COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Revision to Personnel Policies
Requesting approval to Policy P-02
Mr. Tucker, Ms. White, Mr. Davis, Mr. Trank, Ms.Suyes, Ms. Roberman
July 7, 2004
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Human Resources Department, assisted by the County Attorney's Office, has been reviewing the County's Personnel Policy Manual in order to update existing policies in a number of areas. At this point, staff is proposing revisions to the following specific policy: Employee Status (P-02). The proposed changes are to make medical/dental insurance coverage available sooner to new employees and to clarify language pertaining to the Board’s medical/dental insurance contribution on behalf of County employees who are married to other County employees.
4.1.2 Quality Place of Employment
In order to attract candidates, be consistent with most other organizations and be viewed as a quality place of employment, the County wishes to offer insurance coverage to employees earlier than the current policy allows. Specifically, the proposed language provides that new employees are eligible for medical/dental insurance coverage the first of the month following the month in which they are hired. Such employees would not be required to pay the employee premium for that month. New employees may elect for insurance coverage to begin earlier, but not prior to the date of hire. In such cases, the employee will be responsible for the full cost of the premium (Board and employee portions), prorated based on a 30-day month.
In Section C, Paragraph 4, the second sentence is being deleted, as it was inadvertently added to the previous amendment approved by the Board on June 2, 2004. This language was intended to confirm that, at present, County employees who are married to other employees and who elect the same medical/dental plan are not required to pay the employee contribution. However, since it is possible that such future medical costs may increase and the Board’s contribution may not always be sufficient to offset the employee contribution in the situation involving County employees who are married to other County employees, this language is being deleted.
Staff recommends adoption of the attached Resolution, which will approve the proposed changes to Personnel Policy P-02.
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