal Personal Representatives Written requests (e.g. letters or notes) cannot be accepted as legal documents for the purpose of determining the Legal P ersonal Representative of any officer. Legal advice obtaine d in this regard is as follows: Section 26 of the Pensions Act Chapter 43 states: be lawful for the Governor General to grant to his Legal Personal Representative a gratuity of an amount equal to the pensionable emoluments of such officer at the The above section makes it quite clear that payment of a gratuity shall be made to the Legal Personal Representative of any Public Officer who dies while in the public service. There is no discretion to be exercised as to whom the gratuity is to be made p ayable. 115 Reference Section 27 of the Pensions Act, Chapter 43

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Page 113 of 154 In general terms, an executor is the person appointed by a Will to administer the estate of a deceased person. Where the deceased dies intestate, that is without leaving a Will that disposes of his property, or where he leaves a Will without appoi nting executors, the person who administers the estate is known as the administrator. Executors and administrators are known collective ly as personal representatives. A grant of Probate (of the Will) or Letters of Administration is necessary to enable the personal representatives to administer the estate of the deceased. The personal representative has no authority prior to the grant of Probate or Letters of Administration; his authority is derived from the grant itself. The personal representative proves his authority by the production of his grant. A grant of Probate or Letters of Administration is issued by the Supreme Court. Appropriate benefits can only be made payable to the Legal Personal Representative of the deceased Public Officer, as indicated a bove. Distribution of death benefit where the beneficiary has been named A serving officer has the opportunity to name a person(s), through a notarized form (See ANNEX XI) , who should receive his/her gratuity, payment for any outstanding salary or accumul ated vacation leave, allowance or any other monies due upon his/her death. The officer has the option of changing the name(s) of the designated person(s) at any time, through a notarized form. When the officer dies the designated beneficiary(ies) would p roduce satisfactory evidence (i.e. proof of identity) and payments could be effected in a timely fashion. It should be noted that the naming of a beneficiary is not mandatory for the officer and if for any reason the officer chooses not to name a designated beneficiary(ies), the gratuity and other Letters of Administration or Letters of Prob ate, in accordance with policy. (b) Pensioner Ex Gratia Award to a Deceased Pensioner There is no benefit payable to the Estate of a deceased pensioner. On the death of a pensioner, the Government, however, provides for the payment of an ex gratia award equival ent to one (1) This award is in no way an entitlement as a right to anyone but rather an ex gratia award. In other words the Estate will have no claim against the ex anyone. This ex gratia award is not a statutory provision and Letters of Administration or Probate is not required. Payment of the benefit is made as follows:

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Page 114 of 154 A. Where the deceased pensioner leave a spouse or dependent(s) (under the age of 18 years) i. The surviving spouse or dependent upon documentary proof of payment of the funeral expenses woul d receive the full amount of the ex gratia award less any pension over payment ii. Should the surviving spouse or dependent require the Government to make an advance in respect of the deceased pensioner's funeral expenses (not to exceed the annual pension amo unt (less any pension over payment) the remaining balance of the ex gratia award, if any, would be paid to the surviving spouse or dependent. iii. If the spouse has not paid for the funeral, the individual who paid the funeral expenses, upon documentary proof, would be reimbursed the amount paid (not to exceed the annual pension amount (less any pension over payment), the surviving spouse or dependent would be paid the balance of the ex gratia award, if any. B. Where the deceased pensioner leaves no spouse or dependent(s) (under the age of 18 years) i. In the case where there is no surviving spouse or dependent, the individual who paid the funeral expenses, upon documentary proof of payment, would receive the full amount of the ex gratia award less any pension ov er payment. ii. Should the individual responsible for arranging the funeral require the Government to make an advance in respect of the deceased pensioner's funeral expenses (not to exceed the annual pension amount (less any pension over payment) the balance o f the ex gratia award, if any, would be awarded to that individual. NOTE: The previous policy with respect to the grant of ex gratia award still applies to pensioners who died prior to 1 September 2016. Calculation of the benefit is to be as shown: Surviving Spous e (subtract any amount advanced to the funeral home (if Amount to be paid (if any) Person Who Paid For Funeral

