Supervisors Revisiting Employee Handbook

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Discussing policies from dress code to drug testing, raises and vacation time, the Gila County Board of Supervisors examined proposed revisions made to the county’s employee rules and policies handbook at a work session on Sept. 13.

Human Resources Director Berthan DeNero presented extensive revisions to the policy book, including an extended list of employees subject to testing for controlled substances and random testing for employees driving county vehicles.

However, the county must exercise caution in its definition of who may be tested, due to prior court cases, cautioned Bryon Chambers, chief deputy county attorney for Gila County.

“Is there some reason we don’t test all employees?” asked Supervisor Michael Pastor.

“That could be construed as discrimination,” said DeNero. DeNero recommended striking automatic pay raises after employees complete their probationary time since this policy didn’t improve performance.

Human Resources also changed the sick leave pay out policy benefit. Any employee hired after the effective date of the new policies, will not be eligible for a sick leave benefit payout if at the time of retirement they have not used their sick leave. The handbook includes over 90 pages of information for county employees. At the time of hire, employees go through an orientation to understand all of the policies, said DeNero.

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