Abbreviations used in this report:
BOS Board of Supervisors
CA County Administrator
MOUs Memoranda of Understanding
PERS Personnel Director
Finding and Recommendation 1: The BOS should obtain a professional evaluation of current wages, salary levels, and compensation packages to determine if they are appropriate.
Action Completed 1: None.
Action Pending 1: None.
Action Completed 2a: None.
Action Pending 2a: The CA is preparing for the BOS a draft request for proposal for outside consultants regarding compensation comparisons with the private sector.
Action Completed 2b: None.
Action Pending 2b: None.
Action Completed 3a: The BOS modified holiday leave by requiring all floating holidays to be used within one year, requiring employees on alternative work schedules to use holiday time earned when holidays fall on their days off in the same pay period, and allowing departments to cash out up to 40 hours of holiday time to reduce liability.
Action Pending 3a: The Executive Association (comprised of county department heads), the CA and PERS developed a draft revised policy for leave allowance and unused leave accruals. The county will negotiate this draft policy with employee representatives and will discuss an implementation date for unrepresented employees.
The county will further evaluate the modification of holiday leave after the new policies have been in effect for 12 months.
An evaluation of sick leave is scheduled for later this year.
Action Completed 3b: None.
Action Pending 3b: The CA developed a draft policy in January 1996 changing administrative leave from two days per pay period to one day per month. This policy is being considered. No timetable is mentioned for a decision.
AC will work with CA to institute procedures necessary to implement any policy changes directed by the BOS. AC
Action Completed 3c: None.
Action Pending 3c: Note: The BOS has not directed the AC to work with the CA in evaluating the recommended changes.
Action Completed 3d: None.
Action Pending 3d: Twice the PERS asked the retirement administrator for an actuary evaluation regarding unused sick leave. The Treasurer offered to collect the data in conjunction with a report he was making. To date no information has been received.
Response 4a: The Grand Jury report did not discuss the basis for the conclusion that county sick leave benefits are excessive. Payment of unused sick leave was eliminated in 1978. CA, PERS
Action Completed 4a: None.
Action Pending 4a: None. Finding and Recommendation 4b: The BOS should direct that up to 80 hours of vacation not taken during a calendar year must be used within the following calendar year, or lost
Action Completed 4b: County Counsel advised that because of a potential legal problem with a "use it or lose it" rule and a limited number of employees affected, the county should consider alternative steps to require using at least 80 hours of vacation.
Action Pending 4b: PERS surveyed department heads regarding different options to deal with this matter. Responses were due April 30, 1996.
Action Completed 5: The voluntary furlough "benefit" has been eliminated. After reviewing the bilingual allowance, the BOS decided not to make any changes.
Action Pending 5: No decision has been made after evaluating the policy of county payments toward employee retirement.
Action Completed 6: None.
Action Pending 6: None.
Action Completed 7: None.
Action Pending 7: None.
Action Completed 8: None.
Action Pending 8: None.