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Page 115 of 154 It should be noted, that if the claimant is the spouse he/she would need to provide the Ministry of the Public Service wi th all of the following documents on the death of the Pensioner: Application for Payment of Ex gratia Award Form (Se e ANNEX XII ) Original marriage certificate Original receipt from the funeral home (bill must be paid in full) Where there is no surviving spouse, the person(s) who would have paid the funeral expenses may make a claim for the ex gratia award by providing the Ministry of the Public Service with all of the following documents: Application for Payment of Ex gratia Award Form (See ANNEX XII) Original death certificate of the spouse or divorce decree (if applicable) Original receipt from the funeral home (bill must be paid in full) THE PAYMENT OF INSTITUTIONAL LEAVE TO RETIRING TEACHERS (MANDATORY RETIREMENT) According to current policy, teachers are not eligible for vacation leave but receiv e institutional leave instead. Teachers who have re ached the mandatory retirement age just prior to Easter break, Summer and Christmas holiday will be paid salary for Institutional leave. Effective 1 st December, 2014, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was granted authority to process paymen ts to retiring teachers (i.e. mandatory age) for earned institutional leave.

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Page 116 of 154 CHECK LIST FOR NEW APPOINTMENT NAME: RECOMMENDED POST & SCALE: ITEMS CHECK *N/A SIGNED, COMPLETED & DATED ORIGINAL PSC FORM 7 TWO (2) PHOTOGRAPHS CERTIFICATE OR REGISTERED AFFIDAVIT ( Duly lodged Apostilled and/or legalized if issued in a foreign jurisdiction. Please refer to Circular No. 5 of 2015 (dated 23 rd February, 2015) for additional information regarding birth certificates. CERTIFIED COPY OF VALID E PASSPORT/NATURALIZATION CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP CERTIFIED COPY OF MEDICAL CERTIFICATE VALID POLICE CERTIFICATE SECURITY VETTING (Postings to sensitive Ministries) CERTIFICATE (Where applicable) Apostilled and/or legalized if issued in a foreign jurisdiction. Please refer to Circular No. 5 of 2015 (dated 23 rd February, 2015) for a dditional information regarding marriage certificates. RESUME (Where applicable) CERTIFIED COPIES OF TWO (2) REFERENCES (Which have been verified by the appointing Agency) REQUIREMENTS FOR POST

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Page 117 of 154 VERIFIED/CERTIFIED QUALIFICATIONS BJC , BGSCE OR EQUIVALENT ( Ensure where applicable that each certificate has been verified by the Examination and Assessment Division of the Quality Assurance Unit, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) CERTIFIED DEGREE CERTIFIED OFFICIAL FINAL TRANSCRIPT CERTIFIED COPIES OF DOCUMENTED EXPERIENCE ( Which have been verified by the appointing Agency) NIB # JUSTIFICATION DEPARTMENT/SECTION PERSONAL FILE ( If appointee is weekly, casual relief or contract worker) PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL(S) ( weekly, contract, and casual relief officers) (Last three (3) years) PROPOSED JOB DESCRIPTION PROOF OF FILLED POST/S TO INCREASE ESTABLISHMENT FINANCIAL CLEARANCE DOCUMENT VERIFYING THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS BEEN CONSULTED IN THE CASE WHERE AN OFFICER IS BEING APPOINTED TO PERFORM LEGAL DUTIES DOCUMENT VERIFYING THAT THE TREASURER HAS BEEN CONSULTED IN THE CASE WHERE AN OFFICER IS BEING APPOINTED TO PERFORM ACCOUNTING DUTIES. * N/A = NOT APPLICABLE Persons being considered for pensionable appointments and confirmations, who were born in a foreign jurisdiction and in possession of a valid e passport, would not be required to have their birth certificate or adoption certificate apostilled/notarized (please see Circular No. 38 of 2015, MPS/1/24, dated 4 th November, 2015). Please note w.e.f. 5 th March, 2015 doctors no longer need to have their documents apostilled (birth and marriage certificates). They must be notar ized, however (please see MPS/40/01 minute dated 25.3.15).

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Page 118 of 154 Name: ________________________________ MEMORANDUM ON CONDITIONS OF SERVICE ON CONTRACT IN THE BAHAMAS (Local) 1. Appointment The appointment is non pensionable, and is subject to the regulations governing the Public Service and which are in force for the time being, in so far as they are applicable to contract officers. 2. Duties The functions and responsibilities of the appointment are outlined in the letter of appointment or job description. 3. Salary Full salary will be paid from the date of assumption of duty. The salary of the person engaged shall be fixed for the duration of this contract. 4. Gratuity A 15% gratuity of the total salary (excluding allowances) is paid upon satisfactory completion of this contract providing it is not less than two [2] years continuous service. 5. Medical Attention Free medical attention for public officers themselves (but not their families) is provided if Government Medical Officers and facilities are used throughout; and dental and eye attention are 6. Leave The officer will be eligible for vacation leave on full salary at the rate of ________weeks per annum. Leave is granted annually and must be taken before the contract expires. Normally vacation leave is not granted until an officer has served for at least six (6) months. 7. Determination of Engagement The Government may at any time determine the services of an officer on giving him/her three (3) months notice in writing or on paying him/her one months salary.

