City to Press for Easing of Civil Service Requirements

January 7, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — The Bloomberg administration will call on Friday for far-reaching changes to the state’s 127-year-old civil service system governing New York City’s work force, including de-emphasizing civil service exams in hiring municipal workers.  In what it calls an effort to modernize the rules governing the city’s 300,000 employees, the Bloomberg administration also wants to make it easier to lay off municipal employees outside of seniority and to end the State Civil Service Commission’s authority over the city’s hiring practices.

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