547.04  DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE BOARD.
   (a)   The Fair Employment Practices Board shall:
      (1)   Appoint an Executive Director who shall serve at the pleasure of the Commission and be its principal administrative officer and who shall receive such compensation as may be determined and appropriated by Council.
   The Board shall have a separate office, located in the City Hall or City Hall Annex, which shall be readily accessible to the public; the office shall be open during all hours that the City Hall is regularly open.  The location of the office and the services available shall be adequately advertised to the public.
      (2)   Appoint investigators and such other clerical and administrative employees as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Fair Employment chapter.  Such staff shall be of sufficient number and quality to insure fulfillment of the educational as well as the enforcement and other activities of the Board and shall include at least one person who is a duly commissioned notary public at all times.
      (3)   Adopt, promulgate, amend and rescind rules and regulations and other guidelines to effectuate the purposes of this Fair Employment chapter.
      (4)   Receive, investigate and pass upon written charges made under oath, alleging practices, policies and courses of conduct, prohibited by Section 547.02
(Ord. 383-77.  Passed 11-21-77.)
      (5)   Make periodic surveys or studies of the existence and effect of employment discrimination because of race, age, disability, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or ancestry by persons within the City.
         (Ord. 42-2006.  Passed 3-20-06.)
      (6)   Submit reports and recommendations to the Mayor and Council, from time to time, but not less than once per year, describing the investigations, proceedings, and hearings it has conducted and their outcome, the decisions it has ordered and other work and activities carried out by the Board.  The report shall include copies of any surveys or other studies prepared by the Board, pursuant to Section 547.04(a)(5), and shall also include recommendations of the Board relative to remedial action, legislation or other matters. 
(Ord. 383-77.  Passed 11-21-77.)
      (7)   Institute and conduct educational and other programs and devise a strong public relations program to promote the equal rights and opportunities of all persons in matters related to employment, regardless of their race, age, disability, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or ancestry and to eliminate the ignorance and prejudice which result in economic and employment discrimination.
         (Ord. 42-2006.  Passed 3-20-06.)
   (b)   When authorized by ordinance or resolution of Council, or when requested by the Mayor, to investigate and review all municipal contracts and the employment practices of all contractors or subcontractors in the employ of the City, and to assure and certify compliance with applicable federal, state and local equal employment standards.
   (c)   The Fair Employment Practices Board may:
      (1)   Meet and function at any place within the City.
      (2)   Initiate and undertake on its own motion, investigations of discriminatory practices as defined under Section 547.02.
      (3)   Upon the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the Board, pursuant to a finding by such members of the necessity and propriety therefor, issue subpoenas for the attendance and testimony of witnesses and for the production of relevant papers, documents and other evidence at any time subsequent to the filing or initiation of a complaint alleging discriminatory practices.  (Ord.  383-77.  Passed 11-21-77.)