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Page 119 of 154 The officer may at any time after the expiration of three ( 3) months from the commencement of service determine his/her engagement on giving to the Government three (3) months notice in If the officer terminates his/her engagement o therwise than in accordance with the Agreement, he/she shall be liable to pay the Government as liquidated damages three (3) months salary. 8. Ill Health An officer would be eligible for sick leave in the amount of twenty (20) working days per annum on full pay and extended sick leave on reduced pay thereafter. If he/she is compelled by reason of ill health to resign his/her office or if at any time it shall be certified by a duly qualified medical officer employed by the Government that he/she is incapa ble, by reason of any infirmity of mind and body, of rendering further efficient service, the Government shall pay his/her salary in accordance with the sick leave policy, up to the date of such leave as he/she may have earned on the date of his/her resign ation from the Service which shall be reckoned from the date of the medical certificate, but he/she shall have no further claim on the Government. 9. Termination If an officer shall at any time neglect or for any cause (except ill health)refuse to perform any of his/her duties or to comply with any instructions within the framework of the Agreement, or if he/she shall disclose any information respecting the affairs of the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to any unauthorized person or shall in any manner misconduct himself/herself, his/her service may be terminated and on such termination all rights and advantages of the appointment may cease.

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Page 120 of 154 NAME:_____________________________ MEMORANDUM ON CONDITIONS OF SERVICE ON CONTRACT IN THE BAHAMAS (Foreign) 1. Appointment The appointment is non pensionable; and is subject to the regulations relating to the Public Service which are in force for the time being, in so far as they are applicable to contract officers. 2. Duties The fu nctions and responsibilities of the appointment are outlined in the letter of appointment or job description. 3. Salary Full salary will be paid from the date of arrival in The Bahamas on initial appointment or from the date of assumption of duty on renewal of contract. The salary of the person engaged shall be fixed for the duration of this contract. 4. Gratuity A 15% gratuity of the total salary (excluding allowances) is paid upon satisfactory completion of this contract providing it is not l ess than two [2] years continuous service. 5 . Medical Attention Free medical attention for Public Officers themselves (but not their families) is provided if Government Medical Officers and facilities are used throughout; and dental and eye attention are 6 . Leave The officer w ill be eligible for vacation leave on full salary at the rate of ________weeks per annum. Leave is granted annually and must be taken before the contract expires. Normally vacation leave is not granted until an officer has served for at least six (6) mon ths. 7. Housing Free housing is provided in all islands except New Providence (Nassau) and Freeport, Grand Bahama. 8 . Passage The officer will be provided with free passage (one way ticket at the beginning of a contract and a return ticket on c ompletion of the final contract) to The Bahamas by the most economical route for himself/herself and, if married, for his/her spouse, and up to two (2) children (aged 18 or under) on first appointment and back to the country of engagement on the satisfacto ry completion of the contract.

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Page 121 of 154 Where both spouses are employed pursuant to a contract of service in the Public Service, the provision relating to accompanying children shall be realized by one spouse only. The class and type of passage provided will be according to regulations current at the time. Current regulations provide that; i. Passage is normally provided by air and air passages are provided at the following rates; l below first class on the route in question. ii. Passage by sea will not be provided except for certified health reasons. If an officer wishes to travel by sea for other reasons, Government will contribute towards the cost of the sea passage no more than the most economical direct air passage plus baggage allowance. iii. Passage and passage grants under this section are provided from the country in which the officer was appointed/recruited to The Bahamas and return. If on completion of his/her contract, however, an officer proceeds to some place other than the country from which he/she was appointed then Government will pay passage charges not exceeding the cost of return by the most direct air route to the country in which he was appointed/recruited plus baggage allowance. iv. An officer appointed/recruited from abroad may arrange his/her own passage if he/she so desires; in which case payment will be made from public funds to the airline agent. ing by the most economical air route to the country in which he was appointed/recruited plus baggage allowance. v. When an officer is appointed/recruited from overseas from in a country other than Canada, United States of America, The Caribbean and the United Kingdom, the amount payable under subparagraphs (iii) and (iv) above will be determined by the Permanent Secretary, of the Public Service on the same principle as set out above i.e. the actual cost of air passage to and from The Bahamas plus baggage allow ance. vi. No leave passages are granted. 9. Baggage Allowance I f an officer travels by air on first appointment or final departure, he/she will be eligible for reimbursement of the actual cost of transportation of his heavy duty baggage, on production of the receipted accounts, not exceeding the following maxima: i. $200 for an officer traveling to or from Europe, America , West Africa, or the Caribbean; or ii. $300 for an officer traveling to or from East Africa, Asia or Australia; and iii. over 12 year s old Reimbursement will be in respect of transport costs only and not of any other cost, e.g. packing, insurance, wharf dues, customs duties, etc. An officer may use his/her discretion as to what items of household furniture and effects are included, bu t no additional payments will be made to

