(A) Establishment. There is hereby created a Tribal Employment Rights Commission.
(B) Number, Tenure, Nomination and Qualifications of the Commissioners. The Board shall consist of six (6) Commissioners. A Commissioner shall be a person of at least twenty-one (21) years of age, and a majority of the Commissioners shall be enrolled Tribal members. No employee of the TERO Office and no owner or employee of a certified business shall be eligible to serve on the Commission. The Tribal Council shall designate two (2) Tribal Council members as its representatives on the TERO Commission; the designated Tribal Council representatives shall serve for the duration of their term unless removed by the Tribal Council prior to completing their term. All other Commissioners shall be appointed by the Tribal Council for staggered four (4) year terms, and each Commissioner appointed shall hold office until such Commissioner’s successor is appointed. Commissioners shall be from each Tribal district when possible.
(C) Vacancies – Removal. Any vacancy occurring in the Commission due to the removal or resignation of a Commissioner shall be filled by the Tribal Council in a manner prescribed by the Tribal Council following the advertisement of the position. Any Commissioner may be removed from office at any time by the Tribal Council for cause, subject to notice and opportunity for a hearing before the Council. Upon a Commissioner’s resignation, death, or disability, the Tribal Council shall act to fill the position. If the vacancy was left by a Commissioner who was a designated Tribal Council member, then such vacancy must be filled with a new Tribal Council member.
(D) Conflicts of Interest. Situations which result in actual or even potential conflicts of interest must be avoided. Personal, social and economic relationships which may impair a Commissioner’s ability to exercise good judgment on behalf of the Tribe, or which give the appearance of such impairment, create an actual or potential conflict of interest. Any Commissioner involved in such a relationship must immediately and fully disclose the nature of the relationship to the full Commission so a determination can be made as to whether an actual or potential conflict exists, and if so, how to correct the situation.
(E) Compensation. Commissioners shall receive a stipend for the following purposes as consideration for their time in conducting Karuk Tribal business, when funds exist:
(1) Regular and special meetings of the TERO Commission.
(2) Attendance at off-site meetings when attending on behalf of the TERO Commission.
(3) Participation as a panel member for interviews.
(4) Required hearings of the TERO Commission.
(5) Attendance at training sessions on behalf of the TERO Commission.
(F) Mileage. Commissioners shall be reimbursed in accordance with current federal reimbursement rates for privately owned vehicle use to conduct TERO business based upon the shortest route to the destination, when funds exist.