Grievance Policy/Code of Ethics

PSMA Grievance Policy

Members who desire PSMA representation must contact us at or 609-392-4319 for assistance in completing the grievance form required by N.J.A.C. 4A:2-3.4. Click here to download a PDF of the Grievance Form and submit it along with any other relevant information to the Executive Director for review and approval.

The Executive Director will review/approve all forms concerning routine grievances and advise the grievant to submit them for processing to the appropriate appointing authority in accordance with N.J.A.C.4A:2-3.4 et seq.

For any grievance which in the Executive Directors’ opinion presents novel or questionable issues, the Executive Director will provide a brief memorandum identifying his concerns to the chair of the grievance committee who will distribute the memorandum to the grievant and to the members of the grievance committee. The grievant will then have five business days to provide a written response to the Executive Directors’ memorandum, following which the grievance committee will, by majority vote of the full committee, recommend to the full Board either approval or denial of support. The subsequent roll call vote of the Board at the next meeting will be final.

Failure to follow any of these procedures may result in denial of PSMA representation at any grievance hearing.

Representation will be provided for approved grievances by the Executive Director. PSMA will not provide legal counsel for grievances.

Code of Ethics


The Code of Ethics has been developed as guidance for PSMA members to promote and foster the highest professional standards and behavior.  PSMA was formed to promote the effective and ethical management of public services provided at all levels of New Jersey government and to advance the professional interests of the membership in good standing.


In those instances where a reference is made to PSMA members, it is intended to include all classes of membership, in accordance with the By-Laws of PSMA.  Similarly, references made to employer are intended to apply to a governmental agency as an entity and to a non-government organization to the extent to which the principle is considered applicable.


1. Personal Behavior and Integrity

Accurately representing his/her professional qualifications;

Taking responsibility for their actions, including admission of errors;

Maintaining professional and managerial skills and certifications;

Articulating PSMA positions and policies in an accurate manner;

Exercising professional judgment in the discharge of official duties; and

Demonstrating respect for superiors, colleagues, subordinates and the public-at-large.


2. Commitment to Professional Competence and Standards of Performance

Adhere to the Standards of Conduct promulgated by their Department, Agency or organization;

Establish procedures that promote ethical behavior and hold individuals and the organization accountable for their conduct;

Exercise diligence, objectivity and honesty in performing professional activities;

Conduct official acts without partisanship;

Promote the goals of PSMA by their professional example; and

Maintain and support affiliation with other professional organizations.


3. Commitment to Promote the Public Interest

 Acknowledge and promote the public’s right to know the State’s business;

Actively oppose discrimination and harassment in any form, and promote policies regarding fair and honest hiring practices and diversity in the workplace;

Serving the public in their dealings with government;

Improving organizational capacity for open, two-way communications in the workplace;

Avoiding activities or relationships that may either create or give the appearance of a conflict-of-interest with one’s official duties.


4. Commitment to Respect Constitutional and Legal Authority

 Respect and protect information of a confidential and/or privileged nature;

Work to eliminate laws and policies that are counter-productive, archaic or obsolete;

Eliminate unlawful discrimination in the workplace;

Promote long-standing constitutional principles of equality, fairness and responsiveness;

Understand and apply current laws and regulations relevant to one’s professional position.