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Page 122 of 154 cover the transport of motor vehicles, boats, etc. Where both spouses are employed pursuant to a contract of service in the Public Service, baggage allowance as stipulated will be granted to one spouse only. 10 . Determination of Engagement The Government may at any time determine the services of any officer on giving three (3) Bahamas at the time, furnishing him/he r with free passage to the country of engagement and, if married, for the spouse and two children (age 18 and under) provided they came to The Bahamas under this agreement and provided that he/she claims and avails himself/herself of such return passages n ot later than one (1) month after the expiration of his/her engagement. The officer would NOT in either case be paid half (½) salary during the voyage to the country of engagement unless specially granted by the Government. The officer may at any time after the expiration of three (3) months from the commencement of any residential service and while bachelor in The Bahamas, determine his/her engagement on ng to the Government his/her passage to The Bahamas and that of the spouse and children. In either case he/she shall NOT be entitled to a free return passage to the country of engagement. If the officer terminates his/her engagement otherwise than in accordance with the Agreement, he/she shall be liable to The Bahamas provided from public funds for himself/herself, spouse and children. 1 1 . Ill Health An officer would be eligible for sick leave in the amount of twenty (20) working days per annum on full pay and extended sick leave on reduced pay thereafter. (a) If an officer shall be compelled by reason of ill health (not caused by his/her own misconduct) to resign his/her office or if at any time it shall be certified by a duly qualified medical officer employed by the Government that he/she is incapable, by reason of any infirmity of mind or body, of rendering further efficient service in The Bahamas, the Government shall pay salary in accordance with the sick leave policy, up to the date of such resignation or certificate and shall if he/she is in The Bahamas at the time, furnish him/her with a free passage to the country of engagement for himself/herself, and, if married, for the spouse and children (if any), not exceeding three (3) persons besides himself/herself, provided that they came to the Bahamas under this a greement and provided that the officer claims and avails himself/herself of such return passages within one (1) month after the resignation date, but he/she shall have no further claim on the Government. (b) A certificate signed by a Medical Board duly ap pointed shall be conclusive evidence as to whether or not the officer was compelled to resign his office by reason of ill health within the meaning of this clause.

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Page 123 of 154 12 . Dismissal If an officer shall at any time neglect or refuse or for any cause (except ill health not caused by his/her own misconduct) become unable to perform any of his/her duties or to comply with any order or if he/she shall disclose any information respecting the affairs of the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to any unaut horized person or shall in any manner misconduct himself/herself, he/she may be dismissed. On such dismissal all rights and advantages of his/her appointment shall cease; and he/she shall be liable to repay on demand the amount paid for his/her passage to The Bahamas and for that of the spouse and children. 13 . Further Employment Six (6) months prior to the completion of the term of this Agreement the person engaged shall give notice in writing to the Government whether he/she desires to remain in its emp loyment. The Government shall thereupon decide whether it will offer him/her further employment. If the Government offers him/her further employment the re engagement will be on such terms and for such period as may be mutually agreed.

