County ponders pay hike plans

County ponders pay hike plans

County ponders pay hike plans

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM.

On Tuesday, county commissioners again tabled a new set of rules that would govern county workers.

Concern over specifics on how job classifications would be instituted, and their immediate impact on the county budget, prompted commissioners to table discussion of the rules until they could study the estimated financial impact of the change over the next five years.

They plan to discuss the proposed work rules at their March 18 meeting. If the work rules eventually are passed, county employees would receive annual performance evaluations beginning this year.

On Tuesday afternoon, county legal advisor Lucille Turner, of the Carson and Adkins law firm in Tallahassee, presented commissioners with a plan to formally classify county employees and set standardized wage increases based on seniority and performance.

Turner began work on the labor rules in October 2012. The wage classification plan would end across-the-board raises to county employees and require annual employee evaluations by department supervisors.

Turner developed a standardized form to simplify evaluations. Employee assessments would be completed every year on or before Sept. 1 so that information on employee performance would be available to commissioners during annual budget hearings.

 “We want to tie (evaluations) directly to pay so we want to have them occur just before potential pay raises come up,” she said. “If someone is not performing up to the standard we need, they will not get a pay raise until performance comes up to a satisfactory level.”

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