At the July 10 Carrabelle meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to place stricter scrutiny on overtime and comp (compensatory) time hours.
Under the new wording, overtime will be limited to essential and emergency operations, and must be documented to supervisors.
Employees may be required to work overtime, or work on days off, in order to meet special situations, emergencies, or demands,” reads the employee policy handbook. “Employees of the City of Carrabelle are expected to work the extra hours when required. Employees who refuse to work overtime without approved exemptions will be subject to disciplinary action.”
Department heads are charged with documenting and justifying overtime worked in a written statement to the city finance officer.
Employees will receive double pay for work on city holidays. Holidays recognized by the city are New Years Day', Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and a half-day for New Year’s Eve.
“Compensatory leave may be granted to a salary employee if the city administrator determines the leave will not be unduly disruptive to the department. Any time accrued from Jan. 1 to June 30 must be used by June 30 and time accrued from June 1 to Dec. 31 must be used by December 31.”
Under the new rules, employees may choose to sell up to 40 hours of accrued leave back to the city and employees who have worked for the city for 10 years or more may sell back 80 hours.
Also proposed with the new work rules was the addition of a personal holiday, but commissioners voted not to add this additional holiday.
City Administrator Courtney Millender said overtime hours have dramatically decreased since the topic of overtime and comp time came under scrutiny by commissioners.