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Page 124 of 154 APOSTILLES The Consular Division has a Legalization and Apostille Unit which is responsible for issuing Apostille Certificates to countries who are party to the Hague Convention of 5 th October, 1961, Abolishing the requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Bahamas became party to this convention on 30 th April, 1976. HISTORY OF APOSTILLES Many countries all over the world have joined the treaty that simplifies the a uthentication of public documents to use abroad. This treaty is called the Hague Convention of 5 th October, 1961, Abolishing the requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. This is commonly known as the Apostille Convention. Where this app lies, the treaty reduces the authentication process to a single formality: that is the issuance of an authentication certificate by an authority designated by the country where the public document was issued. This certificate is called an Apostille. The use of the Apostille has proven to be very useful and greatly facilitates the circulation of public documents issued by a country party to the Convention. WHAT IS AN APOSTILLE An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of a public documen t e.g. a birth, marriage or death certificate, a judgment etc. The Apostille Certificate verifies the genuineness of the signature and/or seal of a public officer e.g. a notary public on a public document and the capacity in which he/she has acted. The A postille does not attest to the content of the document. WHEN DO YOU NEED AN APOSTILLE When the country in which the public document is to be used requires an Apostille in order to recognize that document as a foreign public document. When a public document is to be issued in another country which is also a party to the Convention. An Apostille cannot be used for recognition of a document in the country that issued the document. WHICH COUNTRIES DO THE APOSTILLE CONVENTION APPLY This applies only if b oth the country where the public document was issued and the country where the document is to be used are both parties to the Convention. An updated list of such countries is available on the website www.hcch.net Apostille Section of the Hague Conference. If a public document was issued and is to be used in a country where the Apostille Convention does not apply, then one should contact the Consular Division, or any of its Embassies or Consulates aboard which are a uthorized to carry out consular functions as well. WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO SIGN AN APOSTILLE The Head of Consular Division and other officers designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.

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Page 125 of 154 Notaries Public: Senior Government Officials, Regis Bahamas Police Force. All documents presents for Apostille or Legalization are required to have affixed original signature of Notary or Senior Government Official along with their notarial seal which are both requir ed to be lodged with the Consular Division prior to completion of the document. WHERE IS AN APOSTILLED PLACED An Apostille must be placed directly on a public document or attached on a separate page. Apostilles can also be affixed by stamps, adhesive stic kers, impressed seals etc. WHAT IS USED IN PLACED OF APOSTILLE IN COUNTRIES NOT PARTY TO THE CONVENTION Countries not a part of this Hague Convention of 1961 would receive a series of certifications known as Legalizations. HOW TO APPLY FOR AN APOSTILLE By visiting the Consular Division and completing the requisite application form Attaching relevant document(s) Paying requisite fee Wait a period of three (3) working days Urgent processing of document requires accompanying letter and two (2) working days Finally, once an Aposille is obtained on a public document there is nothing else needed to show that it is genuine. If there is doubt, contact the Consular Division or your nearest Overseas Mission.

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Page 131 of 154 DATE APPOINTED TO PRESENT POST PRESENT SALARY SALARY PROGRESSION JD EDWARDS PRINT OUT EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL REPORT WITH ATTACHED JOB DESCRIPTIONS FINANCIAL CLEARANCE PERSONAL FILE FROM MINISTRY/DEPARTMENT/SECTION * N/A = NOT APPLICABLE Persons being considered for pensionable appointments and confirmations, who were born in a foreign jurisdiction and in possession of a valid e passport, would not be required to have their birth certificate or adoption certificate apostilled/notarized (please see Circular No. 38 of 2015, MPS/1/24, dated 4 th November, 2015). Prepared by _____________________ Signature ______________________Date_______

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Page 132 of 154 CHECK LIST FOR APPOINTMENT TO P&P ESTABLISHMENT NAME: PRESENT POST & SCALE RECOMMENDED POST & SCALE: DATE OF PRESENT POST ITEMS CHECK ( )/COMMENTS N/A SIGNED, COMPLETED & DATED ORIGINAL PSC FORM 7 TWO (2) PHOTOGRAPHS CERTIFIED COPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR REGISTERED AFFIDAVIT ( Department) Please refer to Circular No. 5 of 2015 (dated 23 rd February, 2015) for additional information regarding birth certificates. CERTIFIED COPY OF VALID E PASSPORT/NATURALIZATION CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP CERTIFIED COPY OF MEDICAL CERTIFICATE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (where applicable) Please refer to Circular No. 5 of 2015 (dated 23 rd February, 2015) for additional information regarding marriage certificates. VALID POLICE CERTIFICATE SECURITY VETTING ( Posting to sensitive Ministries/Departments) DATE OF FIRST APPOINTMENT VERIFIED/CERTIFIED QUALIFICATIONS BJC , BGCSE OR EQUIVALENT Ensure where applicable that each certificate has been verified by the Examination and Assessment Division of the Quality Assurance Unit, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) CERTIFIED COPY OF DEGREE CERTIFIED COPY OF OFFICIAL FINAL TRANSCRIPT PRESENT SALARY

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Page 133 of 154 RATE OF PAY FOR WEEKLY OFFICERS (i.e. where appointment letter was signed by a Permanent Secretary appointing the officer under Delegated Powers) SALARY PROGRESSION JD EDWARDS PRINTOUT FROM MINISTRY/DEPARTMENT/ SECTION PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS WITH ATTACHED JOB DESCRIPTIONS ( Last three (3) years) MINISTRY OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE * N/A = NOT APPLICABLE It was agreed that going forward, a current police record would be required for officers who would have been appointed on temporary month to month terms or weekly terms who would have been appointed more than two years prior to their appointment to the Per manent and Pensionable Establishment. Persons being considered for pensionable appointments and confirmations, who were born in a foreign jurisdiction and in possession of a valid e passport, would not be required to have their birth certificate or adopt ion certificate apostilled/notarized (please see Circular No. 38 of 2015, MPS/1/24, dated 4 th November, 2015). Prepared by _____________________ Signature ______________________Date_______

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Page 134 of 154 CHECK LIST FOR PROMOTION NAME: PRESENT POST & SCALE: ITEMS CHECK ( )/COMMENTS N/A DATE OF FIRST APPOINTMENT RECOMMENDED POST & SCALE DATE APPOINTED TO PRESENT POST JUSTIFICATION/RECOMMENDATION REQUIREMENTS FOR POST VERIFIED/CERTIFIED QUALIFICATIONS BJC , BGCSE OR EQUIVALENT (Ensure where applicable that each certificate has been verified by the Examination and Assessment Division of the Quality Assurance Unit, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) CERTIFIED DEGREE CERTIFIED OFFICIAL FINAL TRANSCRIPT CERTIFIED COPIES OF DOCUMENTED EXPERIENCE (Which have been verified by the appointing agency) J.D. EDWARDS PRINTOUT/PAYSHEET SALARY PROGRESSION FINANCIAL CLEARANCE ACKNOWLEDGED SUPERSESSION LETTER (S) SUPERSESSION LETTER SUPERSESSION EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL REPORTS WITH ATTACHED JOB DESCRIPTIONS (Last three(3) years) PROOF OF VACANT POST/S INCREASE ESTABLISHMENT SENIORITY LISTING

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Page 143 of 154 Vacation leave entitlement up to the last day worked Termination date (i.e. the effective date on which the officer is no longer a public officer including the period of vacation leave for which the officer is paid on the pay sheet) of service in respect of Family Island employees be informed for deceased officers) (MPS Circular NO. 14 of 2013) N/A = NOT APPLICABLE Prepared by _____________________ Signature ______________________Date_______

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Page 144 of 154 DESIGNATION OF BENEFICIARY OF GRATUITY, SALARY, VACATION EARNINGS AND ALLOWANCES OWED TO PUBLIC OFFICER (OR PERSON OTHER THAN A PUBLIC OFFICER) UPON THEIR DEMISE I____________________________________________________________________________ of ___________________________________________________________________________ (Address) Employee #____________________National Insurance #____________________________ designate the person(s)* listed below to receive, upon my demise, all monies due to me by way of gratuity, salary, vacation earning or allowances, in the proportion(s) indicated below: Name of designated beneficiary Relations hip National Insurance # Proportion to be paid (%) 1 2 3 4 5 6

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Page 145 of 154 *If the designated beneficiary is a minor at the time of the public officer's demise the applicable law shall apply. Signed: ______________________________________________________________________________ (Public Officer Signature) (Date) In the presence of: ______________________________________________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC (Name) (Signatur e) (Seal) Date:_________________________________________________________________________

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Page 146 of 154 Ministry of the PUBLIC SERVICE APPLICATION FOR PAYMENT OF EX GRATIA AWARD ON DEATH OF A PENSIONER I ___________________________________________________________________________ (Name in full) of___________________________________________________________________________ (Street Address) P.O.Box:_________________________Telephone:______________________________________ hereby make application for the payment of the ex gratia award as the_________________ __________________________________ of the late ______________________________________ (Relationship) (Name of Pensioner) ______________________ who died on _________________.At the time of retirement (date) was employed in _____________________________________________________. ( Name of Ministry/Department) SECTION A (To be completed by spouse) I enclose the following documents: Original death certificate [ ] Original marriage certificate [ ] Original receipt from funeral home [ ] (BILL MUST BE PAID IN FULL) Were you lawfully married at the time of death: Yes [ ] No [ ] SECTION B (To be completed by person other than spouse)

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Page 147 of 154 I enclose the following documents: Origi nal death certificate [ ] Original passport [ ] Original death certificate of spouse of pensioner [ ] Original rec eipt from funeral home [ ] (BILL MUST BE PAID IN FULL) If applicant is child of deceased pensioner birth certificate is required. SECTION C (To be completed if payment is to be made to the Funeral Home) I certify that I am responsible for the funeral expenses of the late_____________ __________________________________________________________and hereby request (Name of Pensioner) that the _____________________________________________________________________ (Name and Address of Funeral Home) (Copy of letter enclosed) be paid the sum of ___________________________________ (Amount) I swear that the above information is true. _____________________________________/_________________________________________ (Signature of Applicant) (Date) NOTE: The ex gratia award is not a benefit and the Ministry of The Public of Service reserves the right to reject this application.

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Page 148 of 154 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Prepared b y the members of the Short term Policy Unit of the Ministry of The Public Service: Hyacinth Winder Pratt Permanent Secretary Elise Delancy Under Secretary Janice Miller Under Secretary Paula McGregor Consultant Cheryl Darville Deputy Permanent Secretary Sonia Culmer Deputy Permanent Secretary Bridget E. Hepburn Deputy Permanent Secretary (Unit Chair) Ann M. Hamilton Office Manager I Lynda Taylor Office Manager I Nicola Andrews Senior Assistant Secretary Anita Burrows Office Manager II Philippa Robinson Office Manager III Shereka Ward Senior Executive Secretary Lavell J. Watson Senior Clerk

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Page 149 of 154 WORK CITED PAGE 2013 2018 BUT Industrial Agreement Article 22.21 2013 2018 BUT Industrial Agreement Article 22.9 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 7.8 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 13 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 16.2 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 16.3 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agre ement Article 16.6 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 16.7 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 16.8 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 16.9 and Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 19 of 2014, dated 14 th August, 2014 2 013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 23 and 2013 2018 BUT Industrial Agreement Article 22.20 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 26.1 & 26.3 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 26.4 and Circulars # 17 & 19 dated 14 th August 2014 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 28.15 (paragraph 1) 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 28.15 (paragraph 2) 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 36.4 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Article 37.2 2013 2018 BPSU Industrial Agreement Articles 16.11, 16.12 and 16.13

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Page 150 of 154 Amendment to General Order 1578 Cabinet Conclusion ICC 29 (92) 1 Cabinet Conclusion ICC 32 (93) 9 Cabinet Conclusion ICN 27 (85) 2 Cabinet Conclusion ICO 34 (95) 18 Cabinet Office Circular C.O. 587, dated 22 April, 2008 Circular No. 21 of 1993, dated 12 th November, 1993 Circular No. 14 of 1980, File No. DPP/65/03IV dated 2 nd June, 1980 Circular No. 17 of 1983, dated, 5 th December, 1983 Circular No. 14 of 2015 dated 30 th April, 2015 Circular No. 17 of 2014 dated 14 th August, 2014 Circular No. 22 of 2015 dated 9 th July, 2015 Reference: FILE NO. MPS/3/14 Circular No. 23 of 2014, File No. MPS/1/27, dated 3 rd September, 2014 Circular No. 3 of 2016, dated 29 th January, 2016 reference MPS/41/15 Circular No. 31 of 2015 dated 11 th September, 2015, MPS/11/01 and Part V of the Employment Act 2001 Circular No. 4 of 2011 dated 11 th March, 2011 Circular No. 6 of 2012, DPS/18/01 dated 20 th June, 2012 Circular No. 8 of 1993 dated 22 nd June, 1993 (File No: DPP/1/07) Circular No. 38 of 2015, File No. MPS/1/24, dated 4 th November, 2015 Department of Public Service Circular No. 10 of 2005, dated 7 June 2005 Department of Public Service Circular No: 11 of 2009, dated 7 th July, 2009 Department of Public Service Circular No. 16 of 1980, dated 18 June 1980 Department of Public Service Circular No: 13 of 2004, dated 9 July 2004

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Page 151 of 154 Department of Public Service Circular No: 16 of 2006, dated 9 June 2006. Department of Public Service Circul ar No: 16 of 2011, dated 27 September 2011 (DPS/11/01). Department of Public Service Circular No: 17 of 2006, dated 31 May 2006. Department of Public Service Circular No: 2 of 2004, dated 25 March, 2004 Department of Public Service Circular No: 22 of 20 09, dated 23 September 2009 Department of Public Service Circular No: 24 of 2009 (File No. DPS/61/29), dated 16 October, 2009 Department of Public Service Circular No: 5 of 2011, dated 1 June 2011 Department of Public Service Circular No: 7 of 2001, dated 1 March 2001 Department of Public Service Circular No: 8 of 1986, dated 24 June 1986 Department of Public Service Circular No: 8 of 2006, dated 17 March 2006 Department of Public Service Circular No: 9 of 2003, dated 2 April 2003. DPS/89/02 Depar tment of Public Service Circulars for list of Assessment Exercises and levels of officers who qualify Department of Public Service Memorandum to Ministry of Education, dated 12 November, 1997 (DPS/12/03) Department of Public Service Policy effective 1 st February 2010 Department of Public Service, Inter Office Memorandum, dated 7 February 2000. DPP/69/20 Circular No. 18 of 2004 dated 14 th September, 2004 DPP/81/01, Volume 2, dated 13 th January, 1984 DPS/PF/23886 Memorandum dated 10 th January, 2006 DPS/PF/3812 dated 22 October 2009 Employment Act, Section 10(a) Employment Act, Section 10 Extract from memorandum dated 11 March 1993. Reference File DPS/89/24

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Page 152 of 154 Extract from memorandum dated 19 July 2007. Reference File MPS/89/24 Extract from memorandum dated 23 rd February, 2005. DPS/11/01 Extract from memorandum dated August 2003. File Reference DPS/PF/25535 Extract from memorandum dated November 1999. Reference File DPS/89/24 Extract from minute dated 12 March 1971. Reference Files DPS/89/24 (I) and DPS/PF/2206 Extract from minute dated 12 March 1971. Reference Files DPS/89/24 (I) and DPS/PF/2206 Extract from minute dated 12 March 1971. Reference Files DPS/89/24 (I) and DPS/PF/2206 Extract from minute dated 22 September 1971. R eference File DPS/PF/5306 & DPS/89/24 Extract from Public Service Commission Minute dated 26 July 2010. Reference DPS/PF/24930 Extract from Public Service Commission Minute dated 26 July 2010. Reference DPS/PF/24930 File DPS/PF/40394 General Order 21 6 General Order 257 General Order 507 General Order 702 General Order 924 General Order 927 General Order 927 (A) General Order 1250 General Order 1258 General Order 1258 (A)

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Page 153 of 154 General Order 1273 General Order 1503 General Order 1505 General Order 1539 General Order 1561 General Order 1561 (A) General Order 1575 (A) General Order 1581 General Order 1585 General Order 1586 General Order 1588 General Order 1590 General Order 1591 General Order 1624 General Order 1624 (A) General Order 1627 General Order 1643 General Order 2016 ICN (14) 32 nd Meeting, Conclusion 27 Judgment between the Commonwealth and Equity Division No. FP 00095 of 2014 Marilyn Charlton et al. vs. City of Freeport District Council, Ministry of the Public Service and Ministry of Agriculture and Local Government Memorandum DPS/89/27, dated 2 nd January, 2008 Memorandum DPS/89/27, dated 4 th December, 2008

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Page 154 of 154 Ministry of the Public Service Circular No. 40 of 2015 MPS/8/02, dated 5 th November, 2015 Ministry of the Public Service Circular No: 14 of 2015, dated 30 April, 2015 Minute dated 24 August 2010. Reference File No: DPS/30/14 MPS Inter Office Memorandum DPS/PF/29371 dated 27 th June, 2005 MPS/PF/49755 et. al. dated 6 th March, 2015 and MPS/89/24 MPS/1/24 Memo dated 22 nd May, 2015 Pensions Act 2001, Chapter 43 Section 27 Policy File/DPS/ 12/01 dated 27 th February, 2012 Public Service Act Section 15 (1) Public Service Commission Minute dated 4 February 1988 Public Service Commission Regulation 28 Public Service Commission Regulation Section 18 (1) Public Service Commission Regulation Section 18 (2) Public Service Delegation of Powers Orders Treasury Circular No: 10 of 2009, dated 29 th June, 2009 Unnumbered Circular of 1995 dated, 11 th October, 1995. File reference no. DPS/61/29 Vol II